Atomic Ranch

Atomic Ranch Fall 2019


Glean from homeowners, designers, builders and architects as they share their expert insight on the style. Their stories of house hunting and renovation are sure to inspire.

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the perfect recipe

THE BAR PULLS OR THE CONE-SHAPED KNOBS? Glass tile for the backsplash or dimensional ceramic? Renovating my midcentury kitchen two years ago had questions like these swirling through my mind at night like a broken record. Or rather squawking in my brain on repeat like a parrot taunting me into submitting—or committing—to one or the other finally. Yes, making design decisions for your home can be fraught with stress. But truth is, it’s the best kind of stress, isn’t it? Pouring over this color or that, that finish or this is tremendous fun. It’s part of what lures us into buying that fixer-upper in the first place. That we mere contemporary mortals could have such a great impact on the legacy of a post-war gem and leave it—hopefully—in better condition than…

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relaxing mornings

time to upgrade your clock

naturally inclined to golden beauty

Having never lived in a midcentury homebefore, when the Szidon family found themselves moving from the East Coast to the West Coast, they knew they wanted a change from their 1839 Greek Revival. A 1953 Lafayette, California, home—the work of Fred Langhorst, an apprentice of Frank Lloyd Wright no less—turned out to be the perfect antidote. After living in the home for a year, Debra Szidon, founder of The Cass Clutch and Cocoon Home Design, along with her husband, Alex Szidon, father of three, tackled the not-so-small task of lovingly renovating their midcentury kitchen. Treating herself as her own client, Debra made three mood boards to help her decide on a design direction. What she landed on she describes as “midcentury chic.” A DESIGNER’S VISION Functionality and aesthetics led Debra to renovate the kitchen.…

heart of the home

After purchasing their 1959 shed-style ranch in 2012, Aletha Vandermaas, owner of True Home Restorations design firm, and her husband, Greg, enjoyed a home with the Midcentury Modern exterior they craved—stone, brick and glass. However, the galley kitchen had been stripped of most of its mod styling through decades of upgrades and updates. “Sadly, the original galley kitchen had been completely replaced in 1992,” Aletha says. “The kitchen that was in its place was a standard big-box, plain-white kitchen; it did not go with the house one bit. It was in good shape, but it was in the wrong house.” A FRESH START To help the kitchen better fit the home, the homeowners decided to start fresh. The galley kitchen was gutted and the walls to an adjoining office were removed to create…