Retro Ranch with Kid-Friendly Style: Mid-Century Mod by Pulp Design Studios

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When you’ve got “hip” personalities, plus kids, decorating can be a challenge. Fortunately, these homeowners who love “Mid-Century Mod” called Pulp Design Studios for help. The general guidelines: the home needed areas for the kids to have fun, areas for the adults to relax, and comfortable, casual style all the way around. Starting in the living room/great room, you can instantly see this approach: with the jazzy print rug on the floor and sophisticated art on the wall, the room is plenty “grown-up” — but note how kid-friendly it is as well, with soft surfaces and no sharp edges. Pristine white walls allow the colors to “pop,” showing off the yummy blue of the throw pillows and the clever print on the yellow chair.

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In the dining room, a car-seat styled high chair sits right at the table with the adult chairs — no need to stash it away because it “doesn’t match.” The playroom gives kids space for fun, as well as a subtle nod to Mom and Dad’s style: note the child-sized Cherner chairs. This room’s sofa is a handy place to curl up and rest — maybe with Mom or Dad and a favorite story. Finally, a guest bathroom’s new/old-style wallpaper plays off a custom mirror’s “feathery” texture, for both drama and charm. Making all the elements work is key — as the designers say: “It’s so important to design for living, not just to have beautiful space.” In this “mid-century mod” house, the mix of chic, colorful, and practical is easy to see — and live with.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).