Design Project: A Mid-century Ranch With A Warm, Calming And Natural Interior

This modern ranch home is peaceful, serene and calming, thanks to its clean design, minimalist lines, lovely linens and warm woods


A ranch in California. Spread over 4,500 square feet, this four bedroom, four bathroom home was designed for a retired couple from the Bay Area. They wanted a floor plan that functioned more efficiently and that maximised the natural light. As avid travellers, the owners also needed plenty of display room for their incredible Pre-Colombian artefact collection. They brought on Intimate Living Interiors who extended the property and opened up the east-facing side to take advantage of the morning light. The designers transformed this Mid-Century ranch-style home into a modern ranch-style home that was better suited to the couple’s lifestyle.

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The property (pictured top) sits on an acre of mature landscaping. The ranch home is a single-storey bungalow, with the exterior clad in stone. The inside is all about natural materials, with sanded wood floors, exposed wood beams, stone fireplaces and lighting, furniture, soft furnishings and window treatments all made from natural materials too. Shiplap walls add to the cosy, country feel.

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The front door enters into a cosy lounge space, with open shelving and a stone fireplace.

The soft furnishings in this ranch home are all linen, from the upholstered bench seat and sofa covers to the accent cushions and even the dining chairs. The stone and brick fireplace adds to the rustic, country scheme.

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A large open-plan living area sits at the heart of this home, with an open-plan kitchen, dining area and TV area all within the same room, but given their own personality and design. Lighting helps to zone the different spaces, with beaded chandeliers zoning the kitchen area and a minimalist chandelier pendant grounding the dining area.

A large linen corner sofa makes this space extra inviting.

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The white kitchen features beautiful white cabinetry and sleek marble surfaces.

A stone wall alcove around the cooker gives it a rustic edge.

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But the best part of this kitchen is the casual breakfast nook, featuring a sculptural bleached wood table and striking leaf-shaped wooden chairs.

Built-in banquette seating is deep and generous, and wraps around the table like a hug. Plump cushions make it extra inviting, while wall-to-wall windows frame the garden views.

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There’s also a more formal dining area in the main living space, with a dining table that can seat eight. We love the leather armrest detailing on the upholstered dining chairs.

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Steel-framed glass doors connect the master bedroom to the ensuite bathroom.

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A striking chandelier features petal-like shapes.

A modern four-poster bed sits at the centre of the bedroom, with minimalist wall lights adding to the modern vibe.

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A beam-framed doorway leads through to a dressing room.

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Marble herringbone tiled floors create a serene backdrop to this spa-like bathroom. There is a calmness to this space, aided by the minimalist clean lines of the oversized window, modern freestanding bath, wall mounted taps, concealed basin, and floating bathroom shelves.

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Lead Designer: Kari Arendsen, together with Tory Peterson

Architect: New Modern Design

Builder: T-Mac Construction

Photographer: Karyn Millet

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