Home Tours: Mid Century Modern Home Tour

Ready to be amazed!?!  You’re going to love this Dreamy Dwelling: Mid Century Modern Home Tour.  A few months ago, I introduced you to a precious family in the process of adopting from Ethiopia!  They are some of our best friends and I’m so excited that Sarah has sweetly invited us to tour her gorgeous home!

This beautiful 1956 rancher home has tons of mid-century ‘modernized’ charm.

Sarah had her brick exterior painted, the perfect shade of gray, and with guidance from her brother-in-law, a landscape architect, her home has beautiful landscape and curb appeal.   I love her modern door with a vertical row of circular Capiz.

One of her home’s first updates was replacing all of the windows.  Some of the windows were lengthened by removing bricks and opening up the space, a perfect solution to allow more natural light to sweep through their home.

Sarah softened the modern lines of their exterior with great pops of color and over-sized potted plants.

This home has a great casual layout, complete with 2 living rooms.  This is her family room.  She uses IKEA’s popular EXPEDIT shelving unit to organize her children’s toys.  And the sectional is also from IKEA, the Ektorp couch fits the shape of the room perfectly.

The wood desk in the back of the room was a re-purposed dining table, a handmade gift from her brother-in-law.  The curtains are re-purposed dropcloths, the perfect solution to her tall, wall to wall windows.

The ottomans were an inexpensive find at Target and I love that they are multi-functional: tabletop, foot rest, storage, and extra seating.

Okay, I know I should have warned you before you saw this picture to take a deep breath first!  Gorgeous, right!  You wouldn’t even believe it if you saw the before pictures.  This was once a closed in kitchen, dreary with dark cabinetry, grimy appliances, and appalling tile countertops!  The built-in past the dining room table was original.  It was given a modern feel when painted white.

The new kitchen boasts gorgeous honed Carrera marble counters and over-sized island.

Complimenting the Carrera marble and stainless KitchenAid appliances with gas range is s white subway tile backsplash with dark gray grout.  Love it!

The bright, modern kitchen is contrasted with Antique Brown hardwood floors.  Sarah’s floors were the inspiration for my hardwood floors when we first moved into our rancher.

These pictures hardly show how large this dining room is.  Sarah found the perfect solution for this over-sized space:  A Restoration Hardware Farmhouse Salvaged Wood table…with two 15 ” extension leaves.  I’m loving those hydrangeas!

Her second living room opens up to her huge treed backyard with wall to wall windows.

Sarah home schools her three sweet kids and I’ve always envied this bonus space off her laundry room.  It’s perfect for crafting and schooling.

Sarah’s master bedroom shows much larger than its actual square footage with her selection of minimal, modern furniture.

Are you recognizing those drapes!?!?  I’m telling you great minds think alike!

Her bathroom remodel absolutely blows me away!  Chiseling away every bit of the 4-6 inches deep concrete holding the tile waist up throughout the bathroom and all the way up to the ceiling in the previous shower area was so much work.  Hauling the tile away was equally labor intensive!  Sarah’s husband did all the demo work and then together they designed a magazine-perfect master bath.

Sarah’s little girl’s bedroom, aka, one of Little B’s bestest friends bedroom is darling!  Sarah is a master of storage solutions and in both of her children’s bedrooms she re-purposed a portion of their closets to be used as a desk and extra storage space.

Her boys’ room is so large…perfect for legos, car playing, and sword fights.  Sarah and I both have different variations of Pier 1 Kids bunk beds.  Neither of us can believe they closed all of their stores!

The second bathroom is also work of art.  I love the industrial lighting complimented with Quatrefoil framed mirrors above the pedestal sinks.  And I totally appreciate once again Sarah’s purposeful design in adding additional storage between the sinks.

Sarah’s music room gets lots of use.  If you have guitars, a piano. and several drum sets, you know real well that it’s GREAT to have this designated space for instrument storage and usage!

Her backyard is huge and at one time, housed a trampoline, playscape, and zip line…and there was still tons of room to run around and play.  I love their private lot with huge windows overlooking this lush yard.

The shade from these mature trees are a huge treat here in Texas.

The addition of this grass lined patio gets a lot of use for both family dinners in the evenings and as they host fun parties throughout the year!  Awesome weekend project, right!

Thanks so much Sarah for sharing your home with us!!!  Amazing, don’t you think!  Which room is your favorite!?!?  Sarah’s home recently sold, with help from friend and awesome realtor, Jeff Anderson.   They’re back to work, completely remodeling another new old home with tons of potential!

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  1. Jody@Homey Home Design says:

    Beautiful home! Love how she pulls it all together! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jenny says:

    Wow! That is a gorgeous home! I loved everything about it- start to finish;) I wish them well with the adoption… what wonderful people!

    Jenny from diywithjenandb.blogspot.com

  3. What a gorgeous home! That dining room table is amazing, and every room looks so cozy and beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

  4. Debra says:

    Wow! What a beautiful home. I love a mid-century ranch. They just don’t build them like that anymore!

  5. tanya says:

    Nice… I specially liked the exterior and the master bedroom. I am surely getting mirrors on my cupboard inspired by her, for that more-space look!

  6. Jenna says:

    GORGEOUS! That kitchen is spectacular!! Love it!

    Jenna @ http://rainonatinroof.com

  7. Karen says:

    I love the painted brick? Does anyone know the paint color? We are painting our blonde brick on our 1960’s house next week and I would Love to know the color!!! Thank you so much!

    • Aimee says:

      It’s called Bedford Gray, a Behr color. They had it color matched at Sherwin Williams. It’s a color that Martha Stewart uses on many of her properties so you might find more pics if you google it! XO, Aimee

  8. Love this! Especially the orange floral rug in the family room.. where is it from?

  9. the domestic fringe says:

    Gorgeous house. Love everything about it.

  10. Miss Charming says:

    Such a lovely home! (My faves are the marble island and the living room rug.) Thanks for the tour.

  11. Linda Perkins says:

    I love these pics. Very good job!! Where can I find the leaf print drapes. I have seen them on TV and in other pics. Anyone know??

    • Aimee says:

      Ikea has several leaf print drapes, in different colors. Here’s a link to where I showed mine and the scoop about them.

  12. Resa says:

    I loved taking this tour. Such a classic, ranch style home – reminds me so much of my childhood. Very nostalgic feelings but lovely, modern upgrades. Thanks for sharing this!

  13. Upscale Downhome says:

    I love your home and your style. It’s so nice to have every room complete. I feel like mine is always a work in progress. Beautiful job!

  14. kristin says:

    What a gorgeous home! Every room is just fabulous, thanks for sharing.

  15. Thank you so much for the great tour. Loved all the inspiration since I live in a 1950-built cape.

  16. Tabitha says:

    Stunning! Truly gorgeous. I think that’s the first time I’ve seen mirrored closet doors that I’ve liked, lol. That bathroom is amazing!!

  17. Rhiannon-Baked In The South says:

    Love this! Thanks for sharing! We would love to have you link up with our party!


  18. Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    A beautiful, transformed home. In addition to the kitchen, I’m loving all the fabulous rugs! You’ll have to show us her next remodel.

  19. all these elements put together into one stunning package – well well done!

    NORTHERN COTTAGE {http://www.NorthernCottage.net}

  20. This house is just beautiful! I can’t believe what she has done with the place to make it so out of the ordinary! Stunning!!

  21. Lovely home, but my favorite part is the kitchen! Love everything about it!

  22. Kim (The Money Pit) says:

    What a beautiful house! Every room is better than the next!

  23. Beautiful home and gorgeous kitchen!

  24. Christie says:

    This is so good-looking! What a transformation! I love her kitchen and that marble…ahhh!!! Coming over from WOW us Wed! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

  25. Tamsyn says:

    Sarah’s house is amazing. And that kitchen is simply breathtaking!! Thanks for sharing it with us 🙂

  26. Debra says:

    I love home tours and this was fun! Beautiful house !

  27. Liz says:

    I really loved the layout of that house and she really did do a great job retaining the flavor of the midcentury while updating and beautifying!

  28. Just Beautiful!

  29. Sarah @ Simply Sarah Style says:

    What a gorgeous home! I really enjoyed the inspiration.

  30. That kitchen, the drapes, two living rooms … such a gorgeous home!

  31. Ginger@gingersnapcrafts.com says:


  32. Janel@hatingmartha.com says:

    Love love that kitchen! Swoon! What a lovely home!

  33. Shannon Fox says:

    Can’t. Speak. Stunning!!

    Pinned to my home tours board to look at again later 😉

  34. Ok, that’s a GORGEOUS home – I love, love, love the family room and the dining room and the kitchen and the second bathroom. She has a wonderful mix of texture and colour, modern and traditional, country and city – well done!!!

  35. I have always hated the look of these houses but this just took my breath away. So well done that even I could live here. Just stunning and so liveable!

  36. Anja says:

    What a beautiful home! Great colors and simple, classic lines. Love the twist of color in the living room or the farmhouse table! I can only hope that it’s not always that clean or I’ll have to shamefully stand in the corner 😉

  37. Jenny@thelavendermagnolia says:

    Wow! When I was growing up in the 70’s and 80’s we joked at how outdated mid-century modern houses were. Now they make me drool.

    I love the minimalism in her decorating, especially with all of the kids! Amazingly beautiful home!


  38. FABBY says:

    Yeah, I can clearly remember those homes raancher style from the 60’s too and this one looks great with modern touches and nice decorating. Terrific kitchen! Thanks for sharing. Good luck to your friends on adopting..God bless their good hearts.

  39. micupoftea says:

    Nice homey touches 🙂

  40. Kim says:

    Gorgeous home. Love that kitchen and that great island. What is the lawn made of? It doesn’t look like grass.

    • Aimee says:

      I could use an island like that for sure! The lawn is St. Augustine mowed real short. What kind of grass do you have in your area Kim!?!?

  41. Aimee says:

    I know, right! She is so talented!!! XO, Aimee

  42. Breathtaking!

  43. Sarah Yoder says:

    Love home tours and this one is beautiful! Thanks for sharing. (I look at those drapes EVERY time we are at Ikea…one of these days they will come home with me!) LOL