Ranch Dressing

My husband, Matt, always tells me that I need to make a coffee table book called Ranch DressingĀ because I love remodeling ranch style houses. What I love about the layout is that it is essentially a big rectangle. You have bedrooms on one side and a garage on the other, and then all the hang out space in the middle. So, my first thing to do is knock down all the walls in the middle for one big space. I have done this in 3 homes and every time we go to sell it, people are amazed at the “open concept” that an older home can have. The pictures you see are from a house we remodeled in Nashville, TN. I still kick myself that we sold it, but “it is what it is”!


This is the view from the front door. As you can see we had to have a few columns where the walls once were, but it didn’t mess with the flow at all. We painted the natural oak cabinets white and added an island in what was once an eat-in kitchen with four walls. And then we added black silestone counter tops….sleek. For the budget conscious and DIYers…I used black appliance paint on the built in oven and it worked fabulously. Just be sure to wait till it is good and dry before touching it. I believe my thumbprint is still on it!

I actually had trouble with furniture arrangement at first because it was one big space and then one day it just clicked. I floated most of the furniture. The white sofa is from Bernhardt and the tweed sofa from Pier 1. I am all about mixing it up. The table was a gift from my Dad. He actually made it from a saguaro cactus and had a glass top cut to fit the shape. It is my favorite piece in the whole house. The curtains are from Ballard Designs, although you can no longer get them. And it is all anchored by my super thick shag rug. I ordered it fromĀ Samsom Shag Rugs. I ordered a strange size to fit my space and they cut it and it came with a rug pad. Great deal! I actually cut the rug into two rugs when we moved.

So, go take my advice and knock down some walls! I obsess over decorating and furniture arranging. Feel free to upload pics! Maybe I can ‘dress up your ranch’?