Interior Design

Mid-Century Modern Style in Kansas City’s Northland

This beautiful ranch shows how fresh and contemporary ’50s-era design still looks.

We were bowled over when we saw shots of this Northland ranch that’s currently on the market. The gorgeous décor incorporates many elements of mid-century modern style without looking like a set from TV’s “Mad Men,” demonstrating just how fresh and relevant design from that era still looks today. Read on to find out how to bring the style into your own home and to see the listing details.

All photos by Jennifer Wetzel.

The exposed legs and lively color on the sofa are typical of mid-century design. For a similar piece, check out CB2’s Avec Peacock Apartment Sofa. The organic shape of the coffee table hearkens designer Isamu Noguchi’s designs, which often can be found here in Kansas City at Retro Inferno in the Crossroads. The General Store & Co. in downtown Overland Park stocks a range of home décor items featuring the illustrations of Charley Harper, including some of his famous bird prints like the ones seen here.

Although designed more than 60 years ago, the molded fiberglass chair designed by icons Charles and Ray Eames is still a staple of contemporary design. They’re still produced today (in more earth-friendly plastic) by Herman Miller, and available to order through Black Bamboo in the Crossroads. The Finn Juhl Credenza from Design Within Reach is similar to the one seen here.

The current owners added interest to a nook in the kitchen with Cole & Son’s “Woods” wallcovering, available to order from KDR Showrooms in Lenexa.

It’s amazing how well contemporary Irish designer Orla Kiely’s prints mix with American midcentury style. Bedding and other items featuring her prints is available online through Amara.

Love the look? The house is currently being marketed by Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate agent Sarah Snodgrass. Check out the listing for more photos and information.

Story by Lara Hale.