Interview with the Decorator: Reasons to Love Our Modern Traditional Ranch

Interview with the Decorator: Reasons to Love Our Modern Traditional Ranch

The Grantham, a new professionally decorated ranch by AMD Homes, is wow-ing visitors with its updated modern traditional style. We talked to the decorator, Nancy Mortensen, who has over 20 years of interior design experience. We asked her about her decor choices in the Grantham and and why she chose a modern traditional theme.

What do you like best about the Grantham?
There is no wasted space in this house—it offers so much fantastically livable, functional space. I love that it is zoned for privacy, with the master bedroom on the opposite side of the house from the other bedrooms. Every part of the 2,100 square feet is put to good use, with a generous great room and kitchen that offer open concept living.

What is your favorite feature of the home?
I love the large laundry and mud space at the garage entry. Not only does it have a wonderfully large space to put everything when you first walk in, but it has a pocket door from the laundry and mud space directly into the pantry, so when you enter with groceries you can put them away immediately with no trouble or extra steps! The walk-in pantry is connected directly to the kitchen as well. So convenient and functional!

Why did you choose a modern traditional theme?
The Grantham offers a traditional ranch, but with so much updated architecture. The light fixtures are sleek and beautiful with a mixture of black and shiny chrome. The great room has a coffered stepped ceiling. I found furniture with curved lines and black pieces to contrast the sparkly white kitchen and backsplash. I included white, fuzzy rugs. In the expansive great room we featured oversized sofas and two chairs. The results were luxurious and welcoming and ideal for entertaining as well as family living.

What is your favorite part of the decor?
My absolute favorite is the dining room—I love the black table, side piece, and mirror. I love the effect of these pieces with the round oval-backed white upholstered chairs. I also love the artwork—it includes a lot of textures. You’ll see hand-carved wall placards in the great room, a picture with inlaid jewels, canvas with sculpted paint—it’s all lovely and unique.

What tips do you have for someone designing their home?
Buy your artwork large and hang it low. Most people buy tiny artwork and hang it way to high. A good rule of thumb is that the center should be at eye level at about 5’5” in height, but depends on the size of the artwork.

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