Adam Shaffer and Erin Miller, the duo behind Cincy Home Revival, are no strangers to breathing fresh life into Cincinnati area homes (we’re still in love with their 2019 Deer Park Scandinavian-inspired reno). This time around, the team turned a restored Montgomery ranch into the house of all our Mid-Century Modern dreams. We spoke to Erin Miller (who is also a cardiac genetic counselor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center) to learn more about the home and her favorite elements of the space.
Why did you choose this Mid-Century Modern home?
I absolutely love Mid-Century Modern design and have always wanted to renovate a house of this era. This house, actually built in 1970, is just barely mid-mod by age. There are a number of Mid-Century Modern elements, including a sunken living room. We also loved the double-sided indoor gas fireplace and peaked roof. We did decide to modernize the sunken bathtub in the hall bath—the design just wasn’t functional.
Tell us about your favorite elements in the home—like that green backsplash.
Yes, that two-by-ten straight set green tile backsplash is definitely a favorite element. I also love the family room light—it’s a George Nelson Bubble Lamp, a very Mid-Century Modern design element that has stood the test of time and still feels current. We replaced the original front doors with flat-front, wood-toned double doors, and that really transforms the entrance. They look like wood but are stainless steel for durability and security. There is so much I love about this house; it’s very vibey.
Of all the rooms in the house, which space do you think turned out best?
The kitchen! We opened up the space to the two adjacent rooms. We chose a waterfall countertop, which brings a minimal and clean feel. The black granite composite sink faces the large windows along the back of the house with great views of the yard and mature trees. Without other upper cabinets it feels very minimal and open. Custom wood shelving was added to the green tile backsplash—I seriously cannot get over the color of this tile. It’s even better in person.
Where did you pull inspiration from?
We are always looking at houses and design. On social media, in magazines, on the MLS, in restaurants, and homes of friends and family. I look for things that catch my eye and try to figure out what it is I’m drawn to—the symmetry, the texture, the color/pattern. I have been hesitant to take a chance on new design trends. Things can always be changed, but I think the best design is one that you can love for years and years.
What would you suggest to the future homeowner who’s looking to make this space their own?
I can’t wait to see how the homeowner decides to use the outdoor living spaces in the front and back. There’s room for a table and seating area. This house is perfect for plants with all of the natural light. You could definitely go with larger scale plants in this house and I think a monstera, fiddle leaf fig, and dracaena compacta would all look great.