The first in the series "Ranch Style Matters:  the kalinowski ranch.  

Story by Melissa Fox.  Photos by Pam VanderPloeg, West Michigan Modern, copyright 2016

The Kalinowski Ranch is a graceful one-story ranch in the popular Marywood area in Grand Rapids. It has been completely and stylishly renovated and expanded by current owners Michael and Rebecca Kalinowski, who enjoy the home with their two little dachhunds, Dash and Mellie. Michael is a wonderful chef and Rebecca is both a nurse and a researcher for West Michigan Modern.

The Kalinowski’s bought the home in 1984 and recognized that the home would need renovating, but immediately fell in love with the huge lot and the beautiful trees that bordered it, large entrance, bright living room with a deeply mullioned picture window and curved cove moldings, nicely sized bedrooms and bathrooms, large den, sunlit dining room, and generous kitchen.

In the first year the Kalinowski’s tackled landscaping, removal of wallpaper and the linoleum floor in the kitchen, adding a walk-in closet to the master bedroom, painting, and creating an office for Michael. In the second year they painted the exterior of the home and created a new walkway to the front door. In subsequent years they removed all of the carpeting and replaced it with oak parquet tiles, completely renovated the kitchen, adding a skylight and Herman Miller cabinets, gutted the bathrooms, and added a huge family room with custom cherry cabinets and shelving built by Michael.

Beyond their vision for the home, and the hard work, energy, and time they have put into it, Michael and Rebecca are both talented artists and have an amazing collection of furniture and art that they have purchased over the years, much of it from the Herman Miller employee store, antique stores, and Design Quest. The art that adds a strong statement to their decor is mostly

by local artists, friends of theirs from Aquinas, and their daughter. Rebecca collects vintage glassware and Fiesta ware, both of which are displayed to perfection, the colors catching the light and popping in both the living room and dining room.

Because the Kalinowski’s are dear friends, we’ve had the pleasure of spending time with them at their home, appreciating the amount of intention and dedication that has gone into making it the truly beautiful and welcoming home it is today.

To read the whole story of the renovation and their quest for mid-century treasures in their own words link here: