Ever seen a pretty period home, then watched it be destroyed by developers who didn’t give two hoots about it? Sadly, it happens all too often. Designer Miles McDermott has been restoring his own Mid-century home for quite some years now, and is rather keen to get his mitts on some more American abodes before they’re turned into rubble (or even worse, blocka of modern flats). He’s raising funds for his preservation project, called Save the Sixties, over at
iles McDermott might just be the youngest person to restore a time capsule home. An award-winning designer, local tastemaker and fellow old soul living in Phoenix, Arizona, he’s just spent the last few years transforming his own mid-century style home– which he found looking worse for wear on Craigslist– into a virtual museum of 1960s interior design. This monumental DIY project has since inspired Miles to start an unconventional campaign, beginning with his local area to “preserve, restore and showcase select homes … rescuing them from terribly-trendy makeovers and erasing their mid-century details and spirit”. The non-profit project is called Save the Sixties. I just don’t know why I didn’t think of it first, damn it.
A photograph of Miles’ great grandparents, Don and Del Willis in their home in 1956.
It’s still very early days for this ambitious project, and there are likely a few hiccups in the plan, but I’m on board with this kitschy dream and thought you might be too…