1960’s Homes Gave This Guy An Idea That Would Make Austin Powers Proud.

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Miles McDermott has just come up with an amazing idea: He wants to restore time capsule homes to their original glory.

The sixties were a complicated time, full of complicated things like war, drugs, pushback against feminism, violence, racism, and insurrection. While we certainly don't mean to trivialize that fact, we will say that the sixties did have one positive thing going for it: The home furnishings and decor were totally on point. One man from Phoenix, Arizona recognizes that, and wanted to figure out a way to preserve sixties home design in all of its glory. His name is Miles McDermott, and his Save the Sixties project intends to purchase old homes, find historically accurate furnishing, and transform the spaces into their former mid-century modern selves. It's an ambitious project, but McDermott has already proven that it can be done: He transformed his own home into a sixties time capsule, and you can see the fruits of his labor in the photos below. After taking a peek at McDermott's home, you're going to want to get yourself (or at least, your home) back to the sixties as soon as possible.
Miles McDermott

His non-profit project is called Save the Sixties, and it focuses on preserving those mid-century details and styling that people, for some reason, are quick to get rid of.

Miles McDermott

McDermott is an award-winning designer in Phoenix, and he started the project by turning his own home into a time capsule.

Miles McDermott

Now he wants to "preserve, restore, and showcase" homes, saving them from the generally bad modern makeovers that many of them get.

Miles McDermott

And you've got to admit: If you're going to make a time capsule home, doing so with furnishings from the sixties will make it amazingly cute.

Miles McDermott

They just don't make 'em like they used to, you know?

Miles McDermott

McDermott is focused on furnishings, yes, but also doesn't neglect even the smallest details. Additionally, he doesn't want to simply restore the homes for himself or others to live in, either.

Miles McDermott

McDermott says that ideally, each restored home will be available for the public to enjoy, and they can use the homes for events and vacation stays.

Miles McDermott

The best part is, the money from this venture will all go back into the project: He wants to use the funds to hunt down authentic furnishings and decor.

Miles McDermott

McDermott plans for all of his homes to be historically accurate, transporting the visitor back to what he thinks is a more aesthetically appealing time. After seeing these photos, we tend to agree.

Miles McDermott