Pre­serv­ing the Art of Home

Atomic Ranch - - Editor’s Letter - Sarah Jane Stone

When you love mid­cen­tury ar­chi­tec­ture, there is a pas­sion that ac­com­pa­nies it, a de­sire to save the el­e­ments that set it apart, the unique pieces of pe­riod charm. This is where preser­va­tion begins. Many own­ers of Mid­cen­tury Mod­ern homes see them­selves as stew­ards. They are the pro­tec­tors of their home’s fu­ture and the pur­vey­ors of its his­tory. De­spite be­ing the mid mod equiv­a­lent of a knight in shin­ing ar­mor, th­ese home­own­ers moon­light as nor­mal peo­ple who do nor­mal things. They bring in piles of mail, make din­ners that spill and splash, wash loads of laun­dry and curl up on the couch to watch movies.

So how does preser­va­tion line up with nor­mal ev­ery­day life, let alone per­son­al­iza­tion?

Look no fur­ther, be­cause the home­own­ers in this is­sue have mas­tered this del­i­cate bal­ance.

In Min­nesota, a fam­ily of four has turned a two-bed­room house into a dream come true (page 30), while in Michi­gan a fam­ily blends to­gether with per­fectly quirky twists (page 42). Plus, an in­te­rior de­signer proves that a mid mod home can boast in­cred­i­ble vin­tage fur­nish­ings with­out feel­ing like a mu­seum (page 54).

Mak­ing a mid­cen­tury house feel like a cozy, wel­com­ing home doesn’t need to feel like a bat­tle, so if ar­mor isn’t your style, don’t fret. Pre­serve your home by re­mem­ber­ing to cel­e­brate the el­e­ments that ini­tially sparked your ap­pre­ci­a­tion—look up at those clerestory win­dows more of­ten and dust off the breeze­blocks—then en­joy the process of fill­ing it with fur­nish­ings that bring both joy and func­tion­al­ity.

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