This month’s issue of Flower magazine features the most beautiful and sentimental 1920s home located in Birmingham, Alabama. After a devastating fire from a lightening strike, homeowners Patty B. and Dave Driscoll decided to rebuild their home, preserving the architectural bones while updating spaces to make it a better version of itself.
The Driscolls met with architects Liz and John Carraway and planned to recreate the house using salvaged bricks. They also decided to tackle some renovations that had been on their wish list such as expanding the kitchen, creating a proper master bath, building an easier access to the front of the house, and reconstructing the pool. Designer Mary Evelyn McKee stepped in to help the couple sort what to keep and what was beyond repair. “After we went to their storage facility and saw how much they’d lost, I knew they needed to rebuild their lives with art and furniture that could mean as much to them as what they’d lost,” Mary Evelyn said to Flower magazine.
Treasures the family lost in the fire could not be replaced, but with Mary Evelyn’s help, they could create new memories. Patti B. devoted a year to restoring her home while visiting auction houses and design centers across the country and in England. As a result, their home is just as it was — yet better suited for a 21st-century family — where new memories interweave with “before the fire” recollections. Photography by Laurey W. Glenn.
To read more of the Driscolls’ heartwarming story, please visit Flower magazine. I highly recommend a subscription to this beautiful publication, which you can obtain through their website or via Amazon.