Flower Magazine

MAR-APR 2019

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P PATTY B. AND DAVE DRISCOLL WERE RUSHING to get out the door for the annual Lessons & Carols service at their daughter's school. She was singing with the chorale ensemble, and the tradition is well known and well attended in Birmingham, Alabama. The torrential rain, darkness, thunder, and flashes of lightning added to the sense of urgency. But once comfortably seated in the church, where the crowded bodies and the flicker of candlelight muted the violence of the storm, they settled in to welcome the Christmas season and experience the beauty of the service. Then a friend showed up and beckoned them to the side aisle. Lightning had struck; their house was in flames. What followed was a mad dash in the unrelenting downpour, a dramatic search for beloved pets—all of which were saved by heroic fire crews—and a steady stream of friends and family who brought umbrellas and sweaters and a warm embrace of support and strength. "People asked us that night if we were going to rebuild," says Patty B. "We never considered anything else." This was their forever home. At the same time, they were thinking, weighing their sentimental attachment to the house against their desire to make the reconstructed house a better version of itself. They went with the latter. The Driscolls' approach, once they met with architects Liz and John Carraway, was to use the saved CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Interior designer Mary Evelyn McKee • The stately façade of the 1925 house • A writing desk displays Patty B.'s painting Haughty and the preserved pastillage cake topper that she made for her wedding in 1997. OPPOSITE: A custom banquette is dressed in Nancy Corzine fabric with bullion fringe from Samuel & Sons. Patty B. bought the needlepoint Napoléon III twisted rope stool at auction. Architect Liz Carraway drew a Chippendale-inspired fretwork design for the glass doors on the bookshelves. M A R C H /A P R I L 2 0 1 9 | 43

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