Flower Magazine

MAR-APR 2019

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44 | M A R C H /A P R I L 2 0 1 9 bricks and recreate the house but do a few things on their "if we ever remodel" list: expand the kitchen, create a proper master bath, build an easier access to the front of the house, and make the pool more suited to their lifestyle. They reached out to designer Mary Evelyn McKee, who initially 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," says Mary Evelyn. Patty B. is a fine artist who studied at Skidmore, the California College of the Arts, and the Florence Academy of Art, among others, with an understanding of craftsmanship that goes beyond the everyday appreciation for beauty. She knew that what her family lost in the fire could not be replaced, but with Mary Evelyn's help, they could create new memories. They got to work replacing furniture; swooning over fabrics; scrutinizing trim, tape, and fringe; studying—with scholarly intensity—wallpapers and paint colors; and debating light fixtures. "I got a feel for her palette," says Mary Evelyn. "Patty B. gravitates toward pretty colors that are flattering and that look particularly good in that extraordinary light." In fact, Patty B.'s paintings often have some reference, whether literal or more abstract, to the David Austin roses that she and Dave have grown for years. Continued on page 51

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