Flower Magazine

MAR-APR 2019

Browse "flower" to learn techniques from established and up-and-coming designers, be inspired by the floral decor of weddings, galas, and flower and garden shows, and infuse your lifestyle with chic floral fashion and home decor.

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For more information, see Sources, page 76 "We've tried other roses, but these are beautiful, and the pink and lilac varieties are the best," says Patty B. In her recent work, roses are metaphors for feminine grace and resilience, which are often taken for granted. Her art is a celebration of heritage, tradition, and fortitude. Calling on these traits, she devoted a year to slowly restoring her home, evaluating, culling, and visiting auction houses and design centers across the country and in England. All the while the Carraways were working on the architecture. "The kitchen had been redone in the '90s," says Liz, "but there were still flaws that needed to be fixed: a weird basement access, a small kitchen, a closed-off study. We cleaned up the back of the house, upstairs and down. Now it feels open and seamless," she says. The master bedroom proved to be another challenge. "There was no light," says Liz. "Still it was beautifully quirky. We lost a window that looked out on a ho-hum deck and created a bay. They had to trust us; it was a leap of faith for everyone that it would not kill the original complexion of the house." The result is a cool, light-filled space that leads to a luxurious bath and laundry room. The entire rebuild was a leap of faith that, despite the loss, kept the Driscolls believing that they would get their house back. Now, the "before the fire" memories get tangled up with postfire recollections, suggesting that the team got it right. Their house is just as it was before the fire, except that it now functions for a 21 st -century family with adventurous pets, travel-loving children, and steadfast owners who had the optimism, energy, and creativity to see it through. CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The coffee table came from the auction of Bunny Mellon's estate. • A restored Josef Albers lithograph hangs above the mantel. The Louis XVI gilt chairs were found at an estate sale. • The Carraways expanded the master bath and created a paneled niche for the tub. The Afghan chair provides perching and stacking space. OPPOSITE: "[Farrow & Ball's] Pale Powder started it all," says Patty B. of the master bedroom's calming color. "I've used it at every house we've lived in."

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