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Meet the Tastemakers: Mary Evelyn McKee – Pied-a-terre

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Meet the Tastemakers: Mary Evelyn McKee – Pied-a-terre

Mary Evelyn McKee has design and artistry in her genes. Painting classes with her grandmother taught her how to really see, and her artist father spurred her talents. “He was so encouraging. I could put two dandelions in a bottle, and he would proclaim it gorgeous. And my mother, an accomplished pianist, taught us tempo and movement to Mozart and Bach,” she says. From her richly artistic upbringing, she studied art history, cusing on decorative arts and architecture at Hollins College.

Her approach is personal, pragmatic and artistic. “When a client is updating, I look for solutions that are timeless, elegant and comfortable. I try to create something fresh and forward-looking, and use personal collections that reflect the individual,” she says. Her style is elegant but not fussy and informed by history yet fresh and surprising. Formulaic design is not in her vocabulary. She seeks the singular piece that creates the frission necessary for dramatic but inviting rooms.

Mary Evelyn began her design enterprise in 1986. Its success led to opening her retail interiors shop offering her signature palette of sunny neutrals and her eye for great design.

Whether in New York, Paris or Birmingham, her interiors shop exhibits designs for a lofty Pied-a-terre with midcentury and contemporary decor. Antiques add frission and gravitas.

Mary Evelyn has been published in Coastal Living, Southern Accents, Elle Decor, Traditional Home and many local publications.

PHOTOS: Annual Donor Appreciation Event

Friday, November 18th, 2011

(L to R): Lucy Thompson, Executive Director Fred Spicer, Peggy Balliet, Michael Balliet, Fay Ireland

On November 17, Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens held its annual Donor Appreciation soiree at the home of Lydia and Taylor Pursell. Approximately 100 donors enjoyed the cocktail party, enjoying a wide array of hor d’oeuvres provided by Whole Foods. Among guests in attendance were current board members: Tommy Amason and his wife, Yates, Lou Willie and his wife, Cindy Comford, Sheryl Kimerling and her husband, Jon, Tricia Noble and her mother, Janie Meadows, Board President Henry Ray and his wife, Carolyn, Scott Walton and his wife, Kelley, Mary Williamson and her husband, Lex, Laurie Allen, and Louise Wrinkle and her husband, John. The board also toasted its new members in attendance, who will assume their new roles in 2012: Cathy Adams, Brian Barr, Tricia Holbrook and Barbara Burton.

(L to R): Kim McBride, Lydia Pursell

(L to R): Mary Williamson, Director of Marketing and Membership Andrew Krebbs, Laurie Allen

(L to R): Laurie Allen, Barbara Burton, Philippe Lathrop, Judy Crittenden

(L to R): Executive Director Fred Spicer, Nancy Latimer, Lamar Latimer

(L to R): Ogden Deaton, Helen Harmon, Chris Harmon, Francie Deaton

(L to R): Joy Kloess, Price Kloess, Lex Williamson

(L to R): Bob de Buys, Holly de Buys

(L to R): Scott Walton, Kelley Walton

(L to R): Tricia Holbrook, Board President Henry Ray, Leah Taylor

(L to R): Ann Katholi, Bill Warren, Michael Balliet

(L to R): Don Cosper, Pat Cosper, Phillip Morris

(L to R): Sheryl Kimerling, Leah Taylor, John Roberts, Tricia Holbrook

(L to R): Charles Katholi, Ann Katholi

(L to R): Mary Evelyn McKee, Taylor Pursell

(L to R): Mary Williamson, John Forney, Ann Forney