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Interview by Kelly Cox | Photos by Steve Roberts wen Driscoll, principal and creative director of Driscoll Design Group, leads the way through her airy East Memphis home to the sunroom, which has floor-to-ceiling French windows on three sides and is suffused with afternoon light filtered through Japanese maple leaves. The house itself dates back to 1948, when local architect and artist Nowland Van Powell designed it as his family home. Driscoll especially admires the bricked courtyard, which connects to the sunroom on its north side. “You see that in New Orleans or Charleston,” she says, “but it’s very unique in Memphis.” Having grown up in both Kentucky and Memphis, Driscoll feels her design aesthetic reflects the mix of rural and urban environments, as seen in her design approach at the new East Memphis restaurant Acre. Driscoll describes Acre, located in a renovated house, as a “Southern, sophisticated, chic environment, not austere or pretentious.” Her thoughts about design and more continue on her blog, Ragland Hill Social, which is named after a spot on her family’s Kentucky farm.

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Top: Three walls of the sunroom boast floor-to-ceiling French windows framed with woven linen draperies. Driscoll painted the brick walls white and darkened the heart pine ceiling. Above: Family finds from the Driscolls’ Kentucky farm and beyond fill a rustic, wooden dough bowl.

RSVP Magazine May 2012  

RSVP magazine is like no other publication in the city of Memphis. What began as simply “The Society Pages” more than a decade ago has evolv...

RSVP Magazine May 2012  

RSVP magazine is like no other publication in the city of Memphis. What began as simply “The Society Pages” more than a decade ago has evolv...

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