Displaced by Hurricane Katrina, a designer returns to Mississippi to breathe new life into a historic home.
Photographer: Laura Moss, Stylist: Elizabeth Beeler
When Coastal Living first spoke with designer Becki Abercrombie in our July/August 2006 issue, one year after Hurricane Katrina, she had these parting words to share: “We will return! We won’t abandon the coast we’ve come to love. We’ll work to bring back Bay St. Louis. And when the lines form again at restaurants and the roar of cicadas fills warm summer nights once more, we’ll be there.” Because her former residence had been completely leveled by the hurricane, Abercrombie went looking for a new place, promptly falling in love with a badly damaged early 1900s bungalow. For nine months, she toiled feverishly to transform the home, crafting an open floor plan and installing sparkling new floors, high ceilings, and a hard-working kitchen built to accommodate dinners for her large family. Here, Abercrombie’s lessons for giving a home a second chance.