by Poki Hampton, photo by Sara Essex Bradley
WHEN DONNA AND DAVID MACHADO found their current home in Gulfport, Mississippi, it had been on the market for three years. Built in the 1970s, the house was in its original condition. The Machados could see past the 40-year-old layout and décor, including floral wallpaper and green bathtubs, to realize the potential of turning this into their family home.
“After we closed on the house, the previous owners, who had lived here for 40 years, rented it back from us for six months while they built their retirement home. During this time, we were able to make plans for the renovation,” says Donna. “I interviewed five designers and decided that Jennifer Dicerbo of French Mix would work well with me. We really hit it off.”