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From the Ashes: A Fire-Ravaged Barn in Lawrence, Kansas, Transforms Into an Outdoor Retreat

Evan Williams accidentally burned down her family’s barn-turned-cottage when she was a grad student. Now its charred remains are the centerpiece of her show-stopping Kansas garden.



Bittersweet adds a delicate touch to a fall centerpiece.
Photography By Diane Guthrie
Pink and orange create a soft, unique color palette for an outdoor autumn wedding.
Photography By Diane Guthrie
Evan Williams starts her centerpiece with pears, plums and grapes.
Photography By Diane Guthrie
Sweet autumn clematis bursts from the rafters of the salvaged barn.
Photography By Diane Guthrie
Neighbor children Hilary and Lyle Griggs walk along a path brightened with baskets of seasonal chysanthemums.
Photography By Diane Guthrie
Golden rudbeckia and red begonias brighten the sunny deck.
Photography By Diane Guthrie
A bistro table offers a spot for intimate conversation.
Photography By Diane Guthrie
Family members Buzz, Roger, Evan and Jake enjoy time together on one of the barn's decks.
Photography By Diane Guthrie
Hosta and ferns, punctuated with splashes of color, fill raised beds in the barn's interior.
Photography By Diane Guthrie
The limestone barn gets a touch of elegance with orange bittersweet, a green hedge apple, and a wooden basket filled with apples and flowers from the late-blooming Hydrangea paniculata 'Tardiva.'
Photography By Diane Guthrie
Evan's oldest son, Sam, left, helps a bartender prepare to serve wedding guests.
Photography By Diane Guthrie
Roses tied with ribbon dance in the breeze.
Photography By Diane Guthrie
A warm bouquet of apples and roses suits the season.
Photography By Diane Guthrie
A green hedge apple brings strong texture to an arrangement with hydrangea blossoms, an apple and a pear.
Photography By Diane Guthrie
Floating paper lanterns reflect the colors of the garden centerpiece.
Photography By Diane Guthrie





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