By Frances MacDougall | Photography by Marcy Black Simpson
Mark and Sissy Simmons had a grand French Regency house in Nashville’s tony Belle Meade neighborhood where they raised four children. But once the children had grown and moved away, the time seemed right to feather another nest—perhaps something a little less formal that would still welcome their vast collections of antiques. So the couple decided to sell their house and build their dream home. They found a small rental cottage to serve as temporary space and made a few accommodations to fit their needs. But due to a fire, the Simmonses suddenly had no place to live—and their new house was in the earliest stages of construction.