Soulfully Surreal
The Madigan Home

By Kacy Green • Photography by Brian W. McDonald

When approaching the Dothan, Alabama, home of Dr. Merle Madigan, there are many expressive words that come to mind. “Traditional” is not one of them. Spend a little time with her, and it won’t take long to understand why. “I wanted to do something different,” Madigan explains. “Something emotional, personal.” And that is exactly what she did. She located a property that felt right and proceeded from there.

     “I assisted in the design process from the blueprints forward,” Madigan shares. The home is open with a fresh, airy appeal. This aspect of the design is important to Madigan, who was influenced by the style of her native Florida. She researched various magazine plans from which she noted unique elements that intrigued her. She also drew inspiration from the local residence of Dr. John Gordon. “He grew up in Barbados, and I was drawn to the open feel of his home,” she asserts. Combining elements from different sources and working with Omega Builders, she was able to establish a reasonable square footage and a design that best suits her lifestyle and personality.

     The front of the home is beautifully landscaped with container gardens of ceramic and terra-cotta pots ranging in shapes, sizes, styles and colors, spreading a multifarious display of flora. Petrified stone and additional containers continue the garden up the front steps, welcoming guests to the main entrance. Instead of a traditional doorbell, a gong hangs to the right of the doorway, with a mallet suited to announce arrival...  [subscribe to read full article]