merry christmas

December 25th 2012 Comments: 4

One of our recently completed homes lovingly rendered in gingerbread for a Christmas party.

creche course

December 18th 2012 Comments: 4

The Episcopal Church of the Ascension here in Montgomery, Alabama asked us to design a Christmas creche to replace their well-worn model. This was a commission to replicate in miniature one of the most famous shelters in history! The project went to the capable hands of staff member Charlie Caldwell … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Holidays

moving on

December 11th 2012 Comments: 11

My family and I are in the process of selling and moving out of the 1914 Beaux Arts estate we’ve called home for the past eleven years. The reasons are twofold: planning for the future and a good dose of architectural ADD (given our history, our attention span is apparently … [read more]

I feel pretty

December 4th 2012 Comments: 28

As a matter of fact, the ornate branches of architecture are sometimes treated like a flamboyant uncle at the family reunion: fun to look at it for a bit but not to claim or take seriously. I think, however, that decoration and ornament have a distinct place in the building … [read more]

fire place settings

November 27th 2012 Comments: 4

As the chill of winter sets in and the holidays trot toward full gallop, nothing extends a welcome to family and friends like a blazing fire. The focus and bookend of all great rooms, the mantel and its hearth beckon visitors to warm the hands and soul.  After all, any … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Fireplace

attic fan

November 20th 2012 Comments: 4

Recently, while cleaning out the attic in my 100 year-old house (pictured above) and preparing for an upcoming move, I was reminded how much I love being nestled within the folds of a roof form.  There’s something very comforting about residing in the air space that results from the basic … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Architecture Details

kitchen counterpoint

November 13th 2012 Comments: 3

Bobby McAlpine isn’t just a residential architect; he’s a thinker. He and his Montgomery, Alabama-based firm McAlpine Tankersley have designed some of the most beautiful homes in the country over his nearly 30-year career. And what makes those houses and their rooms (kitchens included!) special is the way he conceptualizes, … [read more]

a sense of workplace – three

November 6th 2012 Comments: 5

With a toehold firmly established in Nashville, MBF set its sights on Atlanta. Hartsfield International allows fluid access to an ever expanding client base; the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center and nearby shops offer designers great shopping and personal access to important vendors. For 10 years, the original Atlanta branch was … [read more]

inside the business of design

November 1st 2012 Comments: 1

His goal for the series is to uncover the success of top design professionals in the industry to help our community build stronger businesses. The series kicks off on November 7th with an interview with Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, at the Tishman Auditorium at the … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Event

a sense of workplace – two

October 30th 2012 Comments: 2

Originally germinated in Montgomery, Alabama, MBF Interiors has grown into a partnership of offices in Nashville, Atlanta and New York and works with McAlpine Tankersley clients as well as others nationwide.  One constant of the firm is affection for change.  In many ways this “band of gypsies” is happiest searching … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Office Design Details
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