February 5th 2015

third time’s a charm

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I can’t believe I’ve been penning this little blog weekly for three years now. My mother was right; the older you get the quicker time flies.
IMG_1254Every year, to mark the anniversary of this journal, we like to offer the chance to give back to you lovely folks who take the time out of your busy lives to peruse my ramblings. In 2014, over 120,000 people from 134 countries stumbled across this blog and for that we are extremely grateful.

This year, the prize is an autographed copy of our latest book from Rizzoli, The Art of the House – Reflections on Design. Signed by both Bobby McAlpine and Susan Ferrier, this book is what all the well-dressed coffee tables are wearing this year. This gilt-bound edition features five of our lake houses with five very differing interiors. Since the traditional and modern gifts suggested for a third anniversary are leather and crystal, the interiors found within this book are aptly appropriate for the giveaway this year.

Please leave a comment and you’ll be in the running for this gem. I’ll announce the fortuitous recipient next week.


Greg Tankersley for McAlpine Tankersley


  1. Hildy L says:

    Would love to own the book!

  2. kenju says:

    This book belongs on my coffee table!!

  3. Cindy White says:

    I already have this book and love it but would be thrilled to receive an autographed copy to give to my sister for her birthday!

  4. Janie Lowery says:

    Would love to have my coffee table wear this book! Fond admirier of your work and looking forward to hearing Susan Ferrier talk tomrrow at the Botanic Gardens in Memphis, TN.

    all the best,
    janie lowery
    memphis, TN

  5. B. Hamilton says:

    Enjoy your blog! thanks for talking the time to share your musings:)

  6. Signe Adams says:

    Love your work!! The book looks fabulous!!

  7. paula gavin says:

    Some of the fines design and architecture in the world, bar none.

  8. Sally Johannessen says:

    There is not much I love better than a good book. I would be thrilled to have this one in my library.

  9. Melissa Devor says:

    I feel fortunate that you share your perspectives and gorgeous photos so regularly. I’d love a copy of the book. Especially as we are just about ready to begin the renovation of our home.

  10. Sally Johannessen says:

    Books are one of my greatest pleasures and yours is one of my favorites.

  11. Janie Lowery says:

    make that “admirer”…the one time that I needed auto-correct to actually work for me!

  12. david braly says:

    I don’t have a copy of this book, either…but it will be my “visiting gift” book when I go to see friends in England in May!

  13. Kristine says:

    Would love to receive a signed copy of this book! McAlpine Tankersley is one of my favorite and most inspirational design firms. I truly love your body of work.

  14. I follow a number of architectural, fashion, and home furnishing blogs, and I can honestly say there is none I look forward to reading each week than the McAlpine Tankersley blog. Erudite and full of upbeat attitude and beautiful imagery, its a joy to read.

  15. Kathi Gilleland says:

    I have had the privilege of visiting some of the Bobby McAlpine homes in Nashville, as well as work on garden projects as at two of the houses. It is always a treat!

  16. Catherine Pringle says:

    I have been meaning to pick up a copy of the book. A signed copy would be even better! I enjoy the blog. Great work!

  17. kay roney says:

    I enjoy this blog, your prose as well as your pictures. I find it a midweek respite from the uncurated bounty around us.

  18. Sandra Zarzaur says:

    Pick Me! Pick Me! I could peruse your fabulous work anytime!

  19. I left a hint for Santa Claus stating I would love to receive your latest book, which I did not receive, so perhaps I will win it instead.

    Thank you for your inspiring, creative work.


  20. Louise McPhillips says:

    Would love a signed copy of your book!

  21. Susan LeSueur says:

    What a wonderful Valentine to treasure!

  22. Susan LeSueur says:

    A wonderful Treasure to cherish!

  23. This book is on my wish list, so I would love to win an autographed copy. I am soon to build another home and would be inspired, as always, by your beautiful projects, even though sadly, mine will not be on a lake. Always enjoy your posts.

  24. J.Scott Finn says:

    Fantastic! On our coffee table it would remain in a MCAT designed domicile…or perhaps it would be most appropriate to present as a gift to the Library at the Rome Center.

  25. Linda Lewis says:

    Always enjoy your blog! What a fantastic book to put on my coffee table…it would cherished!

  26. KEN PENUEL says:

    Love your designs and your presentation of what we consider “Home”.

    Keep up the good work.

    Fort Gaines, Georgia

  27. Annette Byrd says:

    My coffee table is terribly under dressed, this book would be a wonderful accessory. Love all y’all’s wonderful work, so inspiring.

  28. Andy Akard says:

    Greg and all, have enjoyed the blog!

  29. Rhonda Summerlin says:

    I’ve read a lot about the book & think it would be a delight to own. Will keep my fingers crossed on this one.

  30. Linda Floyd says:

    Dear friends at McAlpine Tankersley Architecture,
    I have read each blog post since your auspicious beginning, thoroughly enjoy all your posts in Instagram, and am the proud owner of Bobby’s first book. I also live in Nashville and have several friends who are smart enough to live in one of your homes. Sadly, the Finding Home book is not on my shelf, and my family did not get my loud hints about the book at Christmas this year. I would be beyond thrilled to win an autographed copy!

  31. Serena says:

    Always look forward to your wonderful projects and insights!

  32. Karen Preuss says:

    i already have a copy – which I found in a wonderful home design shop here in Hudson, NY – but would love an autographed copy! And I’d give my other copy to my local library so everyone could enjoy these beautiful interiors! Love the blog, Greg!

  33. Johnny Rowland says:

    McAlpine Tankersley’s body of work has long been a favorite of mine …. up there right alongside Robert A.M. Stern’s. Continue the wonderful projects with your unique blend of modern/classic, casual/formal that also is emotionally attached to the clients’ needs, tastes, & desires. Following your blog gives me a more welcoming, personal, behind-the-scenes dialogue about the process of how the firm accomplishes this. Best wishes from your fan and a self-described “frustrated architect”! Johnny Rowland

  34. Carolyn says:

    Congratulations! Thanks for taking the time in your busy schedule to share your musings and the work of your amazing team with us here in the general public, and for always making it feel like a warm welcome. The book is on my wish list, and it would be such a delight to have a wish come true!

  35. Brett Cowden says:

    Thank you in advance for the book!

  36. Gregory Thomas says:

    I have long admired the work of your firm and feel fortunate to read your blog each week. It’s thought provoking indeed. I’d treasure this book in my collection, and look forward to finding it one way or another!

  37. Monica says:

    My coffee table would be proud to display your book!

  38. Woodward Deb says:

    your gorgeous book would elevate any coffee table! Wish it would find mine!

  39. Jen says:

    I am grateful I stumbled upon this blog but sad that I missed two years worth! I love your lyrical writings and details that you share, plus the translation into words of the emotions intended and conveyed so beautifully in pictures. Adding the words amplified the feelings. I also like that Greg responds to his twitter comments! @zjen

  40. Terri Fiori says:

    As an interior designer I always look forward to reading your blog for architectural and interior design inspiration….but there’s nothing like curling up on the couch, pouring through the pages of beautiful a design book!

  41. Hope I win! *fingers crossed* πŸ™‚

    PS> I love the sentiments you share in your blog. Been following along for a couple of years now.

  42. Lisa Tucker says:

    So glad I found your blog. I love everything that yall do!

  43. Mary Martin says:

    I have always wanted to build a house and knew yall would do my plans if it ever came to be. The next best thing is to enjoy seeing your works in print and occasionally in person.
    When you write a new blog it is always something I savor and enjoy. Thank you for taking the time to write and share your creative thoughts on home.

  44. Amanda Thompson says:

    I would love to own a signed copy of your book!

  45. Evelyn-Pierce Smith says:

    The Home Within Us has been a go-to inspirational book of mine for years. I can only imagine that The Art of Home will become my new favorite to use as inspiration for myself and my clients. True talent and wisdom in these books and I would be honored to have a signed copy to share with everyone around me.

  46. Renee Tittle Sutter says:

    Nothing would make me happy than to receive this book! Thanks!!

  47. Jennifer Brock says:

    I look forward to your blog each week.The houses you are working on seem to have the same feeling and ambience found in homes here in Houston, Texas. I love all your ideas and fresh approach.

  48. April Whitley says:

    Your blog is inspiring, exciting and so heartfelt!

  49. Derilyn Lavender Lee says:

    Always been an admirer of the incredible work that comes out of the offices of McAlpine Tankersley. I would be honored to be the lucky winner of your latest publication!

  50. Danielle Oke says:

    the photography is incredible!

  51. David Vaughn says:

    I am retired and there is nothing in the world I enjoy more than reading and studying all of the aspects of design, inside and out, that this book would offer. Thank you.

  52. Andrew Owens says:

    Would love to add this beautiful book to my collection! Keep up the great work!

  53. Sarah Judd says:

    This book would be as close as I’ll ever come to “owning” some of your work! I look forward to your sporadic posts and musings on life, (decorative) art and architecture, and how each are intertwined.

  54. Brent Rhodes says:


  55. Sam Zannino says:

    Winning this signed copy would qualify me to pen the follow-up: “The Art Of Receiving.”

  56. Amy Wooten says:

    I would LOVE to receive your book! Your work is amazing!

  57. Rebecca Taylor says:

    I love everything you do!

  58. Wanda Hodge says:

    I look forward to all you Posts, now that your Mom suggested I might like to read them. Of course I did and enjoy reading all of them! I’ve known of your talent since you were about three or four years old and I am not surprised of the success you have had using that talent! Very proud of you Greg! I would be happy to buy one of the books you are giving away. I have the perfect place for it…to share with others and to continue enjoying it, myself.
    Congratulations and best wishes for future successful ventures! We are very proud of you and the family.

    Congratulations on the success of the Firm and you.

  59. Congrats! We are major fans. Would love to add this book to our collection!

  60. Ben S. says:

    A fan of your work and really enjoy reading your blog! Congratulations on another anniversary!

  61. Amanda says:

    Everything you touch turns to gold! Would be so honored to have a signed edition of your book.

  62. Karen Vaughn says:

    I would love to add this book to our collection. I am hoping John Turners house is featured in the book. I had the privilege of tour his beautiful house, unfortunately my husband was not able to make the trip.

  63. Elizabeth says:

    What a treat to have an autographed copy of the book! I would love to add it to my coffee table so I could admire your work often.

  64. Linda Allen says:

    This beautiful would look beautiful on my coffee table and be admired by all my guest.
    Congratulations on your anniversary. Linda

  65. Julia Weller says:

    Had the opportunity to see so many beautiful McAlpine Tankersley homes in Nashvillle last week. What gracious hosts you all were! I felt like I was walking into a canvas of living painting. I would love the book not only to reflect on the experience, but to share with my son who is about to graduate from UVA’s architecture program. Wiser men than me one said, the greatest gift you can give is inspiration. For us, it would be more than a book, but seeds for a young mind to plant new roots and to share with his architecture professors in Virginia. We have given copies of some McAlpine books to his professors at UVA and they have been astounded at the work you all are doing.

  66. Michelle C. says:

    I greatly admire your work and would love to have a signed copy of your book. I would also be the first in line to apply should you expand McAlpine Tankersley to Nashville.

  67. Love your practical approach to life and design. Quite often I am moved to read your blog out loud to my husband who up until now would not be interested in a design blog. But you write with style and common sense. Thank you.

  68. patsy walters says:

    Love everything you do and your blog is a great inspiration to me.

  69. Christie says:

    I have been an admirer of your firm from the old school magazine days to the current social media era. I love your work!

  70. Brad Doty says:

    Thank you to you Greg and everyone on the amazing teams you all have!!!
    Your blog brings with it a truth found in the obvious love of your craft!!!
    Bobby and Susan’s book is truth set lyrically to life for all of us to share. And I must confess, I am better for having read it.

  71. Pilar Fitzgerald says:

    I don’t have one but if I win it, what an honor! And just for fun I would desing a Cape Dutch coffee table to display it gracefully.

  72. M Johnson says:

    Thank you for “Finding Home” – I enjoy reading the blog and love the pictures of the fabulous designs. It allows me to dream.

  73. Jon Blunt says:

    Great blog. Love all the wonderful images you share with the world. It helps keep me inspired to continue to create great design.

  74. Sam says:

    My coffee table would be honored to have a copy of this book on it.

  75. Grace W. Holmes says:

    Just wanted to say hello and I am enjoying reading your blogs.

  76. Heather says:

    Pick me! Pick me!!

  77. Heather Lack says:

    Oh, please pick me….I love you guys.

  78. Marnie Craven says:

    I already have this beautiful book. I only wish we could have our lakeside cottage on Deep Creek Lake in Garrett County, MD updated and redesigned by you!

  79. Shirley Henderson says:

    I am one of your readers from the other 133 countries.
    I read and enjoy your blog for your gentle, understated ,”throwaway ” sense of humour ( British?) and, of course , the wonderful architecture and pictures of interiors!
    Thank you, Greg!
    Kind regards,
    Shirley Henderson

  80. Lauren says:

    Love your blog and would love this book on my coffee table!

  81. Love your work! Love your blog!

  82. David says:

    I found this blog after seeing Bobby’s “Cabin” for sale in Nashville a few years ago – perfection! So I called the listing agent and asked “Dionne, who is this vision – qu’est-ce que c’est cette vision?” And in that moment I knew… I knew, that someday we’d up like this, like some glittering Doris Day/Rock Hudson extravaganza. I said to Dionne, “Dionne, I’m in love. Could this siren love me, are the gods be that kind?”
    Thank you for the continued inspiration.

  83. Theresa Moore says:

    Already read your book and loved it! The only thing that could make it better….autographs:)

  84. Angela says:

    I would enjoy this book very much, pass it on to a friend, and then ask for it back. πŸ™‚

  85. Christine Stanton says:

    Live your work and books, would love to have a copy in my home inAustralia . So inspiring!

  86. Jennifer Smith says:

    I have enjoyed the photos I have seen of your lake houses and they were fabulous!

  87. LJ says:

    I would love to win! I just discovered this blog and what a fantastic discovery it has been!


  88. Robin McKay says:

    I only stumbled upon you 6 months ago…but what a stumble I have made.
    Please continue penning Mr. Tankersley!

  89. Richard says:

    Enjoy the blog, keep it up!

  90. Courtney Czarnecki says:

    Wow. I can add nothing to the glorious barrage of eloquent and heartfelt comments above………..but a toasted almond cheesecake (MY specialty). If I win, I will reciprocate by making sure that one finds its way to Bobby & Susan when they come to High Point this spring!

  91. Susan Presley says:

    I love this blog and would very much enjoy this book!

  92. Candi Wynn says:

    Greg & Bobby are rare treasures, as gifted with words as with their keen eye and sense of style. Enjoy the blog and would DEARLY LOVE an autographed copy! Keep up the good work and many blessings to you!

  93. Patsy Frazier says:

    I’m neither an architect or a designer but was introduced to your blog by a very special young lady…Holly Payne. Each week I look forward to what you have to show us and say to us. You have a wonderful way with words!

  94. Dale E says:

    I’ve already got a place picked out for it.

  95. Jerome Fitzgerald says:

    i would love to win the book but even if I don’t I purchase it anyway as I so love your work! I aspire to hire you one day for myself!

  96. Bailey Bullard says:

    I would love to have a signed copy of your book! Your work is so inspiring, and you have changed the way I view design.

  97. Stuart Spisak says:

    Long time fan of your work!

  98. sara stolpe tetley says:

    Your posts are wonderful and I’m sure this book is as well!
    Please enter me in the giveaway.

  99. Pam Brain says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. McAlpine at The Canterbury in Palos Verdes CA years ago, and have been a fan ever since. Would love to enjoy your new book

  100. Would go beautifully with my house you designed!

  101. Elaine LeFleur says:

    I’ve loved watching the evolution of the firm’s work over all the years. And having this latest book would be a great addition to my collection. Thanks for this giveaway!

  102. Kate Ryan says:

    I would love to have a signed copy of your book!

  103. Paula Wiemholt says:

    Look forward to blog updates…..Am habitually searching for Google images of Bobby McAlpine interiors….love the fresh, clean, rustic look. If I am ever fortunate enough to build another home, I will be referring to my favorite “saved” images!

  104. Airin Kemp says:

    I swoon over beautiful decor and design!! Your blog is so eloquently written, pinch me please…..

  105. Airin Kemp says:

    I swoon over beautiful decor and design!! Your blog is so eloquently written, pinch me please…..

  106. Donald Moxley says:

    Thank you for the inspiring words and work.

  107. Robert K says:

    Would enjoy reading this with my family!

  108. Jason Dunham says:

    I don’t want your book. I just want to thank you for sharing your fantastic work through various media over the years. I love reading the blog and wish your growing firm best of luck. And just a note, I would actually really treasure a copy of your book as it would be a valuable addition to my library.

    All the best,

  109. Katherine Bibb says:

    I have admired your work for many years, and was thrilled to learn about your blog. It is something I look forward to reading, and always appreciate your insight and honesty. Please, please, please grace my coffee table with your wonderful book!

  110. Heather S says:

    This would be amazing to win! Thank you so much for the chance to!

  111. Erin Brooks says:

    My coffee table would be so lucky to don such a beautiful book. As a recent graduate form design school, I’m slowly building my library and this would be a welcome addition.

  112. Joanie says:

    Thank you for taking the time to share your talent, your heart and your dreams.

  113. Kathy Raughley says:

    Bingo! If I win..

  114. Janelle Tuck Lenhart says:

    Thank you for always inspiring me to look at my surroundings in a creative and unique way. I love your work and always look forward to your blog each week! Thank you for sharing your brilliance with the world!!!!

  115. Dwight McNeill says:

    Love your blog but I changed emails and haven’t seen it in a while. Always a fan, looking forward to hooking up again!

  116. Porter McCollister says:

    It’s wonderful to see old friends receive recognition on such a grand stage. Some of us have been fortunate enough to see the full development of an incredible career and a fabulous body of work. You have always surrounded yourselves with talented people and consistently designed stunning structures. Congratulations to Greg & Bobby for fulfilling their clients dreams while giving the rest of us beautiful work to admire.

  117. Andrew Campbell says:

    Would love this book in my hands!

  118. Judy Harris says:

    Capital idea to dress up my coffee table——count me in!!!!!

  119. I rejoice in your success and look forward to this beautiful volume, which I will be buying if I’m not the lucky winner!

  120. I would love to have a copy of the new book. Keep up the inspirational architecture, to the glory of the triune Creator!

  121. Lisa says:

    One day not long ago I gathered my old dog-eared magazine pages up thinking I needed a purge. A sort of editing to really hone in on my taste. I had no idea that over half my torn out pages were your fabulous work. I guess your aesthetic is so inspiring I unintentionally gravitated to your design. A great discovery. ART of the House would be a perfect addition to my shelf. XOXO Lisa

  122. Michelle Jones says:

    My husband is from Montgomery, and he first showed me a McAlpine Tankersley home there. I’ve been a fan ever since.

  123. Cindy says:

    I already own a copy of this delightful book and it is in fact on my coffee table! But I would love one that’s autographed!

  124. Amy in Omaha says:

    There is ‘maybe’ one home in Omaha that might be close to something you might design. Your blog is so inspirational to me who wishes she lived closer to that areas where one might be fortunate to ‘drive by’ a home design by you! Please continue your inspirational blog!

  125. Peggy Boyd says:

    Since my son dropped the ball and didn’t get me a signed copy for Christmas, I would love to display this on my coffee table along with my copy of The Home Within Us!

  126. Pamela Laferriere says:

    Will be honored if I am fortunate enough to win a signed copy of this book!

  127. Laura Short says:

    Thank you for these wondrous ramblings, lovely photos, and insights into your family and your processes. I’ve enjoyed reading these ramblings. I look forward to Year 4. Laura. (And, indeed! Time Flies…when you’re having fun!)

  128. Send me my book! lol. Just kidding. I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog and it has given me a lot to think about and consider over the years and that is an wonderful gift in itself. Thanks for sharing.

  129. Cyndia Montgomery says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for at least tw of those three years. I always love seeing what y’all are up to! Would love to add this book to my collection!

  130. Z. Luebke says:

    Love all your work! Not just the aesthetics but the theory by which you craft each solution for your clients! This book has been on my wish list since announcement of its release!

  131. Jill Haisten says:

    i have been a huge fan of your work for many years. I would consider it an honor to have your book on my coffee table

  132. toni says:

    I purchased a copy but would LoVe to own your signed copy. I follow your work (stalk your webpage and own everything published). Such a gifted team of professionals.

  133. Margaret Ann Mays says:

    Lovely blog, truly a pleasure to read. Congratulations on the anniversary of the blog. I would very much love to receive an autographed copy of the book!

  134. Wendy Dickinson says:

    The blog provides glimpses of beautiful interiors that seem to reflect even greater beauty of spirit. Thank you for the respite.

  135. Denise temple says:

    Oh My Gosh…how special would it be to win a copy of any of your wonderful books…I love your designs and I know your book will bean inspiration to me should I be lucky enough to win it. We are remodeling our federal style brick home and I am searching for ideas. I am sure I would find some great ideas in your book

  136. William Whitt says:

    Wonderful book! Great addition to anyone’s collection.

  137. Larry Dial says:

    your designs seem to be a perfect blend of very romantic concepts from the past (windows, fireplaces, layout, textures and materials) with very practical aspects of the present (furniture, lighting, materials, technology)… keep up the good work… love your designs…

  138. Ted Clayton says:

    I love your work and would love this book!

  139. RS Pierce says:

    As the builder of three McAlpine & Tankersley homes I wish I could present this signed copy book to the special clients in Houston whom we are completing their home this week. I have enjoyed the blog for the last three years as well as the others reading it was well. Enjoy…

  140. please pick me ✌️

  141. Kathy Caplan says:

    My coffee table and I would love a signed copy of The Art of the House! Please sign us up.

  142. Sheilah says:

    “Our house had a heart and a soul…we were in it’s confidence, and lived in its grace…” Mark Twain. I’m always inspired by the color palettes and details of your work. A home without books is home without a soul.

  143. Anna M. says:

    Thank you for taking time to educate and inspire!

  144. Thank you for the endless Inspiration!

  145. Gretchen says:

    I so enjoy your blog and know I would love your book. Thank you!

  146. Nancy B says:

    It is always so much fun to see each of your projects!

  147. Jay M. says:

    Thanks “kids” for all of your truly inspiring works all of these years. I’ve been a fan since I stumbled upon my first issue of Southern Accents and first saw your work in there 20+ years ago. ( It was the house in Charlotte commissioned for the gal that operates Circa I believe).



  149. Beth A. Ritzert says:

    I love your blog and would love to have this beautiful book on my coffee table!!!

  150. Bryan Busch says:

    Sign me up, David. It’s been too long and hope this finds you well!

  151. Ruthie Cook says:

    This may be my charmed third time, as well! Yes, Mr. Tankersley I do appreciate your efforts and love your rambling. It is with pleasure that I open your email, as I am certain never to be disappointed, but inspired!

    Thank you,


  152. Sallie Dillingham says:

    look forward to each of your blog entries and am always searching through articles for the latest ideas. I love this style of architecture and design

  153. Mini T says:

    so much to do; so little time. without you, where would we be?

  154. Constance Daly says:

    Your perspective, (not to mention beautiful photos) in this lovely blog, has provided priceless insight as we work through a home renovation. Thank you!

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