some assembly required

June 2nd 2016 Comments: 1

Assembling furniture in a room is something we take quite seriously – whether it’s by decorating an existing room or in designing a new room – orchestrating and harmonizing furnishings is always foremost in our mind. All furniture has distinct character, some are dramatic while others come across as demure … [read more]

two’s company

May 5th 2016 Comments: 4

What is it about twins that is so intrinsically settling (the above image notwithstanding)? Pairs hold a mystical place in our collective lexicon. You’ll find twins in the mythologies of many cultures around the world. In some they’re seen as ominous, in others they’re seen as auspicious. Often seen as … [read more]

accoladen

March 3rd 2016 Comments: 5

This past weekend found us richly honored – we received not one but two awards for excellence in interior design. The Southern Chapter of the Institute of Classical Art and Architecture rewarded a pair of Susan Ferrier’s interiors with their coveted Shutze Award. Both of the interiors, one residential and … [read more]

The Printed Works: Veranda March/April 2015

July 23rd 2015 Comments: 2

We are reprinting it with their kind permission. The article was written by Mimi Reed and photographed by Erica George Dines. Susan Ferrier creates rooms that are the visual equivalent of a Gregorian chant. They’re dusky and glinting, tranquil and exciting. Her slipcovers even evoke the simplicity of monk’s robes. Bright … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Veranda

Collaborative Efforts: Tom Berry Upholstery

June 18th 2015 Comments: 7

Recently, I needed some furniture reupholstered for my upcoming Manhattan move. I unhesitatingly went straight to my go-to furniture master, a jovial fellow named Tom Berry here in Montgomery. While visiting with Tom, it suddenly struck me that I’ve been working with him for almost thirty years. Way back before … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Upholstery

ice box tops

March 12th 2015 Comments: 15

Over the years, we’ve come up with a number of ways to beautifully and gracefully accommodate this unwieldy frigid casket. Following are a few of our adroit solutions. Here, the unit is paneled in a stained pecky cypress.  It’s mass is balanced with a matching pantry cabinet which mirrors the … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Kitchen

the catbird’s out of the bag

March 5th 2015 Comments: 2

The Catbird Collection (you gotta love that name) is debuting tonight in Houston, Texas at a soiree hosted by Ruth Gay of the famed Chateau Dominigue and the stunning new Milieu magazine. Cindy graciously invited a few of her designer friends to contribute to this new collection; Bobby McAlpine and Susan Ferrier jumped … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Upholstery

open house: windy city country house

December 3rd 2013 Comments: 5

This English country style inspired home was our first commission located in Hinsdale, a bucolic neighborhood and Chicago bedroom community. The house is situated on a long, narrow corner lot.  Given the difficult nature of the property, the design of the house realized itself as a one-room deep house. This type … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Yeager Home

the importance of beauty

November 19th 2013 Comments: 3

Just over a week ago Greg Tankersley, Ray Booth and I returned from the Design Leadership Network Summit.  Many great minds shared with us the latest and greatest in augmented reality, social media, as well as new ways to think about our businesses and how we live our lives in … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Bedroom Design

book report

August 27th 2013 Comments: 2

Authored by Bobby and Susan Ferrier, this will be a follow-up to our best selling book, The Home Within Us (which is now in its 6th printing). This latest book focuses on five lush interiors from our popular Camp at the Ridge lake houses. Art of the House, published by our … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Art of the House
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