the digitally printed works: architectural digest, august 2016

September 1st 2016 Comments: 5

The following story, a tour of Bobby McAlpine’s Lake Martin, Alabama home, appeared as an article on Architectural Digest’s newly expanded online content. We are reprinting it with their kind permission. The article was written by Jacqueline Terrebonne and photographed by Erica George Dines. Leave it to an architect to create … [read more]

a flight of fancy

August 18th 2016 Comments: 4

A few years ago, I wrote a post about Jim Scott’s enraptured garden located at Lake Martin, Alabama. Last week we posted it again.  Now, thanks to modern technology, you can tour this magical property through aerial eyes.  Enjoy this wonderful short film by Orchestrate:

the re-purpose driven life

May 12th 2016 Comments: 6

Currently, the trendy buzzphrase in the architectural word is “Green Design.” This is basically defined as a philosophy of creating buildings that minimize negative environmental impact. This is accomplished by efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, energy, and development space. When asked if we practice this concept of … [read more]

reaching new lows

February 25th 2016 Comments: 8

Today, I’d like to offer high praise to the low ceiling. I certainly realize this commendation could be perceived as real estate blasphemy. After all, you never see property ads excitingly touting shallow ceilings as a desirable amenity. The origins of the architectural low ceiling (especially of the 8-foot-high-variety) can … [read more]

American Idyll

July 2nd 2015 Comments: 6

Scores of bucolic lakes pepper the landscape of this great country so once the pilgrims figured out how to survive (thanks Native Americans), the next step in American evolution was kicking it back lakeside.  We dragged along with us tents and then erected meager huts, simple places to shelter us … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Holidays

the printed works: traditional home october 2014

November 20th 2014 Comments: 4

 And not just any issue but their 25th Silver Anniversary issue! We are reprinting it with their kind permission. As a bonus for our blog readers, I’ve included some of our original design drawings of the house. The article was written by Eleanor Lynn Nesmith and photographed by Emily Jenkins Followill.  David Baker … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Entry

gilt by association

October 30th 2014 Comments: 2

This never happens to me. “I noticed the light would move through the space, selectively choose objects and illuminate them to the point of bursting,” he told me, describing the moment he knew he was onto a new book. “It was very choosy. Everything got its turn at being precious … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Interior Design

the printed works: house beautiful september 2014

October 9th 2014 Comments: 6

We are reprinting it with their kind permission. As a bonus for our blog readers, I’ve included some of our original design drawings of the house. The article was written by Lisa Cregan and photographed by Francesco Lagnese. Lisa Cregan: How do you create rooms that glow? Susan Ferrier: Dark walls … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Furniture

room with a review

August 21st 2014 Comments: 7

The following was written by Deborah Dluzen. Ms. Dluzen lives in Portland Oregon and is a self confessed “stalker” of ours. She’s also a poetic writer. These words (which I discovered on her FaceBook page – stalking you right back, my dear Deborah) perfectly captured the feel of our book. … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Window

still life lessons

May 15th 2014 Comments: 0

This new book focuses on five wooden cabins at Lake Martin, Alabama. The structures, part of the Camp at the Ridge, share basic architectural DNA but their interiors, all masterfully done by Susan Ferrier, are very different in style.   Siblings all, but with their own distinct personalities. I want … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Interior Design
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