muse of the night

August 25th 2016 Comments: 6

A few months ago, I discovered something shocking about my young NYC staff members – they had never actually seen the musical Phantom of the Opera. How could this be? I ranted that, in spite of the schmaltzy and melodramatic plot, it was one of the most spectacular set designs … [read more]

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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:

seeing seaside

August 4th 2016 Comments: 8

Today’s guest writer is one of our firm’s newest additions – Mary Catherine Walter. Please welcome a young voice and perspective. Before last weekend, Seaside, Florida was only a familiar fiction to me, a resort town I had heard both praised and criticized, a controversy, the first born of New … [read more]

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the printed works: atlanta homes & lifestyles, august 2016

July 28th 2016 Comments: 5

The following story, a tour of our Atlanta, Georgia office, is the cover story of the August issue of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine. We are reprinting it with their kind permission. The article was written by Elizabeth Ralls and photographed by Erica George Dines. The buoyancy and empowerment that comes … [read more]

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collaborative efforts: louis fusco landscape architect

July 21st 2016 Comments: 1

Congratulations are in order for one of our talented collaborators. Connecticut based landscape architect, Louis Fusco, was recently awarded the top honor in Connecticut Cottages and Gardens magazine’s 2016 Innovations in Design Award (full disclosure – I was an esteemed judge on this jury but I kept my trap shut … [read more]

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screen, screened

July 15th 2016 Comments: 2

Nothing sucks the beauty out of a room like the mammoth black hole of a television screen. Now, over the years, we’ve definitely seen enormous boob tube enhancements. Certainly, the screens have gotten flatter and thinner but they still seem to loom in the room, glaring at us with their … [read more]

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open house: florida gulf front manse

July 7th 2016 Comments: 4

Travel along the beachside route of Highway 30A in the panhandle of the Florida coast and you’ll eventually stumble upon the town of Rosemary Beach. Designed by the urban-planning-poobahs, Duany Plater-Zyberk, the town sits as a modern day design landmark. Almost 20 years ago, we were invited to this burgeoning … [read more]

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gate expectations

June 30th 2016 Comments: 2

Gate Design by Kaiser Trabue Landscape Architects Still round the corner there may wait, A new road or a secret gate. J. R. R. Tolkien Gates in the landscape often send mixed messages – some welcome, some forbid and still others, protect. All, however, serve as vestibules to the imagination. … [read more]

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introspection report

June 23rd 2016 Comments: 2

If you’d like to delve a bit into Bobby McAlpine’s mind, you’re in luck this week. Two separate magnifying glasses have peered into the ear of our fearless founder and the results are online. Host James Swan featured Bobby on his popular podcast “Million Dollar Decorators”. The 30-plus minute interview … [read more]

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anger management

June 16th 2016 Comments: 17

“The opposite of war isn’t peace – it’s creation.” This quote – from the musical Rent – has been in my head a lot in recent days. It’s because of the incomprehensible act of violence perpetrated on humanity in Orlando this past weekend. Being in the creative field and living … [read more]

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