opening act

May 22nd 2014 Comments: 4

In a house, a good foyer should create the same awaiting promise; as soon as the door opens, an act one scene should be expertly set for the play unwinding within. It’s the grand opportunity to create drama – aside from a place to step out of the elements and … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Mirror

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

1000 islands (well, actually only 10)

May 8th 2014 Comments: 7

But laden with such responsibilities, how do you keep the design from looking like the USS Intrepid has suddenly stationed itself inside your kitchen? The following are some examples with tips we use in some of our designs: Cleverly break the scale down.  Notice how the countertop slab is elevated … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Kitchen

good bye from me, Argentina

May 1st 2014 Comments: 3

Every April, top Architects, Interior Designers and Landscape Architects meet at an exotic locale think tank to discuss how to further our professions and better serve our clients. Previous gatherings (documented on this blog) have occurred in Marrakech and Berlin. This year, the site chosen was the Paris of Latin, … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Travel

two of a mind

April 24th 2014 Comments: 2

The event begins at 1:00 PM. The pair will discuss their multiple creative collaborations as well as their new book from Rizzoli, Art of the House: Reflections on Design. Copies of the newly released book will be available for sale and signing immediately following the talk. As a twist, Bobby … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Windows

the printed works: southern living march 2014

April 17th 2014 Comments: 4

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 Mimi Reed and photographed by Laurey W. Glenn. Sometimes, designing a house is less about conforming to a graceful picture … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Exterior Design

auto coverage

April 10th 2014 Comments: 6

For those unaware of this unsightly, but useful appendage, it’s basically a structure that allowed a car and its inhabitants to pull under cover, leave the confines of the vehicle and enter the house protected from inclement weather. Think garage with no walls. In the South, these often doubled as … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Lake

shelf-reflection

April 3rd 2014 Comments: 12

Every available wall of his personal library was papered with a lifelong collection of books. He obviously required a nest feathered with reams of studious volumes. Today, we’re blessed with such technology that allows us to carry hundreds of books in what amounts to one good sized pamphlet. Your library … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Rustic Design

adolescent adulation

March 27th 2014 Comments: 11

 While car tripping up the Southeast coast, my wife and I have become decidedly amused by the college tours. As a matter of fact, our eye rolling is beginning to rival our daughter’s. We’re of the age where we were thrown by our parents into college with the old-tried-and-true-sink-or-swim method.  Welcome … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Brown Home

waterside effects

March 20th 2014 Comments: 3

Situate these enchanters near a lake or bay and their allure increases as they echo across the water’s mirror surface. Their reflections become both literal and meditative.  Finding refuge in these structures is a serene joy; their simple offerings harbor the soul and calm a troubled mind. So prop your … [read more]

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