close quarters

January 29th 2013 Comments: 4

Take our personal natural surroundings, for instance. Man (as designer and self-designated caretaker) throughout history has attempted to lion-tame Mother Nature. As a matter of fact, I’m sure even Adam grew frustrated trying to weed the Garden of Eden. When we are able to shrink the landscape down to an … [read more]

lounge act

January 22nd 2013 Comments: 2

This arrangement certainly works well with modern family life. It encourages social interaction and eliminates stuffy formal rooms (remember the rooms you were never allowed in as a child, but were forced into service on holidays and you couldn’t wait to escape?). Those dusty, imposing caverns are a thing of … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Interior Design

cohort folios

January 15th 2013 Comments: 0

We have some dear friends and colleagues who have a new book coming out this spring called The Welcoming House. As I pondered Cindy and Jane’s work, I thought of other talented individuals with whom we’ve been fortunate to collaborate. ┬áSo here’s a shameless plug for our friends. If you’ve … [read more]

vanity fare

January 8th 2013 Comments: 4

As an architect, there are certain key elements found in the typical modern house that are so much fun to design. The entrance door. The kitchen island. Fire fronts. None offers more opportunity for sheer theatricality as the master bath vanity. These altars of self-exaltation beg for over-the-top design flourishes. … [read more]

a january prayer

January 1st 2013 Comments: 3

The pull away of all that bounty leaves a hole it seems. I am scared, uncelebrated, my flesh unpatted, assurance gone, party over, everyone done, just me alone. I am left to fill a vessel still, and spooky. Sleep has taken over and I am left to wander unseen, it … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Interior Design