a fairy tale cottage

April 30th 2013 Comments: 2 Topics: , , ,
“O, to be sure, we laugh less and play less and wear uncomfortable disguises like adults, but beneath the costume is the child we always are, whose needs are simple, whose daily life is still best described by fairy tales.”
― Leo Rosten

This past December, one of our houses appeared in a French design magazine called Maison Chic. It’s a wonderfully quirky house we designed once upon a time in Birmingham, Alabama for a lovely couple who yearned for a storybook English cottage. They were always attracted to those unique 1920s era houses that seem to exist in very town; the ones that look like they jumped off a Hans Christian Anderson page. Romantic childhood illustrations made real.  Given this task, we mined the sewing baskets of our imagination and wove them a house.

When the house was eventually photographed, it was, appropriately, a Christmas setting. Since this magazine is not carried in the United States (trust me, I searched) and we just got a copy from the publisher, I thought our blog followers might like to see this holiday spread. If any of our readers also happen to read French, I hope the article is as nice a read as any fairy tale.

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Greg Tankersley, for McAlpine Tankersley Architecture


  1. McAlpine Tankersley has been the most cutting edge Architectural Firm for many years. I am always in awe of the Classic, modern, organic and earthy take on their design concept – Just stunning!

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