Bobby’s first interior was a self-portrait. In our book The Home Within Us, he described it as a “public delivery – me at my best with everyone”. The second was a white phase – “which corresponded to a very extroverted, celebratory time – let’s be brave and ridiculous”. What naturally followed was a more introspective time. He wanted “to dim the houselights and contemplate all that had just happened and what was going to be”. All of these iterations mirrored what was going on with him emotionally and the statuesque space became the stage where finishes and furnishings played out the internal drama of his soul. Bobby always says, if you want to know what’s going on with me, walk through my house. It’s as if you could look at how the therapist’s couch was upholstered and you’d see the patient’s emotional state.
All these changes might be viewed as frivolous boredom or some type of unmedicated ADD, but all proved to be of priceless value. Lessons were learned and our clients were the beneficiaries of these rampant modifications. Not to mention, all these permutations were published and celebrated in magazines – here, here and here.
Value needs to be considered as something more than monetary. It can be defined as useful and important to one’s life work. After all, the only constant in life is change. We’re all ever evolving and this should be embraced and treasured, so why fight it? Receive whatever message is in front of you; revel and find worth in change daily.
Greg Tankersley, for McAlpine Tankersley
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While I understand the value of change, as I go back and look at these, I find I still prefer the first incarnation. The white always felt cold to me, and I’m not a fan of the moody latest phase. The first seemed more open, more welcoming, more down to earth.
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I was delighted to stumble upon your blog not only because your photos and designs are beautiful but also because Bobby McAlpine is from my home town! We are all so proud of him.
Love this house so much.