balcony scenes

June 4th 2013 Comments: 0

It’s as if the buildings are making a teasing offering to an awaiting scene below, holding out promise of something magical yet to emerge.  Romantic perches, these shallow aeries seem to demand witness.  How magnificent it must be to have a golden ticket to these prime box seats, poised to peruse … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Design Inspiration

a june prayer

May 28th 2013 Comments: 6

School is out and I am about and free to be. If I were any happier there’d be two of me. Hence the seed Hence the notion Teenaged month. Why isn’t there one to share the wealth of feel? Gills open. All inclusive. I emit invitation. and connection, a courtly … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Furniture

house of a different color

May 21st 2013 Comments: 4

This particular house is a late 1800s Victorian in an historic designated district. This means we can change very little, architecturally, on the house’s exterior. The outside color scheme, however, is fair game. Therefore, it’s our sole exterior opportunity to make a design mark. I’ve become curious about doing an … [read more]

Staff Postcards

May 14th 2013 Comments: 1

On his sojourn this year, Charlie’s painterly eye was caught by some of Rome’s more deceitful architectural masterpieces. Here are a few of his correspondences: 18 April 2013 Good Morning! “Virtual Reality” One of the most intriguing aspects of Roman architecture is it’s theatricality. The line between reality and illusion … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Travel

wall to wall

May 7th 2013 Comments: 5

Today, walls get their due spotlight.  The wall plane is by far the most beheld of all room elements (it’s is at eye level, after all).  Dressing the wall, however, can go far beyond the drab frock of sheetrock.  Here are some examples of where we took the concept of … [read more]

a fairy tale cottage

April 30th 2013 Comments: 2

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 … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Press


April 23rd 2013 Comments: 9

The following four categories pictorially illustrate some of our favorite floor finishes: wood, natural tile, concrete tile and concrete.  All offer durable, beautiful richness and each were carefully selected for appropriateness in their respective design.  These may be underfoot but the impact of gorgeous flooring should never be underrated. WOOD … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Interior Design

welcome friends

April 16th 2013 Comments: 4

Such is the case with our partnerships with Cindy Smith and Jane Schwab, the wonderfully talented women who make up the interior design firm Circa. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina (they also have a satellite store in Birmingham, AL), this powerhouse duo has literally defined the cordial Southern interior. Now, … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: The Welcoming House

versammlung (assembly)

April 10th 2013 Comments: 5

The LDC is an organization that regularly brings together the world’s top architects, interior designers and media representatives to discuss issues in the professional design community. The theme of this year’s conference was “Unity”.  Together, we can strengthen our profession and, in turn, be able to serve our clients better. … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Travel

czech up

April 2nd 2013 Comments: 1

Prior to this convergence of 150 Architects, Interior Designers, Landscape Architects and Industry Leaders from across the globe, I’m having a “pre-trip” with a small group of designer friends who gather every year prior to the Summit (pictured above, L-R Tish Mills, Greg Tankersley, Beth Webb, Judy Talley, Magd Riad, … [read more]