holiday of reflection

December 25th 2014 Comments: 5

We throw the brakes on our breakneck pace and halt for a while. The design marathon, tirelessly trod during the year, ends and the time comes to back up and look at the picture we’ve been painting.  Of course, this allows us time to spend with our patient, oft neglected, … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Exterior

mantel of responsibility

December 18th 2014 Comments: 0

The gaping maw of a fireplace with its flames ablaze provides warmth both temperate and temporal. Our love for this primitive fixture is evident by our time-honored desire for placing beloved objects around its chasmal opening. We honor its presence by decoration; treasured adornments almost act as sacrificial offerings to … [read more]

the (digitally) printed works: TRADhome fall 2012

December 11th 2014 Comments: 1

A Tale of Two Styles:  Country When most people think of design in the Music City, contemporary rarely comes to mind.  Enter a new style in the New South, where country and city looks often meld. Case in point is the latest project from designer Ray Booth and the team … [read more]

cabinet position

December 4th 2014 Comments: 24

Nothing screams “suburban kitchen” like an unending line of squatty in-your-face cabinet doors. I know, I know, people always say “but where will I keep a glass?”. Trust me, there are much more attractive ways to solve this problem – and ones that pre-date the advent of the 1950s kitchen. … [read more]

a plateful of grateful

November 27th 2014 Comments: 6

In my experience, when things get stressful, worrisome or a stray wrench gets thrown in my works, my habitual practice results in an immediate default mode of thanks. As I acknowledge and focus on the gifts in my life instead of the problems, they seem to magnify.  I’ve also noticed … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Ceiling

the printed works: traditional home october 2014

November 20th 2014 Comments: 4

 And not just any issue but their 25th Silver Anniversary issue! 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 Eleanor Lynn Nesmith and photographed by Emily Jenkins Followill.  David Baker … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Entry

downsize matters

November 13th 2014 Comments: 3

I’m walking through the sun-drenched courtyard of the A&P Lofts, manicured grass I’ve crossed countless times. I used to live in this building, but as I ascend the stairs I’m not headed to my old apartment on the right, but to the one on the left. Before today, I’d experienced … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Living

what style of house are you?

November 6th 2014 Comments: 16

Apparently, you answer a series of multiple choice questions about your own personality and said quiz tells you what Star Wars character or Walking Dead personality you are.  I don’t know what great insights come about in realizing, of the Seven Dwarfs, I am a “Doc” or of the hucksters … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Inspiration

gilt by association

October 30th 2014 Comments: 2

This never happens to me. “I noticed the light would move through the space, selectively choose objects and illuminate them to the point of bursting,” he told me, describing the moment he knew he was onto a new book. “It was very choosy. Everything got its turn at being precious … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Interior Design

two cities – two happenings

October 23rd 2014 Comments: 2

Bobby McAlpine and Susan Ferrier will be on hand at Bungalow Classics in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday, October 23rd from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM for a book signing. The event is co-hosted by the beautiful new magazine, Milieu. If you haven’t thumbed through an issue of this spectacular new … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Art of the House