egoing concern

July 31st 2014 Comments: 18

I was perusing the reviews of our latest book, Art of the House: Reflections on Design, and was struck by a review that said simply “Get over yourself!”. At first, I laughed, thinking this was the greatest and most succinct book review ever but then I started thinking about this … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Art of the House

walk with me

July 24th 2014 Comments: 7

After all, hallways and galleries are simply a means to an end – they’re not something that deserve elevation. These spaces are usually seen as the roadways of the house, efficiently depositing the pilgrim from one part of the house to the next. Decorating these secondary, but necessary, corridors and … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Crow Home

collaborative efforts: bob vardaman, party maker

July 17th 2014 Comments: 2

One important person, though, to always have handy in your Rolodex (sorry, I’m showing my age) is a fabulous party planner. Our speed-dial-go-to is Bob Vardaman – and I know we’re not alone in that fact. Bob Vardaman Events Manager¬†(actually he’s just Bob to us) posseses a bewitching touch. ¬†He … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Event

farewell to a friend

July 10th 2014 Comments: 22

One such fellow was James Murray. James was among the first batch of interns from Auburn University (where Bobby McAlpine taught part time for almost a decade). James came aboard one summer, along with a very young Chris Tippett (who’s now a partner at McAlpine Tankersley). A Landscape Architecture student … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Team

going goth

July 3rd 2014 Comments: 1

This year, I’d like to spotlight the Carpenter Gothic style. Often called Rural Gothic, it’s a style designation for an application of Gothic Revival architectural detailing and picturesque massing applied to wooden structures built by house-carpenters. The traditional Gothic style of architecture, popular in the cathedrals of Medieval Europe, has … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Exterior