creole testament

August 7th 2014 Comments: 5

His project, a large house in Montgomery, Alabama, basically bankrolled our backbone. This charter commission gave us the courage (and funds) to hang out a shingle. Fast forward many years – kids grown and gone, retirement looming, golf courses softly calling his name. He and his wife, now older and … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Entry

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

say la V

June 26th 2014 Comments: 5

With theatrical interiors by Susan Ferrier of McAlpine Booth and Ferrier, this new eatery has instantly been placed on the gastronomical map. Helmed by McAlpine Tankersley partner David Baker, every glamorous trick in the book was pulled to conjure spaces dramatic enough to house the gastric and vinous delights awaiting … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Restaurant Design

open house: gulf getaway

June 19th 2014 Comments: 12

With the first hint of summer season in the air, our sails naturally lilt toward the call of the sea. Salt air tickles the senses and flashbacks of the annual sweaty, sandy visits of our childhood conjure remembrances of all things coastal. We’ve been honored with a number of commissions … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Rosemary Home

collaborative efforts: kaiser trabue landscape architects

June 12th 2014 Comments: 6

This is the first in a series of posts focusing on some of the brilliant folks we collaborate with on a regular basis. Like any good team, they make us shine in the spotlight and deserve their own ovation. Mike Kaiser of Kaiser Trabue Landscape Architects is just that type … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Outdoors

a roof over your head

June 5th 2014 Comments: 13

Years ago, I was working with a client and the topic of roof material arose.  I started talking about all the options appropriate for her new house and she exclaimed “Before this discussion, I don’t think I’ve ever even looked at a roof before!”  I was shocked. I then realized … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Gardens