waterside effects

March 20th 2014 Comments: 3

Situate these enchanters near a lake or bay and their allure increases as they echo across the water’s mirror surface. Their reflections become both literal and meditative.  Finding refuge in these structures is a serene joy; their simple offerings harbor the soul and calm a troubled mind. So prop your … [read more]

the printed works: veranda jan/feb 2014

March 13th 2014 Comments: 3

Designer Susan Ferrier reacts to strongly masculine architecture like a grande dame storming a men’s club. Give her empty rooms composed of virile materials and strict, cerebral grids, and she’ll treat them with furnishings that are boldly voluptuous, a tad rustic, and movie-star glamorous. This gracious stone residence in Mountain … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Living Room Design

new year, new look

March 6th 2014 Comments: 2

A few months ago we gave our website a total makeover. Today, I’m happy to announce our blog, “Finding Home”, has also received a new look. I’ve got many exciting new articles, thoughts and shares in store for 2014. I hope you enjoy our digital renovation. Look around and please … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Flowers Home

small wonders

February 20th 2014 Comments: 5

The ingredients of any abode are basically the same – shelter, living, sleeping, bathing. Sometimes the bowl we mix them in is considerable – oftentimes it’s small. A commenter on a recent post requested I spotlight a few of our more diminutive concoctions. I’m happy to oblige. This house is … [read more]

body of work

February 13th 2014 Comments: 12

Just as every house needs a bedroom, bathroom and a kitchen, every suit has sleeves, buttons and collar. Each bespoke suit is made to fit the wearer and every house we do is crafted for each of our clients. We often find ourselves taking the analogy further. Each house can … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Exterior Design

second time around

February 6th 2014 Comments: 77

So, to honor our second anniversary, we’re offering the chance to possess a rare McAlpine Tankersley item. We published this little book Finding Home (coincidentally that’s where this blog obtained its moniker) about 10 years ago to celebrate our then 20th anniversary. It was a self-published tiny tome – its pages … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Finding Home

two voices, one vision

January 28th 2014 Comments: 2

On Thursday, January 30th, the public will get the rare opportunity to crawl into the minds of this creative pair. Bobby and Susan will be sharing the experiences of their combined efforts at the esteemed Cathedral Antique Show in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets are available here.  It’s bound to be an … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Event

Elemental Design

January 23rd 2014 Comments: 1

I posit that what sets the graceful and beautiful apart from the awkward and homely does not have a price tag attached to it at all. Any thing of great loveliness possesses three magnificent qualities: composition, balance and proportion, none of which cost a dime. To the common eye, this … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Driveway


January 14th 2014 Comments: 7

Traditionally, bay windows are quaint elements furnished with only a long, cushioned seat fit for the single lazy reader or the family cat. We feel, however, these luminous habitats are suitable for much more: their warm, encompassing ambiance should be amplified and celebrated. By enlarging these fanciful devices, we create … [read more]

associate decree

January 7th 2014 Comments: 2

David joins Bobby McAlpine, Greg Tankersley, Chris Tippett and John Sease as a leader here in our “factory of original thinking” (Bobby’s fond phrase for our office). David, a native Canadian, began working as a summer student intern and joined the firm right after he completed his Bachelor of Architecture … [read more]