This is another entry in a series of posts titled “open house” in which we offer photographic tours of selected projects.

In Frances Mayes’ book Under The Tuscan Sun, the protagonist of the story finds herself renewed after the impulsive act of purchasing and restoring a villa in Italy. This house’s story was not one of wanderlust but of roots; our particular hero built this home with his deep roots in a bucolic North Carolina town. His head and heart, however, were high in hills of Tuscany. Perched atop a ridge on a rolling foothill, this house appears almost as a little Italian village. The reason for this is due to the fact the design is broken down into rambling buildings. All these gather round in conversation, creating and witnessing outdoor spaces outfitted to enjoy the temperate North Carolina weather. Masonry stucco, reclaimed clay tile shingles and cut Indiana limestone accents are the key materials on this house – all allowed and encouraged to patina with time. The masculine interior is lined with pecky cypress, a lovely and versatile material with the benefit of built-in ravage.

Finding oneself was not the journey of this house and its travel-savvy owner. Rather, celebrating the distinctly beautiful Italian lifestyle was the path that was sought and won.















Greg Tankersley for McAlpine Tankersley


  1. MAGNIFICENT In every way. I am constantly in awe and envy when I see your gifted work.

  2. Jean Alexander says:

    Dream house. So beautiful.

  3. Lynne Neal says:

    Wonderfully Italian with a definite McAlpine-Tankersley vibe. Beautiful!

  4. Barbara Carney says:

    I’m amazed by the lovely proportions and elegance of the rooms.The bank of window reminds me of scenes of Verona. But the rocking chairs say North Carolina!

  5. LuLu Davis says:

    Chic, comfortable, elegant., liveable ….. the epitome of quality & artistry…. A magnificent home that has heart & soul… Another McAlpine Tankersley masterpiece.
    LuLu Davis

  6. Rhonda Summerlin says:

    Be still my racing heart! This house is a command performance! What is there not to love here? One would surely forget that they were not in the hills of Tuscany in the beautiful scenic vistas of North Carolina. Exquisite………..

  7. Derilyn Lavender Lee says:

    Magnificent!!!! Looking at a home designed by McAlpine Tankersley is always something to see!!

  8. Tim Hanes says:

    Kudos Greg……beautiful.

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