Pace Yourself

June 8th 2017 Comments: 3

School is out, children are home, graduations have passed, dorm boxes arrived. Camp, vacations, summer jobs, reading lists, beach trips, holidays, cookouts, picnics, bar-be-que (yum!), endless possibilities. The sounds, schedules, fragrances, and tastes of a slower pace. Summer has begun. For us at McALPINE, it means our offices are brimming … [read more]

Door Theology

April 13th 2017 Comments: 6

A few weeks ago, I attended a performance by the Men & Boys Choir of New College, Oxford, at St. Philip’s Cathedral in Atlanta, the final stop on their U.S. tour. The choir was superb, of course. And the venue superb too; resounding acoustics in the 1962 creation designed by … [read more]

green day

March 17th 2016 Comments: 1

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Ireland is famously known as “The Emerald Isle.”  Because of this, green evolved over time as the choice color for this holiday.  The green in the Irish flag and the shamrock St. Patrick used in his Catholic teachings also played a big role in developing green … [read more]

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

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

a december prayer

December 24th 2013 Comments: 3

Walking timidly, toward Christmas not trusting what I know to want or confess. I am humbled by design, by all I’ve gotten and squandered. The destinations I’ve mispronounced. The answer hovers in the air around me too familiar too see. It is “something to pray for” that is haunting me. … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Design Details

a fairy tale cottage

April 30th 2013 Comments: 2

This past December, one of our houses appeared in a French design magazine called Maison Chic. It’s a wonderfully quirky house we designed once upon a time in Birmingham, Alabama for a lovely couple who yearned for a storybook English cottage. They were always attracted to those unique 1920s era … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Press

merry christmas

December 25th 2012 Comments: 4

One of our recently completed homes lovingly rendered in gingerbread for a Christmas party.

creche course

December 18th 2012 Comments: 4

The Episcopal Church of the Ascension here in Montgomery, Alabama asked us to design a Christmas creche to replace their well-worn model. This was a commission to replicate in miniature one of the most famous shelters in history! The project went to the capable hands of staff member Charlie Caldwell … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Holidays

built on the fourth of july

July 3rd 2012 Comments: 3

Like the can opener, the credit card and musical theatre, these styles are distinct American inventions. The following houses are are some of our designs which represent our rich American history: CARPENTER GOTHIC Carpenter Gothic, also called Carpenter’s Gothic, and Rural Gothic, is a North American architectural style-designation for an … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Style