welcome friends

April 16th 2013 Comments: 4

Such is the case with our partnerships with Cindy Smith and Jane Schwab, the wonderfully talented women who make up the interior design firm Circa. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina (they also have a satellite store in Birmingham, AL), this powerhouse duo has literally defined the cordial Southern interior. Now, … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: The Welcoming House

versammlung (assembly)

April 10th 2013 Comments: 5

The LDC is an organization that regularly brings together the world’s top architects, interior designers and media representatives to discuss issues in the professional design community. The theme of this year’s conference was “Unity”. ┬áTogether, we can strengthen our profession and, in turn, be able to serve our clients better. … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Travel

czech up

April 2nd 2013 Comments: 1

Prior to this convergence of 150 Architects, Interior Designers, Landscape Architects and Industry Leaders from across the globe, I’m having a “pre-trip” with a small group of designer friends who gather every year prior to the Summit (pictured above, L-R Tish Mills, Greg Tankersley, Beth Webb, Judy Talley, Magd Riad, … [read more]

above and beyond

March 26th 2013 Comments: 0

They’re considered such a step child. There even exists a bland paint color called simply “ceiling white”. Poor, distant and untended ceilings. The Cinderella of surfaces, never invited to the ball. Being so far above the visual scope of our experience, why should one bother slathering it with expense or … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Boan Tower

mirror, mirror on the window

March 19th 2013 Comments: 2

It’s a shining precursor to the day’s first cup of coffee. With this in mind, one time-honored Southern room-type makes a perfect model for the design of a bathroom – the sleeping porch. In historic Southern houses, the sleeping porch was traditionally located off a major bedroom and served as … [read more]

anniversary giveaway

February 19th 2013 Comments: 64

Thanks for being interested in our thoughts on design, architecture, interiors and life in general. At least we’ve spared you recipes (although we have some good ones if you like). To applaud our fans and followers, we’ve decided to have our second giveaway. Our book, The Home Within Us, is … [read more]

lounge act

January 22nd 2013 Comments: 2

This arrangement certainly works well with modern family life. It encourages social interaction and eliminates stuffy formal rooms (remember the rooms you were never allowed in as a child, but were forced into service on holidays and you couldn’t wait to escape?). Those dusty, imposing caverns are a thing of … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Interior Design

cohort folios

January 15th 2013 Comments: 0

We have some dear friends and colleagues who have a new book coming out this spring called The Welcoming House. As I pondered Cindy and Jane’s work, I thought of other talented individuals with whom we’ve been fortunate to collaborate. ┬áSo here’s a shameless plug for our friends. If you’ve … [read more]

vanity fare

January 8th 2013 Comments: 4

As an architect, there are certain key elements found in the typical modern house that are so much fun to design. The entrance door. The kitchen island. Fire fronts. None offers more opportunity for sheer theatricality as the master bath vanity. These altars of self-exaltation beg for over-the-top design flourishes. … [read more]

moving on

December 11th 2012 Comments: 11

My family and I are in the process of selling and moving out of the 1914 Beaux Arts estate we’ve called home for the past eleven years. The reasons are twofold: planning for the future and a good dose of architectural ADD (given our history, our attention span is apparently … [read more]