I feel pretty

December 4th 2012 Comments: 28

As a matter of fact, the ornate branches of architecture are sometimes treated like a flamboyant uncle at the family reunion: fun to look at it for a bit but not to claim or take seriously. I think, however, that decoration and ornament have a distinct place in the building … [read more]

fire place settings

November 27th 2012 Comments: 4

As the chill of winter sets in and the holidays trot toward full gallop, nothing extends a welcome to family and friends like a blazing fire. The focus and bookend of all great rooms, the mantel and its hearth beckon visitors to warm the hands and soul.  After all, any … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Fireplace

kitchen counterpoint

November 13th 2012 Comments: 4

Bobby McAlpine isn’t just a residential architect; he’s a thinker. He and his Montgomery, Alabama-based firm McAlpine Tankersley have designed some of the most beautiful homes in the country over his nearly 30-year career. And what makes those houses and their rooms (kitchens included!) special is the way he conceptualizes, … [read more]

a sense of workplace – three

November 6th 2012 Comments: 5

With a toehold firmly established in Nashville, MBF set its sights on Atlanta. Hartsfield International allows fluid access to an ever expanding client base; the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center and nearby shops offer designers great shopping and personal access to important vendors. For 10 years, the original Atlanta branch was … [read more]

inside the business of design

November 1st 2012 Comments: 1

His goal for the series is to uncover the success of top design professionals in the industry to help our community build stronger businesses. The series kicks off on November 7th with an interview with Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG Bjarke Ingels Group, at the Tishman Auditorium at the … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Event

a sense of workplace – two

October 30th 2012 Comments: 2

Originally germinated in Montgomery, Alabama, MBF Interiors has grown into a partnership of offices in Nashville, Atlanta and New York and works with McAlpine Tankersley clients as well as others nationwide.  One constant of the firm is affection for change.  In many ways this “band of gypsies” is happiest searching … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Office Design Details

a sense of workplace – one

October 23rd 2012 Comments: 4

Our first office (shingle firmly installed by Bobby McAlpine in 1983) was a small space in a 1920s strip shopping center in downtown Cloverdale in Montgomery, Alabama. The space was lovingly dubbed the “cat box” due to its narrow fourteen foot width. That was the testing ground for our first … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Office Design Details

porch songs

October 2nd 2012 Comments: 5

The crisp air at the onset of fall is best partaken of and savored in one place – the porch. Traditionally, the porch is the anteroom of the house; an architectural purgatory that is neither the street nor the foyer. The welcome mat of rooms, it’s where you sat in … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Home Design

seating group dynamics

September 18th 2012 Comments: 0

This question is often asked of us. Some assume we visualize the house as an object in the landscape and begin there. Some architects do work this way; they see buildings as sculptures meant to be inhabited. We, however, design from a different perspective. We approach the creation of a … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Interior Design

no white after labor day?

September 11th 2012 Comments: 3

Historians think this maxim stems from class divisions at the turn of the century when lightweight clothes were a symbol of the well-to-do. Back then, Labor Day marked the time the affluent returned from vacation, stowed the summer clothes and went back to school and work. Whether or not you … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Living Room Design
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