house haunters

October 29th 2015 Comments: 4

I think some of the most provocative architectural and interior designs ever produced can be found in the unfettered imaginations found in film. These settings often become as important to the stories as the characters themselves. In honor of Halloween, I’d like to offer a few (13, apropos) of my … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: House Haunters

dramatic pause

October 22nd 2015 Comments: 4

My client said she didn’t quite understand why we should consider doing this. I enthusiastically replied “It would be so dramatic!” She dryly retorted “My husband and I are not very dramatic people.” I guess this was a clear case of me not knowing my audience. Unlike this client, I … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Dramatic Pause

we’re bringing sexy back

October 15th 2015 Comments: 2

Instilling emotion in a room is an idea I find particularly appealing. It means it’s possible to create something etherial and elusive by orchestrating spaces and objects. One particular emotive quality I’ve often heard applied to some of our interiors is “sexy.”  As a matter of fact, A restaurant we … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Brining Sexy Back

cottage industry

October 1st 2015 Comments: 8

When designers are asked to showcase their work, I’m sure most take the opportunity to impress – drag out the photos of the biggest and most awe-inspiring. It’s natural to want to feed the quintessential bottomless designer ego. I know – I have one at home, too. I’d like to … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Cottage Industry

Start Spreading the News

August 27th 2015 Comments: 4

I do want to announce that my McAlpine partners and I will be speaking at various design events in New York City this Fall.  The first one is happening on September 17th at the Dennis Miller showroom and will feature Ray Booth and myself on a panel discussing collaboration in … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Join Us

Dorm Follows Function

August 20th 2015 Comments: 18

Well, this one happened to be my kid. You see, my wife and I just moved our daughter into her very first dorm room at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Of course, prior to this I insisted upon drawing the floor plan of her meager chamber so we could scheme … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Dorm Room

Pre-Writing History

August 6th 2015 Comments: 1

I’d like to expand on that because it’s something we like to call “built-in history”. In other words, we’ll create deliberate situations in our design where it appears a house has been renovated over time or added onto. This immediately gives a spanking brand new building an artificially curated history. … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Pre-Writing History

Advanced Aging

July 30th 2015 Comments: 3

Fashion may fare well in pop culture and technology but in architecture, it just looks shallow and desperate. After all, buildings should not be disposable goods. Developers often talk of building lifespan. Just look at shopping centers as an example. They open their door with an expiration date built in. … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Advanced Aging

Open House: Under the Carolina Sun

July 16th 2015 Comments: 8

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 … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Open House

Quattuor

July 9th 2015 Comments: 3

The 30A corridor of Florida’s panhandle is hot. No, not just because it’s July on the Gulf Coast. It’s because this area’s beach real estate market continues to set new design standards. It began with the picturesque ‘New Urban Development” of Seaside in the mid 1980s. Rosemary Beach quickly followed … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Model
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