March 30th 2017 Comments: 7

Garden & Gun magazine, the epitome of life in the South, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The first time I saw Garden & Gun ten years ago, like many others I’m sure, I was struck by the title. As a native southerner I immediately “got it” – and leapt at … [read more]

bobby pinpoints

March 16th 2017 Comments: 3

Sorry I’ve been absent from our blog the past few months.   As a lame excuse, I’ll offer that I’m a big crossword puzzle junkie but I work them in an obsessive compulsive fashion – I never hop around the grid answering clues I immediately know.  I start at one … [read more]

introspection report

June 23rd 2016 Comments: 2

If you’d like to delve a bit into Bobby McAlpine’s mind, you’re in luck this week. Two separate magnifying glasses have peered into the ear of our fearless founder and the results are online. Host James Swan featured Bobby on his popular podcast “Million Dollar Decorators”. The 30-plus minute interview … [read more]

anger management

June 16th 2016 Comments: 18

“The opposite of war isn’t peace – it’s creation.” This quote – from the musical Rent – has been in my head a lot in recent days. It’s because of the incomprehensible act of violence perpetrated on humanity in Orlando this past weekend. Being in the creative field and living … [read more]

on why i’m not a classicist

May 19th 2016 Comments: 6

I’m called by things that break my heart A lone and solitary window A sad and lovely song A sagging ridge A lazy eye An impossibly low ceiling The lilt and swagger of time’s appendage All eloquent imperfection For though my heart is cracked Light now enters And I hear … [read more]

brand anew

February 11th 2016 Comments: 9

I’ve taken a few months off writing this blog and for good reason – my digital soapbox has been undergoing major renovation! 2016 ushered into the room a well-planned merger of our two firms and a resultant renaming.  Assembling was no problem – we were already tight – renaming was … [read more]

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

four by four

October 8th 2015 Comments: 4

And like the rarity of the recent blood moon, our hectic schedules seldom coincide.  Bobby McAlpine, Greg Tankersley, Ray Booth and Susan Ferrier will be speaking at the Holly Hunt showroom in New York City’s Decoration & Design Building. The engagement is part of the D & D’s 2015 Fall … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Four by Four

a january prayer

January 1st 2015 Comments: 21

The pull away of all that bounty leaves a hole it seems   I am scared, uncelebrated, my flesh unpadded, assurance gone, party over, everyone done, just me alone.   I am left to fill a vessel still and spooky. Sleep has taken over and I am left to wander … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Furniture

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