a knack for noticing

August 14th 2014 Comments: 12

Let me introduce myself. Like many of the designers at McAlpine Tankersley, I come from a small place with very little in the way of design—and my colleagues will not let me forget it. But although my upbringing could not give me “architecture with a capital A,” it did engender … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Barn

egoing concern

July 31st 2014 Comments: 18

I was perusing the reviews of our latest book, Art of the House: Reflections on Design, and was struck by a review that said simply “Get over yourself!”. At first, I laughed, thinking this was the greatest and most succinct book review ever but then I started thinking about this … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Art of the House

poetics of space

May 29th 2014 Comments: 4

I wrote about our experience here.  Bobby McAlpine was honored to be one of the speakers during the Summit.  He penned a poem about design that was a part of his talk.  We’d like to share it with you: Beautiful things don’t make beautiful rooms any more than money makes … [read more]

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

the poet of place: a birthday honor

July 9th 2013 Comments: 6

I was pondering all the words, both profound and profane, I’ve heard from him in the past 28 years of our relationship.  I wish I could relay these but his thought process, passion and humor are hard to describe;  you just have to experience them.   The best print interview … [read more]

italian morningside

June 11th 2013 Comments: 4

Italian Morningside May’s End Far from Alabama And close to home Here on Italian shore My heart envelopes me And uses its eyes to see Things strange and familiar Things it had told me all along I was not crazy to imagine Emotional landscape crashing into sea The difficult beauty … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Garden Design

a june prayer

May 28th 2013 Comments: 6

School is out and I am about and free to be. If I were any happier there’d be two of me. Hence the seed Hence the notion Teenaged month. Why isn’t there one to share the wealth of feel? Gills open. All inclusive. I emit invitation. and connection, a courtly … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Furniture

a january prayer

January 1st 2013 Comments: 3

The pull away of all that bounty leaves a hole it seems. I am scared, uncelebrated, my flesh unpatted, 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 unseen, it … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Interior Design

attic fan

November 20th 2012 Comments: 4

Recently, while cleaning out the attic in my 100 year-old house (pictured above) and preparing for an upcoming move, I was reminded how much I love being nestled within the folds of a roof form.  There’s something very comforting about residing in the air space that results from the basic … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Architecture Details

an october prayer

October 9th 2012 Comments: 5

In 2011, he spent the entire year composing a special prayer for every month. He explained that he felt these words welling up within him and they yearned to to be put to paper. At Christmas he presented the collection, entitled “Catechisms”, as a gift to his family and friends; … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Team
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