Archive for the ‘books’ Category


Come to historic McLellanville, SC

    “Take what’s old and keep it young by making it part of daily life”   That’s the theme of an event coming up on Thursday, February 23, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., at The Cottage in McLellanville, SC, just 30 minutes from Charleston. I’ll talk about my book Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and […]

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StyleBlueprint

  Online magazine StyleBlueprint just featured my new book, Past Present, with a piece featuring 10 new tips about living with heirlooms and antiques. Previously unpublished photographs add a fun twist to this article by Lauren Helmer. You can read the article below or find it at http://bluepr.in/29LhUSt. And please, if you have any photos […]

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If the dish fits…part 2

    Tip 22, part 2:  If the dish fits…USE it     This late 19th-century Aesthetic Movement tea service is one of my favorite possessions, partly because it belonged to my beloved grandmother, who had eccentric taste, and partly because I share her taste. I try to keep it in sight all the time, […]

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Magic in Macon

I’m taking my new book and hitting the road next week with lectures and book parties in Macon and Atlanta, Georgia, and Birmingham and Harpersville, Alabama. Please come if you’re in the area and celebrate the joy of living with heirlooms and antiques. Macon—my first whistle stop—is one of my favorite Southern cities because of […]

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Lecture at The Charleston Library Society

  Please join me for the inaugural event celebrating Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques         Lecture and Booksigning on Thursday, May 5, 6:00 PM The Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street Charleston, South Carolina (843) 723-9912         Providing a sneak peak inside my new book, the lecture […]

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Living with Heirlooms and Antiques

      Not everyone knows how to live comfortably with antiques and heirlooms—especially more formal ones. We are tempted to treat them with awe and even anxiety—don’t use the “real” china…it might get chipped. Don’t sit in that chair…it’s a hundred years old…and it’s French! Don’t put that Directoire armchair next to the Danish […]

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Stirred by Shakers

Imagine a group of Hare Krishnas descending upon a small New England village two hundred years ago. That’s how a witty guide at Hancock Shaker Village described the arrival of the Shakers in Hancock, Massachusetts, in the early 1800s. I’m sure the Shakers made similar impressions in other parts of the country, including Pleasant Hill, […]

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Art of the House: Reflections on Design

  I’m delighted to announce that Art of the House: Reflections on Design (Rizzoli), the long awaited sequel to Bobby McAlpine’s best-selling The Home Within Us, is now available. Written by Bobby McAlpine (McAlpine Tankersley) and Susan Ferrier (McAlpine Booth and Ferrier), this book represents an distinct departure from the portfolio-style book that has dominated […]

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Joy to the Home

In this season of joy and light, consider giving a beautiful book to someone you love. One of my favorite design books of the year 2012 is The Joy of Decorating: Southern Style with Mrs. Howard by Phoebe Howard (Stewart, Tabori & Chang)–a volume I’m sure will delight those who share my love of  Southern […]

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The Home Within Us by Bobby McAlpine

Heralded by Veranda magazine as “a landmark design book,” The Home within Us: Romantic Houses, Evocative Rooms (Rizzoli) is well on its way to becoming a best-selling design book. Written by architect and interior designer Bobby McAlpine with co-author Susan Sully, this gorgeous book features work from across the South by McAlpine Tankersley Architecture and […]

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