Archive for the ‘building materials and hardware’ Category


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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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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My Favorite Things: Hal Williamson

Decorator and antiques dealer Hal Williamson talks about Palladian blue paint, toile, and French wine coolers in this interview with The Southern Cosmopolitan. The fact that I’ve featured three houses designed by Hal in my recent books The Southern Cosmopolitan and New Orleans Style (see “books” at right to order) shows how much I love […]

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My Favorite Things

Ken Tate (http://www.kentatearchitect.com) was recently named by Architectural Digest as one of the AD100 top architects and designers. Located outside New Orleans, Ken draws from traditional styles, both the formal and the vernacular, to create houses that communicate to the spirit and the senses. In this interview, he talks about how traditional craftsmanship and materials […]

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The Southern Cosmopolitan Travels

I recently had the pleasure of staying in two of the most historic inns in the Blue Ridge Mountains –the Eseeola Lodge in Linville, North Carolina, and the High Hampton Inn in Cashiers, North Carolina. Eseeola Lodge . . . The Eseeola Lodge (http://eeseola.com) was built in 1892, four years after the wives of Linville’s developers convinced their husbands to create a resort instead a […]

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The Southern Cosmopolitan:

The Southern Cosmopolitan (Rizzoli: April ’09) takes a fresh look at styles shaping the South’s architecture and interior design today. A selection of luxurious houses from Charleston, Savannah, New Orleans, Atlanta, Natchez, Alexandria, and beyond celebrates the sophisticated side of Southern style with a mix of modern art, cherished antiques, and exotic textiles. Featured in […]

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