Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Reflections on Design
By Bobby McAlpine and Susan Ferrier
Photography by Susan Sully and Adrian Ferrier
Rizzoli New York, $55.00
Reviewed by Teresa Hatfield
Author, Splendid Sass

If you are familiar with the work of architect and interior designer Bobby McAlpine and interior designer Susan Ferrier, you know that they have created an empire matched by none.  The structures and interiors created by this team are exceptional. 

When I peeled away the protective covering of the book and saw its gilded page edges, I knew that I was in for a visual treat,  so I was not surprised to find it filled with the spectacular images we expect from these two brilliant designers. 

Art of the Home is a follow-up to the best seller, The Home Within Us.  In their latest bookMcAlpine and Ferrier share their extraordinary talent for creating the utmost in pleasurable interiors.  The five homes showcased on the beautiful Lake Martin in Alabama are filled with a wealth of atmosphere, texture, patina, and hues. The vignettes created here are absolutely stunning. 

Bobby and Susan dedicated this book to their partners, Ray Booth, Greg Tankersley, Chris Tippett, and John Sease.  It is the firm's cohesion that has brought it to this level of success.  You will not find a group of more respected and talented architects. 

My hometown is Montgomery, Alabama, so I am very familiar with the impact Bobby McAlpine's work has on a town's aesthetics.  What he created here is nothing shy of magnificent.  Included in his work is the Blount Cultural Park, which is home to The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and its beautiful park and gardens. The firm's main emphasis is on creating homes and offices in exclusive locations, beautiful estates, lakefront and beachfront homes, and homes in exclusive neighborhoods throughout, with offices in Montgomery, Nashville, Atlanta, and New York.

Below are just a few of the images I have chosen from the book, and when I say it was difficult to choose, I am not exaggerating.  No doubt you will find this book as beautiful as I do and deserving of that perfect place on the coffee table.  ENJOY!

Renowned architect Bobby McAlpine is the principal of McAlpine Tankersley Architecture. Noted interior designer Susan Ferrier is a partner of McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors. They are included in the AD100 and Elle Decor's A-list. McAlpine Home has handcrafted furniture lines with Lee Industries and MacRae Designs, and Susan Ferrier designs fabrics for Coleman Taylor Textiles. Susan Sully is an expert on Southern style. She has authored numerous books, includingHouses with Charm, and is a contributing editor to Southern LivingAdrian Ferrier is a fine arts photographer.

A special thank you to Rizzoli for the book and the images.

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Karen said...

I love Bobby McAlpine and treasure the first book, this will go on the list for a future purchase.

The enchanted home said...

I have to get this....looks amazing and their work is just exquisite!! Hope you are well Teresa.

designchic said...

Too, too pretty! They just always get it right, don't they? Thanks for sharing this. I will definitely put it on my "wish list!" xo Kristy

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