Monday, August 2, 2010

Bobby McAlpine, LIVE, on The Skirted Roundtable, this week!

I can hardly wait to hear the latest interview on the Skirted Roundtable featuring one of my favorite architects of all time, Bobby McAlpine.
Joni , of Cote de Texas fame, and I were emailing recently. I was responding to her statement that he is one of her design heroes of all time.  I told her that he is one of my all time favorites as well.
I wanted to congratulate her on the opportunity to talk with him on their wonderful online program.

Joni, Megan and Linda have talked design and life with some amazing people in the last year or so, but for me, personally, this one is exceptionally exciting!

Honestly, I have had this page and the following pages attached to it, in my files for years - since 1996, to be exact, when it was in Southern Accents. 

This one, too, an article about the home of designer Cindy Smith,  in Charlotte, North Carolina and her work with Bobby McAlpine..  It was in a Southern Accents issue from 1993!

This is the interior of the home - I loved it then and I still love it! Classic and handsome.


 While McAlpine Tankersley has had lots of press coverage over the years, people are quite excited about Bobby's new book, The Home Within Us. I couldn't wait to read it, and think it stands alone in the world of design books. While the interiors are beautiful, it is the depth and substance of Bobby's design philosophy that make this book so real and so special. I really look forward to putting a voice to these words.

I know I have been known to call more than one architect my favorite. I don't make that statement lightly, though. I really do have a handful of favorites.

Some are familiar Texas architects, Michael ImberDavid Lake and Ted Flato, of San Antonio.

Some are my friends, like Jon Pankratz  and Reagan George,  both of  Dallas and Fredericksburg, and Craig Kinney of San Angelo.

Some are architects  I have followed  from afar, literally for years - reading books, magazines, anything I could get my hands on to glean more from their work.  O'Neil Ford
Frank Welch,  Hays Town,  Hugh Newell Jacobson, and Bobby McAlpine are all architects whose work I am drawn to, flipping through design magazines, recognizing the pull and excitement I often feel when I spot an aesthetic I love,  sometimes before I even know it is their work.

So, check on the Skirted Roundtable  for the interview one day this week, pour yourself a cup of coffee and sit down for a listen. 

I know I will be listening, maybe more than once,  and loving every minute of it.


  1. How couldn't love these places. They are so beautiful. I love that slanted roof, the last image. Lovely post. yvonne

  2. Ann, I couldn't agree more. I just received my copy of his book last week and have been reading it over the weekend. It is not light reading material.... so if you are looking at it just for all the pretty pictures, you are missing his message. His design concepts come from deep within from a very intuitive understanding of the human psyche involving the need for comfort zones based on human scale both physically and emotionally as well as the need for contrasts.

    I am looking forward to the discussion. He is scheduled to be at the Houston MFA next April, I believe as part of a lecture series. ~Terri

  3. Terri, You express your thoughts so beautifully. I wish I could have written what you just said in my post. Thanks for making my post better with your description of his work. I will check out the Houston MFA info - what a treat that would be to attend!

  4. Ann - thanks so much for posting about our chat with Bobby!

  5. just got off the interview. he is veddy cerebral. so sweet, southern gentleman. wow. i was starstruck. first guest we ever had who said f*** twice! yeah!!!!! thanks for this.
    so funny. that house by Cindy is one of my all time favorites too. and his house too. we should have been sisters. we think alike. love you.

  6. did my comment go through? i'm not sure. just got through, he was darling, southern, genius.

    i love the cindy smith house for ever and his original house. we really think alike. sisters.
    love you.

  7. I have given a copy of the book as gifts--- but haven't gotten one for myself. Will have to work on that!

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  9. I am heading off for a listen-
    Thanks for your kind comments and yes, I do have many happy flashbacks too. Growing up one of seven, there are so many good memories.

  10. I can so see you doing a house like that one. I hope that is soon!
    I WILL sit down for a listen- because just the top two pictures drew me in! Thanks!

    Carolyn Moore
    General Manager

  11. I, too, LOVE Bobby! Anne- did you know that he lives in Nashville? And has the most gorgeous place on the lake we visit in AL, Lake Martin.

    Thanks so much for this post and I can't wait to listen!

  12. Thank you for posting this! he was fantastic. So cerebral and his approach to design, has this whole symbiotic approach that really makes you stop and think.

  13. Hi Ann! Me too! Since that Cindy Smith photo in 1993 I have been a major fan!! Can not wait to hear the interview! I have only started the book, but I, too, love his design philosophy!




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