Interior Design

The Home Within Us: Romantic Houses, Evocative Rooms

Architect and designer Bobby McAlpine creates idyllic houses that wed historical precedent with gracious modern living. His distinguished firms, McAlpine Tankersley Architecture and McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors, are renowned nationwide for their talent in designing residences that resonate with nostalgia, fantasy, and a sense of place. Their dwellings—from country and seaside retreats to homes in historic American neighborhoods—offer favorite period styles with a timeless quality. Presented are over twenty houses in a variety of settings that illustrate concepts running throughout their work. Juxtaposing intimate spaces with lofty entertaining areas and combining unexpected materials, such as stone with thatch, are among the hallmarks of these prestigious firms. Examples include a Mediterranean-revival house with sleek factory-sash windows and classical Roman columns, a beach house with a vaulted hallway leading to a light-filled contemporary salon, and an unusual house that blends Scottish vernacular style with modern details. With lush photography capturing the romance of these houses, The Home Within Us is ideal for anyone wishing to be inspired by the poetic design of a romantic home.

About The Author

Bobby McAlpine designed his first house at age five and has not stopped since. His distinguished firms, McAlpine Tankersley Architecture in Montgomery, Alabama, and McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors in Atlanta, Georgia, and Nashville, Tennessee, have an extensive portfolio including residential buildings, which have been featured in such magazines as House Beautiful and Veranda. His popular furniture collection, McAlpine Home, is available nationwide.

Susan Sully is a renowned expert on Southern style whose books include The Southern Cosmopolitan: Sophisticated Southern Style, New Orleans Style: Past and Present, Charleston Style: Then and Now, Savannah Style: Mystery and Manners, and The Southern Cottage: From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Florida Keys. An author and photographer, her work has appeared in Veranda, Town & Country, Southern Accents, and other major magazines.

  • Publish Date: April 13, 2010
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: House & Home - Decorating & Furnishings
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 9-1/2 x 11
  • Pages: 240
  • US Price: $60.00
  • CDN Price: $80.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-3289-7


"Visionary architect Bobby McAlpine of McAlpine Tankersley explores the concept of home as emotional fortress. Well written with Susan Sully and featuring Mick Hales' photography of the firm's 'romantic houses,' this is a landmark design book." ~Veranda

"Published by Rizzoli, the Cadillac of architectural publishing houses, the book presents twenty-five houses in a variety of settings that illustrate concepts running throughout Bobby's work... With lush photography capturing the allure of these houses, The Home Within Us is ideal for anyone wishing to be inspired by the poetic design of a romantic home. The book is as beautiful as you would expect, and is an indispensable addition to the library of anybody who owns or admires a McAlpine-designed home. And that's just about everybody around here." ~Montgomery Independent

"Dozens of photographs capture the exterior and interior imagery with spectacular results. The book is a must-read for every design or architecture enthusiast." ~Romantic Homes

"McAlpine has forged a reputation for marrying the classic with the modern in both architecture and interior design. And that's the thread that ties together the 25 homes featured here: From a Mediterranean revival estate to a Cape Dutch beach house, every space gives a nod to the past while fitting seamlessly in the present." ~Luxe

"The Home Within Us, a luscious anthology of architect and designer Bobby McAlpine's work, evokes a sense of romantic home décor entwined with gracious modern living. The pictorial folios accompany McAlpine's own insights on his designs, which results in a memoir-like tour through some of his most notable work." ~Mpls St Paul magazine

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