Interior Design

Art of the House: Reflections on Design

Architect Bobby McAlpine and interior design partner Susan Ferrier share their poetic approach to creating beautiful interiors in this follow-up to the best-selling The Home Within Us. In their newest book, the famed design team discusses the principles that guide their extraordinary work and share ideas for creating atmospheric environments. The book profiles a selection of houses that resonate with the firm's nuanced and sensual aesthetic. Combining painterly hues, diverse textures, and rich patinas, these interiors include a mix of antiques and contemporary furnishings. Throughout, we are shown the methods that these masters have honed to produce striking, inspiring spaces. In one featured residence, dark and light tones play off each other, with shimmering accents of silver, gold, and glass. Another house epitomizes the power of white's purity to refresh the eye. The cool blue of water and shades of the forest floor make up the naturalistic palette of a third dwelling. In all, modern-day upholstered pieces combine with fine and rustic antiques to furnish rooms that are welcoming.

About The Author

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, including Houses with Charm, and is a contributing editor to Southern Living. Adrian Ferrier is a fine arts photographer.

  • Publish Date: April 29, 2014
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: House & Home - Decorating & Furnishings
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 9 x 8-3/4
  • Pages: 208
  • US Price: $55.00
  • CDN Price: $55.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-4253-7


" to explore relationships between ancient and modern elements in such a way that memory, emotion and all the senses are piqued. Their forthcoming book depicts... extraordinary homes they designed." -Southern Living

"A serene and thoughtful approach to design in an age of ostentaion, this book epitomises understated elegance." -Vogue Living

“Ten inches square, with gilt print and gilded edges, the tome is meant to sit on the very top of the stack. Images are beautifully paired to poetic musings…it’s a revealing look inside the firm’s soulful manner of creating elevated, inviting and highly personal dwellings.” –Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

“…a visual treat…filled with the spectacular images we expect from these two brilliant designers.” –Splendid Sass

“More than just beautifully illustrated photographs, the book dissects the designer’s method for creating atmospheric environments…” -Array

Author Bookshelf: Bobby McAlpine

Author Bookshelf: Susan Sully