architecture

A look at design and styles of architecture throughout the years

Welcoming McAlpine Home

Thirty years ago, McAlpine Tankersley Architecture was born in Montgomery, Alabama. Since then, the firm has grown into a national powerhouse, encompassing both architecture and interiors, with four offices including a recently updated outpost in New York. I had the pleasure of visiting with four of the seven partners there before the holidays to see their elegant new Flatiron digs and discuss the evolving nature of this talented multi-faceted firm.…
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A Day at Château de Fontainebleau

Whereas many chateaux are associated primarily with a particular resident or royal, Chateau de Fontainebleau represents almost 1,000 years of French ruling dynasties. A Day at Château de Fontainebleau offers not only insights into the history, art and culture of France throughout the centuries, but also the lives of those who inhabited this magnificent French landmark.…
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Christmas in Connecticut

My friend, designer Lisa Hilderbrand, lives in a renovated 18th century saltbox that each year she transforms into the epitome of Christmas in Connecticut. Having purchased the house in 2004, Lisa and her husband fell hard for the spacious antique in a historic part of New Canaan. …
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Parish-Hadley Tree of Life Celebration at the Antique and Artisan Gallery

There is no question that Parish-Hadley Tree of Life is a must-have volume for any interior design aficionado. Authored by distinguished alumni Brian McCarthy and Bunny Williams, the volume is a rich and colorful history told through informative and entertaining chapters from thirty designers and architects who worked at the legendary firm. …
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A Milan Townhouse Mix of Old and New

The holiday festivities have begun and while I certainly enjoy celebrating with the design community, it doesn’t always leave time for working behind the scenes. So while I catch up, I thought I would share a favorite project that has been in my files for years.…
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Beth Webb at Greystone Mansion Maison de Luxe

Adjoining Nina Campbell’s bedroom for Mr. Doheny, designer Beth Webb of Beth Webb Interiors created a tranquil retreat for the woman of the house. “The minute I walked into the Greystone Mansion I felt as if I’d been in this house for a lifetime.…
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A Visit to Weatherstone

Thank you all for the many comments and shares here and across social media for Susanna’s and my video visit with Carolyne Roehm. We are so thrilled you enjoyed tagging along. Clearly you, like we, are inspired by her many talents and beautiful home.…
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Catching Up on the Road

I am on the road again and despite my best intentions, time did not allow for a full post. I am honored to be speaking today with Ellie Cullman at the lovely Sulgrave Club in Washington DC. A beautiful Beaux Arts building, the club is housed in the historic Wadsworth House, one of only two mansions left on Dupont Circle and listed in the National Register of Historic Places  For those of you who are readers and attending, I look forward to seeing you.…
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Timothy Corrigan at Maison de Luxe 2015

With a breathtaking setting overlooking Beverly Hills, Greystone Mansion is the spectacular location for the 2015 Luxe Magazine Maison de Luxe Designer Showhouse. A magnificent example of gilded age architecture, the estate has weathered the years with distinction thanks to the efforts of the city of Beverly Hills and Friends of Greystone.…
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Luxe Magazine Greystone Mansion Showhouse Sneak Peek

This week designers have been putting the finishing touches on their rooms in the Luxe Magazine Greystone Mansion Showhouse. The magnificent 46,000 square foot Tudor Revival estate, built overlooking Beverly Hills in 1928 for oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny, took over three years to complete at a cost of over three million dollars (a vast fortune at the time).…
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