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The Home within us
Pick up this book, hold it in your hands, open and Enjoy! Love Bobby McAlpine's work and have followed him for Years! It was well worth the wait to read this book. The pictures and text are beautifully married. He is a southern American architect heavily influenced by european styles and executes his works by featuring classical bones then cleverly adding architectural elements that entice the eye. This book would serve all university libraries very well and in the libraries or tabletops of every fine home! Well done, Sir! Now, my wish is to have Bobby design a home for me......
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Posted August 7, 2010
The Living Home
THE HOME WITHIN US: ROMANTIC HOUSES, EVOCATIVE ROOMS is far more than another fine Rizzoli book on architecture. This is a collection of the art of Bobby McAlpine, a meditation on the impact the space where we live has on our peace of mind and our sense of art and beauty. Written by both McAlpine and Susan Sully, this elegant book, photographed splendidly by Mick Hales, explores homes that bear the imprint of McAlpine. The homes range in architectural types and sizes, but there is a constant present: good taste and quality craftsmanship are married to interior design that shows a profound respect for the building itself and the lines of the design created either by McAlpine or simply enhanced by his impeccable taste.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Homes such as these may not strike the viewer immediately as 'noticeable houses', but that is also part of the designer's drive: let the dwelling speak for itself, opening the structure to interpretation of romantic concepts. He is as likely to appreciate the rooflines and the shingles that cover those roofs as he is to praise the approach of the entry ways of these homes - welcoming parlors that invite the guest to enter and grow to know the secrets of the home. For McAlpine each home he shares has great significance and he sees his mission as one to enhance the lines, the atmosphere, and the comfort of the home as a palace of solace. This is a poetic book, written in a style that in not only interesting but also endearing, a book that invites repeated readings and motivation to re-think our own domiciles.
Posted April 14, 2011
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