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Morgante-Wilson Architects
At Morgante-Wilson Architects, we draw inspiration from listening to our clients. In fact, as we see it, listening is the first duty of design. 

We understand that when you engage our services, you take a leap of faith. You trust us to transform your aesthetic and personal viewpoints in a way that complements – and enhances – who you are, and how you want to live. It’s an opportunity we honor by prioritizing your needs and preferences over our own and by engaging you in an energetic, ongoing exchange of ideas. The result? A home that truly reflects your style, as well as your lifestyle.

Which is precisely the reason so many of our clients return to work with us again and again, reengaging us as their requirements and sensibilities change over time. As much as any industry design award, these lasting partnerships are a source of pride for us – and a truly meaningful sign that we’ve indeed succeeded in earning the trust of the clients we serve. 

As interpreters of so many unique client preferences, MWA works comfortably within a multitude of style conventions, from contemporary to classic, and everywhere in between. Our assortment of competencies is just as broad, spanning architecture, interior design, and custom furniture design.

Such breadth of service enables us to travel freely and easily between the worlds of new construction, renovation, and interiors. It also allows us to provide holistic solutions to our clients’ needs. After all, when a firm such as MWA has the capacity to contribute simultaneously to each layer of a project, from blueprints to surface finishes, the entire house, in the end, sings a uniquely unified harmony of proportion, texture, light, and beauty.
11.23.17

Home Remodeling on a Smaller Scale

By Chicago Residential Architect Elissa MorganteNot all home remodeling jobs are large-scale gut projects. Sometimes, refreshing and renewing is the goal its faster, less disruptive, less . . .

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Ike Kligerman Barkley
At Ike Kligerman Barkley, our architecture and interior departments work throughout history and across styles, always seeking to enhance life through good design. 

We collaborate with our clients, craftsmen and colleagues to produce personalized living environments as well as the occasional high profile public building. In our 25 years, we’ve designed buildings across the country and around the world: a Georgian townhouse in the River Oaks neighborhood of Houston; a mountain lodge in Aspen; a loft in a repurposed butter factory in Manhattan; a vernacular white villa in Cabo San Lucas; a Romanesque building on Stanford’s campus; and a rambling, weathered shingle house in Martha’s Vineyard. 

Our two offices in New York City and San Francisco enable us to serve clients smoothly from coast to coast and beyond. In both locations, we realize our projects through traditional handicraft and cutting-edge processes. Structures are imagined in impressionistic watercolors and communicated through sketches; they are also digitally rendered and designed using the latest technologies, including our in-house 3D printer. From these initial designs through construction, we focus on selecting the best materials. Enduring material integrity is a hallmark of our work.

We have been fortunate to receive numerous awards, including the AIA New York Chapter Award, the DDB Stars of Design Award, the ICAA Julia Morgan Award and the ICAA Stanford White Award, as well as participating in the AD100 since 1995. In 2010, the Monacelli Press published our first monograph, Ike Kligerman Barkley: Houses; we have recently embarked on our second book with the publisher, to be released in 2015. 
11.22.17

Practice, Practice, Practice!

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Tim Barber, Ltd.
Before launching Tim Barber Ltd in 1994, Tim worked in urbam reclamation, histroc preservation and adaptive re-use. Two decades later, with hundreds of completed projects the firm is widely publish and celebrated as definitive interpreter of Souther California architectural varnacular in projects ranging from mixed-used fevelopments and multi-family housing to large estates and custom family homes. In 2012, the firmed earned LEED Gold rating for new traditional home in Sherman Oaks
11.21.17

Happy Thanksgiving!

2017 has been a year with more adversity than usual - yet the challenges have helped us to value and build new (and old) relationships.During this Thanksgiving, as we break bread with friends, serve strangers a warm meal, or spend time with family, we are grateful for all of you who bring beauty and joy into our world.Happy Thanksgiving! . . .

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McAlpine
McAlpine Interiors is the partnership of Bobby McAlpine, Ray Booth and Susan Ferrier. Their interiors firm, in existence since 1997, attracts clients from across the United States with designs for both the public and private sectors including residences, restaurants and a chapel. They maintain offices in Atlanta, Nashville and New York. The driving concept of the firm is to create timeless, emotionally evocative interiors that reflect the vision and needs of their clients. The firm’s founder, Bobby McAlpine, is known for his acclaimed work both in the architectural and interiors field and follows in his work the pursuit to create “the inheritable house.” It is this approach which has led the firm to regional, national and internationally recognized work in publications such as Architectural Digest, Southern Accents, House Beautiful, Veranda, House and Garden, Metropolitan Home, Traditional Home and British House and Garden. Having always produced custom furniture, McAlpine debuted his own furniture line, McAlpine Home, in 2002 with upholstered pieces by Lee Industries in North Carolina and English-made case goods from MacRae in Atlanta. In his best-selling book from Rizzoli International, McAlpine speaks poignantly from his head and heart about everyone’s personal search for home. Armed with the perspective of a southerner and an arsenal of architectural experience, he reveals his thoughts on grace, the human condition, tenderness of place and what we know to be true in our lives, all based on his body of work created over the last three decades.
11.20.17

Mark Your Calendar!

Two great events in the next two weeks:First up, our friends at Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights in New Orleans are hosting a book signing in their fantastic Museum in the French Quarter on Thursday, November 30th from 5:30 7:30PM. Head on over to 316 Royal Street to celebrate with us.Then join us in Texas for the McALPINE Speaker Luncheon at Houstons Premier Design Show: Theta Design Weekend, Saturday, December 2nd at 11:30 AM. Speakers include Bobby McAlpine, Susan Ferrier, Ray Booth, and David B . . .

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Ike Kligerman Barkley
At Ike Kligerman Barkley, our architecture and interior departments work throughout history and across styles, always seeking to enhance life through good design. 

We collaborate with our clients, craftsmen and colleagues to produce personalized living environments as well as the occasional high profile public building. In our 25 years, we’ve designed buildings across the country and around the world: a Georgian townhouse in the River Oaks neighborhood of Houston; a mountain lodge in Aspen; a loft in a repurposed butter factory in Manhattan; a vernacular white villa in Cabo San Lucas; a Romanesque building on Stanford’s campus; and a rambling, weathered shingle house in Martha’s Vineyard. 

Our two offices in New York City and San Francisco enable us to serve clients smoothly from coast to coast and beyond. In both locations, we realize our projects through traditional handicraft and cutting-edge processes. Structures are imagined in impressionistic watercolors and communicated through sketches; they are also digitally rendered and designed using the latest technologies, including our in-house 3D printer. From these initial designs through construction, we focus on selecting the best materials. Enduring material integrity is a hallmark of our work.

We have been fortunate to receive numerous awards, including the AIA New York Chapter Award, the DDB Stars of Design Award, the ICAA Julia Morgan Award and the ICAA Stanford White Award, as well as participating in the AD100 since 1995. In 2010, the Monacelli Press published our first monograph, Ike Kligerman Barkley: Houses; we have recently embarked on our second book with the publisher, to be released in 2015. 
11.16.17
McAlpine
McAlpine Interiors is the partnership of Bobby McAlpine, Ray Booth and Susan Ferrier. Their interiors firm, in existence since 1997, attracts clients from across the United States with designs for both the public and private sectors including residences, restaurants and a chapel. They maintain offices in Atlanta, Nashville and New York. The driving concept of the firm is to create timeless, emotionally evocative interiors that reflect the vision and needs of their clients. The firm’s founder, Bobby McAlpine, is known for his acclaimed work both in the architectural and interiors field and follows in his work the pursuit to create “the inheritable house.” It is this approach which has led the firm to regional, national and internationally recognized work in publications such as Architectural Digest, Southern Accents, House Beautiful, Veranda, House and Garden, Metropolitan Home, Traditional Home and British House and Garden. Having always produced custom furniture, McAlpine debuted his own furniture line, McAlpine Home, in 2002 with upholstered pieces by Lee Industries in North Carolina and English-made case goods from MacRae in Atlanta. In his best-selling book from Rizzoli International, McAlpine speaks poignantly from his head and heart about everyone’s personal search for home. Armed with the perspective of a southerner and an arsenal of architectural experience, he reveals his thoughts on grace, the human condition, tenderness of place and what we know to be true in our lives, all based on his body of work created over the last three decades.
11.13.17

Carolinas & Fairhope

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architecture interior design
McAlpine
McAlpine Interiors is the partnership of Bobby McAlpine, Ray Booth and Susan Ferrier. Their interiors firm, in existence since 1997, attracts clients from across the United States with designs for both the public and private sectors including residences, restaurants and a chapel. They maintain offices in Atlanta, Nashville and New York. The driving concept of the firm is to create timeless, emotionally evocative interiors that reflect the vision and needs of their clients. The firm’s founder, Bobby McAlpine, is known for his acclaimed work both in the architectural and interiors field and follows in his work the pursuit to create “the inheritable house.” It is this approach which has led the firm to regional, national and internationally recognized work in publications such as Architectural Digest, Southern Accents, House Beautiful, Veranda, House and Garden, Metropolitan Home, Traditional Home and British House and Garden. Having always produced custom furniture, McAlpine debuted his own furniture line, McAlpine Home, in 2002 with upholstered pieces by Lee Industries in North Carolina and English-made case goods from MacRae in Atlanta. In his best-selling book from Rizzoli International, McAlpine speaks poignantly from his head and heart about everyone’s personal search for home. Armed with the perspective of a southerner and an arsenal of architectural experience, he reveals his thoughts on grace, the human condition, tenderness of place and what we know to be true in our lives, all based on his body of work created over the last three decades.
11.6.17

Up Next:

BIRMINGHAMTUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 10AMNOON CIRCA INTERIORS & ANTIQUES2831 Culver Road, Birmingham, AL, 205-868-9199, Talk and book signing with Bobby McAlpine.circainteriors.comBOSTONTUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2 PM BIBLIOPHILE BOSTON BOSTON DESIGN CENTERBoston, MA, Lecture & Book signing with Greg Tankersley and Ray Booth.bostondesign.comATLANTATHURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 68PM DIXON RYE SHOWROOM1085 Howell Mill Road NW, Atlanta, GA, 404-883-3939, Book signing with Bobby McAlpine and Susan Ferrier.dixonrye. . . .

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architecture interior design
Morgante-Wilson Architects
At Morgante-Wilson Architects, we draw inspiration from listening to our clients. In fact, as we see it, listening is the first duty of design. 

We understand that when you engage our services, you take a leap of faith. You trust us to transform your aesthetic and personal viewpoints in a way that complements – and enhances – who you are, and how you want to live. It’s an opportunity we honor by prioritizing your needs and preferences over our own and by engaging you in an energetic, ongoing exchange of ideas. The result? A home that truly reflects your style, as well as your lifestyle.

Which is precisely the reason so many of our clients return to work with us again and again, reengaging us as their requirements and sensibilities change over time. As much as any industry design award, these lasting partnerships are a source of pride for us – and a truly meaningful sign that we’ve indeed succeeded in earning the trust of the clients we serve. 

As interpreters of so many unique client preferences, MWA works comfortably within a multitude of style conventions, from contemporary to classic, and everywhere in between. Our assortment of competencies is just as broad, spanning architecture, interior design, and custom furniture design.

Such breadth of service enables us to travel freely and easily between the worlds of new construction, renovation, and interiors. It also allows us to provide holistic solutions to our clients’ needs. After all, when a firm such as MWA has the capacity to contribute simultaneously to each layer of a project, from blueprints to surface finishes, the entire house, in the end, sings a uniquely unified harmony of proportion, texture, light, and beauty.
11.6.17

Home Renovation Ideas: How to Make an Old House Feel Open, Airy, and New

By Chicago Residential Architect Elissa MorganteBuild new, or renovate your exiting older home? Its a question our clients often ask and it can be a difficult . . .

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architecture interior design
Ike Kligerman Barkley
At Ike Kligerman Barkley, our architecture and interior departments work throughout history and across styles, always seeking to enhance life through good design. 

We collaborate with our clients, craftsmen and colleagues to produce personalized living environments as well as the occasional high profile public building. In our 25 years, we’ve designed buildings across the country and around the world: a Georgian townhouse in the River Oaks neighborhood of Houston; a mountain lodge in Aspen; a loft in a repurposed butter factory in Manhattan; a vernacular white villa in Cabo San Lucas; a Romanesque building on Stanford’s campus; and a rambling, weathered shingle house in Martha’s Vineyard. 

Our two offices in New York City and San Francisco enable us to serve clients smoothly from coast to coast and beyond. In both locations, we realize our projects through traditional handicraft and cutting-edge processes. Structures are imagined in impressionistic watercolors and communicated through sketches; they are also digitally rendered and designed using the latest technologies, including our in-house 3D printer. From these initial designs through construction, we focus on selecting the best materials. Enduring material integrity is a hallmark of our work.

We have been fortunate to receive numerous awards, including the AIA New York Chapter Award, the DDB Stars of Design Award, the ICAA Julia Morgan Award and the ICAA Stanford White Award, as well as participating in the AD100 since 1995. In 2010, the Monacelli Press published our first monograph, Ike Kligerman Barkley: Houses; we have recently embarked on our second book with the publisher, to be released in 2015. 
11.2.17

Modern Memphis Movement

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architecture interior design
McAlpine
McAlpine Interiors is the partnership of Bobby McAlpine, Ray Booth and Susan Ferrier. Their interiors firm, in existence since 1997, attracts clients from across the United States with designs for both the public and private sectors including residences, restaurants and a chapel. They maintain offices in Atlanta, Nashville and New York. The driving concept of the firm is to create timeless, emotionally evocative interiors that reflect the vision and needs of their clients. The firm’s founder, Bobby McAlpine, is known for his acclaimed work both in the architectural and interiors field and follows in his work the pursuit to create “the inheritable house.” It is this approach which has led the firm to regional, national and internationally recognized work in publications such as Architectural Digest, Southern Accents, House Beautiful, Veranda, House and Garden, Metropolitan Home, Traditional Home and British House and Garden. Having always produced custom furniture, McAlpine debuted his own furniture line, McAlpine Home, in 2002 with upholstered pieces by Lee Industries in North Carolina and English-made case goods from MacRae in Atlanta. In his best-selling book from Rizzoli International, McAlpine speaks poignantly from his head and heart about everyone’s personal search for home. Armed with the perspective of a southerner and an arsenal of architectural experience, he reveals his thoughts on grace, the human condition, tenderness of place and what we know to be true in our lives, all based on his body of work created over the last three decades.
10.31.17

Coming Up!

DALLASTHURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2 , 4-6PM PERENNIALS1600 Viceroy Drive, Suite 500, Dallas, TX, 214-638-4162, Talk & book signing with Bobby McAlpine.perennialfabrics.comBIRMINGHAMTUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 10AMNOON CIRCA INTERIORS & ANTIQUES2831 Culver Road, Birmingham, AL, 205-868-9199, Book signing & conversation with Bobby McAlpine, Chris Tippett and John Sease.circainteriors.comBOSTONTUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2 PM BIBLIOPHILE BOSTON BOSTON DESIGN CENTERBoston, MA, Lecture & Book signing with Greg Tankersl . . .

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architecture interior design
Ike Kligerman Barkley
At Ike Kligerman Barkley, our architecture and interior departments work throughout history and across styles, always seeking to enhance life through good design. 

We collaborate with our clients, craftsmen and colleagues to produce personalized living environments as well as the occasional high profile public building. In our 25 years, we’ve designed buildings across the country and around the world: a Georgian townhouse in the River Oaks neighborhood of Houston; a mountain lodge in Aspen; a loft in a repurposed butter factory in Manhattan; a vernacular white villa in Cabo San Lucas; a Romanesque building on Stanford’s campus; and a rambling, weathered shingle house in Martha’s Vineyard. 

Our two offices in New York City and San Francisco enable us to serve clients smoothly from coast to coast and beyond. In both locations, we realize our projects through traditional handicraft and cutting-edge processes. Structures are imagined in impressionistic watercolors and communicated through sketches; they are also digitally rendered and designed using the latest technologies, including our in-house 3D printer. From these initial designs through construction, we focus on selecting the best materials. Enduring material integrity is a hallmark of our work.

We have been fortunate to receive numerous awards, including the AIA New York Chapter Award, the DDB Stars of Design Award, the ICAA Julia Morgan Award and the ICAA Stanford White Award, as well as participating in the AD100 since 1995. In 2010, the Monacelli Press published our first monograph, Ike Kligerman Barkley: Houses; we have recently embarked on our second book with the publisher, to be released in 2015. 
10.26.17

Serafina Agriturismo

800 feet above the Gulf of Salerno in the townof Furore, Italy, sits SerafinaAgriturismo, a stunning family run farm and Inn. Farmhouse Serafina beganas a working farm with a side business of catering to hungry trekkers looking forlunch. It is now a full B&B and agricultural tourism destination.Once you find the front gate, which is no smallfeat, you are met with warm hospitality served up by hosts Domenico and Rosa.We stopped in for lunch as a midway rest after a dizzying vertical hike fromthe . . .

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architecture interior design
Tim Barber, Ltd.
Before launching Tim Barber Ltd in 1994, Tim worked in urbam reclamation, histroc preservation and adaptive re-use. Two decades later, with hundreds of completed projects the firm is widely publish and celebrated as definitive interpreter of Souther California architectural varnacular in projects ranging from mixed-used fevelopments and multi-family housing to large estates and custom family homes. In 2012, the firmed earned LEED Gold rating for new traditional home in Sherman Oaks
10.25.17

We've Moved! ;)

Were having the most beautiful Indian summer in Los Angeles, now. Cool nights and sunny days. We normally celebrate the end of summer (and our firms anniversary) with a project such as cleaning the beach, or planting trees. This year, we moved!No, not into a new address, but we expanded our suite to take on more space. As architects and designers here, were as ambitious for our own home as we are for yours. We added eight new work spaces, Kitchen, a Bath and a Living Room. We moved into the sunn . . .

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