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WRJ Design Associates, LTD
4.19.17

Long on Inspiration

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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. 
4.13.17

Cedar, that's a wrap!

In our office, we get excited aboutcedar. There is no better material to blend a building into its landscape. Whether for a grand estate or humble barn, cedar can adapt to the occasion. Not only are cedar shingles beautiful and versatile, they are simple to produce, naturally rot and insect resistant, require no special finishing and are simple to install. They can also be locally sourced in most areas of the country.Tennis Hall of Fame, Newport, 1880, by McKim Mead and White.For us North-easter . . .

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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.
4.13.17

Door Theology

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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.
4.13.17

Fresh Home Design Trends 2017

Fresh Home Design Trends in 2017By Award-winning Chicago Architect Elissa MorganteTrends, as we all know, come and go. Whether in food, clothing, or architecture, the darlings of today can . . .

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interior design architecture
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.
4.13.17

Fresh Home Design Trends 2017 (part 2)

Fresh Home Design Trends in 2017 (part two)By Award-winning Chicago Architect Ellissa MorganteTrends, as we all know, come and go. Whether in food, clothing, or architecture, the darlings of . . .

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interior design architecture
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.
4.6.17

Personality in Pencil

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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. 
4.5.17
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.
3.30.17
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
3.30.17

Never to Late to Learn Something New

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interior design architecture
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.
3.30.17

Hot Home Design Trends 2017

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interior design architecture
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. 
3.29.17

Relocating to NYC

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interior design architecture
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. 
3.22.17

A House in the Country

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