This Is It ~ A Dreamy Beach Home Design For Me



This is it!  I utterly, completely fell in love with this beach home the minute my little fingers flipped the page of the October 2010 issue of Coastal Living magazine.  The dining room space sealed the deal for me and there was no changing my mind.  The thought of possibly starting your day eating breakfast gazing out at a beautiful beach…right now is just mind-boggling.  I love this design so much I wanted to do a little more research to find out more about the architect and designer.

The architect is Bobby McAlpine of McAlpine Tankersley Architecture located in Montgomery, Alabama.  Mr. McAlpine designed his first home at the tender age of 5 .  I would say it’s in his blood.  He has been designing gorgeous homes for over 25 years.  The firm along with his partners is described as “nurturing, compassionate, and soulful.”  I would agree.  To assist with the home interior design he utilized Susan Ferrier of McAlpine Booth and Ferrier Interiors.  The mission of the home interior design firm is to create timeless, emotionally evocative interiors that reflect the vision and needs of their clients.  And together they have designed from top to bottom over 40 seaside spaces.

What I adore about this beach home:

Simple yet a bit fussy

Muted colors with variations of those colors throughout the home

Dining brought front and center

Lots of windows with panes

Natural elements

Wooded beams

18 foot ceilings

Comfortable outdoor seating area

Curved staircase

Balanced the masculine and feminine design in the master bedroom


Mr. McAlpine likes the Dutch Colonial elements and the palette taken from the sea, shore, rocks, and stormy sky.

Ms. Ferrier likes the communal table oriented toward the view.

My last comments on this home is I am in love with it and when I transition to beach life rest assured Mr. McAlpine and his firm will get a call from me.  Thank you for a fabulous design.


image credits
Coastal Living Magazine October 2010
McAlpine Tankersley Architecture
McAlpine, Booth, Ferrier Interiors

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MichelleApril 29, 2011 - 5:27 PM

What an amazingly gorgeous house!!! I love everything about it!!

CynthiaApril 29, 2011 - 8:56 AM

Totally in love with that home from the minute I got my October issue it’s been on my nightstand.
Thanks again!

greg tankersleyApril 29, 2011 - 6:53 AM

Thanks for including our work here on your lovely blog. We’re glad you like the home!

CynthiaApril 27, 2011 - 10:44 PM

Shari I don’t own it yet, but I plan to and I will scale this one down a bit because my kids will be gone again this is just a dream but I am keeping positive.

ShariApril 27, 2011 - 8:46 PM

Wow, you aim HIGH!! My beach place is more of a cottage… but it does have fabulous windows that overlook the ocean, and a sliver of beach down below. (Mind you, this is in my imagination, I don’t own one yet.) YET.

Marie @ Sally Lee by the SeaApril 27, 2011 - 7:19 PM

I can certainly see why you love it – it’s fabulous!!

Sarah @ A Paper ProposalApril 27, 2011 - 4:28 PM

GORGEOUS! Such a dream 🙂 Love all the windows.