McAlpine Tankersley Architecture Brings Southern Charm To Villanova

The Montgomery, Ala. design team combined modern and comfortable vibes under one roof for the ultimate in sophistication.

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McAlpine Tankersley is different from most firms in the way it works from the inside out. “We focus on the interior first,” says Torode. “We start at the center and work our way out. Many home designers today don’t look at how the owners will sit in the room, and what they’ll be looking out onto. Along with being an architect, [co-founder] Bobby McAlpine is an interior designer who believes you should start with the furnishings and allow the house to move as it needs to. It’s kind of an organic plan.”

Jahnle prefers furnishings with clean lines, but she doesn’t consider her style starkly modern. A neutral color scheme in the salon blends gray, brown and cream—something Ferrier appreciates. The interior designer has been recognized for her ability to impart a sense of calm with color. Pecky cypress covers the walls and ceiling. “The wood has great character,” says Torode. “We used a gray-taupe stain to match the aesthetic in this room. So many great spaces are ruined by loud colors—it’s like having too many seasonings in your food.”

Jahnle couldn’t agree more. “I’ve converted my husband over the years to my style,” she says. “All he really wants is a comfortable chair and a big television.”

One of Torode’s favorites, pecky cypress was also used for the kitchen cabinetry, which is visible from the salon. “I like the industrial look of stainless steel, so I didn’t want any of my appliances covered,” says Jahnle.

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