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A Room We Love from the 1stDibs 50: McAlpine

Each week, we spotlight one of the notable talents from the roster of our most recent 1stDibs 50.
McAlpine home in Atlanta
Photo by Simon Upton

“The weathered, slatted walls portray the house as a crate holding precious, imperfect objects,” says architect Bobby McAlpine, describing the living room in his self-designed Atlanta home.

That one metaphor encapsulates the aesthetic principles behind the decorating style McAlpine has dubbed “new romantic modernism”: The structure may be contemporary, but the contents evoke classical European Grand Tour decoration.

Klismos dining chairs are pulled up around a cage-based pedestal table; terracotta lions and giltwood tables are illuminated by Venetian-style lanterns. “Contradictions swing the pendulum here,” says McAlpine.


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