A cherished photo from a trip out west in the late eighties. I carried it with me through many many moves and just had it framed. It’s little worn and frayed but all the more meaningful for the wonderful memories it represents. No matter what your style, framing the things that are important to you is one of the key aspects of creating a space that is uniquely yours.






Happy 150th Birthday, Canada!


Today is Canada Day, the birthday of my country. “Canadian Confederation was the process by which the British colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick were united into one Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867.” (Thanks, Wikipedia!) This year marks the 150th anniversary of that momentous day. (Lest we forget, the Indigenous peoples had been inhabiting this magnificent land centuries before the European settlers arrived).


When I think of Canada, I think of the herons and lakes and cross-country skiing; of cold water and huge maple trees. And I think of family. Here’s some personal photos that capture my love of country and family.



a favorite photo of my dad and my nieces – pretending to be asleep under the maple leaf blanket



My nephew ice fishing



Loons on the lake



Another loon on the lake


Happy Canada Day and cheers to the true north, strong and free!



For years now, one of my favorite online resources for design has been Apartment Therapy. I’m sure many of you know of this excellent site as well. Today I am thrilled to have had one of my bathroom renovations featured in their “before and after” series.


You can check it out here


Private residence in Philadelphia, PA. Image for Mel McDaniel Design use only. Images for press, portfolio, and pr use.
Please credit: Rebecca McAlpin when applicable
Copyright 2017 Rebecca McAlpin. All Rights Reserved.



There are few pieces as entrenched in the Canadian mystique as Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables.  I grew up not only reading her resplendent novels but also watching the now iconic Kevin Sullivan films, which originally aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the 1980’s (did I just age myself?).  Many an after school hour was spent re-enacting scenes from the books and films.  I was amused to learn that a friend who grew up with these same Prince Edward Island stories has since named the plays of his basketball team after characters from the books.  Picture a group of 10 year old girls shouting “Rachel Lynd” on the basketball court.



I met the news that Netflix (in conjunction with the CBC) had commissioned the excellent screenwriter Moira Walley Beckett to adapt the books into a new series with more than a bit of hesitation.  After glowing reviews from esteemed publications and viewers alike, it seems that my fears can be put to rest.  Anne has arrived in strong form for a new generation.  The gauzy, romanticized lense through which older adaptations saw Green Gables has been replaced by a slightly harsher view of Anne’s world.



The way I see it, If there ever was a time where the world could use a good dose of Anne’s gumption, now is it.  Among its many strengths, the new Anne sees the redheaded orphan as a defiantly positive, intelligent and determined girl in a world where women had barely a place at the table.  Add the plight of being an orphan on top of those grim circumstances and the odds were certainly stacked against her.  Nowadays one might put it as:  “…and yet she persisted.”  Whatever version you prefer your Anne, here are some ideas on bringing this kindred spirit into your home.




A lovely watercolor, featuring one of Anne’s most inspiring quotations



A card from my collection of Anne quotations, lovingly made by a dear friend




A quote pack currently available on Etsy



Another piece of Anne art, this one available as a digital download



A photograph of Megan Follows as Anne,
framed for my friend’s baby and displayed with some cute shoes!



What a bosom friend this fictitious heroine has become to so many.  Happy binge watching!