A “Show & Tell” With A Great Mountain View

Posted on | August 26, 2012 | 5 Comments

It’s been a while since we have had one of our Show & Tell features. Today we hear from Amy Conner-Murphy, AIA, of the Asheville architecture and interior design firm, ACM Design. In her own words Amy shares with us a little from both her professional and personal side.

Images Courtesy of ACM Design

When did you become interested in architecture and interior design?
ACM: I walked into an architectural office when I was 17 and was immediately hooked. My first architectural studio class was on my very first day of college, so this has been my passion for over half my life. I worked for many years in commercial architecture, but early on I felt called to do residential work. Many years later, after having a family of my own, that calling met with opportunity.

What is your favorite place you have traveled?
Paris, France. It’s such a beautiful city with such a well-defined spirit. The fact is though, that a short visit to a place like this only gives you a very small snapshot of what it’s all about. I’d like to live in Paris for a year—to truly experience the city as a dweller and absorb those small, unique moments that make up life there.

What do you most enjoy about being an architect and interior designer?
Creating a personal, meaningful space for my clients and helping them realize and develop their own style.

What is the one thing no home should be without?
A sense of place. A home needs its own identity and personality. It should have a very specific spirit that speaks to the people who will live in the space—who will raise children and bake cookies there. Style is secondary; you can create a stylish house that’s by-the-book architecturally, but if you can capture that elusive, magical component—that sense of place—that’s when you really have a successful result.

What are you currently reading?
Right now, I’m reading “World Without End” by Ken Follett. It follows the life of a young architect/ craftsman/ builder through medieval England. It’s a very interesting combo of historical fiction and architectural history, both of which really fascinate me. I’m also reading “No Man is an Island” by Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk and spiritual writer.

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5 Responses to “A “Show & Tell” With A Great Mountain View”

  1. Dustin Peck
    August 27th, 2012 @ 8:49 AM

    Wonderful projects shown off equally well by wonderful photography.

  2. Liz Hughes
    August 27th, 2012 @ 9:08 AM

    Thanks Dustin. I could sit on that porch all day long, enjoying the view and reading a book. A girl can dream, right?

  3. Celeste
    August 27th, 2012 @ 9:20 AM

    Absolutely stunning! I read “World without end” right before I went to Paris a couple of years ago and I could really appreciate the architecture there so much more. It is amazing the structures that were built so long ago.

  4. Laura Greeno
    August 29th, 2012 @ 7:49 PM

    Oh my…I just love love these mountain homes. I’m ready for another trip to Todd/Boone. Thanks for the beautiful images!

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