Keynote Lecture

Friday, February 1, 2019, 11 a.m.

Designing, Building and Living in Paradise

Grammy-winning superstar Faith Hill, alongside interior designer Ray Booth and architect Bobby McAlpine, will bring the tropics to Music City with a cultivated discussion on the design and construction of Faith and husband Tim McGraw’s Bahamian island home and the serenity of living in a private paradise. Leslie Newsom RascoeMILIEU’s design director, will lead the conversation highlighting the collaboration between architect, designer and client, as well as the planning process and special challenges posed by the island project. Faith, Ray and Bobby will also share the inspiration behind the design of the several other homes they have built together, including Faith and Tim’s family home in Nashville and other houses that are more than 100 years old.

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Faith Hill

Faith Hill is one of the top-selling and most-awarded female artists of all time with five Grammy’s, 12 Academy of Country Music Awards, three Country Music Association Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, four American Music Awards and four People’s Choice Awards. She has consistently broken chart records with her No. 1 singles and has had major crossover success with the hits “This Kiss,” “Breathe,” “The Way You Love Me,” “Cry” and “There You’ll Be.” She has had multiple albums top both the Billboard Hot 100 and Country charts simultaneously and, with only seven original studio albums, has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. She has had three network TV specials that garnered top ratings and has appeared and performed on every major award show, including twice on the prestigious Academy Awards. In 2000, Faith performed the national anthem to a global audience of over 88.5 million viewers at Super Bowl XXXIV in Atlanta and is the only country artist and one of only three artists ever to perform both “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America” at Super Bowls. Faith, along with her husband Tim McGraw, released their first-ever joint album––“The Rest of Our Life”––in November of 2017, and it debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and No. 2 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. Faith and Tim just wrapped up their latest installment of the award-winning Soul2Soul franchise, Soul2Soul The World Tour 2018. Faith is one of the executive producers of the Emmy nominated “Pickler & Ben,” daytime’s “go-to” destination for the best in lifestyle and entertainment television, entering its second season on September 17, 2018.

Ray Booth

An Alabama native and alumnus of Auburn University’s School of Architecture, Ray moved to New York shortly after graduation and had successful tenures in the offices of such distinguished design talents as John Saladino and Clodagh. A decade later, reuniting with his former professor Bobby McAlpine, Ray joined McAlpine as a partner in his interior design firm. These days, Ray divides his time between the firm’s Nashville office and its expanded New York office, which allows him to keep one foot in the city and the other in his native South.

A member of the prestigious AD100 list of top designers, Ray is the author of Evocative Interiors, his best-selling first book published by Rizzoli in 2018. Ray’s work has received significant recognition from the nation’s most prestigious publications, including covers of Architectural Digest and features in Elle Décor, Veranda, MILIEU, Wall Street Journal and

In 2019, Ray will launch his inaugural furniture collection with Hickory Chair and his first accessory and lighting collection with Arteriors.

With an undimmed passion for beauty, Ray shares his life and homes in New York and Nashville with his husband John Shea.

Bobby McAlpine

Born in an Alabama sawmill town, Bobby McAlpine designed his first house at the age of five and has not stopped since. Architect, romantic, poet and entrepreneur, he envisions home as a timeless, graceful and emotionally evocative place. From the time he founded the firm in 1983, he has realized this ideal in a diverse array of traditional styles and regional vernaculars for clients all over the country and abroad.  Today, known simply as McALPINE, the firm embraces a brilliant and eclectic family of architects and interior designers with offices in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and New York. They have been listed on Architectural Digest’s AD100 and Elle Décor’s A-List. Their designs include hundreds of residences, restaurants, private chapels, follies in a public park and on private lands, plus hotels, a school, a rehabilitated town and a family compound on a private island in the Caribbean. Their extensive portfolio has been widely published in several books and many periodicals including VERANDA, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Southern Accents, Elle Décor, Southern Living, House & Garden (both US and British editions), Garden & Gun, Coastal Living, MILIEU and Traditional Home. Bobby’s popular furniture line McAlpine Home is available nationwide. He holds both architecture and interior design degrees, and he continues his lifetime of learning in the world’s classroom. Bobby’s critically acclaimed book The Home Within Us quickly became and remains a Rizzoli bestseller. His much-heralded book Poetry of Place was released in October 2017.

Leslie Newsom Rascoe

Leslie Newsom Rascoe helped launch Veranda magazine with her mother, Lisa Newsom, Veranda’s founder and longtime editor-in-chief. Leslie held various editorial positions including fine arts and decoration editor. She has an extensive background in art and design, completing the Sotheby’s Decorative Art Education program in London and postgraduate study of fine art in Europe and Asia. Four years ago, Leslie assumed the role of interiors editor of MILIEU magazine, founded by noted Houston interior designer Pamela Pierce. She now serves as MILIEU’S design director, scouting interior design projects, producing articles and moderating special events. Leslie is on the design and development team of Wisteria, a home décor company founded by her brother. She is a wife and proud mother of three.