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Leading Men of Western Interior Design

June 27, 2023

In a profession dominated by women, a set of men stand out as leading interior designers in the American West. WHJ introduces readers to five designers whose influences are rooted in the West but who have made impacts coast to coast. Their firms have garnered national attention and awards, influencing design from the ranches and ski enclaves of the Rockies, to flats in New York City, to executive residences in California.

We encourage you to read the full article here.

ASID Award – Gold

October 25, 2022

American Society of Interior Designers, Georgia
GOLD- Residential New Construction – Bath

The design of the bathrooms focus on context and flow. Within the residence are the private spaces for the couple- individual bathrooms and dressing parlors, gym, massage room and two courtyards, one with an outdoor shower. The hallways create direct connections to different rooms so one can close the doors and not impede access to any other room or the outdoor courtyard. 

On the gentleman’s side, there is a grand presentation of Blanco Trajane and Nuvolato Etrusco marble. The cabinetry is in hand-carved gunstock walnut and accented with an antique Italian Arts & Crafts mirror with unique inlays and modeled edges, c. 1900. Likewise, the room extends into a handsome dressing parlor finished in gunstock walnut paneling and includes many fine custom details for wardrobing and daily inspiration such as the 1950 c. bronze helmet sculpture. 

On the lady’s side, opulence begins with the plaster walls in a lime wash finish and the ceiling of wood coffers complemented with an antique mirror. The vanity top is Calacutta Manhattan as are the mirror surround and door casings. To the right of the vanity is a Michel Salerno “Iron Eye,” France, 2016, a unique handmade mirror of forged steel, bronze and black nickel. 

The space continues into a dressing parlor, an extension of her boudoir. The antique French white oak vanity holds a rare table-top braided clear glass frame with gold inclusions by Venini. Italy c. 1936, a custom wall mirror in 4k Gold leaf Stettheimer pattern, a custom Fisher Weisman Acanthus Minor Bench, and custom rug with bronze inlay. 

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ASID Winner – Gold

October 24, 2022

American Society of Interior Designers, Georgia
GOLD- Residential New Construction 7000+ sq ft.

The owner’s international lifestyle, interest in history, admiration of craftsmanship from many eras, and appreciation of the property’s natural elements serve as inspiration to the interior design execution. Thus the curated collection includes such diverse elements as rare gunstock walnut paneling, ancient Egyptian porphyry and millennia-old Roman stones, ancient sinker cypress, hand-rubbed plaster walls, and local handcrafted metal and woodwork. 

Although newly constructed, the ranch house harkens back to a time when extraordinary craftsmanship and the use of rare materials culminated in homes built for generations. The owner gave the interior designer one dictate: “make it look collected and curated through time.” To that end, the designer spent five years traveling the globe to curate and source art, artifacts, and antiques while amassing finishes and furnishings. 

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ASID Winner – Gold

American Society of Interior Designers, Georgia
GOLD- Residential New Construction – Outdoor Living

The Texas ranch’s topography and ecosystems included lush green hills, grassy plains, a pristine river, a 12-acre lake, and scattered wetlands. Time is spent in the outdoor kitchen, lounging and dining areas. 

Carlos Motta Espasso collection guide the furnishings surround the patios, pool deck, sitting areas, and outdoor dining. The appreciation for a collected design approach includes an ancient Roman Cipollino block serving as an outdoor bench.

The land adjacent to the residence’s grounds is an enclosed game preserve and the owner desired a viewing location without disturbing them. The interior of the rondavel has seemingly simple furnishings. Upon closer inspection, the “simplicity” of the interiors reveals that thoughtfulness of the selections- a custom ‘bench’ made of ancient cypress harvested regionally, animal hide floor coverings, a primitive chopping block- Late 19th C., custom bar stools, woven rugs, and light fixture sitting on shelves like in a traditional Southwest adobe dwelling.

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ASID Winner – Gold

American Society of Interior Designers, Georgia
GOLD- Residential New Construction 3,500-7000 sq ft.

Nestled along the bank of the Beaverhead River in Montana, this sportsman’s lodge provides its owner and his guests a retreat from their busy lives. The maverick embodies the Western spirit and as such there are long days out in the wilderness to be followed by lively evenings at home. The deep connection between the surrounding landscape and the interior environment is evidenced by the dedicated use of wood and stone throughout the home, the same elements found in the surrounding environment. 

The living room where people gather is outfitted in warm natural tones and materials that stand-up to the rugged lifestyle. The custom hand-hammered iron chandelier; mohair, leather, and fur upholstery; antique French fruitwood cocktail table; custom leather Jean De Merry lounge chair next to the fireplace; and a unique floor lamp from Senegal in venne wood, all add stylish layers to the rustic interior. Though this space may seem too luxurious for dusty boots, performance materials and rugged furnishings were thoughtfully planned to live up to the client’s day. 

This outdoorsman knows how to soak into the natural surroundings to disconnect and re-charge. His space, true to the region’s history and environment, reflects the same. 

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RSG Exterior

A Legacy Property

August 3, 2022

Rod Lewis, the owner of the incredible Rancho Grande Sabino, challenged us to build a home that will last forever. The architecture reflects generations of Texas ranch life and draws on South African and Dutch influences, but to us this meant the interiors had to live up to the past as well as the future. As the article in the latest edition of Western Art & Architecture states, we were “able to source pieces that were used appropriately — but, more importantly, held a strong story — by working with a network of art and antique dealers around the world.”  Every piece of art, furniture, and stone was specifically curated for its purpose and they came together to create a legacy.

Read the full article here.

Peace Design| Interior Design, Atlanta & Bozeman

The Inspiration of the Western Landscape

April 13, 2022

Bill recently sat down with Western Home Journal to discuss, among other things, Rocky Mountain interior design. He reflected “Design in the American West didn’t originate in a vacuum; it evolved over hundreds of years with disparate influences. Native Americans knew the raw materials of the land and the power of nature. Their wisdom and world view influence how things are in harmony with the land. Europeans via the East Coast arrived as explorers and homesteaders, bringing their own influences of building techniques. As a designer, how do I mix the elements that honor the diverse cultures of the West? The combinations are endless and we start with the location and the client’s vision.”

Our north star is always creating spaces that reflect the client’s personality and lifestyle. At the end of the day, it’s not really what the room looks like, it’s how it feels and how comfortable you are living there.  We see inspiration all around us – particularly in the western landscape. The challenge is honoring that, while also creating harmony within for the client.

We encourage you to read the full article here.

Standing Guard

Standing Guard

December 17, 2021

“Standing Guard”
Hand-toned gelatin silver photograph
From the book, BISON; Portrait of an Icon by photographer Audrey Hall and writer Chase Reynolds Ewald

We’ve collaborated with Audrey and Chase for years and we are excited for their latest creation, BISON. Every year we celebrate an artist and so we were thrilled when our dear friend Audrey said “Yes, of course!” to “Standing Guard” being this year’s celebrated art.

The first of its kind and winner of a 2021 National Outdoor Book Award, BISON tells the story of this iconic species through the photography of Audrey Hall and writings of Chase Reynolds Ewald. With a foreword from the Emmy award winning filmmaker John Heminway and perspectives by Montana Poet Laureate Henry Real Bird, this 224-page hard bound and slipcased volume is a fitting tribute to an American icon.

Audrey Hall is an internationally exhibited and collected artist with a dozen design books to her name. She brings the rigor of her fine arts background to the challenges of creativity, resulting in a growing collection of books, images, films, installations, and music.

We look forward to our next collaboration!

Western Home Journal

Shaken. Stirred. Blended. Neat.

November 18, 2021

Whether we are working out West or in the middle of Manhattan, we always approach a project with the same guiding principles – authenticity and environment.  We are driven by the location’s topography, climate and culture while seeking to create designs that speak to the user, not just aesthetically but also emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.

We are humbled to be recognized for our work and our philosophy in this month’s Western Home Journal.  Drawing a comparison between Peace Design and a master mixologist, the article reflects on a variety of projects – prepared for different people in different locations. Some clients like their cocktail shaken and some like it stirred.  Regardless of the method, the goal is the same: to create harmony within.

Read the full article here.

Peace Design at ADAC

Celebrating ADAC’s 60th Anniversary

June 21, 2021

We congratulate ADAC on 60 years of excellence and we are proud to be a part of the Atlanta design community. Our office is located in the hub of some of the best design expertise and resources in the South –helping us create beautiful interiors for our clients nationwide.

Atlanta Magazine’s HOME Q+A with Bill Peace.

Architecture and Design

Whiskey, Architecture and Design

May 27, 2021

Western Home Journal recently hosted four well-established Bozeman-area construction industry professionals for a discussion of the current state of architecture, construction, design, and craft in southwest Montana and the intermountain west. Our own Bill Peace, old friends Larry Pearson (Pearson Design Group) and Chris Lohss (Lohss Construction), as well as Jeff Brandner (Brandner Design) all gathered at Stacey’s Old faithful in Gateway for some good old-fashioned discourse about what they love best: architecture and design.

The banter began with whiskey.

Read the story here.

The Great Indoors of a Texas Ranch

The Great Indoors on a Texas Ranch

May 7, 2021

Peace Design was honored to be part of a one-of-a-kind project creating a spectacular home on an expansive south Texas ranch. And, we are now thrilled to have it featured in DEPARTURES Home + Design Spring 2021 magazine. The landscape of Hill Country, with its uniquely understated kind of grandeur, created a serene setting. The international lifestyle of the homeowner, Spanish and African influences, and the rich Texas history provided unparalleled inspiration.  But, it was the natural elements of the property such as limestone, clay, cypress, oak, cedar, and walnut that brought the design to life. Most notably, paneling hewed from solid gunstock walnut, ancient stone from Italy and Egypt and thousand-year-old sinker cypress, used in the photo here of the library.

This ranch serves as a primary residence and must be able to scale for large stately gatherings yet perform comfortably for everyday living. We spent years getting all of the details right and worked closely with the owner and architect to use materials collected from around the world. The result is a spectacular Texas ranch that feels as if it has always been there and will belong there for generations to come.

Read the full article in DEPARTURES for further details.

Sportsman's Paradise

Sportsman’s Paradise

April 20, 2021

Our River’s Edge project went from a few men gathering in a field to a one-room cabin to a Sportsman’s Paradise. Generous acreage along three miles of the Beaverhead River in Montana is a spectacular backdrop for enjoying nature in comfort. Everything about the interior was thoughtfully chosen to ensure it could hold up to heavy activity coming in from outdoors. It’s a place where you can put your feet up on the coffee table and not worry.

See more about the project here or read the full article in Big Sky Journal HOME for further details.

Luxe RED Awards

Luxe Residential Excellence in Design Awards

January 26, 2021

Reader’s Choice judging for the 2021 Luxe RED Awards is now open.The awards honor excellence, innovation and the best residential architecture, interior design and landscape architecture projects across the country.

Peace Design is honored to be nominated in three categories.  We invite you to browse, be inspired and then vote for us at the following links:

> Contemporary/Modern Interior Design
> Wow-Factor Room
> Landscape Design/Outdoor Rooms

From now until February 5th, it’s your turn to play the judge.

Mountain Living

Mountain Living Magazine Publishes 2021 ML List

December 17, 2020

The editors of Mountain Living have published their 2021 ML List which they describe as an ‘exclusive guide to the most talented influential architects and interior designers at work in the West today.’

Peace Design is pleased and humbled to be on the list amongst such an impressive group who are clearly at the top of their game. Working out West has been a joy and privilege and we always do our best to honor the majestic landscapes of mountain living.

See the article and full list here.

Alpine Refuge - Westward Expansion

Blending Outdoor Elements with the Interior

December 11, 2020

When building and designing an alpine refuge, architecture and the interior design plays an integral part. The natural elements of the outdoors become the focal point of each room through expansive windows and framed views. Beyond that, combining the right materials and textures layered together only adds to the serenity. Hearty and natural materials are best. In particular, reclaimed wood – which has already proven its longevity – adds provenance and history. With the mountains of Montana as a backdrop, your only choice is to honor their majesty.

Read more here.

See our Westward Expansion project.

HARMONY IS THE GREATEST FORM OF CRAFTSMANSHIP

Harmony is the Greatest Form of Craftsmanship

October 21, 2020

There is beauty in balance. It creates a natural connection and an intuitive sense of calm. It is an essential element of art and of life. When we are in tune with our surroundings, rooms feel like effortless extensions of ourselves.

Watch video here.

Moody Blues

Moody Blues

August 27, 2020

In the middle of a hot summer, it’s nice to find a retreat in the middle of moody blues. These cool blues create a soothing atmosphere in our client’s Montana home. We found the great bear painting at Visions West in Bozeman while the expansive blue sky of Blue Sky inspired the serene tones. Whether the house is full of visitors on holiday or one is alone in the woods, it’s nice to have a quiet retreat…even if there are bears overhead.

Montana Ranch - Bar

Montana Ranch Spirits

August 20, 2020

Irrespective of whether one’s preference is for bourbon or beer, a drink is always welcome after a long day on a Montana ranch. For our client, we hung an antique pendant fixture over the long custom bar where leather stools reminiscent of saddles invite people to gather. Although small, this home bar is large on style.

Simplicity with sophistication and style is a Peace Design principle, and this ranch bar stirs our spirits.

Chef’s Kitchen at the Ranch

August 6, 2020

With a custom walnut butcher block island anchoring the space, this chef’s kitchen in Montana proves that rustic interiors can be luxurious. Ample comfortable seating can accommodate many guests, yet the space feels equally welcoming for two. Mountain living may frequently be more casual and relaxed, but this kitchen proves that it can be refined and sophisticated.

Photography by Ralph Kylloe.

Coastal Escape!

June 24, 2020

Summer is calling and her siren is strong after months of captivity of working from home. We crave fresh air, sunshine, and space – whether at the coast or the mountains. Some will seek adventure; others will recline and rest. When we designed this outdoor living area for clients in Florida, the sound of the Intracoastal Waterway melds with the pool for a relaxing refrain. From the master bedroom, the water provides a peaceful view. Irrespective of what’s right for you, Peace Design hopes your escape provides rest for the body and the soul.

See the more on this project here.

Artful Elegance

July 24, 2019

Artful elegance can be that elusive “je ne sais quoi” that all homeowners seeks. Peace Design considers art to be one of the most important elements in a room. Although it’s typically the last item to be added into the space, it’s one of the most impactful and personal design elements. At Peace Design, we give great attention to the art: genre, medium, size, scale, proportion to the other elements in the room, and aesthetic statement. We also work closely with our clients to ensure that the art speaks not only to the room, but to the owners. Art adds depth and character to a room, but mostly, it adds soul. At Peace Design, we create elegant spaces with substance and style. Artful elegance is not just a catchphrase at Peace Design; rather, it’s our goal and endgame.

Tooled Leather Walls

Tooled Leather Walls in Jackson Hole

June 26, 2019

It’s not often that one gets to produce hand tooled leather walls, but when one does, the impact is terrific. A powder room might be small; lighting might be limited; and fittings may consume most of the space. However, the power of pattern and patina in tooled leather is unmistakable in quality, design, and depth. This project in Jackson Hole has been featured on the covers of Western Art & Architecture and Big Sky Journal, as well as in Atlanta HOME Magazine. From the soaring great room to this tiny powder room, quality and texture abound – especially in this Jackson Hole jewel box.

 

Foyer| Peace Design | Interior Design, Atlanta & Bozeman

The Art of the Entry

June 12, 2019

Whether or not a house has a proper foyer, it’s always important to have an entrance to the home. Regardless of size, one should feel welcome, and there should be a visual point to rest as well as a place to put the keys. Texture and color play crucial roles when working with small spaces. Wall coverings, art, furniture, and lighting can be bold or subtle, large or small; however, they must be impactful and defining. At Peace Design, we define and curate spaces so that your home speaks volumes about you – as soon as you walk in the door.

Iconic Images as Part of Interior Design

Iconic Images

May 29, 2019

At Peace Design, we believe in celebrating and honoring the place, and the history of the place. Whether cosmopolitan or rustic, urban or mountain, we incorporate elements of the place into each home. Often a home does not need much decoration; rather, a few iconic images are more than enough to transcend the history of the place and create relevant and meaningful moments in the design of a home.

At Peace Design, we use iconic images, and the prominent placement of those objects and images, to celebrate and honor the place and setting of each home.

refuge of home

The Refuge of Home

May 1, 2019

At Peace Design, we believe in the refuge of home – it should be a a place of relaxation and comfort, whether filled with family and friends or enjoying the silence alone. Either way, a home must have certain elements that include great natural light, good flow, and a pleasing aesthetic. We create sleek modern homes, rustic mountain homes, and cosmopolitan pied-a-terres for our clients, but regardless of design direction, we fill the homes luxurious fabrics, indigenous stone and wood, and a curated collection of objects that both reflect and inspire the owner. At Peace Design, we believe that no matter how far you travel and wander, you should always be most fulfilled at home.

The Mountain West Kitchen

April 17, 2019

State-of-the-art kitchens are required in today’s mountain West interiors. However, they require a delicate balance of materials and technology to achieve an interior that delivers a superb cooking space with aesthetics appropriate to the area. Indigenous materials – including woods and stone – combined with clean lines create modern interiors that function well. Yet, they also yield a warmth that harkens to the rustic feeling of the mountains. Appliances, whether in view or hidden, must be the most recent, whereas lighting can be modern or vintage. In total, mountain West kitchens must appear to be authentic, but must function as though installed today. It’s a tall order to make these kitchens look simple, but it’s what Peace Design delivers.

Sophisticated Sculpture

April 3, 2019

Modern has many meanings, but one of the most elegantly modern rooms is one that includes contemporary sculpture. The forms with fluid lines are anything but simple; instead they are complex and provide interest in the room. This living room overlooking the vast vistas of the city is a mixture of soft upholstery in luxurious fabrics with iconic pieces as accents, and several sculptural forms that break up the lines and infuse the room with texture. Peace Design is focused on the fusion of modern into elegant living areas, and this project remains a favorite.

Modern Meets Cosmopolitan

March 14, 2019

Texture and form collide in beautiful finishes and furnishings in Peace Design projects. Luxurious fabrics such as mohair, velvet, linen, and silk meld with wood, steel, and stone for highly textural spaces that are both interesting and inviting. Pops of tangerine and chrome in this penthouse den infuse energy into this captivating space. The high-end finishes mix with organic elements while bold orange tones are balanced by the cool gray walls. This room proves that sophisticated textures and refined forms create soothing environments regardless of size or function. At Peace Design, modern meets cosmopolitan.