Design Daily

The Inspiration of the Western Landscape

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”
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!

Shaken. Stirred. Blended. Neat.

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.

Whiskey, Architecture and Design

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 on a Texas Ranch

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

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 Residential Excellence in Design Awards

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 Magazine Publishes 2021 ML List

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.

Blending Outdoor Elements with the Interior

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.