November 10, 2017
Design Talk With Bill Peace of Peace Design
'The best interiors are carefully collected and curated,' says Bill Peace of the eponymous firm, Peace Design.
by New York Spaces
NYS: How did you get your start in the design world?
Bill Peace of Peace Design: My first exposure to design was being a part of a construction crew and it was here that I learned to appreciate how a home came together. I studied design and architecture at the University of Kentucky. After graduation I headed to Atlanta to begin my career.
NYS: How would you describe your style?
Bill Peace: Rustic yet sophisticated, textual and timeless.
NYS: What do you think is one of the most important elements of good design?
Bill Peace: I truly believe the best interiors are carefully collected and curated. Our goal is for a client to walk into their home and feel as if the space has been evolving for generations, not just the two to three years we've been on the project.
NYS: What fascinates you about light?
Bill Peace: Light is a critical element to any space. It effects your perception of color and texture, while also setting the mood—are you just waking up and beginning your day, or is it time for guests to arrive for a cocktail party? Getting this right is simply a part of our design process.
NYS: What is one of your favorite projects to date and why?
Bill Peace: This is obviously a tough question since all of our projects are very unique and rewarding. I'd say my favorite projects are ones in which we get to curate a body of artwork for a home or create custom detailing and furnishings.
NYS: What is one of the most interesting projects you have ever worked on? Tell us about it!
Bill Peace: Too many to name. Our projects are so uniquely interesting whether a high rise, a family secondary home or ranch.
NYS: We are fascinated with the exterior of the Art Déco project you worked on! Tell us about it!
Bill Peace: This home is located along one of the most well known roads in Buckhead, lined with classic Southern homes in Atlanta. The renovation was a straightforward study in scale and proportion. These original forms were followed yet simplified. Brick facade and double-hung windows removed and replaced with plaster, steel and bronze. The approach to the landscape was also simplified and sophisticated. Strong lines and full of texture.
NYS: If you could design your dream home anywhere, what would it look like and where would it be?
Bill Peace: Montana. The region, its people and the history have been endless inspiration for not only me and the firm, but my family for years.
NYS: We hear you own an old school saloon in Montana! Please share the details as we are quite taken with the idea!?
Bill Peace: Yes. I got together with a few friends to restore The Old Saloon. It is in Emigrant, Montana which is half way between Livingston and the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park. It had fallen into disrepair, but is thriving now— a favorite for anglers, locals and those traveling by from the park.
NYS: What are you working on now?
Bill Peace: We have a wide variety of work currently; several ranch projects in both Texas and Montana, family plantation in South Georgia, historic farm in Pennsylvania, family lake house in New Hampshire, and a Central Park West apartment in Manhattan.
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