When the Peebles found the home and closed on it last summer, they decided to forego the traditional interior design one might expect in a residence from this period. They set out instead to fill it with light and art. The interior of the house is a reflection of Katrina’s role as “the family curator,” as well as the couple’s love of contemporary art and sculpture, and their appreciation for simplicity. The artwork was conveniently available thanks to a house they had recently sold in Santa Fe, New Mexico, leaving Katrina free to design the interior around the art, which she did without the help of a decorator. Throughout the ground floor, the clean lines and neutral shades provide a perfect backdrop for the colorful feast of paintings and sculptures. As a result, even the windows feel like art.
The dark stain of the floors is carried throughout the entire first level of the house, where it absorbs light from the strong Southern exposure and effectively neutralizes the diversity of wall materials that are common in the Jacobean revival style. The walls of the media room and study were done in stone, the dining room in a broad paneling, and the living room in stucco and beam. At either end of the first floor are double-high, circular, turreted spaces, one of which serves as Don’s study, and the other as the family room.