Even more than the formal living room, Don’s study exemplifies how easy it can be to minimize distractions in order to maximize the effect of a piece of art. This principle is a key to creating rooms where art can successfully take center stage, and it requires the practice of disciplined restraint with regard to everything from throw pillows, print fabrics, and family photos to books, electronics, and flowers. When executed properly, the effect can be simultaneously energizing and soothing.
The balance that Katrina has achieved in the interior of the house reveals something of her personal qualities. Trained in journalism and marketing, Katrina Peebles grew up all over the world and has served as a marketing associate to Don since the early 1990’s. More recently, she has assumed responsibility for the family’s philanthropic priorities, while simultaneously caring for their 2 children, Donahue, 14, and Chloe, 5 full-time. “I don’t believe in ‘quality’ time,” she says of child-rearing, “I just believe in time. You’ve got to go out there and…do whatever [your children] like to do; share your time, whenever you can.”