sneak peek: mr. peacock


you may remember this post with showing off the beautiful decoupage ceiling in home of mr. peacock (aka robert hold- check out his blog here!), but today we have a full sneak peek into his place with lots more great little details. typically the owners behind our peeks are on a quest for natural/day light, so it was interesting to hear mr. peacock describe his place as a “night-time apartment” which comes alive and sparkles at night (it helps that he and his partner jason are night owls!). thanks so much gentlemen! mr. peacock’s peek continues after the jump, so click here for the full house tour or just click “read more” below (and here for a few extras).  –anne

[in mr. peacock’s words: I would describe my style as a maximalist/sentimentalist, although in my next lifetime I hope I’m a minimalist/sentimentalist with lots of storage. I have a fondness for black and all shades of gray, inherited from my parents and both grandparents. I also like hits of bright colors and patterns. The apartment is a mix of: old/new, high-end/low-end, hand-me-downs, gifts and tag sale pieces. We utilize every square inch, of the approximately 800 square foot apartment, for living or office space. This apartment is sort of like the Winchester Mystery House because it has a large number of doors—13 to be exact. It’s probably bad Feng Shui, but I’ve covered a couple unused doors with bookcases, just to utilize the space better. Mr. Peacock likes to use what he has, but if I see something I love—I’ll get it and try to get rid of something else. I don’t like to have anything too precious or fragile, because I like to use everything.]

French doors opening off of the office, looking into the living room.  The walls are lined with IKEA Billy Bookcases that are bolted to the walls for earthquakes.  We’ve run out of wall space, so I hang art in front of the bookcases. The sofa is a discontinued IKEA sofa called the Nikkala. I made the slipcover (from an Urban Outfitters bedspread) and pillows (toile from eBay), and they’re washable too. I’ll be making a new slipcover soon and changing up the color palette a bit. This couch was originally meant to be a temporary sofa, until I decided on a “permanent” sofa from a friend who sells high-end furniture—but I never made a decision. This temporary IKEA sofa is one of the most comfortable sofas I’ve ever sat on, but not the prettiest! I don’t particularly love the silhouette of this sofa, but after six years it is still firm and super comfortable. We have lots of visitors sleep on this sofa too. The lamps are by Martha Stewart. The end tables and black leather and chrome chair are by B&B Italia. The white leather chair and chrome coffee table are hand-me-downs from my maternal grandmother, LaViolette, who had an ultra modern living room mixed with antiques.The George Belson Eye Clock is a reproduction, but I love still love it. I made the curtains and valance from IKEA fabric a friend got for me about 7 years ago. The Saarinen table is tucked in the corner of the living room—in front of a wall of windows. The chairs are vintage Gio Ponti (one of my favorite deisgners), and I have more in the kitchen too. The lamp is from Anthropologie. I made the lampshade from magazine clippings and it reminds me of a Rex Ray painting.

The kitchen gets a thorough workout daily. As you can see by all of the cookbooks and miscellaneous appliances—I enjoy cooking.  I adore the discontinued Journalist shelving by IKEA. I also use Journalist shelving in our office. I bought extra shelves, before it was discontinued, to replace old ones that start to bow from the weight of the books.

Mr. Peacock is a dish queen and most of the cabinets are filled to the rafters with dishes. I try to keep my collection limited to white porcelain and black & white porcelain. I’ve gotten rid of many dishes, because there isn’t any more storage space and I don’t want to have excess stuff packed away in a box stored in a storage unit somewhere. As I said, I like to use everything in the apartment. Most of these dishes are used at some point during the year. Detail of cupboard, showing a vintage milk glass owl toothpick holder and vintage Tapio Wirkkala teacup (I have a set).

I have plates on the wall, like everyone’s grandmother did (and popularized by Kelly Wearstler). I love the vintage stove, but it’s on it’s last leg. The vintage mirror above the stove was my grandmother’s. The tea kettle is an original Richard Sapper whistling tea kettle.

CLICK HERE to see more photos from Robert’s home after the jump below…

One wall of the bathroom is wallpapered with leftover Pierre Frey toile, from my previous apartment’s dining room.

I decoupaged the kitchen table with butterflies, ala Piero Fornasetti. You already know Mr. Peacock loves decoupage. More Gio Ponti chairs.

The foyer with the desoupaged ceiling

The foyer. We use the porcelain hand to keep track of our keys and USB flash drives.

  1. Mallory says:

    My (hard-to-choose) favorite – the ceiling o’ birds.

    Now all I want to do is decoupage.

  2. Brad says:

    I love that you’ve been showing so many men’s homes lately! This one’s especially great.

  3. ilana says:

    i love the decoupage- but what happens when you want to re-paint the ceiling?
    really fun home- thanks for sharing!

  4. Marlene says:

    I love the idea of lining the inside of kitchen cabinets.

  5. attygreen13 says:

    please share the paint colors used on the kitchen cabinets and on the wall behind the Saarinen table … they look like perfect grays … thanks!

  6. enhabiten says:

    i adore how much idiosyncrasy and personality is packed into this place. that’s the kind of design i love…not designy but full up of the person’s real personality.
    ps- what’s the black kitchen counter material?

  7. Bean says:

    Did he mention where the kitchen wallpaper came from? I’ve become instantly obsessed with it!

  8. Nina C says:

    the couch is amazing! I love the black and white and the clashing prints!

  9. lindsey says:

    that peacock pillowcase! where do i get it!?!?!

  10. Regina Alexandra says:

    Please tell us what the kitchen countertop is made of! Love it!

  11. kelly says:

    I, too, love the kitchen wallpaper. Great vibe overall. Another request for source/brand: those white cabinet/shelves behind the butterfly-decoupaged kitchen table. So cute!!

  12. juli says:

    i second the request for the peacock pillowcase!

  13. juli says:

    second on the peacock pillowcases!

  14. jingthink says:

    where o where did you get that painting in the first shot? love it! WOW

  15. Chelly says:

    I too am obsessed with the building wallpaper in the kitchen cabinets!

  16. Gicel says:

    Where did you get the porcelain hand?

  17. Mariel says:

    Okay, I know I’m going to sound like a real jerk saying this–but does anyone edit this blog before it gets posted? Maybe I’m just still feeling a little bitchy after the news about Domino, but it’s really starting to bug me. Sorry! Beautiful, entertaining post, otherwise!

  18. Uncle Beefy says:

    Hooray for Robert, eh-hem, Mr. Peacock! LOVE the home! (And he seems such a nice chap, to boot!) But, honestly, it was the collection of white dishes that made me gasp and swoon!

  19. Erin says:

    I really love this place. My wedding is going to have a peacock theme and seeing this apartment just made me so happy that someone else is just as much of a peacock maximalist as I am.

  20. Robert Dietz says:

    Hey, the apt. looks great! You must have done a “Hazel” on it!!
    Birds look fantastic, and I see my flowers.

    Ciao, Robert

  21. What material is that on the countertop

  22. Robert (excuse me…Mr. Peacock): As usual, I wouldn’t have expected less. After all these nearly 30 years, I still enjoy seeing everything you do and everything you are. Much love to you, my friend.

  23. Rose Shawhan says:

    I loved the decoupaged ceiling when Grace posted it a couple months ago. Since then, I have fallen totally in love with Mr. Peacock’s blog and impeccable taste. If you don’t read his blog already, you should. Mr. Peacock, your fabulousness is unrivaled.

  24. cindy k says:

    it’s wonderful! i love the use of paper in the unexpected places, especially the ceiling. and, those peacock sheets are incredible.

  25. amymezzell says:

    Pleasseeee someone tell me where I can get that peacock pillowcase and hopefully sheets!

  26. I have to agree with Brad and say thank you for featuring this fine bachelor pad. I love to see masculine interiors, too. Well done!

  27. Mr. Peacock says:

    Thank you for all of the nice comments!
    The peacock sheets were from Garnet Hill. The countertop is stretched black latex rubber.

  28. tula says:

    gasp! i love mr. peacock. he’s a sweetheart. not to mention, he has a mighty fab pad.

  29. karen schulte says:

    please……tell me how you made your slipcover! i’ve been wanting to do the same!

  30. Annalise says:

    I LOVE this! :)

  31. ghitashine says:

    gorgeous! the decoupage is so clever, i could never do that… oh and love the white dishes, i think i’ll only buy white dishes from now.

  32. amy Briamonte says:

    Please, please tell me where to get those peacock pillowcases. They are inspiring.


  33. Amanda says:

    Gorgeous! What I would love to know is how you made the slip cover for your Nikkala couch. Please share your sewing pattern secrets! :)

  34. sarah says:

    I love Mr. Peacock’s utterly snob-free approach… Everything is so refreshing here!

    Where is that paper from in the kitchen! I really, really want it.

  35. Max Allen says:

    Looks really nice Robert, Vi and I need to come by sometime soon and visit.


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