Tastemaker Tuesday – William Peace

For many in our industry, this week’s Tastemaker required no introduction. It’s our friend, William (or “Bill,” as many of your may know him) Peace of Peace Design. You know a Peace Design when you walk into one of his amazing spaces. While they may be standouts, they always have a timeless feeling and a nod to the individual function of the space and its inhabitants. We’re thrilled to share a bit about Bill with you today and are grateful to him for agreeing to be a Tastemaker here on the blog for steve mckenzie’s!

William Peace

William Peace is known for his sophisticated, approachable interiors that are clearly defined. Founder of Peace Design, a full-service interior design firm with offices in Atlanta and Bozeman, Peace has created interiors for signature residences, destination restaurants, museums and select showrooms throughout the country.  His striking interiors have been featured in the pages of Architectural Digest, Veranda, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and multiple luxury publications including, Ranches of the American West and Rustic Elegance.  He is also a frequent guest speaker at various design events within the design community both in the Southeast and Rocky Mountain regions.

1. Three words that describe your aesthetic?

Collected, Curated, Timeless (there’s also textural and comforting!)


2. Would you please share a little about your favorite space/project to date?

A space I favor is filled with warmth of hearth, rich in texture, personal treasures and is comfortable in serenity and times of celebration with family and friends. When these elements thrive whether it be a rustic lodge, modern high rise apartment or elegant southern farmhouse it will be captivating.

3. What’s the source(s) of your inspiration?

Inspiration comes from traveling to unique places, the art and artisans I encounter, nature and a sense of place.  I also draw directly from my clients’ interests and desires for a truly special home.


4. Name three people (alive or dead) you’d invite to your dream dinner party…

Rudolf Schindler for architectural inspiration 

Elvis Costello for lyrical conversation 

Jack Nicholson….just because he’s Jack!

5. A piece of/type of furniture you couldn’t live without?

I am drawn to a sense of history in a unique piece of furniture. A beautiful walnut 17th century Italian Baroque Credenza with authentic patina can hold its own against most anything, although I could say the same about a modern classic chair designed by Jean Michel Frank designed in the early 20th century, and I believe they can compliment one another in the same room beautifully.


6. Do you follow a particular set of rules when mixing textures, finishes, etc. – how do they work for you?

The combination of layered texture found in nature…stone, wood, leather, steel, silk and cotton can allow subtle contrast in architecture and interiors that will remain timeless and classic.

7. Trending… What is something you are currently “into” and something you are “over?”

Quality is the only trend I believe is worthwhile. Quality is classic, luxurious and comfortable!

8. How does artwork fit into your designs?

Artwork is personal! I feel that art whether painting, photography or sculpture add soul to a space. I am passionate about my own collection and enjoy working with clients to assist with creating a meaningful body of work. I also feel a thoughtful lighting design and proper framing program will enhance any collection.


9. What would be the one thing you would have if you were stranded on a deserted island?

A deluxe machete would be helpful! 

10. Please share a piece of advice you’d offer to someone looking to break into the interior design industry.

Research and interview with a number of design schools and find the best fit. Explore architecture, fine art, photography and of course business classes and then find an internship with a great firm….work hard and good luck will find you!

Just brilliant! And that may be one of the most unique responses to our desert island question thus far. Leave it to Bill. Smart, practical, but his own unique style. Cheers to Bill Peace and his willingness to share a bit of himself with us!

Crafting + Whisky = A Few of Our Favorite Things!

We were fortunate enough to be invited to a fantastic bloggers event this past Friday, sponsored by The Balvenie, single malt scotch whisky, in celebration of the 25th American Craft Council‘s (ACC) Show at the Cobb Galleria… And let us tell you, any event that combines fantastic design with great whisky is a win in our book!

And even more fortunately, our friend and fabulous designer, Lori May of Lori May Interiors included furnishings and accessories from steve mckenzie’s in her beautiful space at the ACC Show, as a part of their Make Room, Modern Design Meets Craft-Let’s Entertain exhibit.

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Lori’s space, featuring furnishings and accessories from steve mckenzie’s.

A big thank you to Lori for including us! The ACC selected some wonderful Atlanta area designers to design a space inspired by some of the craft vendors at the show, and there were so many amazing designs. Handcrafted items add such a unique element to a space, and the designs featured in this exhibit didn’t disappoint!

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Bill Peace, Jonathan Wingo, & Jill McKenzie

The evening of the big event, celebrating the ACC Show, and their designer exhibits, was all about great design and whisky tasting… Perfection! In preparation of this night, the ACC asked the supremely talented Bill Peace, of Peace Design, to create a whisky-tasting room. Of course, it was a sight to be seen, so warm and wonderful!

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Two of the distinctive whiskys, by The Balvenie, which we tasted – delicious!

In addition to the wonderful whiskys featured that night, The Balvenie called out four other small, handcrafters whom they admire, including Hoosier Bats, from Valparaiso, IN, and Colsen Keane Leathers, from Charlotte, NC, which we carry in store at steve mckenzie’s!

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Bill Peace’s whisky-tasting room, with The Balvenie, featuring leather goods by Colsen Keane.

The ACC and The Balvenie certainly put on a memorable event and we are grateful to have been invited, and included in that fantastic space by Lori May Interiors. And a shout out to our friend Mary Jane Payne of Forever 51, who came along – you made the evening even more enjoyable! Here’s to amazing handcrafted art, fabulous design, and delicious whisky!