The Peacock Home
By Jessica Barefield • Photography by Brian W. McDonald
When Dr. John and Jamie Peacock built their Dothan, Alabama, home in the summer of 2014, they had a vision for not only its functionality, but that it would be lived in and loved. Jamie describes their style as “very traditional with a bit of modern flair.” But it isn’t just about fine furnishings. Almost every piece in the home has a story connected to it.
A cohesive neutral color palette lends a subtle backdrop that puts an emphasis on Jamie’s most beloved furnishings, many which were previously owned by relatives. “It’s always nice and special to have pieces from family—especially family you are close to—to always remember them by,” Jamie affirms. A guest bedroom upstairs houses an intricately carved antique mahogany four-poster bed that belonged to Jamie’s aunt before she downsized. “I love her taste in furniture,” Jamie says. “Nobody else has this kind of stuff anymore, and it’s so pretty.”
In the living room, a serving table from the same aunt has been repurposed as a side table, while a restained old cherry bed that belonged to Jamie’s mother anchors the guest bedroom downstairs. “Our home has a very collected feel,” Jamie notes. “I refinish pieces to make them work for our home. They just don’t make furniture like they used to.”
The Peacocks spent 18 months in a rental while looking at houses on the market before ultimately deciding that even with renovations, an existing home just wasn’t going to work for them. “We pretty much got everything we wanted in building a home,” John tells. They chose the neighborhood because it is convenient to their children’s school and shopping on the west end of town, and is in a gated community where the kids can ride their ... [subscribe to read full article and see more photos]