Peter Dunham is an Oxford-educated Brit with a love of travel, who seems to have developed the perfect recipe for creating exotic, well-travelled and masculine interiors.
I first saw his work in Veranda’s ‘Great House at Greystone Estate’ showhouse feature and although his style is more masculine than I usually tend towards, I love the range of exotic fabrics, wallcoverings and furnishings he uses in his schemes (almost all of which are his by the way… Who am I kidding? If I could I would!).
The next property was featured in House Beautiful, and continues the exotic theme with liberal lashings of suzanis, African tribal masks and Moroccan textiles – be still my beating heart!
I do love me a good dining banquette – it instantly relaxes a more formal dining room and ups the comfort factor. Especially when covered in vintage suzani throw cushions, yes please! Also loving the play off of the rush chairs against the upholstered tufted banquette.
I think there need to be more egg chairs in living rooms! Just a thought… The cowhide/rush/sisal/wood/wicker combo used here is amazing also – could do with a smidge more colour though I reckon.
Two more gorgeous vignettes! Why yes, I do happen to need a tree in my living room, good idea.
And I am LOVING the contrast of the shearling sofas and suzani-upholstered armchairs, all enveloped by the cerused oak panelling.
Fab use of vintage industrial light fittings in the kitchen, especially set against the beadboard ceiling:
And I am getting weak at the knees for this simple yet GORGEOUS master bedroom/bathroom scheme – love the addition to the gallery of those two awesome masks, the grasscloth walls give the room such warmth, and that suzani bedcover literally makes the entire room.
Hello there fireplace in the bathroom, you are making me drool all over my keyboard… The Chinese tabouret and exotic ottoman are an inspired addition, but I’m not sure about the artwork over the fireplace, I would have used a black and white photo I reckon.
And the striped walls/paisley throw/diamond rug here are le bee’s knees (especially paired with what I think is a map of Morocco)! Love it.
And lastly, let’s take a nosey at a gorgeous home Peter designed featured in Architectural Digest… I CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF DISTRESSED MIRRORWORK! Seriously, I’m ever so slightly obsessed with it right now! And I’m especially loving it paired with this 1930s table and interesting chandie.
I have actual dreams about staircases like these…
And I love how he ups the glamour factor of the living room with the French silk curtains and vintage cocktail tables but stops it becoming too formal by underscoring the scheme with the Abaca rug and by mixing up upholstery fabrics and throwing in a few nailhead trimmings:
Again, the use of interesting pendant lights gives the mostly-white kitchen some oomph, and I quite like those bar stools…
Love the striped kilim, love the pendants, love the farmhouse-style table!
And this simple masculine bedroom is fantastic, especially the upholstered leather headboard and brass reading lights.
Ditto this sparse dressing room, with just a couple of touches of glamour in the chandie and upholstered bench.
And (you guessed it)…ditto the master bath – Persian rugs in bathrooms is another new design feature I like (read: new total obsession!).
This guest bedroom could literally not be more of a contrast with the rest of the property – not sure what happened here but I have to say I’m not a massive fan! I like the suzani headboard and pink bedding, but someone please paint the whole room that apple green colour, and strip the pink paint off the bedframe!
Other than the giant marshmallow of a guest bedroom, I’m feeling seriously inspired by this property – think I need to find me a bachelor pad or three to practice on…
Here are some other faves from his portfolio:
As well as my picks from his furnishings lines from Hollywood at Home:
And feast your peepers on these AMAZING textiles:
Alright, over and out, I’m off to
daydream about suzani quilts do some coursework…