worked with the couple on their New York apartment. She combined some of their favorite old
pieces with new furnishings in classic shapes and neutral colors.
“I am very rigid about what I like,” says Peacock, “and Lori and I have very much the same
taste. The idea was to be comfortable.”
“I took the color palette from the setting, which is very rustic and natural,” Weatherly says.
“We did not use any Frank Lloyd Wright furniture, which all looks like buildings. However, we
wanted the interior design to speak the language of the house.”
“She convinced us to put the dining room at the end of the house instead of next to the
kitchen,” says Peacock. “She said, ‘This is the most beautiful room in the house. Why not make
it the dining room?’ We are so glad we did!”
After looking through a book of Wright interiors, Weatherly also suggested
placing clerestory windows at the tops of north-facing walls and benches at the
bases of the large living-room windows.
The kitchen, by Henrybuilt of New York City, is at one end of the long living room. It
includes a pantry, which accommodates the refrigerator and much of the kitchen storage.
Among the couple’s collections are Arts and Crafts furniture purchased in 1974 and a bed in
the guest room designed in the early 1970s by artist Sol Le Witt, a former boyfriend of Peacock’s.
The house, which took two years to build, was completed in 2009. “It took me 30 years to
get it right,” says Larsen. River House was worth the wait.
from the overlook that was once the
dam abutment (above), the “green” roof
and some of the solar panels are visible.
The dam’s penstock was located in the
stone below. The design for the black
metal railing is based on the stays and
washers that originally tied the dam
together. On the south side (facing
page), terraces lead from the house to the
pond and down to the Mad River.