The Magic of Peacock Park

Peacock Park

Using her Michigan manor as muse, Gina Galvin brings the past to the present era with French accents that speak of the elegance of days gone by. Here is a story of fairy tales and feathery tails. 

Peacock Park

This ornate Victorian-style glass-and-iron conservatory is one of entrepreneurs Gina Galvin’s favorite work spots. Surrounded by evergreens, the structure provides the perfect melding of indoors and outdoors. At Peacock Park, it resembles a transparent jewel box that serves as a showcase for Gina’s home accessories, which range from candlelit lanterns and lamps with beaded shades to bamboo rugs decorated with vintage calligraphy. 

Peacock Park

Gina’s designs make a Francophile’s heart beat faster. A trio of pillows feature picture-postcard images of elegant people of the past. 

Peacock Park

Above left: An antique statue of an archer stands guard over an elaborate nineteenth-century French iron gazebo on the grounds of the estate, whose most prominent feature is a two-story French-style mansion. Above right: Clematis vines twine around a latticework gazebo containing an antique cross centerpiece. 

Peacock Park

In the Bird Room, a fountain stocked with koi is crowned by a 1940s French chandelier fashioned as a bouquet of wisteria. The statue, made in Belgium, is bronze, and the nearly life-size framed mosaic depicting a female form is from the 1880s. 

Text Nancy A. Ruhling 
Photography Marcy Black Simpson 
Styling Yukie McLean 

 

To read more about Peacock Park, see “The Magic of Peacock Park” on page 46 of the March/April 2010 of Victoria. 

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