Robert M. Peacock
Robert Peacock

Dallas is my home and I love it.

But what really shaped my design aesthetic was being raised in one of Mississippi’s most beautiful, historic and hospitable cities: Natchez. It was there, growing up downtown in a four-story Victorian house/clothing store owned by my mother and grandmother—and being a young docent at several antebellum houses—that I learned the joy of cooking, entertaining,

storytelling, architecture, interior decorating and gardening.

It’s not surprising, then, that my career would be inspired by both my grandmother, Freddie Bailey, who wrote two regional cookbooks, and cousin Lee Bailey, a design guru who wrote and styled 22 nationally acclaimed books on good living. I had the great joy of working with Lee on one of those books,

Lee Bailey’s Southern Food and Antebellum Houses—winner of the 1990 James Beard Award for “Best Regional Cookbook” (and set in Natchez).

I’m author of the new cookbook Southern Casseroles: Comforting Pot-Lucky Dishes (Chronicle Books, fall 2013) and co-author of Uncommon Thread, the design memoir of Peacock Alley luxury linens founder Mary Ella Gabler. My other books are Sweet on Texas: Lovable Confections from the Lone Star State (2012), Porch Parties: Cocktail Recipes and Easy Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining (2010) and Southern Cocktails: Dixie Drinks, Party Potions and Classic Libations (2007), all from Chronicle Books. I also styled the cookbook Mansion on Turtle Creek: Haute Cuisine, Texas Style (Rizzoli, 2012). All of the cookbooks were photographed by Robert M. Peacock.

I’m a freelance writer, editor and stylist for leading national magazines, and have worked in senior editor roles for Better Homes and Gardens, Coastal Living, Organic Gardening and Southern Living.                    

Check out my Southern Accents story
on the quirky charm of Natchez, Miss.
Click here to read more about my background on
See the porch party I produced for Better Homes and Gardens as a feature and video.