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text by roy hall with lu ellen redding photos by bruce nelson photography portrait by patrick hood


nterior designers Adrianne Bugg and Brandeis Short are no strangers to stepping nimbly around the obstacles in their paths. In the four years since joining forces as the design firm Pillar & Peacock, the duo has guided homeowners from Alabama to Virginia along the thorny trail of budgets, installations, contractors, building codes, and all the other snares that mar the way to a beautiful home. It’s a handy trait to have, agility; never more so than when measuring the dimensions of an 18th Century floor, while ankles deep in plaster dust, and surrounded by television cameras. That unlikely environment is where the Shoals and Irvington, Virginia-based design team found themselves last June, as they began work on their most ambitious project to date: the renovation of Warsaw, Virginia’s 18th Century Mount Airy estate, for the DIY network series American Rehab: Virginia.

Mount Airy’s bright, cheerful second kitchen is home base for event prep. Opposite: Adrianne Bugg (left) and Brandeis Short of Pillar & Peacock.

On a recent afternoon, Florence-based Short and Bugg, in town from Virginia, took a moment out of their hectic schedules to lead us a on a slightly less fraught trip down memory lane, recounting what brought them to Mount Airy, and the adventure of a lifetime.

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