My name is Kevin Peek and my business is called b9Dk. Although it looks like a jumble of typewriter characters, and maybe even creates confusion, just say it out loud. If you still don’t get it, I will explain it later.
My love for junk began at a very early age. I remember going as a child to the “junk store” and to auctions with my grandmother, an artist and antiques dealer in Henagar, Alabama. Many of our junking finds were repurposed into creative and useful items with a brand new life. My love for finding and repurposing grew as I got older and met my partner Roger Smith. We have bought, renovated, and decorated a number of homes together.
I specifically real like early- to mid-twentieth-century books and magazines, paintings and prints, maps and globes, and other artifacts that together evoke the patina of the past and recreate the slightly Old World, masculine aura of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Beyond all of this, my trademark style is marked by discovering purposes for things that are no longer used every day. For example, you can spot b9Dk by its yellowed dictionary-page wallpaper!
So now I spend my weekends, vacations, and a lot of time outside of my regular working hours pursuing this reawakened passion. Whether it’s scavenging, sanding, painting, or polishing—I am always working to create the motif of gentle disrepair.
I like to find objects just as they fall into just that . . . gentle disrepair. That’s the reason I gave my business its name: b9Dk. Still need a little help? This combination of three letters and one number represents the words benign decay. Deterioration—or decay—can be an interesting and beautiful thing, and when that decay is harmless and wonderful, it’s just the right kind of b9Dk.