At Home: Peter Thieriot 

How can a person inculcate five generations of family history into one residence?

Peter Thieriot, great-grandson of San Francisco Chronicle co-founder M.H. de Young — who began a 134-year-old family-owned publishing dynasty, accomplished just that in his family home in Pacific Heights.

“It really belongs to my kids,” Thieriot says, “for everyone to get together.”

Thieriot, whose primary residence is in Wyoming (“The whole state has a population equal to that of San Francisco,” he says), returns to San Francisco for holidays. It’s family time with children and grandchildren. His cousins live nearby.

After 15 years in the publishing business, most as vice president of the San Francisco Newspaper Printing Company, he’s now a rancher, co-owner of the country’s largest buffalo meat purveyor, thebuffaloguys.com, which processes and ships hormone-free buffalo meat worldwide.   

Family, tradition and the environment mean a lot to Thieriot. 

He decorated his late 1920s Mediterranean-style home in warm colors: soft yellows or deeper rose-toned walls, with ice blue ceilings. Green, blue and earth shades are used throughout. 

The feeling one gets is of the outdoors coming in. Large windows lend an air of light, even on cloudy days. Ceilings are 11 feet high in most rooms, higher in the living room.

The main focus of the living room is the buffalo head above the fireplace, but what captures the imagination is a large painting of a Life magazine cover featuring Thieriot’s late mother, Frances, before an Opera Ball.

There is artwork by family members through the residence, including glass chandeliers by Thieriot’s son, Ferdinand, in the entryway and wall surfaces by his daughter-in-law, Tracy, in the kitchen.

In the dining room, Theriot’s antique table is an heirloom from “Aunt Helen” Cameron, former owner of Rose Court.
“Charles Lindbergh, and one of the popes, dined at that table,” Thieriot says.

Around the table are buffalo-hide covered chairs. Two Moorish chairs against a side wall were also from Cameron’s home and reportedly in the movie “Harold and Maude.”

In the kitchen, Thieriot’s interests are reflected in specially designed tiles featuring sketches of rifles and buffalo.

A private patio outside, a secluded, serene setting, has tiles that replicate Seville, along with a wall fountain and Italian pavers.

The home’s design reflects not only a man with preferences who has strong focus, but also one whose heritage and children mean the most to him.

Style keys:
Favorite local store for artwork:  Modernism. “I buy almost all my art from Martin Mullins.”
Favorite style: Traditional
Favorite color: Green: “Anything that looks like the outdoors.”
Favorite magazine: “I don’t read them. I decorated this house with some help. My son Ferdinand did three chandeliers and glass table in the living room.”
Favorite piece: Dining room table

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