When Paula and Glenn Wallace decorate their home for Christmas, they combine natural greenery with colorful mementos of their jaunts to Asia. Whether this talented twosome travels for business or for pleasure, they seek out art objects and beautiful pieces of furniture to send back home to Savannah.
Both Paula and Glenn are interior designers as well as administrators at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). (She's the president, and he's the senior vice-president.) For several years, they've enjoyed adding a Chinese twist to garlands, wreaths, and other holiday decorations used in their spacious and inviting home.the doorway to the dining room.
Designed for Dining
Built-in display shelves flank the white marble fireplace in the dining room. Striped silk draperies, tied back with tassels, soften the doorway and give the room an exotic, tentlike effect.
Creative lighting adds even more character. Instead of using a chandelier, the Wallaces installed a tall table lamp in the center of the circular dining table, a reproduction piece that they surround with antique English chairs. The electrical outlet is located in the floor below. "The workmen called us three times to make sure that we really wanted them to drill a hole in the table to accommodate the lamp cord," says Glenn.
Shiny silver beaded garland weaves through pieces of magnolia and fir surrounding the lamp base. Small goldfish bowls and vases of roses mark each place setting, and flower-filled urns and cuttings of cedar cover the mantel. With all these details in place, it's time for the merrymaking to begin.