Here's to Teatime
In the adjoining breakfast room, the couple clusters tangerines, a Chinese symbol of health and good fortune, on platters of cookies and pastries. Paula adds a pot of fragrant spiced tea made from her grandmother's recipe. Red and yellow roses fill Blue Willow porcelain containers.
The Warmth of Great Design
Year-round, their family room mixes comfortable traditional furniture with classic Asian elements, such as the black- and-gold chinoiserie fireplace surround and fretwork coffee table. A gold mirror above the mantel brings out the metallic touches on the surround. Armchairs upholstered in red silk flank the fireplace. The deep yellow sofa holds an array of patterned pillows trimmed in gold fringe. Sunlight, shining through the red-and-yellow plaid silk draperies, dances across crystal table lamps and jewel-toned oil paintings.
Mixing Foliage and Finery
The Wallaces suspend a trio of embellished wreaths from ribbons attached to the mirror in the family room. They arrange a collection of hand-carved wooden santos and other religious figures on the sofa table. The staircase decorations mingle bamboo calligraphy brushes with garlands of magnolia leaves wrapped in gold ribbon. Ceremonial Chinese headdresses, featuring intricate beadwork and embroidery, accent the foliage.
"Celebrate in Style" is from the December 2006 issue of Southern Living.