Discover great ideas for unifying several compact and connecting rooms.
Welcome to Casual Style
Credit: Charles Walton IV

Paula and Glenn Wallace have a love of color and a flair for design that's apparent in every area of their home, including the guest quarters. As president and senior vice president, respectively, of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Paula and Glenn often host the college's guests, a roster that includes artists and designers who hold seminars and give demonstrations to students. The Wallaces planned this attractive guest apartment as an inviting home away from home for their visitors and family.

Color It Comfortable

Located above the garage, the guest apartment features a cozy sitting area, a well-equipped kitchen, a sunny bedroom, and a spacious bath, all with high ceilings. Several pairs of French doors open onto a long shaded balcony overlooking the front garden.

Yellow walls and white trimwork create the fresh and welcoming background that unifies these open spaces. The Wallaces chose solid blue and blue-and-white striped fabric for the upholstery; they used patchwork fabric for draperies that add the perfect touch of homespun elegance.

The neatest trick of all in this retreat? French doors between the sitting and bedroom areas feature beveled mirror glass. In each section of the doors, pieces of the mirror glass are placed back to back. This bright idea offers privacy while adding reflections and intensifying the light in both rooms.

Souvenirs of A Great Look

* Collected paintings--many by students, faculty, and alumni of SCAD--bring original art to each room.

* Transoms accentuate the height of the doors and windows. A tier of glass-front cabinets adds lighted display space in the kitchen.

* Blue and yellow are the base of this informal style. With red accents, the guest apartment looks even more complete, because it contains all three primary colors.

"Welcome to Casual Style" is from the August 2006 issue of Southern Living.