In 2005, Dan Carithers decked the halls at Swan House. The fresh, understated trimmings were photographed for the following year's holiday issue of Southern Accents, and I think Pieter Estersohn beautifully highlighted the work of architect Philip Trammell Shutze and his craftsmen.
Above is the morning room where Carithers selected a swag of greenery to outline the pagoda-shaped pediment over the fireplace mantel.
Early 20th-century decorator Ruby Ross Wood collaborated with Shutze on the house. Her hand is especially evident in the dining room, noted in part for its chinoiserie wallpaper.
Intricate wood carvings, including an overmantel crafted in the 17th century, distinguish the library.
And I love the subtle decorations Dan used in the butler's pantry.
Swan House is open for tours Monday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Sunday: 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. It is closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. House tours are included with general admission.
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Last image courtesy Mary Laura