A Little Decorating Trivia
Above, the most photographed home in Atlanta, the 1920s Swan House, designed by architect Philip Trammell Shutze. All images courtesy of the Atlanta History Center; Swan House Dining Room also courtesy of Jonathan Hollada.
Alumnae of a certain Southern women's college have probably heard Ruby Ross Wood's name linked with journalism (she was the ghostwriter for Elsie de Wolfe and wrote for Vogue and House & Garden.) And I suppose serious design history buffs know Georgia-born Wood as the decorator who mentored Billy Baldwin. But I'm not sure if Ruby Ross Wood is a household name. Archival photos of her work don't often pop-up in shelter mags. Did you know she collaborated with architect Philip Trammell Shutze on the interiors of Swan House?
I've read that Wood's touch is especially seen in the Swan House dining room, with its pale Aubusson rug, chinoiserie wallpaper and bright plaid silk curtains. If you want to see for yourself, public visiting hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. House tours are included with general admission.
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