ABOUT EMILY

Emily Wallace Wood has over a decade of experience curating spaces that are welcoming, comfortable, and classic. A nod to her international experience ranging from a traditionalist, laced-up East Coast to the more simplistic, relaxed vibes of Australia, Wallace Wood Interiors is deeply reliant on the principle of juxtaposition. Emily excels at pairing high and low end pieces, always aimed at achieving a perfectly imperfect mix of art, accessories, and furnishings. While capable of a range of styles for a wide variety of clientele, the common thread is a balance, yielding beautiful rooms that offer an approachable, effortless warmth. 

BACKGROUND

Emily’s love for Southern, classic style began during her childhood in Roanoke, Virginia. As a frequent visitor to her grandmother's textile shop, she witnessed the art of blending beautiful patterns and colors to create warm, memorable spaces. She formalized her interest in design during an internship with highly-esteemed local firm Elaine Stephenson Interiors and has been addicted ever since.

Following her B.A. degree in Art History at Washington & Lee University, she was swiftly immersed in the field as Design Assistant to the inimitable Ryland Witt in Richmond. Emily shared Ryland's passion for mixing classic and modern elements complementary to each client's unique personality.

A move to the nation's capital led her to work for Holland & Sherry at the Washington, D.C. Design Center.  The textile company's unmatched emphasis on bespoke products and attention to detail proved invaluable to her design aesthetic. An understanding of the logistical processes of creating, marketing, and selling fabrics, rugs, and wallpapers remains crucial to her business practices today. 

An offer to work for Kelley Proxmire granted Emily unparalleled experience in the world of high-end residential design. Emily spent years learning from Kelley's famously "tailored traditional" eye, developing a keen awareness of scale, pattern, and color. Managing a multitude of projects ranging from Nantucket to Phoenix, she applied her creativity and expertise to yield chic yet comfortable, sophisticated yet practical interiors.

Due to her husband’s job relocation, Emily most recently gained international design experience in Sydney, Australia, where she was versed in a more modern, minimalist style with an emphasis on merging indoor and outdoor living. She worked under the direction of Kate Nixon, award-winning interior designer and lead stylist for House & Garden magazine. Emily worked closely with residential clients for Studio Kate, co-managed in-house Italian textile line, Busatti, and sourced extensively for H&G photo shoots. Never one to turn down travel (or an ocean view), she embraced this priceless experience as a time to hone her skills for merging timeless design with fresh, sleek styling.

Back in the States with her husband and baby boy, Emily is now proud owner of Wallace Wood Interiors, for which she expertly applies her vast design knowledge collected from around the world to create beautifully balanced spaces.