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Wednesday Spotlight - Holiday Decorating: All dressed up

By Karen Newman
Winterscape - Interior designer Peri Taylor installed a large garland on the staircase. The greenery is decorated with photos cut out from old Christmas cards, and a whimsical Santa Claus waits at the bottom of the stairs (Karen Newman)
Winterscape - The front living space is a beautiful winterscape. The colours blue, white and silver are repeated throughout. Long glass icicles decorate the mantle (Karen Newman)
Winterscape - The Christmas tree is replete with birds, snowballs and snowflakes (Karen Newman)
Winterscape - The main living area is filled with silver decorative items. The framed word PEACE sits on top of the family piano. A glass vase filled with Christmas balls completes the vignette (Karen Newman)
Winterscape - Metal, wire and acrylic trees in varying sizes fill a front window in this home. The trees were collected from locations such as The Bay, Zellers and Canadian Tire (Karen Newman)
Vintage - The dining room table is covered with a quilted table cloth. Real sugared fruit adorns the tiered platter. The 1930s-era vintage china belongs to the homeowner (Karen Newman)
Vintage - The mantle is decorated with cedar, pine, creamy Vendella roses, ilex berries, freesia, holly, pomegranates and pine cones (Karen Newman)
Vintage - Gold accents a black table in the family room (Karen Newman)
Vintage - Gold decorative items are used to accent a white couch in the family room (Karen Newman)
Putting on the glitz - Metal tones with accents of gold are used throughout this dining room. Dark wooden table and dark leather chairs are lightened up with bright, glittery table accents and oversized ribbon bows on the chairs. The room has a warm feel with the light from the fireplace (Karen Newman)
Putting on the glitz - Fresh white roses with hypericum ivy bring some greenery to the table (Karen Newman)
Putting on the glitz - Large boxwood balls covered in glitter form the centrepiece of the table (Karen Newman)
Putting on the glitz - The centre table runner is fabric and ribbon. Side runner and glasses are from Home Sense (Karen Newman)
November 30, 2011 - 4 comments

The holidays are fast approaching and each year we greet them with meticulously adorned mantles, festive garlands running up the stairs and beautifully embellished Christmas trees. Do-it-yourself decorators often rely on tried and true themes but for homeowners wishing to splurge, a decorating specialist can turn the splendour up a notch. Three Oakville, Ont. homesteads visited by FYI in advance of the renowned St. Andrew’s Christmas House Tour showcased the design efforts of decorators who brought personal flair to the projects.


WINTERSCAPE: In the recently renovated home of Maureen and Terry Canning on Morrison Heights Drive, interior designer Peri Taylor of Retaylor’s Interior played to the colour palette of the home with her holiday design. Wanting to create a winterscape indoors, Taylor worked with blue, white and silver. One of the front-facing windows in the home is filled with wire, acrylic and metal Christmas trees of varying sizes and colours that Taylor collected from several different stores.

VINTAGE: In the heritage home of Trish and Ross McTavish, built on Navy Street in Oakville in 1859, interior designer Christina Jeffrey of Christina Jeffrey Lifestyle was inspired by the vintage trend this year. She decorated using items that would have been available in the time period that the home was built. “People would have decorated using what they had,” Jeffrey says. The mantles in the living rooms are dressed up with fresh greens – cedar, pine, spruce and Fraser fir, accented with creamy Vendella roses, ilex berries, freesia and holly, pomegranate and pine cones. Cones also fill the fireplaces beneath the mantles. In the dining room the table is covered with a thick, quilted red tablecloth, and a silver three-tier platter displays real fruit that the designer sugared herself.

PUTTING ON THE GLITZ: In the Oakville home of Judy and Michael Mays on Forestwood Drive, home stager Catherine LeBlanc of Ambiance Home Staging enriched the dining room using different metal tones along with white and a touch of gold. Working with a large antique gold chandelier over a main table, Catherine adorned the table with ornate silver stemware, fresh white roses and hypericum green ivy. Large boxwood balls with glitter bring a sparkle to the centre of the heavy wood table and dark leather chairs are lightened up with inexpensive ribbon tied into oversized bows. The mantle is covered with preserved cedar to stay looking fresh for the duration of the holiday season. LeBlanc says using simple materials such as a large ribbon as a table runner can add the small touches needed to complete a room.


The St. Andrew's Christmas House Tour will be held Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3. Visit for more information


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