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Barrie Home Inspires with 6 Trees Decked Out for Christmas

December 18, 2017 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

A Barrie artist decorates her home for charity during the season of giving.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Holiday/Winter 2017/18 issue of  OUR HOMES Barrie Orillia Midland Innisfil, p.52. Find local businesses in our Barrie directory. 

Barrie’s annual May Court Homes for the Holidays Tour held in November each year includes beautiful homes of all sizes and styles, some modern and some traditional, so people can get good ideas for holiday décor to adapt to their own homes and also get a glimpse of how other folks live. Artist Brenda Sharpe and her husband Gary opened their home to ticket holders last year and worked with Bradford Greenhouses Garden Gallery to decorate their home.
 
The Sharpes have lived in the home for 21 years and the open-concept layout was completely renovated by 2016. Soaring ceilings handily accommodate tall Christmas trees and a favourite spot to display them is in the sunroom off the kitchen – a total of six Christmas trees were on display throughout the home.
 
The renovated kitchen features white cabinets beautifully made by Crownhill Custom Woodworking and stainless-steel appliances, which contrast nicely with the deep purple-grey walls, Sea Life by Benjamin Moore. Even the bathrooms received holiday treatment with sparkly items and strands of pearls.
 
The formal dining room is for family dinners and its windows sport pepper berry frames during the holiday season. Brenda’s decorating style mixes new with antique. The family’s artistic bent is quite apparent throughout the home, from the living room piano to the numerous artworks of Brenda’s on the walls to a drawing studio that doubles as a place for the couple’s son to practice cello. 

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