DESIGN

Holiday Décor: 9 Homes Dressed for Christmas

November 22, 2017 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

The annual Collingwood Holiday House Tour welcomed hundreds of visitors last year into nine homes decorated for the season by local designers. Enjoy a sampling from each festive home.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Fall-Holiday 2017 issue of  OUR HOMES Southern Georgian Bay, p.106. Find local businesses in our Southern Georgian Bay directory.

 


DESIGNERS 
TAMARISK MCNALTY-STEPHENS
LAURIE SEVERN (HEIRLOOM 142)
HOMEOWNERS
JOHN AND SUE MEALY
SPONSOR
COUTURE LASER CLINIC
The interior of this home is a little bit industrial, a little bit farmhouse and a little bit ski chalet, which, when mixed together, offered a perfect canvas for designers Tamarisk McNalty-Stephens and Laurie Severn to work their magic. Every inch of this unique, open-plan home has been touched with holiday magic. The buffalo-checked stockings are hung by the wood fire with care, waiting for Santa to fill them (shown on previous page). Throughout the room there are hints of red in vases, candles, ribbons and berries. Lush green branches combine with the red for a classic holiday combination (garland, urns and all greenery by Riverside Greenhouses). 

DESIGNER
LINDSAY HERBERT (BAYWOOD DESIGNS)
HOMEOWNERS
MARLENE AND BRIAN PETERS
SPONSOR
When it comes to decorating their home for the holidays, Marlene and Brian Peters are very lucky to have a talented designer in the family. Marlene’s daughter Lindsay Herbert helped envelop this home in holiday cheer. From outside the front door, throughout the main floor and onto the back deck, there are presents, garlands, candles, evergreen boughs cascading from ceiling lights, pinecones, red ribbons, cosy throws and pillows. Lucia Crupi (Lucia Crupi Designs) created the garland on the living room mantel – a voluptuous mixture of evergreens, eucalyptus, ribbon, magnolia leaves and flowers in an oasis that will last and last. The Christmas tree almost reaches to the ceiling and is covered in the same ribbon found in the garland. Five-pointed stars, glittery balls and lots of white lights fill out the tree. The table is set with silver snowflakes, crystal, white linens and silver chargers. The master bedroom is also at the ready, with a comfy throw, candles and greenery arrangements at the bedside, and the room’s own white tabletop Christmas tree.

DESIGNER
SHARON ALLAN (VAN ALLAN DESIGN CENTRE)
HOMEOWNER
LAURA WOODHOUSE
SPONSOR
ROYAL LEPAGE LOCATIONS NORTH (BRENT CARTWRIGHT, MARCIA ALDERSON, WENDY EMMETT, LEEANN MATTHEWS AND CHRIS KELEHER)
 
What does Christmas mean to designer Sharon Allan? Without hesitation, she answers, “Family.” Sharon worked closely with the homeowner to decorate this home for the family. The tall and slim tree is a statement by the fireplace – its footprint is small but its presence large, leaving ample space for family to enjoy the fire while opening presents. The abundance and variety of greenery and red accents in this large, gracious space convey its holiday warmth. Flower arrangements are carefully placed throughout each room. Beautiful, heirloom china shines on a very special dining table, large enough to seat the whole family. The sideboard display and the metal moose with a ribbon necklace just outside the window in the backyard capture the imagination of everyone who is young at heart.

DESIGNER
HERMA VEGTER-PETRIE (LËUK)
HOMEOWNERS
SASHA AND DON EVANS
 
The homeowner worked with designer Herma Vegter-Petrie on a simple, clean and understated holiday theme. The open floor plan of this home works with Herma’s carefully placed natural elements. Fur hides offer warmth on a cold day or night. A wooden box holds blankets for extra comfort and a log side table is at the ready for a mug of hot chocolate. Flowers by Lëuk Tulip add greenery and the white blooms enrich and elevate the green in the arrangements. Artwork from Lëuk Huis enhances the winter feel with canvases that hint at snow and winter, but are gently washed so the large paintings offer a feeling of happiness and peace upon entering the home. The red glass-fronted display cupboards that flank the gas fireplace add the only pop of colour in this neutral space.

DESIGNER
ROB HISEY (ROB HISEY & CO.)
HOMEOWNERS
ALAN AND DIANE CHATTERSON
SPONSOR
 
Christmas is magic and designer Rob Hisey loves to create magic when it comes to holiday decorating. As you walk into the foyer of Alan and Diane Chatterson’s home, the magic starts with the paper snowflakes on the floor leading to the great room. They continue dancing around the impressive Christmas tree and are placed on the back of the dining room chairs as well as spotted in tabletop statements. The whimsical centrepiece on the dining room table of birds, snowflakes and birch branches hovers above those eating below. Large nutcrackers stand guard on the fireplace hearth and lush fruit topiaries add colour to a kitchen island. Rob has created a magical and elegant holiday home.

DESIGNERS
JO REDMAN (REDMAN WATSON) AND
JACQUELINE FURTNER (BAREBIRCH)
 
A beautiful fieldstone fireplace at the centre of this home invites everyone to gather around its hearth. Designers Jo Redman and Jacqueline Furtner placed fur hides, candles, grapevine balls and pine and magnolia swags around this stone beauty. Off to one side is a gathering of Christmas trees, grouped together as if found in the forest. The natural elements of the decorations bring the outside in. Large swags hang from the newel posts in the stairway and also in front of the patio doors, almost touching the floor; their simplicity adds a very elegant tone. On the front porch, a garden bench is covered with fur and the sleigh table serves as a resting place for presents. The grapevine reindeers stand waiting for Santa to arrive.

 


DESIGNER
ANDREA RINALDO (BUTTER GALLERY)
SPONSORS
ANDREA RINALDO AND AERON RYKERT
 
In designer Andrea Rinaldo’s home, which her mother had also lived in at one time, she and her sister, Aeron Rykert, decorated every corner of this quaint bungalow. They created a whimsical and playful holiday theme. Lovely cedar and pine garlands surround the windows, framing the winter wonderland outside. Colourful touches are not confined to red and green and each room has fun decorations, like the pom-pom wreaths in the bedroom that hang above the headboard or a stocking that waits by a wicker basket full of warm throws. The dining area in the kitchen has hints of copper and arrangements of fresh boughs with dogwood, pine cones and berries. The front porch has a decoupaged antique sleigh. Each room has many layers, inviting guests to look carefully for the finer details.

DESIGNER
CATHERINE STAPLES (CATHERINE STAPLES INTERIORS)
HOMEOWNERS
ANGILINE AND ROB DUBIEN
 
A snowstorm that keeps everyone inside is designer Catherine Staples’ idea of the perfect winter’s day. She created the ideal space for Angiline and Rob Dubien to sit back and relax and watch the snow fall at their home at the base of Alpine Ski Club. A vignette at the home’s entrance with candle lanterns, birch trees covered in lights and a sleigh on a hide rug sets the tone for the rest of the residence. Fur placemats are luxurious, as are the fur stockings hanging over the gas fireplace on a “wish” sign. White branches appear in the arrangements outside as well as on the pine tree by the fireplace. Roses mixed with pine are placed throughout the house, all the creation of Streets Flowers. Being so close to the ski hills, skis repeat as a theme throughout the space – little elves carry skis, candleholders on the dining table hold miniature skis and signs throughout highlight the pursuits of this family. The lower-level family room is staged for a screening of It’s a Wonderful Life.

DESIGNER
CINDY MCMULLIN (DÉCOR DESIGN)
HOMEOWNERS
PETER AND CATHERINE BUTLER
SPONSORS
ANDRES PAARA AND KAREN E. WILLISON (ROYAL LEPAGE LOCATIONS NORTH)
 
With emphasis on the colour white, designer Cindy McMullin created a winter wonderland for Peter and Catherine Butler’s timber-framed home. White peacock feathers, crystal garlands, white lights, orchids, birch branches, glittery net ribbon, sparkling silver stars, jewelled figure skates and silver Christmas balls are brought together on the 10-foot tree to great effect. Weeping cedar adds the Christmas green and burlap adds a natural touch as the tree skirt and also wraps around the outdoor wreaths. As darkness falls, the true magic of these decorations shines in a different way

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