“As this was our first Christmas in our new home, we were so blessed to have found Diane Mackay from Rivercroft Interiors who understood what we wanted to achieve and created the perfect winter wonderland theme that flowed inside and out,” says homeowner Airikka Passmore. She and her husband Michael Nicholl were honoured to have their house showcased on the 2017 Milton Holiday House Tour, an annual event that raises money for the United Way of Milton.
Their home is a modern take on a two-storey red-brick Georgian. Airikka and Michael wanted to incorporate rustic glam into their holiday decorating. "They have a young family and a dog, so whatever we did had to be liveable and not overly precious," says Diane. But it also needed to wow visitors on the tour.
Diane and her team lined the front walkway with beautifully arranged birch and evergreen-scented candles. White lights cradled in garlands of pine and cedar lit the windows. Birch branches arched over the front entrance. The theme carried indoors with a few main colours – white, black, silver and various shades of blue.
The sitting room featured nail-studded black velvet chairs and a rustic black wood table. Black stockings trimmed with creamy faux fur were hung against the white fireplace mantel for dramatic contrast.
Arrangements of salal leaves and eucalyptus added a festive feel and a fresh minty scent. A 10-foot white flocked tree was dressed from tip-to-toe in white and silver. Decorative white antlers, faux-fur cubes, silver candelabras and pillows in hues of blue, grey and silver completed the effect.
Pine cones and white boxwood-and-berry wreaths made a statement against the dark oak interior doors. The centre staircase was wrapped in salal, and each tread held a scented candle. In the living room, a flocked Christmas tree held a sparkling array of blue ornaments, including Disney ornaments (the family are fans!). Traditional nutcrackers sat next to glass jars and champagne glasses filled with gittering silver and blue balls.