As a decorator, I don't like to display for the sake of decorating. The holiday season conflicts with this concept as it seems "decorating" for the holidays is all a part of the merriment.
For someone who loathes clutter, the idea of filling space with seasonal knick-knacks is a problem for me; but one that I solve by taking a playful approach.
Due to allergy issues, fresh greenery is not welcome in our home. So I play with fake Christmas trees, which are all obviously faux, and decorate with varying styles, adding a touch of whimsy to the décor.
Humour is my coping mechanism, as never in my wildest dreams did I envision myself having anything other than a gloriously smelling REAL tree. As the children's health takes precedence, I battle the fake with fresh flowers and greenery that do not pose allergen threats. Magnolia and holly are the greens of choice for my fresh, festive décor.
Parties are both simple and elaborate in our home. While sounding contradictory, the simplicity comes with the concept of creating a welcome space where the bar is open and food laid out in casual buffet style. The elaborate takes form with gourmet food, fine china and splendid floral arrangements. Our home is designed for entertaining with a relatively open concept on the main floor, and fun features like a butler's pantry off the dining room.
Ask for help
Both Karen Grand of Grand Expectations and Michael Corbeil from Tivoli Florist pay a visit to my home to help with the décor at the beginning of the season. Then, I freshen up as needed so that my home is always ready to open the doors to a party!
Colour plays a big role in my home
I carry the theme that works year round into the holidays, so that the festive décor doesn't clash with its surroundings. Using metallic and crystal influences are the best way to ensure that colours don't clash. They work with any scheme and add a touch of opulence to even the simplest decorating style.