The Holiday Home Tour took place last week and it was a huge success! I was overwhelmed by the most beautiful, kind-hearted, lovely, sincere, and meaningful compliments ever. I was also blessed with the most amazing home owners who gave me the freedom to do what I wanted. This is a designers dream. I want to also mention the volunteers. They stood all there all night, with a smile on their face, and spoke the kindest words about me to every tour-goer all out of the kindness of thier heart while the flutists entertained us all night with their beautiful music. Here are some of the beautiful photos taken by my talented photographer and friend Marc Polidoro.
The home at night was spectacular! It was all sparkly and twinky with the lit wreaths on the windows and front door. The gorgeous red and black lanterns along the path and front porch glowed while tour-goers waited in line.
I used a simple green bough with red berries to drape the back porch. The pillows on the black iron chairs were sewn with outdoor fabric. The urns were filled with greenery from the homeowners property and I added bright green, white and red accents from the dollar store. No one could believe they were all dollar store pieces!
Thanks to the help of the homeowners children, my kids and niece, we hand-made almost every ornament on the Christmas Tree. The colourful ornaments made out of re-purposed coasters, the hand-made tags and the holly ornaments made the tree come alive with lively patterns and colours. For the cost of one store-bought ornament, we decorated the entire 8 foot tree! My daughter wrapped the multitude of boxes which created that fun and festive feel.
The reindeer wall was such a hit! Everyone loved that personal touch of incorporating the kids hands and feet for the antlers and faces. The homeowners now have a keepsake that they will keep forever. Colourful pillows tied in our bright colours that were carried through the home. At $14.95 for a plush pillow and a large striped blanket, they were a great deal from Walmart.
The kitchen table was set with colourful placemats, napkins, plates and mugs from HomeSense. My favourite were the adorable mugs and napkins with a reindeer wearing a green scarf. The side server looked festive with the handpainted joy sign, and colourful stands holding delicious cupcakes. The bright artwork designed by the homeowners kids (ages 3 and 6) lit up the kitchen and did not cost anything since we re-used the frames.
The master bedroom looked so cozy with a red tartan duvet cover from The Bombay Company where I used to design for. I carried the tartan pattern throughout the home in bows on the tree and in Rudolph’s antlers. The Eddie Bauer white duvet at the bottom of the beautiful sleigh bed added to the rustic, cozy feel. The merry and bright painted canvas gave a weathered wood look and a pop of colour to the room.
The other designers’ homes were decorated beautifully and fun to go through as well. Deb McKinney and Alison Knudson did a great job leading the committee and designers; Kleur Design, Kristin Morrison Designs, Wish Home Accents & Gifts, Coredecor Designs, Set the Scene and Rosehips. I also loved all the familiar faces and the family and friends that took the time to come out to see me. I also could not have done this without the help of my husband and kids. They helped me with the numerous crafts to putting up wreaths in the cold to helping with the housework when I couldn’t. I am truely blessed!
I have been bombarded with beautiful calls and emails from complete strangers just to give me their compliments. I can’t even tell you the magnitude of such positive words all from the kindness of people!