Photo Gallery: Give Your Home A Holiday Makeunder
Pare back with natural accents.
Keep things uncomplicated: white flowers and tableware provides a calming background when dining while fresh greens add a pop of colour and life. A large branch has real presence in a foyer.
Mantels are often the site of overcrowding during the holidays, but this family home offers good cheer with a simple string of humble felted animals and ornaments.
It’s not the pick of the lot, but this spindly tree highlights just a few, special ornaments (they sure won’t get lost in the branches), and it doesn’t require boxes of baubles to dress.
For a serene look, take a minimalist approach to gifts and wrap boxes in kraft paper, embellished with a grosgrain bow and finished with a sprig of greenery for texture.
The contrast of unadorned cedar with a sumptuous satin gold bow is contemporary and lush. Hang it low to create more drama.
Hung with tonal ornaments, this low-cost branch arrangement suspended by floral wire conveys the magic of the season, and doesn’t eat up valuable floor space when entertaining.
Less expected than pots of traditional poinsettia or paperwhites, a small evergreen in a burlap-wrapped container enlivens a guest bedroom or den.
Put the natural reflective quality of glass to work and double the lushness of an unadorned feathery cedar wreath by hanging it in front of a mirror. Candlesticks, old-gold ribbon and tarnished objets inject a warm look.
In contemporary spaces, a monochromatic tree keeps the vibe soothing and minimalistic, and lets the bold orange gifts be the stars of the show.
Mix-and-match tableware, a potted evergreen and scattered boughs are a relaxed approach to setting a seasonal tone. Antler candleholders play up the natural theme.
Bring robust outdoor-style arrangements inside to flank a pretty doorway. Tall containers lend grandeur and keep balsam and cedar boughs out of the way of pets.
“Juxtaposition is key to my style — like this modern bowl holding ornate vintage ornaments,” says Suzanne. “My neighbour makes these cheeky calling cards, and we like to leave them out for fun during cocktail parties.”