Photo Gallery: Pauline Esdale’s Festive Home
A decorator’s historic home celebrates good old fashioned holiday cheer.
Pauline calls her 4' x 10-1?2' island, which delineates the kitchen, a lifesaver. The traditional cabinets, honed granite countertops and marble backsplash create an elegant aesthetic that blends well in the open great room.
The 9-1/2-foot Christmas tree, decorated simply with chartreuse and gold ornaments, a grapevine-twig garland and about 2,000 white twinkle lights, serves as a festive focal point in the great room. Gifts wrapped in kraft paper and tied with green and gold ribbons are in keeping with homeowner Pauline Esdale’s simple, natural holiday theme.
Pauline’s cocktail parties flow easily into the living room, which is defined by architectural features such as a cosy window seat, built-ins and substantial crown moulding.
For her parties, Pauline pulls away her dining chairs to create an instant buffet table. All-white square serving platters offer an orderly presentation and let the food take centre stage.
A built-in plate rack, filled with dishes reminiscent of English transferware, enhances the old-fashioned aesthetic in the great room’s dining area. In the adjacent mudroom, a wreath of magnolia leaves is a festive touch.
When hosting holiday parties, Pauline never neglects to decorate the powder room. “Everyone visits it at least once,” she says. The small space makes a big impact with an antique French bureau-turned-vanity, pretty damask wallpaper and a glam Venetian mirror.