Sometime around the first week of December, Vancouver designer Effie Genovese unearths her Christmas decorations from the antique French armoire in her living room. “I’m not one to put decorations in every room. I just add a few festive touches here and there,” Effie says. “For me, Christmas is about nostalgia. I like tradition, and doing things simply and a little bit old-school.”
It’s an aesthetic that goes beyond Effie’s approach to holiday decorating. Natural, more rustic elements like wood, metal and distressed leather are balanced with just the right amount of sparkle, thanks to chandeliers in the living and dining rooms, and antique silver pieces that are polished and displayed in time for holiday gatherings. Click through to see Effie’s signature holiday mix of vintage pieces — many of them a reminder of her time spent in France — and classic Christmas decor.