Millar House is a grande dame in Port Dover, occupying a prominent position in town, and in the hearts of locals. Its owners, floral and interior designer Cynthia Zamaria and her husband, Graham Loughton, who works in market research, believe they are but stewards caring for this beautiful piece of history. The 5,000-square-foot Georgian home was built in 1857, so the couple started renovating immediately.
Today, architectural features gleam while vintage and big-box furniture and accessories mingle effortlessly with bespoke millwork and to-die-for floral arrangements. Cynthia’s love of locally grown, organic and seasonal florals is apparent in her pared-back approach to Christmas decorating. Often foraged from the property, seasonal boughs and berries quietly find their way into almost every room, highlighting the home’s architectural beauty. “For me, the holidays are about clementines, natural boughs and greenery that make the house smell wonderful,” she says.
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