With Holiday entertaining in full swing, all eyes are on how the who’s who is styling their home for the festivities. For our final My Digs, we’re headed into the homes designed by six of the city’s biggest decor influencers to see some of the hottest ways to bring the Christmas spirit to life. From the outdoors to the foyer to the family room traditions, these ladies have got their Holiday style on point.
The way local Holistic Nutritionist and Natural Foods Chef, Kate Horseman, has approached her Holiday style is far and away my favourite Christmas look to date. The whitewashed space is minimally injected with the key essentials for the season; a natural tree anchors the great room while festive lights adorn the desert-inspired details, including a large cactus and the fireplace focal point skull.
As one of Canada’s top interior designers, Amanda Hamilton sets the bar high for personal style. When it comes to seasonal decor, Hamilton takes a departure from the expected to make a big impact in her own space. Opting for a break from the traditional trimmings, the Hamilton residence uses cheeky typography to set the Holiday mood.
On the opposite end of the design spectrum, colour expert Maria Killam curates bold brights to amplify the festive fun for the Holidays. Playing up the perfectly styled shelves, Killam selected striking pop colours to light up the tree and mantle. The perfect example of working your current decor scheme into Christmas, making a personalized stamp on the seasonal decorations.
Lifestyle expert Monika Hibbs’ signature style embodies the essence of country chic. With an upscale take on comfortable family living, Monika has created a space that beautifully compliments the neutral white and gold palette of the space, yet uses scale and detail to add a polished elegance to the Christmas scape. Keeping the boastful tree in a similarly neutral colour way, the natural green garland on the staircase and mantle have an impactful effect without being overdone.
Holiday style isn’t limited to the main entertaining spaces. Rashell Goewenburg, owner of the dreamy decor boutique Peridot Decorative Homewear (formerly a South Granville design staple, now relocated to a stunning Fort Langley locale) shows us the importance of setting your Seasonal style to invite guests in. Rashell uses luxe textiles, layered decorations and perfectly placed gifts at her foyer settee to set the tone of an understated opulence for the Holiday mood within her home.
Lifestyle and Interiors photographer, Tracey Ayton, is best known within the design community for her uncanny ability to beautifully capture the vignettes and details of some of our city’s best designed spaces. [Note: she captured many of the spaces we are featuring in this column!] However, for the Holidays Ayton reminds us of the importance of looking outdoors to share her simple and organic take on Holiday style. Using bright greenery to create an oversized message of Holiday cheer against the oversized white exterior, Ayton allows the festive feeling to reach far beyond just her family and friends, but her surrounding community as well.