My hat is off to everyone who has ever pulled – off a portfolio photographing session in their home, while juggling a full-time job and all the commitments that life throws at us. Last year when I was drooling over my favourite blogger’s home tours, I couldn’t help but think that that it would be easy to do.
I hope you enjoy the visit!
This year I opted to pick a colour palette rather than a style palette: we went into the season with silver and gold, with pops of red. I think this is best reflected on our tree, which is layered with classic silver and gold balls, red birds, and all of our personal ornaments placed at eye level.
You even get to see my signature gingerbread snowflakes! I had done about 180 this weekend for various cookie exchanges and our annual Christmas party, so I thought I’d throw a couple in to see if I could get Santa to come early!
If you look above the book cases, we’ve filled our empty hurricane vases with leftover ornaments from my deconstruct wreath (last year’s edition). I didn’t want them to go to waste, so I opted to fill the empty spaces with them, and balance the room’s metallic palette with more red. Who doesn’t love red at Christmas?!
I opted for decorate the chandelier with leftover silver balls, much like the beeded chandeliers I love, only with christmas cheer!
I got DH in on the action by assigning him a task: make and decorate the gingerbread house and train. Because he loved trains growing-up, he threw himself into the second task with glee and produced a lovely train! It’s truly a testament to his creativity and passion for all things food. I love him.
The sitting room was photographed at an entirely different time of day, but I did so the better capture the light and items. I felt the tree would best be photographed when lit by the glowing lights and candle light.
I’ve completed my ornament wreath – finally- and got it all set-up on the wall above the bar in the sitting room. We haven’t hung anything there yet (our stag head is currently “in the shop” after DH broke it) but the ornament wreath felt right, and it picks up on the metals in the room and the bar cart. I love it!
As you can see, our various infused vodkas sit atop the bar, as we had them out for sampling during the christmas party. Our wine selection grew and then shrank considerably during the party, but I still think it’s time for us to invest in a wine rack of sorts to hold the bottles, our SAQ bag on the floor is only gonna cut it for so long.
I found this banner from the Oh jOY! Collection at Target, way back in October before we moved. It loved it! and I’m so glad I kept tabs on it enough to hang it on our brick wall for the holiday season.
I got the blue pillows at Simon’s last weekend while perusing their christmas market. The poof is from Threashold’s Target collection, and the red blanket was a wedding gift!
Bruce has claimed this couch as his, he loves it! He just kind of collapses onto it and snoozes for hours at a time.
I’m finding it hard to photograph the wreath and the curtains together with the light of day, but at night it doesn’t look good on camera. Compromise?
The kitchen island has been on our of most practical purchases as suddenly we have counter space that allows us to face the other person in the kitchen! Great for entertaining or cooking together.
I’ve been packaging some of our cookies for DH to give out at work, I hope they enjoy them!
True to form, the chalk board is up in the kitchen bearing seasonal tidings – it’s all about the spice!
Part of the message got blurred last night with the 50 or so people roaming the main floor of the house, and I’ve only just realized this. Great.
The Bough in the stair case is beautifully light up, with holly berries, lights, and jingle bells thrown in for good measure.
You can also see our lovely gallery wall, nutcrackers, and my shiny new red purse.
You’re also being given a lovely glimpse into the front hallway, although with added christmas decor.
My little christmas village is mighty cute: the trees are from dollarama. but the little house was a prop from the Buche de Noel making session the VFC held last year. I kept it this entire time for exactly this purpose.
To finish it off, I present The Boots, who was my constant companion through the process.
Thanks for stoping by!