Hol­i­day Tra­di­tions


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SLEIGH RIDES, TEA PAR­TIES AND OLD-FASH­IONED FUN Kyle & Julie Tur­ris share baby’s first Christ­mas


Tak­ing a clas­sic cen­tury-old home in the Glebe and in­fus­ing the old-style character with con­tem­po­rary dé­cor can be a chal­lenge. But not for th­ese home­own­ers, who have care­fully ren­o­vated the house over the last seven years to suit their ca­su­ally chic style and meet the eclec­tic needs of a young fam­ily, while re­new­ing their home’s unique ar­chi­tec­tural fea­tures.

Re­spect­ing the per­sonal style of the res­i­dents and the character of the home was an im­por­tant as­pect of dec­o­rat­ing the space for the



BY JANE WHIT­ING Homes for the Hol­i­days tour. Vir­ginia Vince, owner of Bloom­fields Flow­ers, was the des­ig­nated dec­o­ra­tor and a close friend of the fam­ily, so she had an inside per­spec­tive on what would work. She opted for a look that ex­pressed nat­u­ral simplicity and beauty to re­flect the fam­ily life­style and their home. RE­NEWED & FES­TIVE The pri­mary fo­cus of the pro­fes­sional fes­tive dec­o­rat­ing was the main floor, which in­cor­po­rates a per­fect blend of old and new. Large open rooms with con­nect­ing French

HOL­I­DAY 2014

PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY MARK HOLLERON doors showcase pe­riod fea­tures of high wood­cof­fered ceil­ings and dec­o­ra­tive trim work.

As part of the first round of ren­o­va­tions, which in­cluded adding a much-needed mud room, all the old win­dows were re­placed with cus­tom repli­cas of the orig­i­nal di­vided-light win­dow de­sign. The huge ca­st­iron ra­di­a­tors with em­bossed de­tail­ing were re­moved to be cleaned and painted, and the hard­wood floors and an oak stair­case were re­fin­ished. Dark wood pan­elling was stripped from the walls to lighten and freshen things up.

The time­less dé­cor is en­hanced with vin­tage brass and crys­tal light­ing fix­tures, to­gether with a com­bi­na­tion of con­tem­po­rary and an­tique fur­nish­ings. A neu­tral colour scheme of warm off-white walls and trim pro­vides an ideal can­vas for this year’s fes­tive touches.

“I knew an overly tra­di­tional or for­mal look wouldn’t work and mod­ern would be too harsh,” says Vir­ginia. “The plan was to cre­ate a nat­u­ral, almost Scan­di­na­vian, win­terwon­der­land feel with lots of boughs, dif­fer­ent kinds of berries, branches and flo­ral touches.”

While an at­mos­phere of eclec­tic chic reigns in the home, the fresh Christ­mas tree is dec­o­rated in a more tra­di­tional style with a green and red theme. It takes pride of place in the liv­ing room, which was bumped out to pro­vide ex­tra space with a new fire­place and ad­di­tional win­dows. Trim­ming the tree was a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort us­ing a trea­sured col­lec­tion of fam­ily dec­o­ra­tions and tree or­na­ments made by the three chil­dren.

To off­set the nat­u­ral look, Vir­ginia in­tro­duced some lush and colour­ful el­e­ments with tex­tured flo­rals to com­ple­ment in­di­vid­ual rooms. “I wanted to ac­cent the bold orange colours from the paint­ing in the liv­ing room and cre­ate some­thing fun and whim­si­cal for the kitchen.”

Cur­rently, the kitchen has a coun­try feel with

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