WHILE EN­JOY­ING

Style at Home - - Decorating -

the shiny nov­elty of a whole­house ren­o­va­tion, it’s easy to jus­tify buy­ing all-new fur­ni­ture for the fresh space. The Stergiu fam­ily of Whitby, Ont., took it one step fur­ther by pur­chas­ing not only fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories, but Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions as well. Just in time to show­case their top-to-toe ren­o­va­tion in the an­nual hol­i­day house tour, home­own­ers Chris­tine and John had de­signer Orsi Panos (who was re­spon­si­ble for the home’s re­design) and de­signer Candice Brown deck their freshly painted halls. “We tai­lored the hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions to the home’s new modern rus­tic style by us­ing all nat­u­ral el­e­ments like fresh green­ery, pinecones, and even sea­sonal fruit and nuts,” says Orsi.

“We are huge Christ­mas peo­ple,” says Chris­tine. Case in point – they erected three Christ­mas trees. In the liv­ing room, there’s a spec­tac­u­lar eight-foot-tall beauty; the

din­ing room houses a nar­rower ver­sion, and in the media room, a favourite hang­out for the cou­ple’s three chil­dren (ages 16 to 21), an­other tree is dec­o­rated with the fam­ily’s col­lec­tion of sen­ti­men­tal or­na­ments.

On Christ­mas Eve, John, a tal­ented cook, pulls off a spec­tac­u­lar din­ner for ex­tended fam­ily. The new open kitchen (shown in Style at Home’s April 2016 is­sue) al­lows guests to gather around the gen­er­ously sized is­land and wan­der in and out through the widened door­way of the din­ing room.

One thing the fam­ily was adamant about in the ren­o­va­tion, which Orsi hap­pily ac­com­mo­dated, was re­tain­ing the wood-burn­ing fire­place in the liv­ing room. “I love the sound and smell of a real wood fire,” says Chris­tine. The orig­i­nal dated brick was cov­ered with dry­wall and stone, but the crack­ling fire brings a cozy rus­tic vibe that’s es­pe­cially de­light­ful at Christ­mas­time.

ARM­CHAIR, Sta­tum De­signs; STOOL, HomeSense; PLANT, Mint Flo­ral Co.

TOP LEFT

A cor­ner of the newly ren­o­vated kitchen of­fers a comfy blue ikat-print arm­chair where fam­ily or guests can lounge while meal prep hap­pens. More of­ten than not, Molly the bi­chon-schnoo­dle can be found here. “My hus­band, John, jokes that we bought a $1,200 chair for the dog,” says home­owner Chris­tine Stergiu with a laugh.

DE­SIGN, Orsi Panos In­te­ri­ors, or­si­panos­in­te­ri­ors.ca; HOL­I­DAY DEC­O­RAT­ING, Orsi Panos In­te­ri­ors, Candice Brown De­signs, can­dice­brown­de­signs.ca; STONEWORK (on wall), Whitby Tile Cen­tre; BENCH, Camlen Fur­ni­ture; EAT LETTERS, Black Rooster Decor; GREEN­ERY (thr

OP­PO­SITE A tex­tured stone wall, over­sized metal letters and a liveedge ta­ble give the din­ing room a rus­tic vibe. The light fix­ture lends a con­tem­po­rary twist. ABOVE & LEFT A cus­tom hutch in the din­ing room func­tions as dish stor­age and a bar. For the hol­i­days, de­sign­ers Orsi Panos and Candice Brown filled it with fresh green­ery and sea­sonal ac­cents. Each place set­ting fea­tures a fes­tive group­ing – a blue and white ikat nap­kin, chalk­board place card and ever­green sprig – that can eas­ily be adapted for every­day meals.

Classic Gray OC-23 WALL PAINT, Benjamin Moore; COF­FEE TA­BLE, West Elm; RUG, Surya; GIFT WRAP, IKEA.

ABOVE & RIGHT

Although the de­sign­ers brought in all new Christ­mas or­na­ments and dec­o­ra­tions, they were care­ful to cre­ate a col­lected vibe. “We didn’t want it to look like it was all brand new. Hence the var­i­ous tex­tures, colours and shapes of or­na­ments,” says Orsi. FOR SOURCES, SEE OUR WORK­BOOK

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.