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It hap­pens ev­ery year: At the height of sum­mer, my work life is sud­denly con­sumed with talk of twin­kle lights, ev­er­green boughs and bril­liant baubles. When I first started in the mag­a­zine world, where con­tent is pro­duced sev­eral months in ad­vance, this off-sea­son fo­cus on the hol­i­days was jar­ring. But over the years, I’ve come to em­brace and even await it. Who doesn’t want the good vibes to last and last? In that vein, I proudly present our an­nual Hol­i­day Dec­o­rat­ing is­sue, ded­i­cated to my fel­low early cel­e­bra­tors.

Taste­fully trimmed, our fea­ture homes prom­ise to in­spire with unique cov­etable Christ­mas looks. In an ex­pan­sive yet in­ti­mate Blainville, Que., home, de­signer Jean Stéphane Beauchamp sets the mood us­ing so­phis­ti­cated colour and hand­made touches (see “Fes­tive Spe­cial,” page 84), while de­signer Denise Ash­more high­lights the nat­u­ral side of the sea­son in her own mod­ern-meets-earthy Van­cou­ver space (“Win­ter Won­der­ful,” page 70). For a light take on the hol­i­days, de­signer and stylist Car­rie Mc­Carthy’s cot­tage on South Pen­der Is­land, B.C., show­cases a pale Scandi-style aes­thetic (“Merry & Light,” page 78). For more fes­tive flour­ishes, see the Hol­i­day Dec­o­rat­ing sec­tion ( page 45), where we de­liver tons of ju­bi­lant ideas, from bright pom­pom or­na­ments and glam metal­lic drei­del gar­lands to play­ful plaid pack­ag­ing and a real eu­ca­lyp­tus ta­ble run­ner. And be sure to check out our gift guide ( page 34) to find the per­fect presents for ev­ery­one on your list.

I hope the fol­low­ing pages help you kick-start a stylish hol­i­day sea­son, as they did for me all those months ago.

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