Windsor Star

Christ­mas comes in small ways

- MARTA GOLD

As the hol­i­days ap­proach, cal­en­dars can get stuffed fuller than a Christ­mas tur­key or those who eat them.

Open houses, cock­tail par­ties, din­ners — pretty soon there’s lit­tle time left to host your own event for friends or fam­ily.

A brunch held great ap­peal to Wade Kelly and Phil Paschke, who re­cently had eight friends over to en­joy a late Sun­day morn­ing of crepes and other treats, sur­rounded by the fab­u­lous dec­o­rat­ing touches of their friend, flo­ral and home de­signer Cory Christo­pher, all cap­tured in pho­tos by Demetri Gian­nit­sios.

“At this time of the year, it co­in­cides beau­ti­fully as a nice time to get to­gether with friends,” says Kelly.

Their high-ceilinged, open-con­cept apart­ment, in a con­verted com­mer­cial build­ing just north of down­town, pro- vided a great can­vas for Christo­pher to work his magic upon, with decor that’s beau­ti­ful, yet sim­ple enough to in­spire the layper­son.

He opted for low-key decor that says fresh and fes­tive, but not over-the-top Christ­mas, with a pal­ette of sub­tle greens and blues.

“I wanted to show peo­ple that you don’t need a lot of Christ­mas,” he says. “I just added a few touches to sort of spruce it up and give it that fresh, hol­i­day feel.”

Mostly, he wanted it to be a ca­sual, fun ex­pe­ri­ence for the guests. He started by lay­ing cedar boughs and Christ­mas balls in the front en­try­way, giv­ing guests an invit­ing, great-smelling spot to place their shoes and boots.

In the liv­ing room, Christo­pher kept the hol­i­day decor to a min­i­mum, adding a sim­ple log to the cof­fee ta­ble adorned with some green­ery and a few Christ­mas balls.

 ?? Demetri Gian­nit­sios ?? Friends en­joy brunch in beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings, with sim­ple decor that
says fes­tive and fresh, with­out be­ing over-the-top Christ­mas-y.
Demetri Gian­nit­sios Friends en­joy brunch in beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings, with sim­ple decor that says fes­tive and fresh, with­out be­ing over-the-top Christ­mas-y.

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