"Christmas is never the same for me,” says Cheryl Krecsy, owner of Little White House & Co. lifestyle boutiques and cafés in Fort Langley and Abbotsford, B.C. When it comes to decking her South Surrey, B.C., home for the holidays, “the look is constantly changing, mainly to create a different feel, be it happy or peaceful.” For somebody who first started her business by repurposing and selling old pieces of furniture, it makes sense that Christmas unleashes Cheryl’s creative, crafty side.
To add extra personality and charm to her pretty
scheme, Cheryl incorporates
, embellishes presents with the unexpected (like an old watch face or antique key) and uses everyday objects (like a vintage suitcase or straw hat) in festive new ways.
Black and white kitchen decor
The metal “C” from an old sign, which is displayed with Cheryl’s collection of vintage enamelware on the
, stands for Christmas during the holidays and for Cheryl throughout the rest of the year. The glass canisters filled with
are perfect for drop-in guests.
Sweets displayed in beautiful
are the ingredients for a festive get-together.
Mirrored dining table
A pedestal table surrounded by a grouping of mismatched
defines the kitchen’s eating area. To make the table bigger, homeowner Cheryl Krecsy added an old piece of mirror to its top. The china cabinet houses her extensive milk glass collection.
de Paris “aren’t that easy to make,” says Cheryl in reference to the cheeky framed chalkboard art displayed on her
Elegant dining room
In the dining area, the table is set for afternoon coffee and
at Cheryl’s annual
Whimsical living room
A collection of
, seashells and Eiffel Towers evokes Cheryl’s love of
Decorating with white
Cheryl is known for using white – and not just at Christmastime: Her previous home, where she lived with her husband, Gene, and their three children, was a
drenched in white, and its enchanting
shabby chic style
garnered a lot of press.
Feminine guest room
faux fur stocking
holding a present and a
vintage tree topper
is a welcoming
cheerful touch in the
A crocheted scarf, hung over the
’s oversized mirror, adds a vibrant
hit of pink
Playing with pattern
A mix of patterns adds interest in the
neutral living room
. Its soothing palette keeps the look cohesive and inspired the space’s black, white and metallic
in the kitchen’s sitting area is topped with an old straw hat and sits on a vintage suitcase, both of which add a whimsical touch.
Diy gift wrapping
Black and white
suits the living room’s graphic palette (the wax tag
is one of Cheryl’s