Urban holiday lunch
A ubiquitous element of holiday decor, ball ornaments – in various shapes and sizes, but all adhering to a particular palette – look stylish strewn throughout the condo in small bowls and large vases, on trees and wreaths, and even in vintage trophies the homeowner already had.
Match it up
For a modern look, seamlessly blend hits of the holiday into your existing decor. Here, the condo’s subtle yet stylish scheme triggered a pared-back approach to Christmas – a silver reindeer here, a lone bauble there – which whispers, rather than shouts, at Saint Nick.
Shown with her arms overflowing with crackers, Jessica describes this Toronto condo’s holiday look as “urban festive.”
Dish the fish
Whether you’re throwing a shindig that you don’t have time to prep for (during this season, who does?) or you simply dislike cooking, don’t feel obligated to serve up the same old Christmas fare. Sushi (yes, sushi!) is as quick to “prepare” as an order placed over the phone.
Most stockings – colourful, cheerful and carefully secured to the fireplace mantel – scream Christmas. But the muted colours, clean lines and modern edge of this condo call for an urban update to tradition. Here, it’s chairs on which stockings, with their white and wintry hint at the holidays, are hung with care.
This festive tabletop is fitting for a holiday lunch, but best of all it’s also seasonless. “Groupings of everyday decorations, such as wreaths, candles and florals, are often enough to create holiday flair,” says Jessica.
Ready to eat in hammered-silver bowls, these tasty sushi sides add a decorative hit of colour, too.
Have a ball
Rather than stuffing this tree with shiny baubles, Jessica let its sculptural shape take centre stage, with a few small ornaments playing the supporting cast – bravo!
Fish for compliments
In a season when heavy foods and rich sweets reign, a light, healthy meal like sushi is a welcome change. And since sushi is easy to eat whether you’re sitting or standing, it’s suitable for any soirée!
Inside the box
Waste not, want not, so the saying goes, so why not scrap the pretty paper and cardboard boxes this year, opting instead for sleek lacquered boxes secured shut by a simple ribbon? Package takehome gifts for guests in something they can use again and again (and again!).
Fit for a condo
Condos tend to be tiny – too tiny for that big fresh fir or pine tree. Some condo boards even have rules preventing you from bringing those yuletide trees indoors. So opt for something else, like this faux white branch, which feels sculptural, seasonal and in step with the style of the whole home. The feathered boa at the base is a plush bedroom touch. “I love the texture of feather boas on mantels and in big bowls as well,” adds Jessica.