Interior: Eclectic holiday home
A real tree is a must. “I like Fraser and balsam firs – one with strong branches and a nice compact appearance – but this year we tried a newer variety called a noble fir and it’s gorgeous.” The tree is placed in the family room and trimmed in the evening. “Having the kids help decorate certainly factors in. They’re right in there choosing and arranging, learning how to put it all together – without dropping the glass balls,” she says.
The Christmas tree
The impressive Christmas tree commands attention in the family room and boasts a well-edited array of sparkling Christmas tree ornaments. Christine says: “When the kids put the decorations on the tree, they always place similar ones close together. I’m trying to teach them to space them out so, for example, the owls aren’t all in the same spot!”
The festive palette fits in nicely with the family room’s existing decor. The boxwood wreath and paperwhites add natural warmth.
With no detail left untouched, even the wrapped holiday gifts are consistent with the home’s holiday colours.
Faux bamboo dresser
A faux bamboo dresser in the kitchen is the basis for a painterly vignette of some of Christine’s holiday essentials: hellebores and paperwhites replanted in pots and urns and bowls of seasonal fruit.
Snow-white velvet stockings, each identified by an initial ornament, are tied to a fresh boxwood garland. Opt for faux garland that has wire inside of it so you can easily twist it around a banister.
Decorating with Mason jars
Standard Mason jars are seen in a whole new light when filled with white epsom salts and a votive holiday candle.
The holiday table setting – which seamlessly combines disparate items, such as vintage bowls, cocktail umbrellas and felt reindeer figurines – is the perfect backdrop for festive meals.
Animal gift tags add an eclectic touch to presents and the dining table .
Christine Hanlon's five holiday must-haves:
“Whether it’s wreaths, garland or simple sprigs on gifts, boxwood never disappoints.”
2 Gift wrapping
“I actually look forward to wrapping! I’m such a sucker for pretty packaging, it’s a pleasure to shop for.”
“I replant these in pots or bowls, tied with raffia or cotton, and place them all over the house.”
4 Quirky elements
“It could be a critter ornament, gifts wrapped in fabric or a tray of summery cocktails. I just like to have fun.”
5 Christmas music
“We have a few holiday albums that we like to play every year: Kenny G, Barenaked Ladies and Raffi. These are our favourites.”