Interior: Festive fuchsia holiday home
“It wasn’t selling and had actually been taken off the market,” she explains. “The layout was really awkward.” But her designer’s eye easily saw past those issues. Jessica made the purchase and immediately began working toward her vision: To make her home reflective of her lifestyle as a sophisticated designer and a consummate hostess.
A kitchen for entertaining
The kitchen now has a peninsula – with stools designed by Jessica – that makes a perfect spot for setting out cocktails and canapes for guests. When she’s hosting a large group, Jessica converts her round dining table into a rectangular one suitable for up to 10 guests. “I bring up a large piece of plywood from my basement, place it on the tabletop and cover it with a tablecloth,” she says. And in this gorgeous space, it’s no wonder she loves to cook for crowds.
Festive dining area
A wall-mounted shelf is a space-saving solution in the dining area of this narrow Toronto rowhouse. Glittering snowflake ornaments hung from the chandelier add a wintry touch that can stay up past January 1st.
Adding holiday sparkle
A collection of mercury glass candlestick holders interwoven with twinkle lights
adds glitter, while lemon cyprus trees release a citrusy scent into the room.
Bold bursts of fuchsia
Matching chaises designed by Jessica make a welcoming spot for guests to cozy up to the fireplace with drinks and nibbles in the living room; the barnboard-clad console (made from wood found at Jessica’s parents’ farm) adds a hint of rusticity. The cowhide rug with hits of shimmer livens up the neutral palette, as do the bold bursts of fuchsia in the accessories and holiday decorations.
Decorating the mantle
Fresh boxwood embellished with bright pink ornaments tops the fireplace mantel.
Making a statement
Jessica (and a team of family members) lovingly stripped down and hand rubbed paint onto this vintage door surround, then had an antiqued mirror installed in the door opening. “But the bigger headache was getting it in the front door!” says Jessica. It now makes a statement near the entrance, where there was once a powder room and a closet.
Holiday gift wrapping
Fuchsia gift wrap and grey grosgrain ribbon are an unexpected combo for holiday gifts.