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Nov 20, 2015

Michael Buble take us inside his stylish holiday home

By: Sara Cation
Michael Buble take us inside his stylish holiday home

Michael Buble's holiday home Author: Janis Nicolay

Celebrity Homes
Nov 20, 2015

Michael Buble take us inside his stylish holiday home

By: Sara Cation

Canadian icon Michael Bublé invites us into his Vancouver home as he gets ready to celebrate the season in style.


If it were up to Michael Buble’s mom, her son’s music – and only her son’s music – would accompany their family Christmases. But since the Juno and Grammy award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter does, indeed, get a say, Bing Crosby and Elvis Presley are afforded lots of airtime, too. “We listen to everything from Mariah Carey to Boney M,” says Michael, explaining the obvious: Music plays a huge part in his holidays.

Once a year, this fabulous foursome – Christmas, music, family and food – comes together in a Buble bash that lasts a couple of days and sees a flood of loved ones visiting from all over the world, including South Africa, Argentina, London and L.A. Upstairs, his music room plays host to a sweet piano-accompanied singalong. And downstairs? “Our basement turns into a sort of salsa club,” says Michael. They move aside the arcade basketball, dome hockey and foosball games (“It’s my 12-year-old-boy-style man cave,” he says with a laugh) to accommodate the DJ and dance floor. “We eat too much, we drink too much – it’s like an old-school Hollywood party.”

 

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Michael Buble take us inside his stylish holiday home

Secret Santa

Although he admits it may sound cliche, Michael likes giving more than he does getting. “Whether it’s compliments or gifts, receiving them can make me feel a bit embarrassed and shy,” he says. So, in terms of showering his wife with presents, he’s a pro romantic. “But I have a poor sense of occasion. I don’t save gifts for Christmas or Valentine’s Day,” he explains. Case in point: When he’s going to be out of town for a while, Michael will hide little notes around the house, tucking them in shoes, toiletries, drawers, even the diaper bag – “I want to remind her that I’m thinking of her,” he says.

By: Sara Cation Source: Janis Nicolay; styling by Ann Marie Favot and Stephanie Vogler Credits: Style at Home

Michael Buble take us inside his stylish holiday home

Elegant holiday colour palette

The house’s elegant black, white and gold palette has a sophisticated charm that suits this debonair songster’s vocal style. Above the tray table in the hallway is another piece from Michael’s collection of artwork – a beautiful collage of broken records created by his brother-in-law.

By: Sara Cation Source: Janis Nicolay; styling by Ann Marie Favot and Stephanie Vogler Credits: Style at Home

Michael Buble take us inside his stylish holiday home

Meaningful decor

You’d be surprised to know that singer-songwriter Michael Buble has only one of his awards on display at his house – and even that’s a fluke. He brought it home from the office to show a friend and has yet to return it. What he takes more pride in is his meaningful collection of artwork, which includes a cartoon by Jann Arden and a painting by Tony Bennett. But one of his favourite pieces is a photograph of Chet Baker (hanging above the fireplace in his living room) by the great William Claxton, who shot the cover for one of Michael’s albums.

By: Sara Cation Source: Janis Nicolay; styling by Ann Marie Favot and Stephanie Vogler Credits: Style at Home

Michael Buble take us inside his stylish holiday home

Deck the mantel

A voluminous cedar garland is filled out with eucalyptus leaves and geometric silver ornaments.

By: Sara Cation Source: Janis Nicolay; styling by Ann Marie Favot and Stephanie Vogler Credits: Style at Home

Michael Buble take us inside his stylish holiday home

Merry and bright

Layers of neutrals are grounded with graphic hits of black and punched up with fresh greenery in the living room.

By: Sara Cation Source: Janis Nicolay; styling by Ann Marie Favot and Stephanie Vogler Credits: Style at Home

Michael Buble take us inside his stylish holiday home

Show off the greenery

A simple mirror stylishly frames a leafy green wreath.

By: Sara Cation Source: Janis Nicolay; styling by Ann Marie Favot and Stephanie Vogler Credits: Style at Home

Michael Buble take us inside his stylish holiday home

It's all in the display

Presents are personalized with a band of sheet music secured with a delicate satin bow. Then the presents are nestled in a bowl of ball ornaments for the perfect way to add some flair under the tree.

By: Sara Cation Source: Janis Nicolay; styling by Ann Marie Favot and Stephanie Vogler Credits: Style at Home

Michael Buble take us inside his stylish holiday home

Staying with tradition

The couple, who has a two-year-old son named Noah, announced earlier this year that they’re expecting another child, and Michael can’t wait to share the holiday traditions that he enjoyed when he was young. “My dad and I would get the lights out of the attic and string them up outside, while my mom and sisters would decorate the inside. Then we’d gather around the Christmas tree and put the star topper on together: very Norman Rockwell,” he says. “Of course that’s the way I remember it – I’m sure I’ve forgotten the fighting and hair-pulling with my sisters.”

By: Sara Cation Source: Janis Nicolay; styling by Ann Marie Favot and Stephanie Vogler Credits: Style at Home

Michael Buble take us inside his stylish holiday home

A topping of green

With bold black and white striped gift wrap, sometimes a touch of cedar is all you need as a topper.

By: Sara Cation Source: Janis Nicolay; styling by Ann Marie Favot and Stephanie Vogler Credits: Style at Home

Michael Buble take us inside his stylish holiday home

Add in glam

The party is set to sound even better this holiday, thanks to last year’s gift from Michael’s wife, actor Luisana Lopilato: “When it was time to open my present, I could hear her telling me that she loved me very much, adored having a child with me and was thrilled to be spending another Christmas with me...but I didn’t understand why her voice was audible throughout the whole house,” he says. “She’d had a Sonos sound system installed – and I had no idea. It was really special.”

By: Sara Cation Source: Janis Nicolay; styling by Ann Marie Favot and Stephanie Vogler Credits: Style at Home

Michael Buble take us inside his stylish holiday home

Light the way

And then there’s the food. Michael has an Italian extended family and an Argentinian wife, so the smorgasbord often stretches from the traditional turkey and mashed potatoes to risotto and empanadas. “The whole house smells amazing,” says Michael, who’s always thrilled to host his family and friends under his Vancouver roof.

By: Sara Cation Source: Janis Nicolay; styling by Ann Marie Favot and Stephanie Vogler Credits: Style at Home

Michael Buble take us inside his stylish holiday home

DIY snowballs

Delicate white peonies arranged in a dome shape look like a bowl of little white snowballs.

By: Sara Cation Source: Janis Nicolay; styling by Ann Marie Favot and Stephanie Vogler Credits: Style at Home

Michael Buble take us inside his stylish holiday home

Simple, sleek and seasonal

Black table linens paired with gold-toned flatware and subtly gold-edged dishware, topped with a simple handwritten place card and sprig of eucalyptus.

By: Sara Cation Source: Janis Nicolay; styling by Ann Marie Favot and Stephanie Vogler Credits: Style at Home

Michael Buble take us inside his stylish holiday home

Stylish delights

Black and white sugar cookies echo the graphic palette throughout the house, becoming the most stylish (and delicious) desserts around.

By: Sara Cation Source: Janis Nicolay; styling by Ann Marie Favot and Stephanie Vogler Credits: Style at Home

Michael Buble take us inside his stylish holiday home

Merry little men

Bow-tied gingerbread Bubles by Butter Baked Goods are a classy take on the traditional cookies

By: Sara Cation Source: Janis Nicolay; styling by Ann Marie Favot and Stephanie Vogler Credits: Style at Home

Michael Buble take us inside his stylish holiday home

Stick to the theme

Icing sugar-dusted chocolate cookies served up on a white star plate are festive yet understated, while underscoring the black and white scheme.

By: Sara Cation Source: Janis Nicolay; styling by Ann Marie Favot and Stephanie Vogler Credits: Style at Home

Michael Buble take us inside his stylish holiday home

Rockin' around the house

Instead of some classic jingle bells on display, you’ll find pieces like this harmonica from Michael’s music room, where he spends lots of time jamming with friends and writing songs.

By: Sara Cation Source: Janis Nicolay; styling by Ann Marie Favot and Stephanie Vogler Credits: Style at Home

Michael Buble take us inside his stylish holiday home

Behind-the-scenes

While on set, Michael was singing classic Christmas carols and keeping spirits bright for our team. And what winter wonderland Christmas shoot would be complete without his signature bowties?

By: Sara Cation Source: Janis Nicolay; styling by Ann Marie Favot and Stephanie Vogler Credits: Style at Home

 

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