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Dec 3, 2015

The perfect holiday home to host a festive girls' night in

By: Beth Hitchcock
The perfect holiday home to host a festive girls' night

The perfect setting for a fun and festive girls' night in Author: Janis Nicolay

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Dec 3, 2015

The perfect holiday home to host a festive girls' night in

By: Beth Hitchcock

Decor maven Stephanie Vogler hosts her gal pals for the perfect pre-holiday party, complete with sweet treats and pink champagne.


For Stephanie Vogler, the holiday season isn’t dictated by the calendar – it’s a state of mind that starts in July and doesn’t end until January. That’s because the president and creative director of popular Vancouver housewares store The Cross Decor & Design starts scouting gift shows in the summer and doesn’t stop decking the halls until the last post-season sale in the new year.

It’s easy to understand why Stephanie takes a low-key approach to entertaining at home when the actual holidays roll around. “December is such a busy time with the store that it’s hard for me to see friends,” she says. That’s why Stephanie decided to do things a little differently this year, by hosting a pre-holiday girls’ night for six. “I thought we could get together and share some gift-giving ideas, like what’s trending for kids,” she explains. “It’s meant to be very casual, which is how I like to do things.”

 

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The perfect holiday home to host a festive girls' night in

A classy affair

Homeowner Stephanie Vogler (right) and close friend Rosie Daykin enjoy pre-party drinks in front of the gallery wall in the dining area.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

The perfect holiday home to host a festive girls' night in

A cozy wonderland

The real Christmas tree in the living area was flocked white to give it a wintry look. “We don’t often get snow here in Vancouver, so this gives us such a wonderful feeling,” says Stephanie. Seasonal accessories like textured toss cushions and throws create a cozy vibe.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

The perfect holiday home to host a festive girls' night in

Girls' night special

With her all-white space as a blank canvas, Stephanie layered in holiday touches with a white flocked real tree and plenty of twinkle lights. Next, she added warm metallic accents via trays, ornaments and strands of beads. “I’m drawn to things with a sense of whimsy,” says Stephanie of her holiday decor. “But I also love natural elements, so most of my ornaments are made from wool or feathers.”

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

The perfect holiday home to host a festive girls' night in

Serve yourself station

An evergreen bough and a strand of twinkle lights add an instant festive note to this hallway vignette. In keeping with her fuss-free entertaining style, Stephanie set up a champagne station on the console so guests can help themselves.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

The perfect holiday home to host a festive girls' night in

Colourful treats

Sweet macarons in a pretty box are a delectable party favour. “Macarons are such a treat because they’re not something people would typically make for themselves,” says Stephanie of the perfect party favour – a sweet reminder that they’ll have to make room in their calendars for this new tradition next year.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

The perfect holiday home to host a festive girls' night in

Just a treat or two

Stephanie served up bite-sized sweets like sugared almonds in small bowls from her collection. Her “keep it simple” mantra also applied to beverages, with a help-yourself champagne station atop a console in the hallway. “I always serve pink champagne when my girlfriends come over,” she says. “It puts everybody in a great mood.”

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

The perfect holiday home to host a festive girls' night in

Using what you have

“I have a huge collection of tiny bowls, dishes and vases,” says Stephanie. “During the holidays, I love to pull them out and fill them with sweets or pretty things.” Here, on the living room coffee table, a glass vase filled with patinated Christmas ornaments sits alongside crisp white vessels.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

The perfect holiday home to host a festive girls' night in

A few leftovers

On the coffee table, a tray displays a few mini ornaments that didn’t make it onto the tree.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

The perfect holiday home to host a festive girls' night in

Toss in some green

Classic Christmas greenery mixed with white blooms makes for a chic centrepiece.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

The perfect holiday home to host a festive girls' night in

Delicious dessert

Rosie Daykin's interpretation of the traditional yule log is a decadent chocolate cake with chocolate and hazelnut filling. “It pairs nicely with champagne,” says Stephanie.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

The perfect holiday home to host a festive girls' night in

Make the house twinkle

Just add twinkle lights – that’s Stephanie’s philosophy for infusing her everyday decor with holiday spirit. “The strand of lights at the end of the hallway adds a nice surprise, and I just sort of tossed it over the mirror for an undone look,” she says.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

The perfect holiday home to host a festive girls' night in

Kid-friendly affair

Stephanie’s two kids, Hudson, 9, and Emerson, 7, sneak in a treat before Mom’s guests arrive.

By: Beth Hitchcock Source: Janis Nicolay Credits: Style at Home

 

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