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Designer Lindsay Agnew shares how to decorate for the holidays in a style that marries modern and timeless.
Clean minimal lines and textures with a timeless quality were the twin asks of the owners of this Toronto living room. Designer Lindsay Agnew of Si & Oui complied with a full rebuild that gave the room modern architectural features and strong focal points. Elements like the new fireplace and custom shelves fulfill the mandate for modern, while pedigree fabrics like raw, unbleached linen at the windows and a wool rug underfoot add a timeless quality. The homeowners were so happy with the new space, they invited Si & Oui back to dress the room for the holidays. Here’s how Lindsay imbued the room with holiday style.
“Treat your wrapping paper like a fabric story. Here, the plum, burgundy, pink and red patterned papers were the framework for accessorizing.”
- Garlands, wreaths, tree and tinsel can overwhelm a room. “Our advice is to choose pieces that complement your existing decor,” says Lindsay. She repeated the burgundy and plum tones from the sofa cushions throughout the space. “The result is a fresh take on a classic palette.”
- Don’t overcrowd shelves. Choose large-scale accessories that are big enough to make a statement but subtle in tone so they don’t create visual busyness. In this case, one full shelf of accessories was removed to make room for small gifts, pine boughs and a vintage sleigh.
- Make it personal with new ways to display heirlooms and treasured collections. “The [painted] terracotta bowl holds some of this family’s most valued ornaments, and the gifts are for their friends and family,” says Lindsay.
- During the holidays, as with the rest of the year, layered lighting is essential. Says Lindsay, “The gas fireplace, candles and the twinkle of string lights all add texture and depth to this living room.”
- Opt for no-fuss decorations. To make the room feel festive without a large tree, Lindsay arranged a few branches in a modern smoked-glass vase.
- Create big impact with small touches. “We added hints of greenery throughout with branches, spruce boughs, fresh flowers and a tiny live tree, which all come together to pack a big punch,” says Lindsay.
- Do it yourself. “We worked with the homeowner to add faux greens and natural pine to the top of wooden wreaths,” says Lindsay. “The wreaths are peppered throughout the house for a seasonal accent that is all theirs.”