Photography: Michael Nangreaves | Producer: Andrea McCrindle
Featuring lush and luxe Christmas decor, this verdant living room was cultivated on both a sapling and a mature fir budget. Can you tell the difference?
- Aerin Lauder floor lamp, $1,575, elte.com.
- Emmett candlesticks, 15", $40 each, 12", $35 each, and 10", $28 each, crateandbarrel.ca.
- Faux eucalyptus branches, $18 each, greensgalore.ca.
- Button-tufted sofa, $2,699, theartshoppe.com.
- Hand-carved winter thorn wood Zimbabwe side table, $550, snobstuff.com.
- Bamboo Marvelle rug, 8' x 5', $2,799, signaturebyshelley.ca.
- Coffee tables, $1,799 each, theartshoppe.com.
- Cowhide rug, 42 sq. ft., $939, nichedecor.ca.
- Honed marble Isabelle side table, $1,239, cocoonfurnishings.ca.
- Velvet Manipur toss cushion, $165, elte.com.
- Mudcloth toss cushion, $239, cb2.ca.
- Hand-knit wool blend Overlook throw, $199, cb2.ca.
- Aerin Lauder Charlton floor lamp, $945, elte.com.
- Candlesticks,12", $21 each, 10", $18 each, and 8", $16 each, lowes.ca.
- Eucalyptus branches, $12 per bunch, Yang’s Flower & Fruit Market, 416-413-9195.
- Tufted velvet Carlyle sofa, $999, structube.com.
- Hand-turned walnut side table, $480, willsandprior.com.
- Hand-woven wool Ibsker rug, 7'10" x 5'7", $399, ikea.ca.
- Boulevard coffee table, $945, elte.com.
- Cowhide Koldby rug, 33 sq. ft., $249, ikea.ca.
- Orson side table,$319, ethanallen.ca.
- Ikat toss cushion, $180, snobstuff.com.
- Mudcloth toss cushion, $95, willsandprior.com.
- Hand-woven Covello throw, $119, crateandbarrel.ca.
CREATE A ROOM LIKE THIS NO MATTER YOUR BUDGET WITH A FEW SIMPLE DESIGN TIPS:
1. Add casual tokens to gifts for a relaxed and natural approach to wrapping.
- Personalize a present with a metal initial tag. The embellishment is as pretty as it is practical.
- Lend a package interest with a bold diagonal detail. (We achieved ours by pre-cutting a square or rectangle of gift wrap to fit a box, and then folding it on a diagonal and spray-painting one or both sides before wrapping).
- Add flair with organic elements like found feathers and cedar fronds by tucking them into ribbon or small slits cut in the paper.
- Cut your ribbons extra long in order to fashion generous floppy bows.
2. Mix and match patterns of textiles.
Today’s go-to textile is apparent: Mudcloth is the It cloth. Hailing from Africa and dating back centuries, the tradition of using fermented river mud to decorate cotton canvas is in vogue. Defined by geometric motifs made up of simple shapes (each of which bears a special meaning), the material blends textural interest with graphic appeal, and lately has cropped up on everything from toss cushions to table runners to rugs.
3. DIY candlesticks to add an extra dose of greenery to a space.
A delicate ode to seasonal greens, these ethereal DIY glass candlesticks embody understated holiday decor at its finest.
- Fronds of various real or faux seasonal greens (such as eucalyptus or cedar)
- Clear glass wine bottles
- White taper candles
- Place a single green frond in a wine bottle.
- Fill the bottle up to the neck with water.
- Insert a taper candle into the bottle opening (if it’s too large to fit the opening, shave it down with a knife until it fits snugly).
4. Glam up your space with a shapely coffee table.
Ideal for setting down your cocktail or app plate, a shapely side table is organic eye candy — much appreciated during the season of glitz and glam. And there’s one for your space, whatever your style and budget.
- Cole & Grey suar wood coffee table, $190, Wayfair.ca.
- Marlow coffee table, $363 US, blackroosterdecor.com.
- Turned acacia wood Turn Tall coffee table, $399 US, bludot.com.
- Ironies hand-carved teak Reine coffee table, $3,500, southhillhome.com.
- Goop hand-carved acacia wood Belize coffee table, $749, cb2.ca.