My Christmas Decor – with Veronneau

Hi all!

It’s been forever since I checked in so wanted to sign in and share some goodness.

Today, I’m super happy to be able to show you how we’ve decorated this year for Christmas. It’s actually the first one we’re going to be spending at our new/old house so I really wanted to make it special. My parents and sister/her family will be joining us, so definitely had to make the place festive.

This year, the scheme started with my newly found obsession with pink babys breath. I worked with the incredibly talented Coyote Flowers on an Christmas install we did for a local hotel, and was convinced then and there that I wanted a version of that install, in my own house. The pink was to be the foundation of the colour story, with some burgundy layered in for a contrast. And of course, I wanted a decidedly romantic feel with a touch of decadence because why not right?!?!

So with the concept in place, I set to work compiling all the pieces of the puzzle.

To start, of course we needed a tree. When we were renovating this house, the chaos of the construction and moving resulted in our existing Christmas tree being somehow lost…cue tears and a lot of cursing. Though we have bought real ones in the past, I wanted to have decorations up for all of December so decided an artificial one was again the way to go. I looked around a bunch and then got super excited when Veronneau reached out to me. For those who may not know, Veronneau is a fabulous decor store based in Quebec. They offer furniture, accessories, seasonal decor, artificial plants, design services and holiday rentals. After looking through their site to find potential tree candidates, I very happily landed on this 7.5′ beauty

I LOVE the thick flocking and the size works perfectly in our space.

Next, I needed some decorations so in keeping with the colour story, I ordered up some of these…

Pink Glass

White fur balls

And copper picks

And that was the base for what was going to happen with the tree.

In terms of the rest of the decor, I knew I wanted beautiful stockings, garlands and a large wreath for the front door.

For the later, I chose this loveliness

My order came super quickly and I was even more in love with everything once I saw it in person.

And once all was put in place our house is now holiday ready…

So yes…I’m not mad about how it all came together at all and would highly recommend Veronneau to all those who might be in the market for some holiday decor…they offer beautiful things, great prices and most importantly, exceptional service.

I’ll be sharing the second part of this reveal, the family shots, early next week so stay tuned for that and a HUGE thank you to the amazing Kieran Darcy in the meantime for capturing things, as she always does, in the absolute prettiest of lights.


Canadian Tire Full Reveal!

As mentioned in my previous post, I had the pleasure of working with the fantastic team at Canadian Tire to create a tailored elegant holiday space using the CANVAS Home & Dining collection. Though I usually tend to gravitate towards pink, burgundy and metallics for Christmas, I loved coming up with a design using Canadian Tire’s colour of the year, Spiced Plum! This colour is so elegant and luxurious, while also being cozy and inviting. When used with golds and traditional green, it feels almost nostalgic, but also unexpected and modern.

When I started coming up with a design plan for the space, I really honed in on creating something layered, rich and full of detail. I wanted to the design to feel whimsical, ethereal, and artistic…

canadian tire spiced plum christine dovey moodboard christmas

…which is reflected both in the moodboard above, and the Canadian Tire Spiced Plum Pinterest board the team and I have been busily pinning away to…as you can see from all the clips, the design scheme was largely led by the colour story. It was really exciting for me to create something in a palate I’ve never really used before and I’m now a total plum convert:)

And aside from the colour scheme, what I love how the CANVAS Christmas Collection is how it incorporates piece that range from whimsical and ethereal to elegant and refined. There are items that feel one of a kind, as well as ornament staples like metallic springs and beautifully coloured balls. The CANVAS Christmas Collection makes creating a beautifully styled holiday, a one stop shop affair.

And with that, here’s ‘Spiced Plum Regalia‘ a la Canadian Tire’s CANVAS Christmas Collection and yours truly…

I like holiday decorating that doesn’t feel too contrived and enjoy layering natural elements, along with decor pieces that make the holiday vision feel relaxed and elegant, but still playful and natural. I love a little glamour but not so much that the aesthetic feels forced. And as with all my design work, Christmas needs decor a good hit of whimsy/irreverence…the Canadian Tire CANVAS Christmas Collection makes creating this kind of look easy and so much fun. It’s inspired me in so many ways in terms of how I want to decorate my own home this year. And if you are as well , here are my tips for creating your own ‘Spiced Plum Regalia‘ holiday look at home, using the CANVAS collection…

1. Use springs and artificial flowers with natural bows and pine cones to fill in create
garlands, tabletop and mantle.
2. Mix whimsical forest inspired elements like tree stumps and woodland creatures,
with more refined ornaments, vases and decor.
3. Incorporate shades of spiced plum (ranging from lilac to almost black,) silver and
natural greenery to make an enchanted regalia scene come to life.
4. Make a loose garland out of natural greenery for the center of the dining table.
Fill with faux blooms to co-ordinate with fireplace. Stack dishes casually at one end
of table and use cake plates, silverware and linens to fill in the tablescape. Wood
cutting boards and/or platters can mix with crystal, china and antique brass
candlesticks to make for a relaxed and elegant table.
5. Place clusters of white pillar candles around the foot of staircases and around
fireplace. Use tapered candles in vintage candlesticks on the dining table.
6. Use velvet and satin ribbon in shades of plum and violet, along with sprigs and
foliage to wrap presents papered in brown craft or metallic paper.
And then when you’re done, share your beautiful design on social media using the hashtag #mycanvasstyle!!!
As always, a huge thank you to Canadian Tire for giving me the opportunity to help showcase their beautiful collection.  With 6 colour stories to choose from, there truly is a holiday look to suit every style with the CANVAS Christmas Collection!