Photography: Tracey Ayton | Design: Monika Hibbs
Our home & style director Ann Marie Favot will help you deck your abode in seasonal style.
Q: There are so many different string-light styles. Do you have a favourite?
Though there’s a special place in my heart for traditional bright-coloured versions, and Edison-bulb styles look chic in a rustic space, right now I’m partial to delicate twinkle lights. On super-thin bendable wires, the mini LED bulbs suit nearly every decorating scheme, and you can place them just about anywhere. I love how lifestyle blogger Monika Hibbs ran some along the dining table shown above.
Starry string lights, from $56, rhteen.com.
Q: I love a personal touch at this time of year. Any fresh ideas that I can incorporate into my holiday scheme?
Personalized products abound this season. For the tree, consider commemorating a family milestone, such as the birth of a new member, with a beautifully hand-lettered porcelain ornament. And you can individualize your presents with customized gift wrap; available in multiple holiday-centric prints, it’s designed for integrating your own text and photographs.
Q: How can I create a modern festive atmosphere on my front stoop?
Think inside the box: Rather than adorning your door with the typical circular wreath, choose a contemporary square shape. Whether you opt to leave it bare or load on the baubles, select a quality faux version like this boxwood-look piece to easily achieve the esthetic year after year.
Pure Garden wreath, $66, bedbathandbeyond.ca.