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Home for the Holidays

December 15, 2016


Friends! Today’s the day! Pour yourself a hot cup of coffee or tea and come along as I take you through my Home, for the Holidays. I’ve been dying to share it with you, but wanted everything to just right before I did!

And when you’ve finished scrolling though here, head on over to Western Living Magazine, where I’m sharing 6 Ways to Get This Cool Christmas Look for yourself!

In years past I’ve gone with the more is more approach to the Holidays. But this year, I wanted a pared down look that was still elegant and cozy, with a touch of glam. Having recently painted my place bright white, I wanted the space to feel open and subtle, not cluttered and busy, which the holidays can be all on their own!




To add interest with white, I played with textures: feathers in the Juju Hat, ceramics on the wall, sheepskin rugs on the dining chairs, a playful pillow and cozy throw on the sofa. Doing so created a space that is warm and welcoming without being overpowering.

In keeping with the minimal theme, I choose two birch trees rather than a traditional Christmas tree. They complement the simplicity of the space well and add a natural element. Piled high with gifts creates a dramatic affect without the heaviness of a traditional tree.



I carried that natural element into the ‘coffee table’, where I choose to use two cocktail tables instead. One in brass, for some extra holiday sparkle, and a tree stump for an unexpected rustic element that helps ground the space. A white sister table of the brass one is tucked in the corner creating a cohesive look. I love the flexibility these tables offer, when entertaining they can be moved around and used as tables or extra seating.

I’m a fan of playing with non-traditional colours in my holiday decorating, when I discovered the salad plates, I knew navy would be perfect accent colour! Paired with white and gold, it creates a sophisticated look. Because the holidays are about whimsy, I added feathers around the hydrangea centerpiece, which mimic the Juju Hat. A few votive candles here and there, and I can’t wait to entertain family and friends.

The replica Ghost Chairs offer elegant seating at the tulip table, without obstructing the flow of what is a small space. In france a ghost chair is known as a sedie trasparenti and they are used often by this fashionable nation not only because of their unique style but also because of their usefulness when you’re trying to avoid a busy interior theme. I hopped on that bandwagon with glee. The sheepskins add comfort and a bit of holiday luxury to each chair.

Lastly, I kept the bar simple with navy ceramics and gold accents, I thought I’d let the cocktails be the star!

How do you decorate your space for the Holidays? I’d love to know, feel free to share in the comments below.






patterns-prosecco-christmas-2016-web-res-003 (All Photos: Styling: Neelam Gurm; Photography: Klassen Photography)

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  • Gena December 16, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    I have been looking for a wine/side cart like what you have in this blog. Where can I find it in Calgary?


    • Neelam December 19, 2016 at 4:16 am

      Hi Gena, thank you so much for stopping by. The wine rack is from Pier 1 Imports. It’s a couple years old, but they do have similar styles.

      • Elaine December 5, 2019 at 9:57 am

        Neelam, everything is beautiful. Xoxo.

        • Neelam December 5, 2019 at 12:26 pm

          Thank you so much Elaine! I hope you have a lovely Holiday Season. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Denise Brownell January 14, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    Your styling is beautiful. I’ve been wanting a tree stump table for awhile now. One of these days I will get one.

    • Neelam January 14, 2018 at 9:26 pm

      Hi Denise,
      Thank you so much! I’ve used a tree stump so many times in styling projects, I feel like I should purchase one to have on hand when required! They are so versatile. Thank you so much for stopping by!


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