IODE Christmas House Tour: Decking the halls in Goderich

19 Nov

IMG_3251By Diva Shari Parsons

GODERICH – I usually prefer to spend glorious, sunny autumn days outdoors but the lovely weekend weather provided the perfect accompaniment to the 2015 IODE Christmas House Tour.

The tour consisted of five different homes – two modern and three historical. The homes themselves were decorated with both modern and traditional themes. The trend colour for this year appeared to be silver and aqua along with other glitzy metallics like gold, bronze and copper.

IMG_3239In the first home I visited, the master bedroom was a glistening ice palace of silver, white and blue. A guest bedroom was decorated in rich tones of spring green and peacock blue against velvety chocolate brown walls. The smallest bedroom was done in a rustic Canadiana theme with red, green and white engendering images of cozy, fire-lit wooden cabins. The living room was modern with silver and gold and touches of deep purple. I think the most eye-catching display was the long dining room table done in muted silver and gold with a centerpiece created using long, twisting and twining vine-like branches that were the colour of long exposed driftwood.

Visitors to the second home I toured were first greeted by the cheerful sight of a vivid IMG_3247orange VW Beetle topped by brilliant orange and purple presents. The large tree in the front room was festooned in glittering aqua and silver. The bright, candy-coloured decor in the living room took its inspiration from the beautiful quilt that the homeowner had created and hung on one wall. A small den featured a smaller tree decorated in the traditional colours of red, green and white. The eating area of the sunlit kitchen was sparkling with silver and gold contrasting with rich blue napkins and candles. The exterior of the home displayed its share of Christmas pizzazz too. A green topiary was accented with sparkling, icy crystals, chrome silver and fancy wrought iron. Large planters filled with evergreens, bronze, gold and copper flanked a side door.

IMG_3281Visitors to another home were welcomed by a cute black bear wearing a red and black plaid hat and scarf and holding on to a pine tree with one paw and a Welcome sign in the other. The circular front room featured a tall tree wrapped in clouds of white, silver and pale blue topped by a white heavenly angel. The dining room table was set with elegant burgundy, white and gold china. Each place setting was completed with the cutest little silvery-gold nest containing three little silvery-gold eggs. A life-sized doll of Santa relaxed in a chair in the corner of the music room. The warm and sunny kitchen table was decorated in a cheerful winter theme inspired by red cardinals.

Another cute little bear, this one sitting on an old-fashioned bobsled, complemented the updated rustic style of the Christmas tree in the fourth home I toured. The dining room evoked the sense of icy coolness with its white, pale blue and and glittering silver tableware and decor. The Christmas theme was carried out to the charming back porch. A variety of accent pieces were artistically combined to produce a “modern” take on a rustic theme.

IMG_3272The final home I toured used rustic style elements that had been designed with a contemporary feel. Large candle holders on the dining table and buffet were modern, stylized silver metal branches. The master bedroom was an ice palace of pale blues and silver. Unperturbed by the crowds roaming through the room, a large tri-coloured cat lay on the bed and attended to its grooming. One of my favourite pieces in the home was a triptych print of the head of a regal looking buck, which graced the mantel in the living room. The Christmas tree was decorated with over-sized red silk poinsettia blooms, which contrasted nicely with the white flocked branches of the tree. The country-cozy upstairs bedroom was the home for two friendly looking polar bears sporting handsome red and green Christmas bow collars.

IMG_3252Even the pool deck outside received a Christmas trimming. A stunning, tall silver and glass lantern contained a display of a snow-white pillar candle surrounded by white flocked greenery and glittering ice crystal branches.

After the tour, I wanted to go home, throw everything out and totally redecorate! My hubby may never let me go on another tour!

I want to say kudos to the IODE for a very well organized and thoroughly enjoyable event and to all the designers and decorators for doing such a fantastic job!

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