After buying a century old home with her fiance in mid July while temperatures soared, interior designer Jacquelyn Clark had one clear vision in her mind: festive feels, all the way. OK, that’s not entirely true. The home has seen several renovations since the buy, all with Jacquelyn’s signature modern-meets-elegant style, but the designer admits she instantly had a vision of how magical the old home could be come the holidays. With a festive palette, plus loads of fresh greenery and decadent holiday delights, Jacquelyn transformed her home into a truly classic Christmas scene. See how she incorporated touches of the season in every room of her home.
Jacquelyn Clark’s living room offered an easy base for holiday decor. The neutral palette was prime for a glittering tree and poinsettia pillows, but even subtle touches, like a red candle on the coffee table and a sparkling reindeer atop a stack of books, culminated in a look that filled the home with festive cheer. Jacquelyn sourced all of her holiday decor from Bombay Company.
Designer Tricks for Decorating the Christmas Tree
What’s the secret behind Jacquelyn’s magazine-worthy Christmas tree? A unified palette of muted gold, silver and white ornaments, with just a touch of red woven throughout. By limiting your ornaments to a few select colours or shades, your tree will look picture perfect! Extra points if you wrap your holiday gifts to match.
A Christmas Kitchen
No room was left untouched when it came to Christmas decor! In the kitchen Jacquelyn hung a festive garland above a window, and a matching wreath above the stove. Plaid tea towels were an inexpensive purchase that unified the red and green palette. But our favourite holiday addition by far are the goodies on the kitchen island!
Homemade Hot Chocolate
The holidays are the perfect excuse to sip hot chocolate on repeat!
Home Sweet Home
A gingerbread house dusted in icing sugar plays double duty in the kitchen, satisfying both decor goals and sweet tooths.
A platter of cookies from Sweet Creations by Vanessa spread a merry message for guests to enjoy!
Rudolph the Reindeer Cake
The Rudolph the Reindeer cake by Le Dolci is by far the the pièce de résistance of Jacquelyn’s festive spread. If it didn’t look so delicious, we’d say it was too pretty to eat!
All Dressed Up in the Dining Room
For the dining room, Jacquelyn opted for a feminine holiday palette, starting with white dinnerware and layered with crystal drink ware, white reindeer and a sweet bouquet from Blush & Bloom in shades of soft pink and lush green.
Magical Mini Wreaths
Sprigs of spruce tied with a bow make the sweetest little wreaths for each place setting. You could easily add a name tag to make them place cards for your big Christmas dinner!
Bask in the Glow
With the addition of blush coloured florals, Jacquelyn made the dining room feel even warmer with gold candle holders and apricot pillar candles. It’s the perfect setting for a girls’ holiday brunch!
A Traditional Holiday Garland
There’s something about seeing a big, cheery garland winding its way up a banister that is so quintessentially Christmas. Jacquelyn’s has it all: Magnolia leaves, pine cones, ornaments, twinkle lights, and a chic black and white striped bow!
Easy Holiday Additions
Jacquelyn’s creativity shines through her holiday home tour: the simple black and white bow hung on top of the entryway mirror ties in the garland on the stairs, while reflecting beautifully over the console, and it cost virtually nothing.
A Cozy Christmas Bedroom
Jacquelyn’s recently renovated bedroom is the epitome of elegance, but for the holiday season, she dressed it up with three simple additions: a bright red throw, plaid pillows, and a wreath hung over the bed. They’re such simple accessories, but work wonders for transforming the bedroom into a cozy winter wonderland.
Christmas Morning, Here We Come
Can you imagine a cozier spot to wake up on Christmas morning? Santa will certainly be impressed! Thank you to Jacquelyn Clark for sharing her beautiful holiday home with HGTV.ca!
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