Friday, December 3, 2010

Royston. 1st of the Christmas Tour homes..

OK.. so on to more cheerful things..
Last week I mentioned that I was hoping to get photos from a charity Christmas house Tour to share with you guys, and I'm happy to say that of the 5 houses on the tour I have photos of 4.

The organisation that puts together the event is a local charity called the Anderton Theraputic Gardens Society.

Every year they put 5 local designers together with 5 home owners, and the partnerships work together to put on a creative and original display of Christmas decorations for ticket holders to enjoy.

This was the 5th annual event, and it has quickly become a firm favourite in the local pre Christmas events calender.

So let's start with the largest of the homes on display this year in a small community just south of Courtenay called Royston.
This beautiful newly built West Coast home sits on a small acreage of mature trees, providing the perfect sanctuary from life's stresses.

Photograph courtesy of the ATGS.
The home owners searched for more than a year to find the perfect spot and then waited another 18 months before the stone and timber home was ready to move into. Now looking forward to just their second Christmas in their new home, it's clear that they feel the wait was worth it.

This is the sight that greeted us at the entryway.. The soaring timber ceilings warming a space that might otherwise feel intimidating... but which in fact feels homely and welcoming.  
Turn left and you discover a comfortable seating area with a gorgeous roaring fireplace, and three feature Christmas trees. One gold, one silver and one red.

By the way, I know it has nothing to do with the decorations per se, but the coffee table is indeed a genuine Noguchi. The home owner proudly pointed out the signature etched into the glass... found only on original pieces. It is a thing of beauty to be sure.

The dining table was set for guests. I particularly liked the decorations created for the backs of the chairs. Essentially a very simple concept but very effective, and something any of us could achieve in some form or another.  The deep wine colour and gold accents on the table were pulled from the rug below. Elegantly festive.

The light fixture was impressive and imaginatively handled... and I dare say could have seemed a little OTT but for the huge scale of the room. As it was though I think it was my favourite piece of all. The long chains of real crystal came from the decorators own collection, and added a lush  sparkle..   providing a nice counter point to the natural elements in the design. 

Here's a particularly pretty view across the table to the living room beyond. You can really get an impression of the sheer scale or the space.
I should mention at this point that the decorator responsible for all this is local design maven Judith Moore, who together with collegue Alice East used a combination of the home owners own decorations, and others contributed from local stores including Judith Moore Interior Design. Plus of course as I've already said, pieces from Judith's own personal collection.

To the right of the dining area is the kitchen, complete with granite counters, gleaming stainless steel appliances and an enormous central island. There is plenty of room for guests and enough space, in the home owners own words... 'so that two people can work together without bumping into each other'...   Since the units are in white.. my own personal favourite colour for kitchens..  it was always going to be a hit with me. I also loved the simplicity of the design, with plain subway tiles as a backsplash and wonderful granite floors that stretch throughout the open plan kitchen and dining area. But way beyond that, it again captures the relaxed feel that is so prevelant throughout the whole house. Quite an accomplishment in such a grand home.
What Christmas decor there was in the kitchen was simple and low key.. which is exactly as it should be.

So there you have it.. the first home on our grand tour..  I'll just include one more photograph, again not really of the decorations, though there are some on top and inside.
But of a simply fabulous pine display cabinet that the home owners had custom built for them in Italy.
During the construction porcess, the home owner discovered that the alcove you see above, designed specifically for this piece, was being built only about half the required width. Luckily he spotted the error before too much work had been completed, but he jokily points out the the downstairs loo [which is behind this wall] is now tiny and L shaped, because about 4 feet was pinched from it to create an alcove big enough for this monster.

So thank you to the event organisers, designers and home owners for all their help and co operation.. which enabled me to create this post.
House number 2 early next week..
Night all..

Jo xx


  1. Oh, I miss designer showhouse events. Something that is not done in Germany, at least not that I have heard. It is so much fun to check out how other people live and get new insight. Even if it is totally not to ones taste.
    Love the silver reindeer they have.
    Have a good one.

  2. A beautiful home! Love the snow crystals!! And you know I love the white kitchen(Except the countertops)!!

  3. All so stylish except for the hideous dining chairs - completely out of synch with the rest of the house! Are you sure they won't be reading this!?!

  4. So warm and welcoming. A bit country/traditional for my taste but it's in keeping with the style of the house so that's fine. I do love the crystals dripping from the chandelier and the way cool reindeer in the kitchen.

  5. Hi Jo - I am a little slow on the uptake.... Just this morning I "got" your blog name. It is like good morning Monica...

  6. Good morning Monica !!! ROTFLMAO !!
    Thanks for all the comments ladies..
    The crystals were my favourite part of the decorations too, and I wonder if that's indicative of the fact that they are really cherished by their owner.. the decorator.
    Jo xx
    p.s. I'll be doing another tomorrow or Weds.

  7. I saw them talking about this on the news..thanks for coming by my blog...I am very familiar with the Comox Valley as we used to live in Campbell River....but I don't want to post where we are at now, thanks....beautiful homes...woowow

  8. The home is awesome, and those high ceilings are to die for (probably expensive to heat up in the winter though). Thanks for sharing this, I love the chandelier, and it's an easy idea to adapt if one wished to do so.

  9. What a wonderful home and such great decorations! Shame they don't have something like that here, I'd love to go to something like that

  10. How is it going Jo? Busy decorating and holiday shopping? Hope you are fine! ;)

  11. Hi Jo -
    Hope all is well.

  12. Hello Ladies.... yes all is fine.. just trying to get a number of jobs finished before the family descends on us on Tuesday.. so I'm very behind.
    Have lots to post just no time..
    Will be posting on Tuesday or Wednesday.
    Jo xx

  13. Same here Jo! I’ve been so behind on everything since we all got sick over the past weeks! And guess what? I’m sick again! My throat is so sore I can’t remember the last time I had such a bad cold. I just hope I don’t get the Norad virus that EVERYONE over here struggles with now.. My sister in law has had I twice now. I still have presents left on the shopping list, and we still haven’t got the Christmas tree. So no blogs from me either - but then again it is Christmas!

  14. Dear Jo, I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas! :)
    Love from Germany

  15. Jo -
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours!

  16. Thank you so much ladies.. I've been a bit AWOL this month but now the family has gone I will be posting regularly..
    Jo xx

  17. i miss you! i'm just getting back at it too; it's hard through the holidays, eh?! Can't wait to see what's new :) xo


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