Brian Gluckstein’s Holiday-Ready Home
The Canadian design icon shares expert tips for bringing the magic of the season to every room.
A lot of people only focus their decorating efforts on the tree. Add holiday warmth throughout the entire house by stringing garland on the stairway, adding a festive centrepiece in the dining room and by placing festive candles everywhere.
Choosing a Tree
I find that artificial trees look extremely realistic these days. Not only do they look great, they last longer and can be used earlier in the season. Pre-lit trees are an easy option if you don’t want to struggle with tangled lights.
Decorating Small Spaces
Tall and narrow “pencil trees” are a perfect option for small spaces because they don’t take up a lot of floor space. If space is really tight, use a tabletop tree. For your entryway console table or living room coffee table, fill a glass bowl or vase with some of your favourite ornaments.
Selecting a Gift
Bring your holiday host a box of wine glasses — they’ll have them forever — or a gift that gives back, like our charity candle with Hudson’s Bay (read about our candle collaboration here).
Holiday Hosting Hack
I like to use a prearranged seating plan with place cards. It makes for a smooth transition from mingling to getting seated for the meal. Also, plan for good conversation by splitting up couples and close friends.
Keep centrepieces low so that guests can see each other across the table. I like to intersperse small floral arrangements with candles (candle light is the best for dinner parties!) and I tend to keep to one floral type.
Making the Most of a Budget
Mercury glass candles are fantastic because they’re useful and are just as beautiful beyond the holiday season. Another tip is to choose a holiday colour theme and slowly build an ornament collection by adding to it every year.
— Brian Gluckstein
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Photography by David Pike and courtesy of GlucksteinHome.