December 23, 2013. #MyUrbanBarn
Posted by Hollis
This edition of UB Digs is dedicated to our purchasing assistant (and sometimes blogger) Jesse. Everyone around the office knows Jesse is a big fan of the holiday season – he decorates our office and does a great job organizing all sorts of fun activities around here in December – so he seemed like a natural choice when we wanted to do a special Christmas version of UB Digs!
Tell us a little bit about your home.
I’ve been privileged to call the Vancouver neighbourhood of Yaletown my home for 4 years now. The neighbourhood is a lively community with endless things to keep me busy including one-of-a-kind shops and great restaurants around every corner. Situated blocks from the ocean and the beautiful seawall, a long walk sheltered from the noise of traffic is a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life and helps to keep me grounded.
What is your favourite part about holiday decorating?
I love pushing the limits when it comes to holiday decorating. This year I’ve decorated with some restraint but I make no promises for next year. I embrace change and love testing out new holiday colour schemes and themes each year. This year I swapped Christmas trees with a friend for even more change. Adding a few new ornaments to my current collection or planning ahead and buying all new ornaments at the end of the season are two ways that I slightly (or drastically) change the holiday look in my home each year. Holiday decorating doesn’t have to begin and end with setting up a Christmas tree. This is the time of the year that I like to add a few extra cushions to the sofa in fun textures like cable knit or faux fur to add an extra layer of coziness and help to create a warm winter look in my home.
What are some of your tips for entertaining?
Plan ahead, plan ahead, plan ahead! To keep my stress level down and avoid frustration, when planning a holiday gathering I try to prepare as much as possible ahead of time. I start baking for the holiday entertaining season in early December. My freezer fills up quickly but seems to empty just as fast. Last minute grocery shopping during the holidays rarely ends well in my experience. When hosting a holiday gathering, my number 1 and number 2 tips are to keep the food coming and drinks poured! If you follow these tips, everything else should fall into place.
What is your decorating philosophy?
My decorating motto is “bring the outside in.” I find that the colours that appear most commonly in my surroundings are those that keep me calm and I prefer to decorate with. Seasons change, and I feel that my home décor should as well. When I’m in need of change, often small changes will satisfy my craving. Changing the covers on my toss cushions or moving around artowork between rooms is often enough to keep things fresh. Change is good!
What is your favourite part about your home?
I could bake all day, every day but there are plenty of things I’d rather do than cook my meals. My kitchen is equipped with all things that make cooking (and cleanup) easier. A gas range and extra large sink are luxury items to me and I’m thankful every day to have them as part of my home.