Blue Christmas with Cory Christopher

Nobody loves Christmas more than Cory Christopher. He decorates his own house in October and then drives around the province decorating his clients’ homes.

Cory Christopher cleverly combines art and design into living spaces. When it comes to holiday styling, Cory takes a very personalized approach starting with a one-on-one design consultation. The inspiration for the space comes from you and the experience you want to create. Next, Cory works his magic, transforming your house into holiday enchantment.

For City and Dale, Cory styled a townhouse dinning area with a space was designed for intimate dinner parties with conversations lasting late into the night. The inspiration for the space came from wrapping paper with vibrant blues (featured on the back wall).

Golden baubles, layers of blue and a touch of sparkle make the room immediately festive and modern.  To soften the room and avoid an overly stark-modern-feel, Cory incorporated fresh elements from nature including trembling aspen branches (with lovely undertones of blue and green), Carolina sapphire evergreens and a blue spruce Christmas tree. Throughout the room, Cory rethinks traditional Christmas items and gives them a fresh, thoughtful twist.

We’ve asked Cory to show you tips and tricks to creating a memorable room for the holidays.

Decorating the tree:
For a modern tree, you’ll want the ornaments to hang properly with the baubles fully dangling off the tree. To create the necessary space, Cory removed branches from the blue spruce Christmas tree. Always start with your more basic ornaments (tip: buy a box of cheap baubles). Once you’ve layered your basic ornaments, add your special ones on the edges of the branches. For dwellers in small spaces, consider using a tall contemporary planter box to lift your tree off the ground to provide more space.

Use Candy
Candy is an easy way to add color to your room. Peruse the candy aisles or head to Bulk Barn and simply load up glass vases with candy that matches your color palette.

Cory used picture frames as bases to create centerpieces. The picture frames were filled with artificial snow and layered with holiday bows and round ornaments.

For a quick, easy and wonderfully inexpensive approach to your table use ribbon to as placemats to define each place setting and add a small decorative element to the back of the chair. Think about greeting your guests at the table with small adornments on their plates but don’t worry about them matching – alternating styles is more on-trend. 

Above Cory stands next to the beautiful space he created. Cory Christopher offers interior design services, landscaping design, party décor, and holiday and wedding styling. Cory Christopher is a true design lover. He shares his daily inspiration on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@corychristopher). Follow him. We promise you'll be encourage to incorporate design, art and style into your life.

Credits: Styling by Cory Christopher. Photography by Linda Patterson of Timeless Edge Photography. Florals from Dasee. Blue spruce tree from First Choice Nursery.