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The 8th Annual Homes for the Holidays will give you a dose of glamourous holiday inspiration for your home!

Beautiful Glenora homes with a variety of décor styles have their halls decked to the nines by local designers, volunteers and retailers for the holidays. The five homes can be oohed and aahed by ticketholders at their own pace throughout the three days it is hosted.

What: 8th Annual Homes for the Holidays
When: Friday November 22- Sunday November 24 (times vary each day)
Where: Tours begin at Home Central (Royal Alberta Museum) and homes are in Glenora area. Bring diapers for their diaper drive in support of Bissell Centre!
Tickets: Available online and at select retailers ($40) Funds raised goes towards the Junior League of Edmonton's many programs.


We have a pair of tickets to give away to you! To enter, leave a comment on this post by midnight on November 21st (your email will not be displayed). The winner will be contacted by email on November 22nd and can pick up tickets from Home Central on the day you choose to attend. Good luck!


We got in touch with most of the 2013 designers to find out about their style and steal some tips for holiday decorating. Here are some tidbits of what they had to say:


First off, meet the designers:

  • KV: Karen Visser, owner/designer of Bella Casa Design Centre Ltd - approximately 20 years of residential design experience including new homes and renovations. 
  • KP: Kirsten Proulx, part owner of Henry's Purveyor of Fine Things - 25 years of experience as a floral designer and 10 years of interior decorating.
  • MJ: Maureen Wright (Mo) and Johanne Lewis (Jo) of MoJo Design Inc. 
  • JP: Jenna Pryor, owner of Plum Home + Design
  • CC: Cory Christopher, Art Design Living - Cory Christopher Design

Where do you find your inspiration for designing?

  • KP: I find a lot of inspiration from nature. I also look to fashion and textiles for great color inspiration. 

  • JP: Every time I start working with a new client, I'm inspired to create a unique space that reflects their personality. For me, a well-designed space is interesting and layered, mixing old and new pieces to make a lived in home that feels entirely unique. 

How would you describe the trends for holiday decorating in 2013?

  • KV: We are seeing a lot of the burlap fabrics and natural elements put together with shine and shimmer like mercury glass. Traditional reds still seem to be taking centre stage. 
  • KP: A few of the trends this year: natural vintage, fantasy forest, burlap, cloches with things in them other than plants, rice lights (teeny tiny LED string lights) and owls are still a hit this year. 
  • MJ: This year the trend is getting back to nature. You are seeing the use of natural elements as well as up-cycling (as in the use of barn board). 
  • JP: For me Christmas is all about tradition, and this year I'm decorating with classic trends. In our HFTH13 house we are decorating with linens, antique brass and silver, Victorian chandeliers, cream velvets and for a modern twist deep rich purple. 

What is your favourite room to decorate for the holidays?

  • MJ: Our favorite room to decorate for the Christmas season is the Family room. This is the room where everyone will congregate around the tree and the warm glow of the fireplace. 
  • KP: I love adding a touch of Christmas to every room. It can be little touches like sprigs of pine tucked in a jars, simple garlands strung over bookshelves and headboards or mini trees in bedrooms or bathrooms. 

What is a simple thing we could do to spruce up our homes for the holidays?

  • KV: Decorate your tables with simple and elegant centre pieces. This will give you the most impact.
  • KP: A simple thing to do is to put shiny ornaments in bowls and vases and set them in unexpected places. This can really add that holiday feel even if you don't set up a tree. 
  • MJ: Take your family for a walk in the woods. Collect branches, berries, pine boughs and cones. Use these items in center pieces, floral arrangements and wreaths.
  • JP: I use festive green throughout my home, they are an inexpensive and impactful way to add holiday charm to your home. I pair fresh greens with unique pieces, an antique champagne bucket or a large modern urn. And of course candles! From my front entry to the dining table I have lanterns lit welcoming my guests and silver candlesticks lighting our dinner table. Nothing feels more festive than candle light.