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Elegant Holiday Inspiration

by habituallychic

11 . 28 . 10
When I was looking for examples of holiday decorating last week, I came across this elegant example.  The home is owned by a Canadian lawyer, Luce Gayrard, who also has a penchant for decorating.  It is located outside Montreal and was featured in the November 2008 issue of Canadian House & Home. I never met a French piece of furniture I didn’t love so I fell for the decor immediately as well as the simple holiday decorations.  It might have just been styled this way for the shoot but I like the sense of restraint.  I’m currently trying to decorate my apartment for Christmas and this home is my inspiration.  Happy Holidays!

Photos by Angus McRitchie

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  1. quintessence November 28, 2010 | 3:25 pm

    Beautiful!! And I adore toile – so this was a special treat!!

  2. lindaraxa November 28, 2010 | 3:50 pm

    Very beautiful and understated, although leave it to me to sit on that red chair and obliterate all three balls thinking they were clever faux pillows!

  3. Karena November 28, 2010 | 5:31 pm

    Heather the green velvet is luscious!! Gorgeous decor!


    Art by Karena

  4. Sally-Ann @ a beautiful space November 28, 2010 | 7:35 pm

    As a long term fan of rasberry toile how could I be disappointed. Lovely chic decorating ideas. Thank you

  5. Marianne@Style For Living November 28, 2010 | 7:40 pm

    Absolutely stunning! You can’t go wrong decorating your home like this for the holidays. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. chateaudelille November 28, 2010 | 10:55 pm

    Such lovely pics.Elegant and not over the top.Fiona

  7. 100 Applegate November 29, 2010 | 12:34 am

    I want something in Green Velvet!! Thanks for inspiring!! Best, Connie

  8. Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll November 29, 2010 | 4:22 am

    Simply beautiful. Hope you have a great week.

  9. I Dream Of November 29, 2010 | 6:04 am

    Heather, these are amazing! Straight to the inspiration file… thanks so much for finding and posting them. I am going to be dreaming of those red chairs.

  10. Lea simply November 29, 2010 | 8:52 am

    Love these pics! Great blog!
    Lea simply

  11. Lea simply November 29, 2010 | 8:53 am

    Love these pics! Great blog!

  12. Anna Spiro November 29, 2010 | 10:49 am

    Oh, this is so lovely Heather!!


  13. jones November 29, 2010 | 1:34 pm

    I love the understated decorations, also. This home is already so beautifully rich and festive that it doesn’t require much to turn it into the perfect Holiday House. Beautiful–love the paintings and what the gold leafed frames bring to the rooms, in addition to the rich velvets and toiles. Mary

  14. Connie @ SogniESorrisi November 29, 2010 | 2:11 pm

    Gorgeous photo inspiration!

  15. Maureen Sullivan Stemberg, Interiors November 29, 2010 | 6:31 pm


    Simply delightful…Indeed, it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Bautiful photo’s and design. ~m

  16. kim c November 29, 2010 | 6:55 pm

    I remember this home in H&H magazine and also used it as an inspiration for holiday decorating. I have found that using live greens is so simple, beautiful and easy on the pocket book. Magnolia, cedar, boxwood, bare branches and large pincones are some of my favourites. You can mix in candles and a few gorgeous balls and it’s simply beautiful.

    Kim from Vancouver

  17. Kimberly Grigg November 29, 2010 | 7:22 pm

    Understated, yet fabulous! Can’t wait to see pictures of your home decorated…. hope you will post them when you are all finished!

  18. Inspiration November 29, 2010 | 7:34 pm

    I always visit your blog when I need some ideas and inspiration. Thanks for all your great posts!

  19. LiveLikeYou November 29, 2010 | 8:12 pm

    Finally something the gets me in the Christmas mood. Beautiful elegant images!

  20. Sherri Cassara November 30, 2010 | 12:59 am

    Ah… the red chair with the silver balls on it – LOVE! I’m inspired!

  21. deborah nicholson November 30, 2010 | 1:08 pm

    Heather, I know from experience that it takes a lot of discipline to blog daily. You succeed in creating an inspiring and beautiful moment for many each and every day. Thank you!