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Elegant Holiday Decor in Living Colour

Elegant Holiday Decor in Living Colour

This Christmas I painted a holiday scene in my home with a brush dripped in vibrant colour!

There’s no better time of the year than the holiday season, to pull out all the stops and get bold with colour, glitz and glam! This Christmas is no exception! The inspiration for my final holiday décor in our family home might surprise you. I owe it to my husband Barry’s annual tradition. When he popped the lid off the tin of his favourite Christmas candy, Quality Street Chocolates, I was instantly committed to the happy, shiny colours of these iconic little morsels wrapped in shimmery foil and smelling divinely like every Christmas we’ve ever spent at home with our family and friends.

Taking my cue from every one of the brilliant candy wrappers in the tin, I set out to find Christmas balls, foil wrapping paper, ribbon, vases, glasses and tabletop accents I could find to create one of the most colourful and joyful holiday decors I’ve every done in my home. It was fun and easy to find everything I needed to give my cream and white décor a dramatic festive look that shimmered all season long.

Thank you Paul Chmielowiec for our gorgeous photos.


I started with the focal point in the room, the grand, open-flame log fireplace. Nothing is more opulent or magical than dining by a roaring fire on a chilly Christmas or New Year’s eve. To maximize the ambiance and enjoyment of the fireplace, I created an intimate seating area with two small-scale upholstered chairs and a tufted ottoman centred in front of the fire. A mirrored gold tray on the ottoman begins to tell the bold colour story with a bowl filled with the foil-wrapped candy, chartreuse, fucshia, bright blue, silver and gold balls and shimmery be-ribboned gifts.


On the mantel and the shelves flanking the fireplace, my new brilliant holiday colours start to emerge. Gold pots with fresh greenery, cobalt blue tea lights sparkle.


Central to the room, the eight-foot dining table with comfortable high-back upholstered chairs, is illuminated by a candlelight chandelier dripping with crystals. The centerpiece, a low, mirrored vase arranged with clouds of white hydrangea and green hypericum berries is the perfect complement to the brightly coloured decorations.


Tis the season to cheer! I have a pretty mini bar set up for my holiday guests on the long sideboard next to the dining table. Brilliant Christmas balls in a glass accent piece, a silver vase with pink carnations, more foil-wrapped chocolates in a crystal bowl all sparkle with soft decorative light.


Mimicking the sweet treats that inspired my holiday colour palette, the gifts wrapped in bold, glitzy foil papers add dramatic contrast and festive holiday colour to our all-white flocked Christmas tree.


Every surface gets a festive touch of colour and shimmer. A small mirror-topped chest shimmers with colour, glass, candlelight and bright pink carnations in a petite silver vase.




Elegant Holiday Decorating Ideas

Designer Jacqueline Glass of Jackie Glass Inc. shares a look inside her gorgeous home that’s outfitted for the holidays. See how she enhances the neutral space with colorful Christmas decor. Jacqueline transformed her dining area into a warm and inviting room for the holiday season. Inspired by a box of Quality Street Chocolates, the room radiates with metallics in rich jewel tones. Carnations are held in silver vases, gifts are garnished with tulle bows, and a white Christmas tree is dressed with ceramic ornaments. Festive pillows and textured throws are propped on neutral seating by the blazing fireplace, enhancing the cozy vibe of the entire room.

Updating a master bedroom

Ask the Expert: Jackie Glass helps a viewer with some ideas for updating the look for her master bedroom through paint colours and a few new accessories.

Home Office to Guest Bedroom

If you’re short on space in your home and you still want to entertain friends and family, Jackie Glass has some great tips to share with you by taking a regular den and turning it into a beautiful guest bedroom. Catch full episodes of the Marc & Mandy Show on Global Winnipeg and NTV every Saturday. Visit for show times and schedules.

6 Kitchen Must-Haves

6 Kitchen Must-Haves

We love the challenge of designing dream kitchens for our clients, especially those who have a passion for cooking and entertaining. Just as important as style, we know that the key to a successful kitchen design is function. From selecting high-performance appliances to choosing the most durable surfaces and finishes, investing in the best your budget can handle will make all your culinary dreams come true!

From selecting high-performance appliances to choosing the most durable surfaces and finishes, investing in the best your budget can handle, will guarantee a beautiful kitchen the will be used and enjoyed for years to come!

If you’re planning a new kitchen or just want to update and upgrade your existing kitchen, here are a few must-haves that I know will not only add function and style but will make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable and efficient!


Abbott Zinc-top eucalyptus Island from Pottery Barn is ideal for entertaining with features including cast-iron double towel bar and four towel hooks and bottle opener. This 50-inch wide by 28-inch deep by 36-inch high island can be tucked against the wall when not in use and rolled out on casters for easy mobility when and where needed.


A beautiful customized island fitted with Thermador’s gorgeous Professional Series 48-inch range offers everything a family’s chefs needs. Design your island with conveniently located drawers to keep everything at hand and top the island with a heat, stain and bacteria-resistant countertop such as quartz, granite or soapstone.


A round or rectangular extendable table offers the convenience of accommodating small or large gatherings. Keep in mind that a round table makes conversation easier and one with a pedestal base means diners don’t have to deal with table legs and can accommodate more chairs.


This artisan-crafted Biblio 3-step wooden ladder, available exclusively through is fashioned after a classic library ladder and makes it easy to access tall cabinets and shelves. It folds to a slim 3-1/2” profile for storage, and wheels make it easy to maneuver around the house.


The perfect small-space solution, this uber-functional, wall-mounted wood drying rack is a multi-tasking solution for any busy kitchen. It opens accordion-style to air-dry clothing and linens, then folds back, flush to the wall when not in use. Wooden pegs hang aprons, tea towels and other items.

Enjoy your kitchen!