On Saturday I attended the annual Christmas Design Workshop at the Ethan Allen store in Burlington, Ontario.
It seems that the traditions of the Christmas season are now kicked into gear after seeing the creative designs that were put together by the Ethan Allen design team. The caliber of the designs and the soft quality of the lighting in the store made photography child's play.
I'm proud to say that my brother Benn is one of the designers and his theme was retro, even down to the Fisher Price toys that for a moment I thought he may have kept from when we were young!
His rooms were done in greens with a touch of blue thrown in here and there...it was stunning and he won the attendees' vote for best design.
I thought that the designs this year were for the most part, quite traditional. One of the designs was a little out of the box, very elegant and suitable to keep past Christmas and into the New Year.
This room was accented in purple and the result was quite beautiful. The use of boas and feathers softened the room design.
The nautical themed room was another one of the designs that were a little outside the box. Melissa found some beautiful starfish and seahorse glass ornaments.
The traditional reds and greens of Christmas made their appearance in the designs as well.
If you are looking for glittery, elegant décor for the holidays the red and black design was perfect. Black was a beautiful accent along with the silvery and red pieces on the table and buffet.
...and we also had rustic, Scottish design. Burlap, and other more natural materials were used and the design was capped off with some lovely 'tablet' made by the designer. Tablet is fudge as we know it and it was delicious.
We finished off the morning with coffee, cider and sweet treats. We also teamed up to make tinsel Christmas trees as demonstrated by Vincent.