WEST COAST DESIGNERS UNITE TO BRING US ANNUAL HOLIDAY
INSPIRATION AND RAISE FUNDS FOR CHARITY!
Kids Help Phone Homes for the Holidays is a two-day seasonal self-guided home tour and fundraiser that has become an annual tradition in Vancouver over the past 15 years. Professional interior designers team up with home décor retailers and florists to adorn four beautiful homes on the Vancouver Westside and three luxurious homes in West Vancouver — in styles ranging from contemporary, traditional to modern — with unique displays of holiday decorating that promise to inspire the festive spirit and help make your holiday season memorable. Guests have a chance to enjoy meeting with local designers and architects and mingling at the Jingle Bell Café (provided by Meinhardt Fine Foods). Local homeowners, designers, retail stores and countless volunteers generously give their time and
talent to make this event a huge success.
Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7 national service offering bilingual (English and French) professional counseling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people. Since 1989, Kids Help Phone has shown up for youth in distress. As an organization that speaks with young people every day, Kids Help Phone works to share their perspectives and improve their emotional health and well-being. Kids Help Phone is a registered Canadian charity and they raise a majority of their funds from individuals, foundations, corporations and community fundraising.
My girlfriends and I have kicked off the holiday season every year for over a decade by doing the tour and going for lunch. I have volunteered in houses and joined the organizing committee for the past two years. I had the privilege of designing a home for the 2018 tour and I will be doing another this year. This year’s house was built by a Vancouver architect for his young family almost 20 years ago and recently updated. It is a beautiful Craftsman style home on a hill overlooking the city. We are going to be bringing a classic Christmas to life with our “handmade with love” theme. Designers involved in this year’s tour include Knight | Varga Interiors (Trish Knight and Nicole Varga), Jamie Banfield Design, Gillian Segal Design, Kalu Interiors (Aleem Kassam and Phyllis Lui), Dexter Delores Interiors, Lindsay Eby Interiors and Myriam Freedman Designs.
2. Volunteer for a day in one of the houses and in return we will give you a ticket to tour the next day as well as a beautiful lunch by Meinharts.