Designer Spaces Holidays & Entertaining

Christmas at the Manor

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Welcome to Christmas at the Manor! This heritage home, called the Cameron Home, is nestled in the tree tops with ocean views just outside of Vancouver. Built in 1916, this estate home has been crafted into a stunning family home full of charm and heritage.

When thinking of Christmas, I am sure we are all pulled back to our childhood Christmas memories. When we teamed up with Homes for the Holidays Vancouver in support of Kid’s Help Phone, we wanted to pay a nod to all those loving childhood memories that every child deserves to have.

Text by Designer Jamie Banfield, As Seen on the Cover of our 2020 Home for the Holidays Special Edition!


This formal living room is a moody space with deep royal blue sea grass walls that lend perfectly to green and gold accents and pops of textures.

We took three artificial wreaths and tied these together above the fireplace. We added ferns, twigs, gold painted décor to create a stunning piece that would reflect off the mirror fireplace wall. This organic piece added depth and charm to the space.

We used a metal basket in place of a tree stand to add charm and texture. We kept the ornaments simple, layering golds, tarnished metals and textured glass balls all in the same monochromatic tone. We layered in gold painted branches, ferns and real greenery that you might find in ones dining room centerpiece. This added an old world charm with a modern, sophisticated twist.

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On the piano, we stacked three wreaths on top of each other and filled a glass bowl with balls to create a feature. This is a simple way to repurpose ornaments and items from around your home.

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With a large open-concept rec room, we wanted to create a fun feature. We layered a few different tree types and sizes and pulled them all together with the simplistic grouping of exterior bulb lighting around the trees and a traditional Christmas train running around the base. With multiple sitting areas and spaces to gather, we kept the décor very clean and relaxed by draping ferns around a table centerpiece of oversized ornaments from the Hudson’s Bay company.

Playing off the traditional furniture, area rug and light fixture, we wanted to add modern charm to the space with unique and organic touches.

Draping ferns, tree trimmings and greens over the existing light fixture created a focal point with height. This replaces the need for a large center piece and gives everyone at the table ample space to have amazing conversation all around the table. We layered white, green and gold ornaments along the table to add depth and organic warmth to the space.

christmas table

Mixing Grandma’s china with modern pieces and adding a simple touch to the napkin added a relaxed yet traditional feel to the space. One simple way to create a unique plate setting is to hand write a name card and tuck it in the napkin for a personal touch. Add some tree trimmings and an antique found key for stylish texture.

Yes, we did! We added a Christmas tree to the son’s bedroom and played off the heritage and masculine feel of the traditional Hudson Bay color scheme. Adding a playful spin to the space, we carried the burlap theme through, mixing in chrome and shades of blue. A fun find was the addition of a sun bleached driftwood tree created by a local artist.

Space designed for the 2019 Home for The Holidays Vancouver tour in support of Kids Help Phone.

Holiday Styling by Jamie Banfield Design.; Photography, Janis Nicolay Photography,; Holiday Décor Partner, Hudson’s Bay,; Florist, West Van Florist,

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