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Vicki Gilhula November 10, 2016 Holiday No Comments on Joyeux Noel


A palette of rust, persimmon, gold and cream creative a festive atmosphere for French-Canadian couple.

The Fourniers have a large, spacious home with an 80-inch TV but during the holidays the family spends most of their time together chatting around the dining room table or relaxing in the cozy “old world” living room around the fireplace.
The home sits on a tiny bay that opens to Lake Nepahwin. Paris St. is only minutes away but this pocket of city wilderness feels hours away from city life.
“We will have about 20 people for Christmas dinner,” says Suzanne, the mother of three daughters and grandmother of five.
She and her husband, Paul, are francophones and originally from Timmins. The dinner menu will have traditional turkey and the trimmings as well as a few French-Canadian favourites such as tourtiere and tarte du sucre (sugar pie).
Another family favourite is festive cheesy carrot ring. “It’s not Thanksgiving or Christmas without it,” says Suzanne.
The Fourniers purchased their home about 12 years ago. Paul liked it but Suzanne, an interior decorator who later supervised renovations, was not so sure.
“Paul said he would buy me the giraffe if I said yes to the house,” explains Suzanne. That’s the story behind the large giraffe that rests in front of the fireplace. Her name is Jameela, an Arabic name meaning beautiful, graceful and lovely.
“I have always liked giraffes because they are elegant and walk with confidence,” says Suzanne, who over the years has built an impressive miniature menagerie.
The Fournier home was featured on the 2014 IODE Holly and Ivy Tour. (This year, the tour will be held Sunday, Nov. 8).
Suzanne used a mesmeric palette of rust, persimmon, gold and cream to creative a festive atmosphere. This non-traditional holiday colour scheme was inspired by the gold and burnt sienna colours in her Wedgewood china’s Paris pattern. Beautiful gold-plated flatware complemented the exquisite table.
Cream is Suzanne’s favourite colour and she has used it in much of the home’s décor. Her luxurious creme French provinical kitchen, which she designed, is as beautiful as it is efficient.
She commissioned Ellero Monuments to reproduce on granite the hands of God and man from a print of Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam, and installed it as a decorative “backsplash” over the kitchen stove.
The decorator sources as much as she can from local suppliers and stores such as Spencer Furniture. She has found them very accommodating to her ideas for custom-made furniture and home accessories.
Decorating starts early at the Fournier home. When she was a child, Suzanne’s youngest daughter loved to get the holiday music and decorations out at the beginning of November. The tradition continues.


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