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Christmas decor: IODE Tour set for Nov. 12



This year’s tour and the Holly & Ivy Tea and Bake Sale, will take place Sunday, Nov. 12 from 11 am to 5 pm. For more details, check out the IODE City of Lakes Facebook page.


Blue can be a Christmas colour.

We decorate to celebrate special occasions and, for most people, the holiday season is the most special of all.

Traditionalists will insist on red and green decorations but these colours can look tired and garish after a few weeks. People who want to keep their festive look a little longer are selecting a fresh winter palette of whites, silvers, blues and greens.

Lynn and Ryan Vis, owners of Vision Design and Development, love Christmas. So does their daughter Lily who is almost three. Decorations go up at the end of November and come down in late January.

Everything is merry, minimalist, modern and bright in their spacious three-storey home in Val Caron, which was designed by Ryan, an architectural technologist.

The family are expecting 20 guests for Christmas Eve dinner this year and they entertain their friends before the holiday rush.

In 2015 the Vis family opened their doors for the IODE Holly and Ivy tour. Lynn worked with decorator Terry Vendetti and Fleurs Magique to create a welcoming environment.

One of the “wow” elements last year at the Vis home was the mannequin Christmas tree. The mannequin has replaced the upside-down tree as the latest whimsy. There are hundreds of ideas for decorating/dressing a dress form or mannequin with a jewelled top and evergreen shirt on Pinterest.

Lynn’s favourite stores include Bouclair where one can find both traditional and non-traditional holiday decor items such as feather trees in white, black, or fuchsia.

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