Designing for the Holidays

Kim Ross from Redress Your Home

Meet Kim Ross from ReDress Your Home. She’s a great friend of ours and we were so excited when she decided to launch her own company! Kim has always had a passion for interior spaces and design. Creativity just naturally courses through her veins.

So one morning over some fabulous breakfast at Under the Highwheel, we got to talking. The holiday season is now upon us and I asked Kim what her design strategies are in making your home or office a festive space for family and friends.

Here’s the conversation…between sips of yummy coffee and Remedy Chai!

BNP: Where do you begin in dressing your space for the holidays?

ReDress: The first step to any decorating is to go through what you already have. Does it feed your soul? Do you still love it and use it?

First, purge and donate.

Now you have what you can work with. Next decide what your budget is. Can you add to what you have already?

If you don’t have a budget then use what you have by grouping and creating vignettes rather than spreading them across your whole space.

Great options for the budget conscious are Canadian Tire, and Bouclair.

BNP: How do you discover what your style is?

ReDress: Begin looking at ideas and inspiration. Visit Pinterest and search holiday decor. You will find so many amazing ideas. Also, flip through magazines and visit stores. You will begin to gravitate toward certain styles. The longer your eye rests on something, the more likely it speaks to you.

BNP: What are the trends you are seeing this year?

ReDress: I am so excited to report that teal and limes are trending right now. These colours can work well with purple and red. You will also see coloured and feathered trees making a come back! The de-constructed look is popular too: sculptural branches, whites, minimal decorations.


BNP: What are the essential elements for holiday decor?

ReDress: Really there is no rule. It’s what resonates with you. Perhaps it is a tree,  or maybe stockings. Start with the thing that pops into your mind when you think of Christmas.


BNP: When is the right time to start putting up holiday decorations?

ReDress: Some people will begin after Remembrance day, or the night before Christmas. It depends on your culture and tradition. I like to start on December 1.

BNP: How can ReDress help to style your home or office?

ReDress: Before we even begin, I ask the client to do a little bit of homework. Bring everything you want me to see. We will then go through each item and determine if you love it or not. Next we will discuss the direction based on what you love, recommendations, and budget.

Another option for ReDress is to come to your home to help you get ready for that night of entertaining. Sometimes people want help with creating that special holiday table.

Kim's Holiday Table

Top tips recount:

  • Edit your decorations first: purge + donate.
  • Start with what you love and add if you can or arrange in vignettes throughout your space to get the greatest impact.
  • 2013 trends: coloured and textured trees, whites, teal + lime, and deconstructed decor.
  • Consider your dinning table or entertaining area a place to dress for the holidays.
  • Get decorating with ideas from Pinterest and magazines or contact Kim at Redress.


For any occasion or holiday, drop Kim a line at ReDress and get styling! Follow her on Facebook, Tumblr, and Pinterest.

Happy Holidays!

Sam + Pam