It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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The 2011 Homes For The Holidays tour offered opportunity for Ottawa's most revered florists and designers to express their creative talent. Six generous homeowners opened their doors on Nov. 4, 5 and 6 to a tour that sells out to a crowd of 2,500 each year, all in support of the Hospice at May Court.

Colonel By decorated by Srim’s Florist. (Photo by Mark Holleron)

Scrim's Florist left the wow appeal to nature itself in the Colonel By Drive home that was decorated to embrace the beauty of winter. The banister called to the warmth of the season in the front hall, decorated with mittens and snowshoes. The home was bathed in the beauty of blooms and even showed off a floral menorah.

The Fresh Flower & Gift Basket Company stayed true to the sophisticated elegance of a stone home on Echo Drive. The dining table, set with fine china and Waterford crystal, was ready to host a traditional Christmas dinner. Gold, glass, red and white were splashed throughout the home.

Candies and bobbles played supporting roles. Garlands were grand and the tree itself was an elegant showpiece. The experts at Mill Street Florist cleverly tailored each decoration to the exact style and dimension of the sleek and sophisticated James Street town home.

The holiday decorations were magnificent, unique and beautifully appointed with just the right amount of everything. The clever Manotick florist found the perfect blossoms to blend in with the architecture and décor of the distinctive home.

The Tudor-style home on North River Rd greeted visitors with traditional door décor, but then the unexpected happened and whimsical arrangements took over. Stone Blossom Floral Company had help from natural elements. The home took an ethereal shift and even displayed a statue of a Mother Nature-like figure.

Arrangements that combined moss, wood, pinecones and orchids created eye-catching displays throughout the kitchen and dining area. The effect is stunning.

Grand is an understatement for the work that Bloomfields Flowers put into the residence of the Irish ambassador, Ray Bassett. From the majestic decorations at the front door, through to the foyer and throughout the main floor the festive flair was tastefully executed. The magnificent dining table displayed multi-level vases filled with orchids and branches, creating stunning centerpieces that complimented the room décor with stylish grace.

Woodland branches, berries and birds fit in beautifully in the home, with breathtaking views of the magnificent Rockcliffe Park property on Park Road.

Tivoli Florist had the task of turning the Coltrin Road residence of the German ambassador, Georg Witschel, into a holiday home. This was done both inside and out. Visitors were greeted immediately with a festive display of greens and rustic merriment up the front steps and into the home.

The interior décor leaned more to classic Christmas with gold and silver decorations on the living room Christmas tree, while the dining room added hits of blue to the well-dressed tree. Out on the patio, the dining table showed off such a warm and welcome display, dreams of a green Christmas surfaced.

Catch a glimpse of the Christmas magic in this slideshow.

Organizations: Fresh Flower Gift Basket Company, Blossom Floral Company

Geographic location: Mill Street, James Street, N. River Rd Rockcliffe Park Coltrin Road

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