Christmas in colourPublished on November 7, 2012

  • Photo by: Mark Holleron

  • Influences from world travels in the front hall, with artwork by Quebec artist Renee DuRocher, inspired by the artist's trips to Moscow. The furnishings are from Asia.

  • The recently renovated kitchen incorporates space for display and balances colour beautifully, with soft grey cabinets combined with wood, stone and glass by Astro and Urban Quarry. 

  • Colour comes alive in 12-year-old Neve's bedroom

  • Colour comes alive in 12-year-old Lane's bedroom

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Homes for the Holidays house tour, in support of the Hospice at May Court. It is an event that brings together some of the city's most spectacular homes and biggest talents in holiday décor. 

While most couples with five children under their roof would balk at turning their home over to a weekend-long tour, Les and Meredithe Rechan have offered up their welcoming residence to support the cause.

A new build in an old neighbourhood, the Rechan's Glebe Avenue home is decorated with such flair and style that it promises to be a standout on the tour. With décor that is a direct reflection of the homeowners' eclectic background, Montreal-based designer Gail Rodgers was able to combine furnishings collected from a well-travelled life, and bring them together, with stunning effects. Meanwhile, Pierre Sirois of Sirois & Sons was the general contractor for the home when it was built in 2004, and he was masterful at creating new construction that fits beautifully into the established neighbourhood. 

The three-storey home incorporates Meredithe's passion for colour, stemming from her Australian roots. 

"I am drawn to tropical colours - tangerines, oranges, greens, purples etc.  I grew up on the coast in Australia in a tropical beach community surrounded by banana plantations, oceans and tropical plants," she explains. 

The influence of colour is further reflected in each of the five children's bedrooms, with colour psychology playing a role. Twelve-year-old Lane's room combines pink and orange to reflect a strong personality within a feminine spirit, while her twin sister Neve's room, done in greens and blues, suits her fresh, fun-loving and whimsical personality.

Designers from Tivoli Florist are responsible for creating the holiday look at the Rechan home. Under the direction of owner Michael Corbeil, decorations will play up all elements that inspired the designers - the colourful artwork and vibrant vibe coming from the worldly décor that showcases Asian influences. Much thought goes into the process behind the decorating for a home tour that welcomes more than 2,000 visitors. 

"We find out as much as possible about the homeowners and how they live to help us to decide how to decorate it," says Michael. 


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