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12 Trees of Christmas

Celebrate the joy of creativity at the Gardiner Museum’s 12 Trees of Christmas, one of the city’s best-loved holiday traditions. Since 1989, the ceramics museum has presented an annual exhibit of lavish Christmas trees, each designed by a different interior designer, decorator or artist. For 2015, the 12 Trees theme is the future: get ready for a fresh and festive take on the season’s most iconic symbol. ShareThis

Dee Dee Eustace

12 Trees of Christmas curator Dee Dee Eustace of Taylor Hannah Architect is one of the city’s most acclaimed architects and designers. In addition to her curating duties, Eustace designed the gorgeous 40-foot Christmas tree to display in front of the Gardiner Museum exterior. Renowned for her timelessly elegant style, Eustace graciously shared her holiday tips and inspiration.

Q: What one decorating element instantly conveys that magical holiday vibe?

A: I love fresh garlands running up the stairs especially in boxwood. Then add gold and silver glass ornaments.

Q: What residential street do you love to stroll for its beautiful decorating?

A: I love the Yorkville area and especially Hazelton Avenue with its row houses from the turn of the century.

Q: What retail strip do you consider a must-see for its incredible holiday displays?

A: The Yonge Street strip between Rosedale and Summerhill is so eclectic and varied.

Q: Where do you recommend shoppers go for the best holiday decorations in the city?

A: I love the store Putti on Yonge Street for beautiful, elegant ornaments.

Q: Finally, where do you go for a hot cocoa, after a busy day of holiday shopping or decorating?

A: 7 Grams on Avenue Road south of Davenport. The communal table is my favourite.

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