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Gardiner Museum

12 Trees Designers

12 Trees Designers

 


 

The 12 Trees of Christmas will be on view at the Gardiner Museum from November 17 to December 9, 2012.

BUY TICKETS TO THE 12 TREES GALA PARTY ON NOVEMBER 15

       
   

TREACLE TARTS & PLUM PUDDING:
A HAPPY BRITISH CHRISTMAS
Arren Williams, The Bay


BIOGRAPHY

Arren Williams is the Creative Director, Home Fashions at The Bay, as well as a leading stylist, editor and trends reporter. Longtime guest expert on Citytv’s CityLine, Arren has also appeared on HGTV and ABC News. His design work has regularly appeared in top Canadian print outlets such as Style at Home, National Post, Flare, Chatelaine and Canadian House & Home. Portmeirion collections selected by Arren for the tree are available exclusively at The Bay across Canada and thebay.com.

       
   

FELIZ NAVIDAD! GREETINGS FROM MEXICO!
Christine Ecclestone-McCurry
416.929.4854


BIOGRAPHY

Christine Ecclestone-McCurry is a graduate of The International Academy of Design and Technology Toronto.  Her creativity draws from a background in art, sales and antiques.  Enjoying the challenge of blending modern trends and lifestyles with her love of architecture, history, travel and colour gives her designs balance and a unique edge.  The main goal is harmony and proportion, creating an atmosphere that it is wholly the client’s own for their home. 

This is Christine’s fifth year with the Gardiner Museum Twelve Trees and is honoured to be a part of this worthy and creative event.  Twelve Trees now kicks off her own family holiday season tradition.

 

       
   

THE BEST EXOTIC MERRY CHRISTMAS TREE
Cobi Ladner, Cobistyle
info@cobistyle.com


BIOGRAPHY

Cobi Ladner, past editor of Canadian House & Home magazine, is one of the country’s leading design and decorating authorities.  After an enormously successful tenure at H&H, Cobi has now developed her own brand concept in the home and lifestyle arena called none other than cobistyle.  Cobi's unique and spirited point of view can be seen in her product line which includes everything from drapery to furniture to accessories.  Newly launched in 2011, it is enjoying great success in stores across Canada and in many US states.  Visit www.cobistyle.com to learn more.

 

       
   

IT’S A TOY WORLD AFTER ALL
Del Weale, Del Weale Interior Design and Suzanne Davison, Suzanne Davison Interior Design Inc.
416.964.2942, 416.481.5254


BIOGRAPHY

Great interior design fundamentally addresses one‘s tastes and needs by creating esthetically pleasing and practicable spaces. For over 25 years Del Weale Interior Design has created some of the most beautiful living and working environments that are as unique as its clients. Live your dream; contact delwealeinteriordesign.com. Del has been involved with the Gardiner Museum decorating trees for over 20 years.

Suzanne‘s style is best described as comfortable, timeless and classic; a formula that results in a casual elegance that stands the test of time. She is proud to have participated in The Twelve Trees of Christmas

for more than 20 years. To see more of Suzanne‘s work, visit her web page; www.suzannedavison.com

 

       
   

TREE OF WONDERMENT
Bert Browne, Earthwork Floral Design
www.earthwork.ca


BIOGRAPHY

Born and raised on the tropical island of Trinidad at the foot of the Caribbean, Bert comes naturally to the world of floral design. After coming to Canada and graduating from art school, he trained at the famed Toronto floral studio, Sissinghurst, under the formidably talented Richard Hayter whose creativity, generosity of spirit and deep love of flowers and design were a source of daily inspiration.

Indeed the guiding spirit of Richard, who passed away in 1995, continues to inspire and influence Bert.

Launched by Bert Browne in 1999 Earthwork Floral Design began to make an immediate impression with its sound grasp of technique and refined contemporary design sensibility. Earthwork’s reputation for customer care and innovative design has been the cornerstone of its success.

 

       
   

A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN SWEDEN (ETT BARNS JUL I SVERIGE)
Julia West and Isabella Dabrowiecki, Julia West Home
416.324.7500


BIOGRAPHY

Well, for starters, we design, create and select materials and products that will create comfort, delight your eye and heart and resonate with you, approaching every project, small or large, with enthusiasm and close attention to detail. A broad knowledge of decorative arts aids inventive design solutions for today.

Dreaming and problem solving to achieve those goals for every room in your home, garden or at your workspace are central to our approach. Curiousity; about uses and properties of materials are important. So too the scouring and snooping for textiles, furniture, lightingand other elements needed to address your goals. Then the fun begins; we manipulate our findings, share them with you and listen to your thoughts and dreams. Our goal is to ensure the combination of grace, comfort and usefulness that you have asked for, to satisfy your needs and fulfill your dreams.

 

       
   

AUSSIE CHRISTMAS BUSH
Michelle Mawby, Lucid Interior Design Inc.
416.922.5448
www.lucidinteriordesign.com


BIOGRAPHY

Michelle Mawby is the driving force behind Lucid Interior Design creating environments that reflect the lifestyle, personality and expectations of her clients.  Michelle’s trademark ingenuity landed her a lead role on Discovery Channel’s Junk Raiders as well as several guest appearances on daytime television. Currently, Michelle is the resident design expert on the much anticipated Marilyn Denis Show on CTV. As a regular featured designer in print and popular blogger, Michelle takes her clients and followers to stylish hot spots, sharing her insider designer secrets and creating some of the most spectacular homes in the city. Having previously lived and practiced in Amsterdam, London, California and Canada’s West Coast before making Toronto her home, Michelle draws on her extensive travels and continuing studies in design, history and architecture to craft highly personalized spaces with functionality in mind, ensuring livable elegance down to the smallest detail.

 

       
   

FILIPINO PAROL COOKIE CHRISTMAS
Samantha Pynn, Samantha Pynn Inc.


BIOGRAPHY

Samantha Pynn is a decorator, stylist, and the host and principal designer of Summer Home on HGTV Canada She's also the Contributing Design Editor for Chatelaine magazine and a columnist for the National Post.

 

       
   

CANADA
Robert King, Karen King and Jasmine King-Niit, Norma King Design Inc.
416.862.9180


BIOGRAPHY

Norma King Design has been an international award-winning firm that has been in business for over 30 years. Principals Robert King, Karen King and their team specialize in Marketing/Sales Centres and Models for developers of luxury rental apartments, estate homes and condominium complexes. Their work is mainly concentrated in Toronto and New York City.

 

       
   

HOLLAND: "GOING DUTCH"
Hilary Farr, Hilary Farr Design


BIOGRAPHY

Hilary Farr is the co-star of the long-running hit show “ Love It Or List It ” airing on Canada's W Network,  and on HGTV US in The United States and is a sought after speaker for home shows, design, renovation and real estate trade events.

Hilary honed her talent and her skills with properties in, London, England, California, New York and Toronto. She continues to build and design homes in Toronto where she herself owns properties. "I love making houses into homes, watching families embrace their new lives, and knowing that I contributed to their happiness. My clients are from both sides of the border, some of whom have been with me from the day they were married to their fourth home and now their fourth child!"

Above all, Hilary prides herself on being a function first, practical designer and listening to and relating to the personalities of her clients. Drama, glamour and functionality are Hilary Farr's trademarks.

Hilary lives in downtown Toronto with three cats, and her beloved dog, Mimi.

 

       
   

CHRISTMAS IN CRACOW: PRESENTS FROM THE "POLE"
Robert Tanz, Robert Tanz Interior Design
416.508.8757


BIOGRAPHY

Robert Tanz studied architecture at the University of Toronto and fashion design in Milan, Italy, where he worked for several years as a designer for Gianni Versace. Combining these two disciplines, he founded his interior design business in Toronto12 years ago. Specializing in residential projects, Tanz brings his sophisticated sensibility to every undertaking.

 

       
   

CHRISTMAS PAST IN THE BRITISH ISLES
Susan Taylor, Susan Taylor Interior Design and Katherine Burk, Katherine Burke Design
In collaboration with Artist, Robin Muller
416.483.9800


BIOGRAPHY

Susan is sole proprietor of Susan Taylor Interior Design.  With over 24 years of experience and as a member of ARIDO, she specializes in the design, renovation and restoration of fine residential properties.

Susan’s clients find that her designs enhance not only the interiors of their homes but also enrich their lives.  By understanding the client’s lifestyle, dreams and requirements as well as the building itself, she brings all the elements together to create a comfortable, relaxing and rejuvenating environment.  It’s a design philosophy that has earned her repeat clients and glowing referrals.  Her work can be found in Canada, United States, the Bahamas and Japan.

Katherine Burke, a member of ARIDO, is principal of Katherine Burke Interior Design, a consulting firm established in 1979 to design residential and corporate interiors with a specialty in the public spaces of condominiums. She has worked personally with boards of over 40 condominiums to revitalize their properties with design solutions unique to each.

Robin Muller is a celebrated artist and storyteller whose rich stories and luminous illustrations have won many awards, including the Governor General’s Award for The Magic Paintbrush. He has joined Susan and Katherine this year to design and paint the wooden base.

 

       
   

CHINA: "THE YEAR OF THE TREE"
Ralph Neal and Jonathon Neal,
Upper Canada House Ltd.
416.489.9110


BIOGRAPHY

Ralph Neal and Jonathon Neal of Upper Canada House Ltd. are pleased to be involved in our 22nd Twelve Trees of Christmas.For 45 years, Upper Canada House has been providing residential interior solutions with care to fulfill our client‘s aspirations. We are proud of our involvement with the Twelve Trees as well as our numerous contributions to the Junior League of Toronto‘s show houses.

 

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