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The Beauty of a Holiday Urn

The days have grown shorter; the air has a crisp cool sting to it and you can smell that snow will soon be on our doorstep. While out and about the other day, I also noticed that the Nursery’s, grocery stores & big box stores are getting out their Christmas greens. The last few weeks of November is the perfect time to bring the beauty of the season to your front door with a gorgeous holiday urn. This time of year is perfect because it is warm enough that you do not freeze your fingers off but cool enough to keep your greenery fresh.


The Basics

Starting with the basics of a good Holiday urn, you will need the following

  • A large sturdy outside urn
  • Potting soil
  • mixture of fresh greens

There are many shapes and styles of outdoor urns, the style that you choose will come down to the style of the home itself. There are traditional, rustic, modern urns in all shapes and sizes. The most important is that they should be sturdy and the opening big enough accommodate all the greenery.


For the greenery, I like to choose branches that vary in both texture and colour, this will add depth to the arrangement.  Below is a good guide on what to be looking for when purchasing your greens, one of my favourites NOT on this guide is boxwood so consider adding it to your list.

Urn Style

After you have purchased all of your basics, you will want to decide on a theme or style of your urn. There are so many that you can do it is sometimes hard to choose but again I think it will come down to the style and colouring of the exterior of your home. Here are a few examples of different styles that will get your creative juices flowing!

The Traditional Urn


For a traditional urn, reds and greens are always popular. Mixture of fresh greens, red branches, pinecones, red winter berries, reflective red and green balls and Christmas green ribbon will be a welcoming addition to the front of your home.


Urn designed by Michelle VandenBosch of Permanent Petals


The Natural Urn


Naturel urns are not all glitz and glamour. They stand alone on their pure beauty of nature. Choose your greens and try adding Birch branches along with twigs of your choice, rustic urn, use your old dried hydrangea from your garden and burlap ribbon. For the natural urn, instead of Christmas balls, print off  a page of a vintage Christmas song book, laminate it and set inside the foliage.


Urn Design from New House New Home New Life


The Modern Urn



Modern urns give you an opportunity to play with some fun punchy colours that do not traditionally read as Christmas. Here I have chosen a peacock theme using the hues of a peacock feather. Look for traditional greens, Birch branches, peacock feathers, Blue silk ribbon and flashy Christmas balls in shades of peacock blue and green.


Urn designed by Sonya Kinkade Design


The Glitzy Urn



Lastly, let’s have a look at the glitzy urn. This urn is all about the sparkle. Start by purchasing a silver urn or if you can’t find one consider spraying an urn with metallic spray for the same effect. Again add your selection of greens, natural curvy birch branches, large Mercury balls (Pottery Barn), vintage silver and gold style glass beads (Etsy) and beautiful black velvet ribbon. Purchase the tiny copper wired starry nights lights available at Restoration hardware. Tuck the little lights within the greens and wind up the birch branches. These lights are probably best for an urn that may have some coverage from a porch.


Urn decoration by Sonya Kinkade Design & Modecor




Starting your Urn

You will want to fill your urn with potting soil so that the branches stick in easily. When it starts to get very cold, the soil will freeze holding them in place. I always like to start with the greenery at the bottom that drapes easily over the pot, from there on I build it mixing all the different colours and textures of green. If you have branches that do not drape or give very well, you can use it at the back of the planter for height if going up against the wall. Half way through filling the urn I will add my birch branches, curly willow, whatever I am using for the centre and then again starting building around it. Once I have all the branches and greens placed, and if I am adding lights, I start tucking them inside all around for a glittering glow, just enough for sparkle. Lastly, I start attaching on any ornaments, ribbon, feathers or garland that I may be adding. If you are using the large mercury balls, keep some lower areas clear so you can tuck them in snugly.


Now, if you do not want to go to the trouble of sourcing, purchasing and creating your urn you can always opt for these beautiful versions from Restoration Hardware:)


Restoration Hardware



As you can see, the beauty of a Holiday Urn comes in every shape and style…..the fun is making that style your own. Now get outside and have fun. I would love to see your Holiday Urn, take a picture and email me at sonyakinkade@bellnet.ca and I will share it on the Sonya Kinkade Design Facebook page!


What a great round-up of ideas, Sonya. I love the twinkling glitzy urn! Thank you for featuring my natural burlap urn!


Holiday House Tour 2013

Well, its that time a year where we are thinking about decorating our homes for the Holidays so I thought I would share some inspiration photo’s with you! The following pictures show a home that Sonya Kinkade Design and Modecor decorated for the 2013 Holiday House Tour in Ottawa. We had such a fun time doing it and although asked we found we just couldn’t make it work this year, but there is always next year!

Enjoy the tour!

Sonya Kinkade & Maureen Coates


Photography : Charlene Burnside Photography 

Designers: Sonya Kinkade Design & Modecor




The Hudson

Following up on our last model featured “The Madison” designed by Sonya Kinkade Design and Modecor we welcome you to The Hudson. The Hudson starts us off on our journey through the Town homes.


At the very moment when we were brainstorming about themes for the Townhomes, I was planning my first trip to France with my husband. I posted a photo collage below on a blog post I wrote regarding the upcoming trip…..and from that moment on, the collage became my inspiration for this entire house.






What did we change?

  • For the floor plan of The Hudson, we decided on a larger island that would be counter height rather then a raised bar area as shown on the floor plan.
  • We also thought it would be fun to change up the designated area’s on the floor plan. We decided to divide the living room area into both the dining and living room and use the dining room area as a cozy sitting room beyond to the kitchen.



If you look above at my original inspiration collage, you can see that colouring through our finishes with the texture of the stone, the cream, greys and browns of the cheese and pastries. The flooring we chose was a beautiful wide planked red oak floor that has a feeling of old world to it. The cabinetry would combine a painted Latte and walnut very much in keeping with the mixing of finishes in a french home.


Waverly Tres Chic Panther Fabric

For the walls, we thought we would keep a soft and subtle cream colour throughout and use a lovely grey/purple for feature area’s that would remind us of the beautiful lavender fields of Florence. When it came down to the fabric, we started with one piece that I had found online. It was the perfect fabric to jump off of and plays a key roll in the design of The Hudson.




And from our Tres Chic fabric, a story board of fabric was born.



The lighting in this house was sooooo much fun to do and gave you a taste of Parisian style.




Welcome to The Hudson



Photography : Charlene Burnside Photography 

Designers: Sonya Kinkade Design & Modecor

Builder: Tamarack Homes 
















Itsy Bitsy Master Bath

We recently finished a client’s Kitchen renovation that has now led into renovating their Master Bath and Powder Room. Their Master Bath is teeny tiny at a measurement of only 8′ 2″ x 8′, and it housed a sink, toilet, bathtub, shower and a closet.
There is a jolt in the wall at the end of the bathtub that made it about 1′ 8″ shorter than the back of the shower wall.


Using the space from other rooms was not an option. By pushing the bathtub to the far left, and using the extra 1′ 8″ of space, I am able to slip the shower behind the foot of the tub. The shower will now be enlarged  to 5′ x 3′. My clients were not worried about the storage so I took the cupboard out that was beside the shower to gain open space. The entrance to the shower will now be at that foot with a door free opening. The glass on the left of the shower will run up the side of the tub to create an openness to the space. The free standing pedestal will be replaced by a 36 x 24 vanity with more counter space. This vanity will eat up more room but by losing the closet behind, we gain a bit more space behind. The open shelves will store their towels and basket with goodies and will appear smaller then a solid closed vanity would. Adding a recessed medicine cabinet will store away all their smaller items. I chose to use a 12 x 24 tile that will be both the main floor tile and  the shower wall tile. Using the same tile on both the main floor an shower wall will keep the room seamless, and in turn make it appear larger.

I have taken out the swing door and opted for a pocket door, this will help with the space issue.


The Master Bath Mood Board



Stay tuned for the final reveal to come on the SKD ABODE Blog!


The Madison


The Madison, the third single in our 7 part series on the Tamarack Model Homes at Poole Creek in Stittsville designed by Sonya Kinkade Design & Modecor. Click on the picture and it will take you over to Modecor where she will open the doors to Madison.

Modecor Blog



 The Dover


 The Oxford