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Jacqui's Home for the Holidays

Festive Style with Jacqui Misener

Jacqui Misener has been a devoted Bradshaws customer over the years... Her love for our store and the special things we have here was instilled in her during shopping trips made with her mother since she was a young girl. After hearing Jacqui's special recollections of the items she bought or were gifted to her by her mother and how her son helps her with her annual Christmas decoration, we politely asked if we could be invited into her home so we could see her traditions in all their glory. We were welcomed into her home for some Christmas cheer and we left with the warmest feeling of hospitality and a renewed inspiration for entertaining. Take a look inside Jacqui and Mike's warm and inviting home featuring her favourite Bradshaws finds!

Ornament

Have you ever seen such a TREE! This tree is decorated with over 16 000 rainbow lights and over 350 ornaments, each with a special little story and memory to go along with it. As Jacqui says, her life is literally hanging on this tree. This tree is full of sweet memories ~ ornaments gifted to her from family, baby socks saved from both her son and daughter, and special ornaments from Bradshaws that she has carefully chosen over the years for her family.



This Fitz and Floyd Stag bowl was an item she spotted in our Bradshaws window display one year. She instantly fell in love with it and told her husband about it. When she returned home the following day there was a beautifully wrapped Bradshaws box under the tree that her husband encouraged her to open before their annual Christmas party. This Stag was inside (hello, Husband of the year) and still takes centre stage in their living room each and every Christmas season.



From the moment you walk into Jacqui's home, you feel like you are in a warm embrace of Christmas spirit and as you look around, it's not hard to see why. 



During the Christmas season Jacqui's dining room sideboard is transformed to a beautiful cocktail station, where she makes her signature 'Christmas Cocktail' and we can attest, this cocktail is perfect for this season's festive entertaining.

Jacqui's Christmas Cocktail
1/2 oz. Cointreau
1 oz Pomegranate Juice
Top with Prosecco
Garnish with dried cranberries and served in a Champagne flute

We were so inspired by her approach to using her favourite crystal glasses on a regular basis and not just keeping them for special occasions once or twice a year. Crystal glasses are special, but they aren't just for special moments, but rather they make ordinary moments more special.



We loved how Jacqui displayed her silver heirlooms beautifully in her kitchen. Jacqui has mastered making the old look contemporary by creating a style embedded with history, beauty and elegance. Repurposing old silver trays and a champagne bucket in unique and stylish ways proves that you don't have to leave these seemingly dated items in storage, but rather embrace their unique beauty and the stories these items have.



A big part of Jacqui's Christmas traditions is Christmas baking and year after year she uses some of her favourite Bradshaws pieces as serving ware for her baked goodies, like this glass cake stand and the festive Fitz and Floyd serving trays.

Fitz and Floyd Christmas

Jacqui's has been collecting  Fitz and Floyd Christmas for years. She fondly remembers the many times she and her mom would visit Bradshaws to see the newest Fitz and Floyd pieces of the season and pick our their favourites which Jacqui still brings out every Christmas. Her mother would get her to pick out three pieces so that the gift would remain a "surprise"!



Throughout her home Jacqui's has created little vignettes of beautifully styled items she holds dear. Her coffee table is styled with her favourite books and items from the past. An old chest of drawers has been repurposed as a bar station in the living room, and her inherited silver tea set is on display on a vintage tea cart. This sailors sextant was actually an item Jacqui scooped up at our  Bradshaws January Sale!



Experiencing Jacqui's home this time of year and hearing all her favourite traditions inspired us to remember to slow down and enjoy time spent with loved ones, create that festive spirit in our home, take a moment to remember the memories of our Christmas decorations, and enjoy the art of entertaining. Silver flatware, heirloom china and cut crystal aren't meant to be stored away, but rather used and enjoyed! We couldn't agree more!

Happy Holidays Jacqui and Mike and thank you for allowing us into your beautiful home!