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entertaining | hanukkah decor opposite Dreidels, the toy used to play a traditional betting game, come in a wide variety of colours and materials. The artistry of some pieces means they can become family heirlooms, like the silver filigree dreidels (top, centre) that Style at Home design editor Jessica Waks’s parents bought in Israel. Linen fabric, Designer Fabrics.


Jessica mixed stan­dard Hanukkah hall­marks with Christmas ornaments in the same colourway to enhance the cheery decor­ating scheme.

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Classic blues and rich metallics create a stunning decor scheme for the celebration of Hanukkah. December 2012

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“The beautiful palette of blues, golds and aquas in my parents’ home made a perfect backdrop for this Hanukkah celebration.”

As candles flicker and potato latkes sizzle, family and friends come together to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, the “festival of lights.” Com­memorating the miracle that saw a day’s worth of oil last for eight nights for the Maccabee tribe in Jerusalem when they were surrounded by enemy armies in the second cen­ tury BCE, this light-filled holiday has now become a time for joyous parties and informal family gatherings. The gorgeous blues and turquoise tones that appear in cool winter colour palettes are perfectly in line with a Hanukkah decorating scheme. Here, Style at Home design editor Jessica Waks adorns her family home to show off the many ways in which the holiday, which takes place in 2012 from December 8 to 16 (the dates change each year depending on the Jewish calendar), can be beautifully incorporated into the season.

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opposite A sophisticated table setting brings the dining room to life. Jessica used her family’s heirloom china as a jumping-off point, then added more touches of blue and metallic accents. DINING CHAIRS, Studio B; SCONCES, CHANDELIER, Residential Lighting Studio; RUNNER FABRIC, Designer Fabrics; wool RUG, W Studio.

right The lighting of the menorah takes place at sundown for the eight nights of Hanukkah. WRAPPING PAPER, satin RIBBONs, Waste Not Paper.

interior design, taylor hannah architect,

below, left Pretty Hanukkahthemed papers and bows wrap thoughtful presents used as take-home gifts for guests. A cheery paper chain with dreidel

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details brings a dose of festivity to even the smallest spots. Luna SCONCE, Donghia; CONSOLE TABLE, 507 Antiques.

below, centre Celebration and togetherness signal this holiday. Here, Jessica and her husband, David, along with her sister Ariel (right) toast the festival of lights. SOFAS, OTTOMANS, Taylor Hannah Architect; RUG, Elte.

below, right Jessica trans­ formed Christmas crackers with blue paper and a Star of David shape for more holiday spirit. STEMWARE, William Ashley China; RIBBON (on napkin), Mokuba; CHrISTMAS CRACKERS, Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore.

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left Baking for the holidays is half the fun of the season, however you celebrate. Jessica (left) and her mom make sugar cookies and decorate them every year, taking advantage of the time spent together. KITCHEN FABRICATION, Falcon Kitchens; PENDANT LIGHT, Studio B; NAPKINS, PLACEMATS, Serena & Lily.

below, left Cookie cutters come in all sorts of Hanukkah shapes, including the iconic dreidel and the Star of David. A particularly enticing recipe features a stainedglass style filling, while silver and gold dragées tie in to the gelt traditionally given to children during the festivities. Hanukkah CanapÉ PLATES, West Elm.

below, centre As with any festive occasion, a toast is in order. Jewish families say l’chaim” or “to life” as they clink glasses, celebrating the miracle that was and the joy of being with family.

below, right The pretty turquoise blue of these heirloom plates inspired Jessica’s holiday scheme. Jessica’s mother serves the traditional toppings of applesauce and sour cream for her homemade potato latkes, but other options, such as smoked salmon, can be fun as well. opposite Latkes aren’t Hanukkah’s only festive food – jelly doughnuts, or sufganiyot, take on the role of fried delicacy, too. Usually crafted with a red jam filling, inventive chefs have taken to trying out flavours like caramel and white chocolate in recent years. Murano glass MENORAH, Dana Jordan; Baker PENDANT LIGHT, Studio B; Brussels Linen drapery fabric in Celadon, Threadcount Textile & Design; Braquenié Le Grand Corail fabric edging, Primavera; drapery sewing, Studio La Beauté.

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CHAMPAGNE BUCKET, William Ashley China.

“The rich symbolism behind every Jewish culinary tradition, from latkes to sufganiyot, makes the holiday extra delicious.” jessica waks, design editor

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Style at home Dec'12 Hanukkah  
Style at home Dec'12 Hanukkah