Holiday Styling at The Residences at Ridgeway

Hello ~ I hope you all are doing fabulous. It’s been a while since I’ve written, but I thought that this latest opportunity was a great reason to share what I’ve been up to. Recently, I was asked by the lovely people at Anthem to help style a display home at their newest project, The Residences at Ridgeway, for the holidays.

It’s been really exciting that since I’ve started photographing homes, food and lifestyle campaigns, lately I’m being more and more recognized for my styling. I’m a firm believer that if you truly enjoy what you’re doing, it will show in your work. And for this project, I got to do the two things I love – photography and styling.


The Residences at Ridgeway is a project of nine single family homes in North Vancouver, and after taking a tour, I knew that I wanted to embrace Scandinavian style and “Hygge” – a Danish word for the cozy feeling you get when you enjoy the simple things in life.


Our first step – greenery! Cindy Mast of STOOPS Design helped us out with tasteful touches of nature throughout the home. We wanted to choose greenery that would last for the whole holiday season, so we used lots of eucalyptus, branches and evergreens throughout the inside and outside of the home. And my favourite part, a minimalist Christmas tree in the living room that would make Charlie Brown proud. When it came to decorating the tree, I kept it simple, a few small red baubles for a pop of colour! To finish off the tree we placed the stump in a simple woven basked and placed it atop of a cozy faux fur throw.


One of my projects that I wanted to share was on the coffee table. Beside a vase full of holly leaves and red berries, we placed a small bowl of black and white photos from past family Christmases. The holidays are about spending time with family and friends and what a perfect

way to share photos for people to sift through and perhaps reminisce of what the holidays looked like way back when.


We saw the family room as a place where the kids could have their own Christmas tree to decorate – a slightly smaller tree than the one in the living room. To create a whimsical, kid-friendly space we found beaded, string garland and adorable felt mice, known as “Woodland Creatures,” from The Cross Décor + Design. For a fun, crafty project we created an oversized ball of yarn and placed it on the book shelf. It was made from a large Styrofoam ball which I wrapped thick yarn around!

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My favourite part of a home is always the kitchen, and the big island and high-end kitchen appliances at The Residences at Ridgeway were the perfect backdrop for my “lived-in” look. I placed an oversized bunch of eucalyptus on one side of the double sink, and on the counter, I placed a pair of vintage style clippers and some sprigs of greenery. Making it look as if someone was in the middle of creating a holiday wreath – which is super easy I may add. All you need is a simple gold hoop, fresh greenery and a wire. You can even forage for the greenery in your own back yard.

It truly was an honour to work on this project. It means the world to me to have been recognized for my styling and photography. A huge thank you to the folks at Anthem for bringing me onto such an amazing project. I do hope that everyone enjoys it as much as I did styling and photographing it.

You can see all my holiday styling in person at The Residences at Ridgeway. The display home is open the next two weekends from 12-4pm. Located at 436 East 5th Street, North Vancouver.

Happy Holidays everyone.

xo Tracey.

A special shout out to those who helped me with this project:

  • Stephanie Chan (@thepauhaus on Instagram) who helped with sourcing decorations and crafting my “lived-in” designs

  • Cindy Mast of STOOPS Designs @stoopsdesign who helped with all of our many greenery needs

  • Jenelle Cumiskey of Mulder and Company @mulder_and_company who created the gorgeous oversized merino wool throw in the living room and the adorable wool wreath in our kids area

  • My dog Frankie, who tested out the mudroom/puppy area for us and ensured it was dog approved!

And if you want to know where we got all our great decorations from check out The Cross Décor + Design, HomeSense, Michaels and Chapters Indigo!

Late Summer's Harvest: T A B L E T O P




Late Summer's Harvest

T A B L E  T O P

A Photography and Floral Styling Workshop

August 28th

Tracey Ayton Photography + Floralista Flower Studio + The New Domestic

Invite you to attend...

Late Summer's Harvest

T A B L E  T O P

Photography and Floral Styling Workshop.

Spend a summers day with Alice de Crom, Principle Designer and owner of Floralista Flower Studio, and Tracey Ayton, published natural light Interior Design and Lifestyle Photographer, at a gorgeous West Coast Beach house location near Vancouver, BC. Get Inspired with like minded photographers and creatives in this hands-on photography, floral design, and styling workshop.

Floralista revels in creating arrangements which conjure the sense of spontaneity and romance found in the garden. Alice's signature designs are layered and textured, using unique botanicals and favouring locally grown flowers and foliages for their seasonal beauty. Foraged fruit branches and herbs will be featured in this summer masterpiece. Each student will create their own garden inspired floral centrepiece in a beautiful footed bowl, under the direction of Alice.

Tracey Ayton will share her extensive photography knowledge, approach, and creative eye to each student as they style and shoot their own vignette of food and florals. She will discuss her favourite editing tools, source list, and what goes into her signature light and airy Instagram photos. Tracey will also lend insight on why having a strong styling background is so important to have as a successful photographer, and the opportunities it has brought her.

Throughout the day, Nerissa Goco, designer, maker, and owner of The New Domestic will be treating us all to a delicious spread of food and beverages and how she puts her unique touch on a table scape.

As an exercise in professional development and creative expressions, we would love for you to join us in this fun and inspiring day, where our intent as leading artists is to push your creative limits, experiment with new mediums of design, and to leave you feeling excited and innovative.

At the end of the day, each student will take home their beautiful floral arrangement, gorgeous imagery for their portfolios, and a swag bag filed with goodies from our generous sponsors.

Please bring your camera, your appetite, and an open mind.
We've got the rest covered!

Registration opens July 7th
Investment: $495.00 + gst
Sunday August 28th from 10am-5pm

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us:

*Limited number of seats available.
*No floral design or styling experience needed, however students must have a good foundation and knowledge of photography, as focus will be on composition and lighting.
*Upon registration, detailed itinerary of the day will be sent out to each attendee.

Reserve your seat here.

You ask what I've been up to ........

Well ..... I'm busy balancing work and life.  I can tell you for sure that work has been busy but I also want to mention that I've finally learned how to make the time for family, friends and fun.   Often in my career, I've had to work on weekends and most times, I've spent an entire weekend shooting and or editing.  Recently, I've learned how to "let go" of work on weekends and put it aside until Monday.  (THIS IS BIG FOR ME)  Nothing bugs me more than having work on my mind and work to get done.  Very recently, I have been able to conquer this challenge and it is so liberating!

So in the mean time, people ask, "What have you been working on?"  ..... Certainly not my blog as it's been one of those aspects of my work that I've had to let go because I made time to be somewhere else besides sitting in front of the computer.  Today however, it felt right to make time for an entry between editing shoots.  Perhaps my blog will be a little more sporadic but just know that I'm not going anywhere.  Most times you can see what I've been up to on a daily basis through a wonderful thing called Instagram.  I post at least once a day and find it gives me a quick and easy way to show my followers what I'm doing.  You can follow me HERE  As a creative person, I've learned how to accept that sometimes creativity doesn't always come right away and realizing this is so important ...... and then when you least expect it, it comes rushing back.   The fact that I've taken time to have fun and welcomed some relaxation ........ the creativity and energy has been tremendous...... and I am thankful.

In the last week, I've had really cool and exciting projects with some of the best clients I could ever ask for.  I've included some frames from each shoot I've done within the last week or so to give you a peek into ..... what I've been up to.

Lori Steeves from Simply Home Decorating has an impeccable eye for detail and the devotion she shares for design is truly her passion.

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Having the opportunity of working with the very talented artist Dana Mooney was amazing!  I want to own several of her paintings ..... hopefully one day soon I will.

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Jamie Deck  is truly one of a kind ...... not only is she the sweetest person but super talented!



Working with Ellen Walde from le fil rouge is as pretty as it gets when working with linen and alpaca.  (My favourite textile :-)



Shooting incredible vignettes with Deborah and Nour from Flock Interiors ..... well let's just say that shooting vignettes is one of my favourite things I do and these ladies have the goods to do it!

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When Michelle Gemmill the very talented stylist of Kits Construction had asked me to shoot her home, I swooned the minute I walked through the door ...

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Lastly, working with Karla Amadatsu of Karla Amadatsu Design is a true honour ....

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