When asked what she loves best about her 1920s Tudor home in Vancouver’s Shaughnessy neighbourhood, designer Nancy Riesco laughs and answers, “Space. I grew up with six people in a 700- square-foot home.” Her house is anything but cold and cavernous, though. The vibrant personality of this family of four is visible everywhere. “There’s nothing I dislike more than a show home. Our place is full of interesting objects and eye-catching colours. It’s a higgledypiggledy approach to decorating that comes from the heart.” Indeed, ancestral portraits are easily mixed with hand-painted silk chandeliers and minimalist Japanese chairs, while antique rugs anchor Italian glass coffee tables. The approach to festive decorating is just as eclectic: Come Christmas, the family unpacks longcollected and hand-made ornaments and hangs them on white branches, a towering green tree and the Charlie Brown–tinsel tree. It’s anything but traditional, but the end result couldn’t be more welcoming.