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A glamorous high-rise apartment with festive cheer

A newly renovated city high-rise makes a glamorous setting for a family gathering this festive season

Who lives here? Marian Tolich (real estate auctioneer).

Marian, how do you spend Christmas day? We usually attend mass on Christmas Eve and have a fairly relaxed Christmas Day. My three children and their families have lunch with their in-laws before we get together in the evening.

What’s on the menu on Christmas day? Our standard fare for Christmas Day dinner is roast turkey, which my sister prepares every year, a glazed hot ham, hot roast vegetables and greens, followed by traditional pavlova, strawberries and cream. The younger generation of cooks are more adventurous with their dessert offerings. Occasionally we vary the meal with a barbecue or something lighter, but the family generally prefer the traditional kind.

Marian’s Christmas style tips

  • As we always have a sit-down meal, I avoid having too many decorations on the table and serve the food on large platters. The Christmas decorations are normally ones that I’ve collected over the years, but
  • I swap around the different colour palettes. I’m not a matchy-matchy person, so the decoration of the apartment is pretty much done in an eclectic style. The Christmas tree is usually a red one and I vary the ornaments on it from modern to traditional, depending on my mood.
  • If I’m hosting at Christmas time, the apartment works well for my extended family and grandchildren. The wooden floors are very practical and, more importantly, there is plenty of space. The bedrooms being separate means that the babies can sleep in a quiet space away from the living area.


Photography by: Wendy Fenwick