The Pink House Husband has his own collective noun for decorations, and that word is ‘clutter’. As in, “what is that terrible clutter of decorations you’ve left lying on the mantelpiece?” Funnily enough, he uses the same word to describe cushions, pretty stationery and patterned wallpaper. Basically, PHH doesn’t really like ‘stuff’.
But I do.
And what better excuse for ‘stuff’ than Christmas? Plus, during this celebratory time of peace on earth and goodwill towards Pink House Wives, PHH runs a real risk of sounding like a Scrooge if he dares diss the decor. Which gives me carte blanc (or should that be carte rose?) to really go for it in the decoration department.
So why is Christmas decorating better than any other kind of decorating? Read on and I’ll tell you…
1) It’s OK to go OTT
All right, so it’s not like I’m a play-it-safe decor minimalist, but Christmas means I can take things even further. Being tasked to style up Amara’s Kitschmas trend in my newly renovated sitting room (which you can read about here was the actual dream: not only was I supplied with some of THE most delectable decorations I’d ever seen (special mention to this Battenberg cake, these ice creams and this set of sweetie jars), but PHH couldn’t complain, because it was a) Christmas, and b) work. Hooray!
2) It helps me switch things up
Having to make room for the tree means trialing a new room layout; I’ve often changed furniture around after Christmas because of this. And often all a tired-looking room needs is a bit of a switch around. And a pink flamingo.
3) I can try out new color schemes
I’ve started to use Christmas as a way of testing out new color combinations in my home. Because the decorations are temporary, if the pairings aren’t successful, then no harm done. But most often I get loads of color inspiration, which I can use for the rest of the year. This year I’m loving the turquoise, hot pink, gold and green combo seen in this close-up of my tree. The parrot and macaroon decorations look amazing against the green faux pine needles and the real scented pink roses by Hayford & Rhodes take the whole look next level.
Generally, the Pink House Husband has a blanket ban on glitter-encrusted objects in the home. He even gets grumpy if someone sends a birthday card and glitter falls out when he opens the envelope (eyes-to-the-sky emoji). But of course you can’t have Christmas without glitter, and, thanks to Amara, this year my sitting room has been endlessly enhanced by this large gold glitter cactus (PHH tried hiding it in a cupboard but I found him out and put it back on display).
5) Putting pink on plants
We all know about #plantsonpink, but let me tell you: putting pink (e.g. ice creams, flamingos, Cadillacs, roses, etc) on TOP of plants (e.g. this Amara Christmas tree), is even more satisfying than standing a succulent against a millennial pink wall.
6) Flowers everywhere
When it comes to decadent Christmas decorations, it doesn’t get much better than fresh flowers. This year I was lucky enough to work with the wonderful florist Hayford & Rhodes, who supplied the stunning flowers and foliage for my shoot. Paired with some of the most beautiful vases I’ve ever seen, including this Jonathan Adler blue malachite vessel of joy, they made my mantelpiece into a festive work of art.
Get the look
7) Excuse to buy new stuff
Not that I need one, of course, but when you’re decorating your home for Christmas, why not go for things that not only look fabulous over the holiday season, but in all other seasons too. Excellent examples include this glam pink Wedgwood rug, this Silken Favours Cactus Combustibale cushion, and this Bella Freud candle, all of which definitely won’t be ejected from The Pink House after the proverbial 12 days are up.
So here’s wishing you a cluttery Christmas, and an OTT New Year!