Once again The LuxPad has decided to delve into the Christmases of some of our favorite people from the design industry. First up in the Christmas at Home with feature series this year is one of our favorite new arrivals to Amara, Jessica Russell Flint. Her unique and lively designs feature across a range of home accessories from make-up bags to napkins, and we knew that if how she spends the festive season was anything like her designs we would be in for a treat. From a Christmas morning outside swim to a beloved shell suit, discover how Jess celebrates the season in our festive feature below…
What is your favorite thing about Christmas time and why?
Champagne!! The parties! Family! Friends! Presents… It’s the only time in the whole year when practically everyone is off work and surrounded by friends and relatives. You can totally relax and forget about the real world for a few days.
Tell us a little about where you live – does your community do anything particularly festive that you get involved with?
This is the first year that I’m spending Christmas in London, in our home! It feels very grown up. My husband (we got married last summer) does a Christmas day swim (he’s originally from the Channel Islands so it’s a big tradition over there to dip in the sea first thing in the morning (…brrr). This year he’s dragging me and some friends up to Hampstead Heath to do the London version!
I think I will be taking the photos…
How do you celebrate the festive period?
I used to always head out of town to the country where my parents live, they always throw a huge Christmas Eve party that starts at lunchtime and is supposed to end at 6pm, but most people end up rolling out of the door at around midnight. We have the most ridiculously enormous Christmas stockings on Christmas morning, first thing, with cups of tea and champagne in bed. We all chip in to give everyone (and anyone who’s staying – it’s always a full house with family and waifs and strays) a full stocking. We then have to hold out for the tree presents until after the Christmas Lunch – which ends up being about 10pm before we’ve eaten! It’s a strange and strict RF rule, my mother is like an over-excited child who tries to get us all to break the mould and open a sneaky early one, but she never gets her way! Even my kid cousins are super strict about waiting until the last possible moment to dish out the tree presents….It’s always a brilliant couple of days!
What is your favorite type of decoration and why, and what can’t you stand e.g. tinsel?
Ha Ha. I don’t mind tinsel… it’s not something I’d put up any more but when we were children we adorned every part of the tree with it. Mum was always very good about letting us decorate however we wanted to. Until we reached about the age of nine, and she adopted the role of chief decorator and the more traditional Christmas theme!
I really like fern wreaths over fireplaces and I love red ribbons.
I actually designed a range of Christmas decorations for Harrods’ Christmas this year, which are totally NOT traditional! It was part of their “cocktail” Christmas theme, and based on lobster, flamingo and pineapple illustrations. Great fun & bonkers!
When it comes to festive food what is your favorite dish and what would you rather live without?
Weirdly I like turkey, but it’s definitely better the next day with lots of mayonnaise and pickle in a turkey sandwich though! I’m probably the only person on the planet who’s not a huge fan of traditional roasts. I prefer cold food. I detest Christmas pudding, but eat it for the sake of the brandy butter!
What are you hoping Santa brings you this year?
Some new trainers! Mine are falling to bits. I live in trainers.
What is the best Christmas present you have ever had?
A shellsuit…I begged for one for so long. Mum refused, even though it seemed everyone else was wearing them… I finally got one for Christmas, not long before they were totally out of fashion… But I LOVED that suit. Pink and blue. (ps. I am referring to me as an eight year old here…)
What are your top tips for keeping your home stylish at Christmas?
Keep it simple. Pick a few expensive decorations rather than bulking on the cheaper ones… and don’t over clutter!
What is the best thing about your home at Christmas time?
The fireplace. We are so fortunate to have a fire in our place in London. It’s rare and amazing! I put a wreath up and red ribbons. It always looks so cosy; the best place to snuggle up with Betty the Beagle!
How does Christmas influence or impact your work – is it in a positive or negative way?
Well – it’s hectic at work, the most hectic time of year as not only are we designing and producing for Spring Summer 15, and planning the shows that take part in early Jan. But, obviously we are selling a lot more…. So it’s a balancing act. But I love it! It’s great fun and it’s good to have a few days off to unwind on the 24th, 25th and 26th!
What is your favorite Christmas song?
Mariah Carey – All I want for Christmas is you. Classic. Always makes me so happy! When I was at University we (me and my female housemates) used to play it on loop and drive all the boys crazy at this time of year!
What is your best tip for staying organized at Christmas?
Don’t try to cram too much in! Enjoy each event properly, and don’t over commit!
Discover the fabulous range of Jessica Russell Flint accessories now available at Amara.