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I’ll let you into a little secret…

I am a Christmas decorations hoarder! My obsession is getting a little out of hand I think… the Christmas tree is positively creaking under the weight of them this year. But this won’t deter me. I’ve been collecting them for years. My current favourites are four beautiful exquisitely delicate hand-blown glass birds that we picked up in Prague earlier this year after a particularly red-wine fuelled lunch… the next day I worked out how much I’d spent on them and let’s just say it was a lot more than I’d originally thought.

There has never really been a Christmas tree “theme” at home. It’s definitely a case of more is more – as it should be in The Maximalist home! – a veritable feast of heirloom treasures, handmade delights the children have made over the years, gifts from friends, charity-shop vintage finds, mementos from our travels, treats I’ve bought myself at designer-maker fairs, all mixed up with new decorations I inevitably buy during the course of each year. I love combining different textures such as glass, metal, porcelain, glitter balls, fabric, felt, beads, paper… it makes for an extremely tactile tree and one that conjures up every child’s (and grown-up kid’s) dream of a magical Christmas land where fairies hang out next to robots, sequined butterflies and fantastically feathered exotic birds.

So I thought I would share this decoration delight with you and point you in the direction of some truly gorgeous Xmas decs. This is by no means an exhaustive list, as there is so much out there at the moment. There’s still time to get hold of them, and there’s always next year after all!

For a magical twist on tradition head over to the frankly incredible Christmas Shop at Liberty. There are some wonderful tongue-in-cheek iconic decs shouting “London”, such as the double-decker bus, Big Ben, the Royal corgi dog, and of course a stunning crown. I especially adore the glass globe range of decorations, my favourite being the blue crested bird… might just have to get that one myself! There’s also the Queen in a globe, which made me chuckle. I am also loving the very striking glass humming bird on sale at the moment.

I’ve always been a fan of Paperchase‘s quirky, kitsch take on Xmas tree decorations: in the past I’ve bought robots, dinosaurs, and this year it’s the Jesus effigies that are really making me smile.

Rockett St George has an absolutely fantastic Christmas shop this year. I could very nearly buy everything there! I am completely in love with the glass whale decoration, the set of six glass Mexico baubles and the Love Has Wings dec… I strongly advise a virtual visit! They have some fantastic lights too.

Anthropologie has some beautifully unusual Xmas decs on offer. The scarfed critter ornaments are particularly inspired! And the forest soiree creatures are the stuff of childhood dreams…

If you would like something a little less fussy, have a look at the smooth lines offered by Jonathan Adler.

For something a little more unique, personalised and hand-crafted consider NotOnTheHighStreet, etsy, and folksy. From a quick cursory look, I particularly like the mini kiko frames and the Bombki range (you’ll see a crossover with Liberty) on NOTHS; the fused glass Christmas tree decs and gold ceramic bird decorations from etsy; and the button tree decorations and the laser-cut reindeer dec from folksy.

So get exploring and do that Christmas tree proud with glorious decorations this year! Happy decorating.

Love Has Wings from Rockett St George.
Vintage-style coloured glass baubles from Tinker & Toad in Heathfield, East Sussex. http://www.tinkerandtoad.co.uk
The Maximalist christmas tree festooned in an eclectic mix of festive decorations.
A beautiful Russian doll from the Bombki range on NotOnTheHighStreet.

Cactus and Day of the Dead skull decorations from Rockett St George.
A gorgeous whale from Rockett St George. I am definitely getting one of these!

Christmas isn’t christmas without a few flamingos! From Paperchase.
Christ effigies in bright pops of colour from Paperchase.
Cute animal heads from Paperchase.
A gorgeous scarfed critter from Anthropologie.
Forest Soiree: Fairytale creatures from Anthropologie.
A golden antler. Every tree should have at least one! From Anthropologie.
The glorious glass hummingbird from Liberty… I must have one!
Who doesn’t love a corgi. From Liberty.
Kitsch blue crested bird from Liberty. In a glass globe no less!
A stunning Faberge-esque Liberty bauble.
A crown is a must! From Liberty also.

Gorgeous glass Mexican baubles. From Rockett St George.
Porcelain bling. Just perfect for any tree. Rockett St George.
Oversized tassels. Love, love, love. Rockett St George.
Pineapple fairy lights. Add a tropical twist to your festive decorations this year. Rockett St George.


For the love of kitsch living

Kitsch (/ˈkɪtʃ/; loanword from German, also called cheesiness and tackiness) is a low-brow style of mass-produced art or design using popular or cultural icons.

Who doesn’t love a kitsch interior? I can’t get enough of it. I don’t care how naff it is. The naffer the better. Festooned with plastic flowers, pseudo religious iconography – shrines are cool, faux taxidermy, flamingos, neon lights, stuffed animals, cocktail bars, a miami palette, disco balls, and as much paraphernalia of mass-produced popular culture as you can muster.

In my opinion the King of kitsch, albeit very tastefully done, is without a doubt Jonathan Adler. With his origins in pottery, Jonathan Adler is now an iconic interiors brand and worldwide phenomenon. The man himself is potter, designer, author, and personality dedicated to bringing style, craft and joy to your life. “Jonathan’s creativity is fuelled by various sources of inspiration: Mid-century modern, art and global pop culture combine to create the signature Adler aesthetic.” And boy does he pull it off with sophisticated aplomb.

Another great source of inspiration is film. Have a look at the interiors in films by Wes AndersonPedro AlmodovarMichel Gondry, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Kooky and kitsch in equal measures, these directors have created their own very distinct visual language through the medium of film.

Feast your eyes on all these gorgeous images to get you in the mood for a kitsch-fest.

Every home should have a cocktail bar. Furbish Studio, Bar vignette, bar styling, blue and white porcelain, jamie meares flickr by jamie meares (isuwannee.com)
Every home should have a cocktail bar. Furbish Studio, Bar vignette, bar styling, blue and white porcelain, Jamie Meares. Flickr by Jamie Meares. (isuwannee.com)
The ultimate in kitsch interiors. Inside the home of artists Gilbert & George. (pinterest)
The ultimate in kitsch interiors. Inside the home of artists Gilbert & George. (pinterest)
A flamingo is a must! (www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk)
A flamingo is a must! (www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk)
Plastic flowers and religious iconography... what's not to love. Guadalupe Altar outside the home of a fisherman on the Pacific coast of Guerrero, Mexico by Ilhuicamina.(flickr.com)
Plastic flowers and religious iconography… what’s not to love. Guadalupe Altar outside the home of a fisherman on the Pacific coast of Guerrero, Mexico by Ilhuicamina. (flickr.com)
Neon lighting from Oakley Illuminations. (theselby.com)
Neon lighting from Oakley Illuminations. (theselby.com)
Kitsch-tastic. (pinterest)
Kitsch-tastic. (pinterest)
Vladimir Tretchikoff artwork. (www.vladimirtretchikoff.com/gallery.htm)
Vladimir Tretchikoff artwork. (www.vladimirtretchikoff.com/gallery.htm)
Oversized ornaments from Jonathan Adler.
Oversized ornaments from Jonathan Adler.
Every home should have a vintage motion hula lamp. (alohaoutlet.com)
Every home should have a vintage motion hula lamp. (alohaoutlet.com)
Kitsch heaven... not for the faint hearted! (pinterest)
Kitsch heaven… not for the faint hearted! (pinterest)
The genius that is Wes Anderson. (pinterest)
The genius that is Wes Anderson. (pinterest)
Jonathan Adler's sophisticated kitsch.
Jonathan Adler’s sophisticated kitsch.
A Clockwork Orange film set. (pinterest)
A Clockwork Orange film set. (pinterest)
On the set of 'Broken Embraces' by Pedro Almodovar.
On the set of ‘Broken Embraces’ by Pedro Almodovar.
Kitsch glamour a la trailor trash. (junkgypsyblog.com)
Kitsch glamour a la trailor trash. (junkgypsyblog.com)
Just because. (urban outfitters)
Just because. (urban outfitters)
'Amelie' screen shot. (pinterest)
‘Amelie’ screen shot. (pinterest)
Wes Anderson-designed cafe, Bar Luca, in Milan. (http://www.dezeen.com/2015/06/07/wes-anderson-designed-bar-luce-takes-cues-old-milanese-landmarks-cafes-fondazione-prada-interiors/)
Wes Anderson-designed cafe, Bar Luca, in Milan. (http://www.dezeen.com/2015/06/07/wes-anderson-designed-bar-luce-takes-cues-old-milanese-landmarks-cafes-fondazione-prada-interiors/)
The very cool photography by actor, director and photographer Aaron Ruell. (http://www.aruell.com/)
The very cool photographs by actor, director and photographer Aaron Ruell. (http://www.aruell.com/)