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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.

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

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

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

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

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If you like pina colada…

The now ubiquitous pineapple was once a rare beast…

Indigenous to South America, the pineapple was introduced to northern Europe by the Dutch and the first successfully cultivated pineapple is recorded as having been grown in 1658. Catherine the Great was a huge fan and grew pineapples on her estate. Importing pineapples was expensive, so too was growing a tropical fruit in a temperate climate, so it wasn’t long before the pineapple was seen as a symbol of extreme wealth, becoming the subject of great rivalry between wealthy aristocrats.

This plate is from Christopher Jacob Trew’s Plantae Selectae (Nuremberg, 1750–73), which was illustrated by Georg Dionysius Ehret. (tinypineapple.com)
This plate is from Christopher Jacob Trew’s Plantae Selectae (Nuremberg, 1750–73), which was illustrated by Georg Dionysius Ehret. (tinypineapple.com)

Throughout history the pineapple has also been used widely as a design motif, symbolising warmth and hospitality. Incorporated into all manner of home furnishings – from furniture, ornaments, wallpaper, table linen, crockery – the popularity of the pineapple is alive and well. Currently referred to as a micro-trend within the world of interiors, the pineapple is still a curious-looking fruit, but with an undeniable big dollop of charm. I am a huge fan and I couldn’t care less if it’s become a design cliche! Long live the pineapple!

So here are some glorious ways you can incorporate the pineapple into your own home…

Pineapple wall lighting sconce from abigailahern.com.
Pineapple wall lighting sconce from abigailahern.com.
Iguana Superwide by Timorous Beasties. (timorousbeasties.com)
Iguana Superwide by Timorous Beasties. (timorousbeasties.com)
DecoBREEZE Pineapple Figurine Fan. (m.shop.nordstrom.com)
DecoBREEZE Pineapple Figurine Fan. (m.shop.nordstrom.com)
Adelphi Custom and Historic Wallpaper and Paper Hangings. (adelphipaperhangings.com)
Adelphi Custom and Historic Wallpaper and Paper Hangings. (adelphipaperhangings.com)
Some pineapple artwork? (thedesignfiles.net)
Some pineapple artwork? (thedesignfiles.net)
Large Turquoise Sofie Pineapple Container. (templeandwebster.com.au)
Large Turquoise Sofie Pineapple Container. (templeandwebster.com.au)
Pineapple lamp base by House of Hackney.
Pineapple lamp base by House of Hackney.
Papercraft pineapple from peachblossom.co.uk.
Papercraft pineapple from peachblossom.co.uk.
Pineapple Door Knocker. (capecodweathervanecompany.com)
Pineapple Door Knocker. (capecodweathervanecompany.com)
Pineapple lamp on old gold carambola side table. (rockettstgeorge.co.uk)
Pineapple lamp on old gold carambola side table. (rockettstgeorge.co.uk)
Pineapple vases. (bloglovin.com)
Pineapple vases. (bloglovin.com)
Pineapple cushions. (decor8blog.com)
Pineapple cushions. (decor8blog.com)
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Every home should have a resin pineapple! (mybuckett.com)
Åsa Jungnelius – Riff Relay #2 (design-milk.com)
Åsa Jungnelius – Riff Relay #2 (design-milk.com)
Vintage mid century brass pineapples. (tumblr.com)
Vintage mid century brass pineapples. (tumblr.com)
Deb Haugen For DENY Pineapple 1 Tapestry (urbanoutfitters.com)
Deb Haugen For DENY Pineapple 1 Tapestry (urbanoutfitters.com)
Possibly my favourite interpretation! Salt & Pepper Shakers by Godinger on @HauteLook. (hautelook.com)
Possibly my favourite interpretation! Salt & Pepper Shakers by Godinger on @HauteLook. (hautelook.com)
Goodnight Light Pineapple lamp. (vogue.com)
Goodnight Light Pineapple lamp. (vogue.com)
More fruity lighting. Perfect for a child's room. (pauletpaula.com)
More fruity lighting. Perfect for a child’s room. (pauletpaula.com)
Pineapples as accessories. (etsy.com)
Pineapples as accessories. (etsy.com)
Pineapple passion.(anothermag.com)
Pineapple passion.(anothermag.com)