Photography: Stacey Brandford | Producer: Morgan Lindsay
Design editor Morgan Lindsay takes a break from her go-to laid-back neutral style to whip up something a little more bold and playful for Christmastime using handmade yarn pompoms.
Throw on the Christmas tunes and make your own pompoms. Use an abundance of yarn in varying colours and pieces of thin card board to act as a form. Add them to your Christmas tree or as little festive touches around your quarters. We love the idea of using pretty parcels — topped with a pompom — to add a festive touch to everyday displays: Place one on a stack of books, adorn an ottoman or sweeten up a nightstand.
The Christmas tree is overdressed in the best possible way. Vintage ornaments hang alongside colourful baubles and a bunch of large pompoms. The pretty Popsicle hues of Morgan’s heirloom decorations provided the jumping-off point for the peppy scheme. The idea behind the colourful tree and wreath is to play with contrasting textures – shiny glass and soft wool – and then go nuts. When you think there are enough decorations, add a few more.
Dressing up the fireplace mantel, a lovingly home-spun garland made of pom-poms, string and paper straws is punctuated by chic cable-knit stockings.
Piled with beloved vintage baubles and Morgan’s creations, a shimmering rainbow-hued centrepiece brings old-fashioned cheer to a holiday table setting. But Morgan didn't have to DIY all the pompoms — she found mini ones from a craft store, which make for a jolly update to plain kraft paper-wrapped presents. The same goes for the elegant white satin ribbon. Morgan shows off multiple fetching gift-wrapping styles. On one present, she put her spin on the ubiquitous holiday bow by using a large pink pompom. Its bright hue complements the bold and beautiful floral paper.
Fancy a festive touch in an unexpected place? Make like Santa and get gifty! Scatter presents around the house with abandon.