“The multicolored glass balls have a retro side that I fully adopt from year to year. I elevate mine with oversized grosgrain ribbon bows in contrasting colors, and this year I’ll be hanging them en masse with our new crimped brass bows. [another nod to the ’80s], candy canes and a whole host of kitschy tree decorations. The Conran Shop has a great selection of classic round balls, while Choose Keeping and Cutter Brooks both have great novelty options.
Take it back to your childhood
“I spent hours making colorful paper chains as a kid and still do now. It’s a super simple yet impactful Christmas decoration that can be made very creatively if you select the right one. I’ll often use marbled paper from Jemma Lewis, but if you’re willing to spend a little more, the Katazome Screen Printing Sets from Choose Keeping are super fancy!”
Make cocktails retro
“Nothing says Christmas quite like a well-stocked home bar. I like the idea that it can become a focal point, where everyone can help themselves to cocktails throughout the night. This year, I’ll add our tutti frutti glass stirrers to mix, perfect for swirling cocktails together!”
The chic alternative to potpourri
“A classic 80s potpourri was used to spread a pleasant, subtle scent throughout the house. While it’s a trend I won’t seek to revive, I will definitely scent my rooms with fragrant oranges, stacked in interesting containers. I leave the leaves for a splash of color.
Don’t hold back on the trinkets
“A bright showy tree that borders on garish is the goal this year! In addition to my beloved colorful Christmas garlands, I will be festooning my spruce tree with garlands (which I find the smell very evocative). designed a Christmas tree for my friend Hannah Weiland’s #Shrimpsmas party and decorated it with silver angel hair and bows. It will always be one of my favorite trees!
Matilda Goad Christmas Workshop Shop is open at Kensal Rise until December 18