“Christmas at the farm is a laid-back affair,” says stylist Shannon Fricke, whose book, How to Decorate, is a favourite at Tiaralestari.
Her farm, as she calls her beautiful property, is set on the rolling hills of Byron Bay, and overlooks the Bangalow hinterland below. Sun-drenched and verdant, this is where Shannon and her husband, Michael Brookes, enjoy a truly Australian Christmas.
“For our tree, we head out to the railway line on our property and cut down a small pine from the thousands that are growing wild there and bring it home. They cull the trees anyway.”
“We’ll often pull a table out into the garden and decorate it with things that we find around the place,” says Shannon.
“Branches become a cross for the top of the tree, chicken wire turns into decorations, scraps of fabric become napkins.”
Here’s an idea: Shannon wraps Christmas presents in wallpaper offcuts, like this vibrant Florence Broadhurst print below.
For Shannon, styling isn’t about “Martha Stewart perfection.” Here, a moodboard in her studio shows a constant, ever-changing source of inspiration.
Shannon’s studio doubles as a Christmas entertaining space. Here she is hanging a fabric garland in the bright, airy space.
Using reclaimed materials is an excellent way to decorate. Revel in the beauty of your own landscape, using objects from nature — leaves, branches and flowers from your own garden can be much more beautiful and personal than store-bought ornaments.
A mix of the traditional and modern is Shannon’s MO when it comes to Christmas. Above, mince pies sit among a gift wrapped in wallpaper, finished with lace ribbon.
The secret to Shannon’s rustic Christmas setting? “Everything is mismatched!” she says.