CHRIST­MAS LIV­ING

Australian House & Garden - - Houses -

“We are a fam­ily of ob­ses­sive beach­combers,” says Jodie. Voilà: a Christ­mas tree made of gath­ered drift­wood with a few ad­di­tional branches from lo­cal spot So Cal Flower Mar­ket. The hold­ing bas­ket is an Ar­madillo & Co pro­to­type with a burlap gir­dle. Dec­o­ra­tions – al­ways home­made or found items – are of air-dried clay and shells from the beach hung with twine. Giftwrap­ping is kept sim­ple. In a nod to Aus­tralia, the balustrade has been adorned with live seeded eu­ca­lyp­tus sourced from the same flower mar­ket and tied on with wire and string.

“It stays fresh for ages, dries beau­ti­fully and fills the house with a scent that re­minds us of home,” Jodie ex­plains. The Ikea ‘Kivik’ sec­tional sofa re­placed a for­mer “beau­ti­ful, light linen sofa that was a dis­as­ter with lit­tle kids around”, says Jodie. She and Felix made the dip-dyed wall hang­ing us­ing Ar­madillo & Co yarn rem­nants. Chairs, from In­done­sia by way of an LA fur­ni­ture dealer. Cof­fee ta­ble, Ur­ban Out­fit­ters.

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