Fam­ily fes­tiv­i­ties

Australian House & Garden - - HG | HOUSES -

The Gan­nons pre­pare for Christ­mas by dec­o­rat­ing their tree with or­na­ments col­lected from around the world. “The 25th is an all-day af­fair for up to 30,” says Charissa. Af­ter a cel­e­bra­tory lunch, guests tra­di­tion­ally play Dirty Santa, a spin on Kris Kringle. “We put wrapped gifts in a cir­cle. Ev­ery­one draws a num­ber and then, in nu­mer­i­cal or­der, has the op­tion of choos­ing a gift from the cir­cle or tak­ing some­one else’s opened gift!”

LIV­ING ROOM The ethanol fire­place plat­form is put to good use all year round. Vitrocsa large-for­mat slid­ing doors cre­ate a smooth in­door-out­door flow. Cof­fee ta­ble and rug, GlobeWest. Cush­ion in vel­vet ikat (on arm­chair) from West­bury Tex­tiles. Faux spruce Christ­mas tree, Bal­sam Hill. Tree or­na­ments, Myer, Ivory House and Bal­sam Hill. Small trees, Pa­paya (on con­sole) and Albi (cof­fee ta­ble). ‘Albo’ wooden bowls with metal interiors, L&M Home. ‘Marc’ star or­na­ment (on cof­fee ta­ble), Ivory House. Cus­tom art­work by In­grid Bowen, Saint Cloche.De­signer buy: ‘Ax­iom’ chair, $1085, GlobeWest.

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