ALL IS BRIGHT
Colour is key in this vibrant and casual family-centric Christmas celebration
It’s time to celebrate at Kip&Co co-founder Alex McCabe’s colourful and eclectic home
WHEN YOU CO-OWN A BEDDING AND INTERIORS brand that’s synonymous with vibrant colour and playful prints, your Christmas decor style is bound to follow suit. And that’s certainly the case for Kip&Co co-founder Alex McCabe, whose St Kilda home is decked with vintage treasures and modern pieces in a rainbow of hues come Christmas time (and all year round, for that matter!). The tree is laden with baubles collected from around the world, while velvet Kip&Co sacks and brightly wrapped presents sit underneath.
MERRY MEMORIES In a fitting end to a successful year at Kip&Co, self-appointed “Chief Christmas party planner” Alex likes to organise a meal for the whole team. “It doesn’t have to be fancy, but it does have to be intimate so we can focus on good conversation and a silly game or two,” she says. At home, the new mum’s revelries revolve around friends, family, food… and a little Francis Ford Coppola. “We do cocktails with friends on Christmas Eve, spend Christmas Day with my parents, my sisters and our families, and I’ve started a recent tradition of watching The Godfather on Christmas night – it helps with digestion,” she tells.
TABLE TALK This year Alex has gone for an eclectic Mediterranean theme for her Christmas table, complete with summery tablecloth, beaded place mats, retro cutlery and flourishes of gold. In a nod to childhood Christmases spent on the Mornington Peninsula, she likes to serve fresh seafood, and lots of it. “The table is always full,” she says. “Once one set of dishes is cleared, we put down more and go another round.” To balance it out, Alex adds a crisp green salad and cocktails made with fragrant botanicals and citrus, while, “an eclectic grab bag of classic Christmas tunes and covers” plays charmingly in the background.