Colour is key in this vi­brant and ca­sual fam­ily-cen­tric Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion

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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.

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