Smartstyle Interiors is a Kent-based interior design company with a dedication to creating rooms that are sleek, refined and functional. Founded by Phoebe Oldrey in 2006, they employ rich colors, pretty patinas and a striking balance of textures to create spaces that their clients truly love. The LuxPad caught up with owner, Phoebe, who shares her trend predictions for Christmas 2017 and the decorations she thinks no home should be without…
How would you describe your own Christmas interior style?
At Christmas, I put style aside for a cheeky bit of fun and a huge amount of sentimentality! I’m all about Christmas tradition and celebrating family from Christmas past and present. Lots of my decorations have been handed down to me from both my Grandmother and Mother who sadly aren’t with us anymore. Every time I hang one of those ornaments on our tree I remember the Christmases I had growing up and think of them. I know that I am also building memories for my own children, which they will look back on when they decorate their trees when they are grown up.
Can Christmas decorations complement an existing interior scheme? Do you have any tips for getting the look right?
Definitely. Keeping it simple is the key. Choose a color theme and stick to that so everything is coordinated. I really love some of the silver and ice blue decorations as they create such a chic cool look and blend so well with gray interiors which are some of my favourites. Green doesn’t work well as it just disappears into the tree. I predominately use red and silver as it was what I inherited so I keep those and build on the theme from there.
Which interior trends do you think will be popular this Christmas?
Christmas trends normally split into three types of look:
- Type 1: Something dark and moody which this year centres around rich burgundies and dark blues – evoking the mood of Dutch paintings.
- Type 2: Calm and natural – think Scandi cool does sophisticated Noel with greenery, knitted whites and zero bling.
- Type 3: Fun funky Christmas – bright, primary and neon baubles. Throw in pompom garlands, clusters of paper balls and the odd kitsch piece like a flamingo. Perfect for the color addict.
“For a fun, funky Christmas throw in pompom garlands, clusters of paper balls and the odd kitsch piece like a flamingo.”
In your opinion, what are the top 3 Christmas decorations no home should be without?
Do you have a favourite festive colour scheme?
Red just is Christmas to me and my house goes from calm grays and blues to reds and bling over a weekend in December.
When it comes to the Christmas tree, are you team real or team artificial?
Team Real 100% of the way. It’s the tradition of going and picking it out as a family, decorating it together and the smell of the Christmas tree filling the house. You can’t beat it.
Tinsel – do you love it or hate it?
I tolerate it but would happily be without it.
Do you have any advice for new homeowners who are decorating for the first time?
Have fun! Pick ornaments that make you smile and don’t take it too seriously. That’s what decorating your home for Christmas should be.
What do you love most about Christmas?
Visiting Santa with my kids. I still find it magical. We always have the family photo and I can see how much my kids have grown over the years. Last year, Santa gave my eldest son dating advice!
How would you spend your perfect Christmas?
I get to have my perfect Christmas every year. I spend it surrounded by multiple generations of the Oldrey family. We eat, drink, laugh, play games and just take that time to appreciate how much richer our lives are for having each other.