Shani Luckman’s Christmas style: Festive fiesta

Discover the fun and flirty style of Your Home & Garden art director Shani Luckman and see her top tips for achieving this festive fiesta look at home


Shani Luckman’s Christmas style: Festive fiesta

We’re currently painting the inside of our house and have just completed our living room, pictured here. The white walls are the perfect neutral backdrop to display my collection of colourful and quirky decorations – how cute is that little horse pinata?

I love making my own crafts and homeware and had so much fun making these cheeky pom poms to decorate the unconventional cactus tree. No colour is off-limits in my home, but I did try to work from a base of dusty pink for my non-traditional ‘festive fiesta’ vibe.


Tree: As you can probably tell, I’m not a ‘traditional Christmas tree’ type of person so I fell in love with this 1.8m cactus from Superette. It comes flat-packed so you can easily store it away after Christmas, or just remove the decorations and keep it up all year round.

Decorations: I’m obsessed with pom poms at the moment. I think they are a gorgeous decoration which can be tied in to any colour scheme. There are plenty of tutorials online showing how to make pom poms and they are surprisingly easy.

Presents: I love the wrapping paper that Evie Kemp has designed to go with this issue. It’s colourful and fun – and did I mention it looks cool decorated with mini pom poms?


Get the look

On wall: Ahoy Trader cross, $169, from Superette; Indiana wall hanging, $179, from Shut The Front Door. Walls painted in Dulux ‘Okarito’. On floor and cacti: Large wooden cactus, $429, round wooden cactus, $199, both from Superette; wool for pom poms, from $5 a ball, pom pom fringe, $6.59 a metre, horse pinata, $26.99, all from Spotlight; Eddie orange cushion, $139, Moroccan pink cushion, $99, both from Republic; jute braided round rug, $719, from Father Rabbit; Missoni Montgomery throw, $563, from Tessuti.

All other items, Shani’s own: gold cushion made from fabric from The Hospice Shop; pink slippers from The Salvation Army; pink shelves a gift, painted in Dulux ‘Titahi Bay’; plant from Roger’s Nursery; terracotta pot from Bunnings.

Photography by: Wendy Fenwick.

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