Interiors: Beautifully dressed for Christmas…
…and in fashion designer PEARL LOWE’s case, this includes her festive table. She sets the scene for her family’s ‘always crazy’ celebrations
Dried flower display (on table), from £165, kittengrayson.com. tablecloth, £250, and napkins, £135 for four, Preen by Thornton bregazzi, amara.com. bags, £35 each, and Pearl’s dress, £245, pearllowe.co.uk. see overleaf For other item
Fashion and interior designer Pearl Lowe will be hunkering down in her East Sussex beach house this Christmas with her musician husband Danny Goffey, their four children Daisy, 32, Alfie, 25, Frankie, 22, and Betty, 16, as well as ‘all the boyfriends and girlfriends of the kids. It’s always a bit of a crazy one in our house as there are a lot of us!’ says Pearl.
Pearl and Danny stumbled upon the four-bedroom home online last year. ‘We went to view it the day before the second lockdown,’ she says, ‘and fell in love with the house the moment we walked through the door.’
It was built in the 1940s by a soldier as a present to his wife after the war. The façade has intricate shell details moulded into the wall, which, Pearl explains, were handmade by his wife, a shell artist. ‘It’s such a unique touch and my aesthetic completely.’
Decorating has always come naturally to Pearl – and Christmas is a chance for her to create a magical space with lots of dried flowers, candles and fairy lights. As for dressing the tree, she says, ‘We buy one new decoration every year, which is often a vintage piece – and I bring out the same baubles and ornaments that I’ve had for 20 years.’
Traditions at Christmas are important to Pearl, who says, ‘All the girls wear red dresses on the day.’ However, there is one Christmas custom Pearl won’t be indulging in and that’s the turkey. ‘There will be a nut roast in the oven for me,’ she laughs. After their meal the whole family will enjoy Pearl’s magical Christmas décor in their new coastal bolthole.
Wine glasses, £14 each, and tumblers, £12 each, anthropologie.com. Champagne coupes, £55 for two, dartington.co.uk. Large plates, Pearl’s own, for similar try vintage-and-antiques.co.uk. Dinner plates, £19 each, burleigh.co.uk. Cutlery, Pearl’s own, for similar try johnlewis.com. Baubles, £8 each, selfridges.com. Votive, £4.95, and brass plate (just seen), £30, paleandinteresting.com
Glass dome, Pearl’s own, for similar try nkuku.com. Tureen, £75, votive, £12.90, brass tray, £30, and baubles (far right in white bowl), £27 for four, paleandinteresting.com. Baubles (in tureen): gold, £10, johnlewis.com; red, £5, selfridges.com. Candleholders, from £14 each, Anna & Nina, selfridges.com. Candles, £36 for six, skarorganics.com. Patterned bowl, Pearl’s own, for similar try etsy.com. Baubles (in patterned bowl), from £4 each, johnlewis.com. White bowl, £320, Kana London, selfridges.com. Dried flower display (on wall), £155 a metre, kittengrayson.com. Disco ball, Pearl’s own, for similar try johnlewis.com. Dress, £275, pearllowe.co.uk
Dried flower garland, £35 a metre, kittengrayson.com. Candleholders, from £14, Anna & Nina, selfridges.com. Candles, £36 for six, skarorganics.com. Baubles, from £4 each, johnlewis.com. Jug, Pearl’s own, for similar try libertylondon.com. Flower baubles, from £45 each, kittengrayson.com
Tree decorations: flower baubles, from £45 each, kittengrayson.com. Fir cones, £15.95 for two, acorns, £18 for six, and white baubles, £32 for four, paleandinteresting.com. On table: candleholders, from £14, Anna & Nina, selfridges.com. Candles, £36 for six, skarorganics.com. Votives, large, £12.90, small, £4.95, and brass tray, £30, paleandinteresting.com. Crown, Pearl’s own, for similar try fairytalecreators.com. Glass sphere, Pearl’s own. Cushions on sofa, from left: floral, £266, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi, amara.com; blue and pink, £125, archive.sandersondesigngroup.com; embroidered, Pearl’s own, for similar try huntedandstuffed.com. Wreath, from £65, kittengrayson.com
Candle in terracotta pot, £260, diptyqueparis.com. Candle in patterned ceramic pot, £49, polkra.com. Small log candleholders, £24.95 for three, large log candleholder, £29.95, and chandelier, £195, paleandinteresting.com. Vintage scarves, Pearl’s own, for similar try ebay.co.uk. Dressing gown, £395, pearllowe.co.uk. Slippers, £245, oliviamorrisathome.com.
Wreath, from £65, kittengrayson.com
Styling: Sally Cullen