One lucky Australian will win everything they need for the holidays in one beautifully designed Tiny Home – jam packed with Amazon Prime eligible product and styled by Premium member and interior design guru Jen Bishop – courtesy of Amazon Australia. Jen of Interiors Addict styled the Tiny Home to feel like an Aussie beach house ready for the festive season. It’s filled with everything including a beautifully set dining room table, pots and pans, bathroom products, Echo devices, Aussie outdoor games, and even presents under the Christmas tree. We sat down with Jen to find out how the partnership came about and to get her top decorating tips for the festive season.
Tell us how the Amazon partnership came about…
When Amazon Australia approached me to be involved with the Prime Tiny Holiday House I was thrilled! I love the tiny house movement; it fascinates me! I also love Christmas! It was a fun challenge to source everything for the house from the more than 125 million products on Amazon.com.au and then get to style it – when it comes to dream brands to collaborate with, Amazon Australia is right up there. It’s also amazing to be part of giving away such an incredible prize to one lucky Australian. It’s really going to make someone’s Christmas!
Talk us through your styling inspiration for Amazon’s Tiny House…
I wanted to give it a festive, summer chic entertaining vibe. Because we have Christmas in summer in Australia, I wanted to keep things light, bright and colourful, and add a touch of luxe with gold accents. It’s all about fun, entertaining and kicking back with your feet up this holiday season!
How long did the project take you to design?
The brief was to find absolutely everything on Amazon Australia, and I must admit I had no idea just how many things you can buy on there. You can now even buy a tiny house on Amazon Australia!
I spent the best part of a day sifting through Amazon.com.au and compiling a huge list of things from champagne glasses and a coffee machine to Amazon Alexa speakers, a fully decorated Christmas tree, toiletries, gift wrap, saucepans, cushions, books and more!
Were there any limitations in the initial brief that you found challenging? How did you go about solving them?
Everything had to be from Amazon Australia, from within Australia and eligible for Amazon Prime, which means free domestic delivery within two days to most of Australia. Prime is Amazon’s membership program, offering members the best in shopping and entertainment and designed to make members’ lives easier, more convenient and more fun every single day. It was a unique experience as usually when you style a house, you’d choose things from a variety of suppliers but amazon.com.au provides you with access to an array of products all from one site. It just goes to show you can buy everything you need for Christmas gifting and entertaining in one place and fast, even if, like me, you haven’t started yet.
What are some hard and fast interior rules when it comes to decorating for the holidays?
Part of me says do whatever you like because it’s a magical time and it’s okay to go a bit over the top if that’s what makes you smile, especially if you have kids. But, in general, I’d say stick to a theme of maybe two or three colours, to avoid ending up in a mess! A festive theme can indeed be stylish and classy.
If you’re scared of colour, or you like to keep things neutral to match your interiors, then go for texture and greenery. Think hessian table runners, huge branches of greenery (have a look in your own back yard), bowls of lemons and plain white pillar candles. But whatever you do, I always think you should add a touch of metallic and plenty of warm white fairy lights. You can’t go wrong!
What colours are on trend this year? And why are there so many Christmas-themed llamas in store?
It’s a very good question. We started seeing llamas creep into Christmas last year and this year they’re everywhere. We’ve gone llama crazy. What have they got to do with Christmas? I’m not sure anybody knows! I’m not sure it’ll last though. Bring back good old fashioned, reindeer, I say. This year, all shades of blue are making an appearance, from teal to navy. And I’m seeing a lot more silver than gold, paired with white for a cool neutral scheme.
And last question! What does Christmas mean to you?
Christmas to me is about family and nostalgia and, since I’ve become a mum, it’s all about the kids and the magic. This year I’m heading home to the UK with my husband and sons to spend time with my extended family so it really will be special. We might even get a white Christmas!
To shop Jen’s look and enter the competition to win the Amazon Prime Tiny Holiday House alongside a year of Prime visit Amazon.com.au/PrimeTinyHouse and explain in 25 words or less why you need a bit of help getting into the holiday spirit this year. New customers in Australia can try Prime at amazon.com.au/prime with Amazon’s 30-day free trial, and then join Prime for AU$6.99 a month, or save 30 per cent with an annual membership at AU$59.