Jennifer Perkins is an Austin-based mama, thrift-a-holic, Treetopia Ambassador, and owner of JenniferPerkins.com. She is a mother of two, and has been married to her best friend Chris for 10 years. The things she likes more than anything else are crafts, kitsch, kids, thrifts stores, and throwing over the top Halloween parties.
TT: What is your decorating mantra?
Jennifer: Whether you are decorating your house or for the holidays I always encourage people to go with their gut. If you love something (a purple Christmas tree or a crazy painting), go for it. You are the one that is going to have to live with it. Who cares what the trends are and what is on the pages of this month’s magazine? Go with what makes you smile and your heart go pitter patter and you can’t go wrong.
TT: Best decorating advice you want to share with your readers?
Jennifer: Interior design should not be taken so seriously. Neither should decorating a tree. I hear the term “decorator tree” and it makes me laugh. What makes a tree decorator? What makes a house decorated? It is all relative to the person who lives there.
TT: What room or specific area of the home do you find most challenging to decorate for the holidays? Any tips on styling this specific area?
Jennifer: I think the beauty of having several different Christmas trees is it takes some of the pressure off. If you have one tree, there is so much pressure to get it right. You only get one shot. With several different trees I find I can let myself go a little crazier and come up with fun themes. I wouldn’t say I have a challenging area to decorate, but I will say that I find the tree in my living room the most daunting because it gets seen the most often. The pressure is on to get this tree right because we will all be staring at it daily. Again, with multiple trees in multiple rooms, I can let down my decorating guard a bit more.
TT: What was your craziest/funniest/most unlikely source of inspiration for a holiday theme?
Jennifer: This year I decorated my entire Some Like It Hot pink tree to match a roll of vintage wrapping paper I picked up at a thrift store this summer. I loved the groovy 60’s paper and colors.
TT: What other holiday would your Technicolor tree be perfect for?
Jennifer: I usually keep my Some Like It Hot Tree Up through February because it is so perfect to decorate for Valentine’s Day!
TT: Best part of decorating your Treetopia Tree?
Jennifer: I love having trees as colorful and kitschy as my home. We were meant to be. Whether I decide to go traditional or quirky with my tree, it always works.