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.
Learn more about Jen’s decorating style, and her thoughts on love and the little things in our exclusive interview:
TT: What are the little things that can make or break your design?
Jen: I like a full tree with several layers and textures. I almost always start with tinsel and build out from there. Next I go in with solid colored balls like the Color Glaze or All Hue Need. From there I will I add something custom or funky and then maybe something springy on top of that. Layers. It is all about the layers.
TT: In what way do small decorating touches make an impact?
Jen: I like to try and add something handmade, vintage or personal to each tree I decorate. This way I know no one else in the world will have a tree or wreath just like mine. My Valentine’s Day mantel has all of the above. My wreath is slathered with vintage kitsch, my Pretty in Pink Tree has clay ornaments I made and my Some Like It Hot Tree displays family pictures.
TT: Which tiny accent can’t this tree/wreath go without?
Jen: I love the tiny Valentine ladies on the Pretty in Pink tree. I made these last Valentine’s with pipe cleaners and heads from an artist named Lisa Kettell last year. They are not the most obvious decoration on the tree, but they are one of my favorites.
TT: How important are the little things in a relationship?
Jen: The other day my husband was at work and I wanted a cup of coffee in the afternoon. I realized I had no idea where the coffee filters were. In other words, I wake up every day to coffee he has made. I was frustrated I couldn’t make coffee but, more importantly, it made me pause and reflect about all the little things my husband does in our relationship like make coffee.
TT: What are the little things that you appreciate about your spouse/partner?
Jen: My husband is not only a great spouse he is a great parent. I appreciate that he wakes up early and takes our daughter to school. He makes lunches for our son. Every Saturday we wake up to cinnamon rolls. If left up to me the kids teeth would never get brushed. It might not seem romantic, but these little things mean so much.
TT: What small Valentine’s gift or gesture is most memorable to you?
Jen: One year my husband painted me a piggy bank from a ceramic studio. We were saving money for our record label at the time.