Opinion

Home accessories from hell – Christmas edition

Pia Seidel
23.11.2022

Beauty, famously, is in the eye of the beholder. These items from our range, however, go far beyond the question of mere taste. Welcome to my personal interior design nightmare.

The festive season makes itself known in the cosy, beautiful atmosphere that surrounds us. It’s just a shame that, every now and then, it’s shattered by ugly Christmas decor. Here’s a collection of items that my colleague Natalie Hemengül and I are convinced can’t be beat in terms of hideousness.

Fillable Christmas ornaments

Natalie: «Some things are better off without a 'personal touch'. Christmas tree ornaments are one of these things. Transparent DIY models filled with glitter, fake snow, photos or figurines of your choice are a disservice to any Christmas tree. How would you like to be felled and dragged off, only to be adorned with the products of an arts and crafts session gone wrong? I shudder at the mere thought.»

Creativ Company Decoration ball for filling (baubles)
Quantity discount
5.70per piece for 3 units

Creativ Company Decoration ball for filling

baubles

Creativ Company Weihnachtskugeln 8 cm mit Aussparrung (6 Stück)

Creativ Company Weihnachtskugeln 8 cm mit Aussparrung (6 Stück)

1

Too forced

Pia: «What do Harry Potter, bags or toilet rolls have to do with Christmas? My point exactly. It’s bad enough that the celebration often morphs into a consumer frenzy. I don’t need to see a questionable interpretation of a Chanel bag dangling from the Christmas tree, too.»

Elf on the shelf

Natalie: «This elf proves a shelf can indeed be terrifying. Mind you, I do like the idea behind this American Christmas tradition. But this model is so creepy that I would rather buy Chucky, the murdering doll. The plump rosy cheeks look like the result of a botox party, while the big blue eyes and mischievous grin make me feel like my every move is being watched. Kids or no kids, why would I voluntarily keep this thing in my apartment?»

Even if the meaning behind the elf is innocent, his smile is still creepy.
Even if the meaning behind the elf is innocent, his smile is still creepy.
Photo: Shutterstock
Elf on the Shelf Elf on the Shelf Girl with book, German version
34.70

Elf on the Shelf Elf on the Shelf Girl with book, German version

9

Christmas gnome

Pia: «To me, these Christmas gnomes are nothing more than hairy garden gnomes gone astray in my home. They belong in the creepy cabinet instead of on the shelf and look like Gandalf from Lord of the Rings with their pointed hats – like a rather ill-tempered one, at that. Its hat hangs all the way down over its eyes, reaching its bulbous nose. Even worse are ‘rock’n’roll' versions that sport sunglasses and a slogan T-shirt alongside fluffy fur slippers.»

Christmas window decals

Natalie: «Colourful window decals are the Christmas equivalent of wall tattoos – tacky and painful to look at. But even I can’t deny their one advantage. Namely, if you want your peace and quiet during the holidays, they’ll make damn sure that everyone will stay far away from your place. If you really want to decorate your windows, pretty paper cutouts or DIY paper star ornaments are the more elegant option.»

Heyda Window picture Christmas A4, 3 sheets
Quantity discount
4.25per piece for 4 units

Heyda Window picture Christmas A4, 3 sheets

GuGus LED picture from canvas motive: dog at the window 
4 LED (2 x 40 x 30 cm)
23.90

GuGus LED picture from canvas motive: dog at the window 4 LED

2 x 40 x 30 cm

Christmas-themed rugs

Pia: «Odds and ends are part of the Advent season, sure. But a rug is one step too far. Especially if the motif is a supposedly cheeky one.»

A bit over the top: a celebrating Santa.
A bit over the top: a celebrating Santa.
Photo: Hanah Home
Hanah Home Christmas Cozy Xmas (180 x 280 cm)
107.–

Hanah Home Christmas Cozy Xmas

180 x 280 cm

Hanah Home Christmas Cozy Xmas (80 x 140 cm)
38.20

Hanah Home Christmas Cozy Xmas

80 x 140 cm

Hanah Home Christmas Cozy Xmas (100 x 180 cm)
50.20

Hanah Home Christmas Cozy Xmas

100 x 180 cm

*Do you see things differently? We’re happy to chat about it with you in the comments section. *Want to see more of what my colleague Natalie Hemengül and I find tacky? Here are previously published articles from the series:

  • Opinion

    Decoration and Furniture from Hell - Part 6

    by Pia Seidel

  • Opinion

    Home accessories from hell – part 5

    by Natalie Hemengül

  • Opinion

    Home accessories from hell – part 4

    by Pia Seidel

Header image: Willrow Hood, Shutterstock

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