Ever think of having a blue Christmas? Or an ivory one? Maybe even gold. Design gurus Eddie Ross and Jaithan Kochar rewrite the rules of holiday decorating at their Connecticut home.
1. Get choosy with colors. The first step to preparing for the holidays? Picking a palette that speaks to you-not just Yuletide tradition. "Christmas colors clash with most interiors," says designer, blogger, party host extraordinaire, and editorial director for Rue La La, Eddie Ross, who suggests enhancing your rooms' existing hues instead of defaulting to red and green.
2. Stock the bar; don't tend it. Ross and Kochar remain perpetually ready to cocktail party, thanks to this fully loaded 1960s brass cart, which encourages guests to help themselves. "Splurge on the good stuff, and it's special without fussing," says Ross.
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3. Don't rearrange the furniture to accommodate a tree. "I don't want some Rockefeller Center-size fir to impose on my day-to-day,"