The holidays are upon us, and these tastemakers are decorating their homes without a bough of holly in sight. From bold hues to festive embellishments, these are a few snapshots of our favorite designs.
“I’m not a festoon-the-entire-house celebrant. My life is chaotic, so I like to contain the holidays to my bar cart — I can wheel it out, light the menorah with my nephew, then say goodbye and wheel it back to its corner. When the party is on wheels, you can celebrate anytime, anywhere!” —
“When we saw a pink tree in a New York shopwindow, we knew we’d have one someday. After moving to Puerto Rico, we came across a shop that painted trees. Without hesitation, we said, ‘Pink, please!’” —
“I love to do the unexpected. This is how I once hung the White House’s East Colonnade. The design veers far away from the typical colors and patterns of the season.”—
“Less is more when it comes to holiday decorating. I hang a boxwood wreath on the door and hope for snow so I can go skiing with my family in my favorite place on Earth: Vail.”—
Memorable Place Setting
“My parents collect dishes and linens —Irish silver, my great-great-grandmother’s napkins, even amber glasses from the supermarket. From age 10, laying the table fell to me — or maybe, more accurately, it was taken over by me!” —
This story originally appeared in the December/ January 2018 issue of CQ.