Setting up your holiday table days in advance is a stress-saving ritual Eddie Ross insists on. Still, it's what goes on the table that can sometimes be the most anxiety inducing. As the editorial director of Rue La La Living and one of CasaSugar's favorite tablescape gurus, we caught up with Eddie to get his tips for setting a truly unforgettable holiday table. Keep reading for his tips on adding doses of glamour and fun and shop Rue La La Living's collection to replicate the look!
If you're not in the mood this year for the usual Christmas tinsel and trim, fear not: there are ways to get away from the typical yuletide tabletop scheme. Lifestyle guru and style expert Eddie Ross has the right idea; he recently shared his interpretation of a (wallet-friendly!) contemporary Christmas table with CasaSugar, offering plenty of ideas for mixing affordable new dinner and servingware with unique vintage textiles.
Ross, whose past stints include food editor at Martha Stewart Living and design director at Food Network, doesn't just have good aesthetic taste — he's got a pretty solid palate as well. Keep reading for more sweet ideas when it comes to hosting friends and family at the table this holiday season.
When it comes to holiday decorating, it's time to stray from the typical red and green decor. That's exactly what designer Eddie Ross did when he created this lovely, fresh tablescape that takes a definite departure from the usual Christmas colors.
Better yet, this tablescape is very affordable. Sourcing items from Cindy Crawford's collection for JC Penney, as well as West Elm, Crate and Barrel, and local garden stores, Eddie mixed these pieces with textiles he sewed himself and vintage pieces he already owned. The result is pretty spectacular.
To get a similar look, Eddie encourages us to "just think outside the box. One of the things I feel that is really unique about this table is the mix of new and old. But really, even new pieces are the antiques of the future. You know? It’s like the Fire King that’s very affordable in the '30s, '40s, and '50s are now collector items. The Cindy Crawford items are very inexpensive but will be collector’s items in the future."
Keep reading to see more images of the table and to get Eddie's tips on creating your own perfect holiday tablescape!
The New York Times recently sat down with Eddie Ross to chat about flea marketing. Ross is an incessant flea market and antique fair shopper and even gives guided tours of markets around the country, so he's really an expert when it comes to sifting through the goods. He's also made a habit of styling gorgeous tablescapes and vignettes throughout his home using his finds, and he works wonders on vintage décor that may have seen better days. So I couldn't help but pass along his must-have solutions for cleaning up flea market finds, which he shared with The Times. Check them out below!
If you've picked up antique table linens that have yellowed over time, Ross recommends The Laundress All-Purpose Bleach Alternative to safely whiten, brighten, and disinfect them. The solution is nontoxic, nonabrasive, environmentally friendly, and can be used on all colors and fabrics except for wool and silk. You can also use it to clean your kitchens, bathrooms, and hard, nonwooden surfaces and floors throughout your home. Just mix 1/4 cup with water.
Continue reading to see what Ross recommends for silverware and painted furniture!
Eddie Ross recently put together a gorgeous orange-, pink-, and turquoise-colored bohemian chic table setting for a benefit event. Every last detail was absolutely stunning, but one element struck me as particularly clever. He found some cheap brass and turquoise medallion earrings at Target and glued them onto basic napkin rings. The result is something one-of-a-kind that coordinates with the color palette, and much more glamorous than the standard silver napkin rings. Jewelry for your tabletop! The fabulous thing about this concept is that it can be modified to fit any design scheme and style. Pull out your glue guns and get to work, girls! This might just have to be one of my upcoming DIY projects!
After weeks of hard work creating his glamorous window display for Bloomingdale's Big Window Challenge, Eddie Ross was crowned the fan favorite with 51 percent of the votes. Heading off against Apartment Therapy co-founder Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan and Eileen Joyce from Bloomingdale's, Ross represented Elle Decor with a room display designed for a media mogul and mother of two that was equal parts classic, modern, new, old, bold, and bright. Congrats Eddie! Want your own home to look like his fabulous window display? Learn how to get the look here!
Photo by Kristy May
Bloomingdale's is hosting a design contest between three interior designers in the windows of its flagship store in NYC, and so in Part I I began to show you how to recreate this gorgeous room designed by Eddie Ross. There are a few more fabulous furnishings needed to get the look, and I've got the lowdown on where you can pick them up. To see them, read more
Bloomingdale's is hosting a design contest between three interior designers in the windows of its flagship store in NYC, and one of them happens to be my friend Eddie Ross, who is representing Elle Decor. I'm absolutely in love with the space he created. The concept was designed for a media mogul and mother of two, who has a passion for antiques and art — very Lipstick Jungle . While the space is somewhat formal, it has a playful irreverence, with a mixture of bold patterns and shots of bright color, that make it joyful, not stuffy, and bursting with personality. In other words, I want to move right into it! Eddie and his talented sidekick Jaithan Kochar were kind enough to share their resources with me, so that you can all get the look in your homes! As it turns out, the furnishings are really accessible, which might just be the best thing about it. To learn how to re-create this room, read more
My pal Eddie Ross never ceases to impress me with his creative styling skills. Earlier this week he was making ornaments out of thrifted men's plaid shirts for Kathie Lee's house which took preppy chic to the next level, and now he's moved on to Christmas wrapping paper.
His latest project is spray-painted lace wrapping paper, made from simple and affordable white wrapping paper (or kraft paper), spray paint, and sheets of inexpensive lace fabric. Check out this video of Eddie giving the full DIY instructions to a crowd at the Virginia Historical Society, and read his post for more tips on the project. Still stumped on what gifts to put inside those pretty boxes? Check out Eddie's go-to holiday gift ideas.
As part of a fun holiday series, I've asked interior design "tastemakers," from designers and stylists to bloggers and shop-owners, to share their favorite go-to holiday gift ideas with me.
I chatted with interior stylist, expert flea marketer, Etsy seller, former Top Design contestant, and blogger Eddie Ross — a man of many talents — about his go-to gift ideas for the holidays and here's what he had to say:
- "A friend of mine, Susan Schneider, makes these amazing matchboxes that I always give as gifts throughout the year. They're covered with gorgeous wallpapers and trimmed in copper, and perfect for the holidays. The Greek key pattern is my favorite!"
- "Libeco Home also makes some great kitchen linen towels. They're a nice thing to give, but also not so expensive. You can take an extra special step to have them monogrammed. They're also bigger than napkins which is nice, so you can buy a whole set to use at the dinner table. I like the ones that are simple, with red and blue ticking stripes."