RAKE THAT SHAG! Guideline:

All living room surfaces should be as virgin and untouched as a fruitcake.

Guests want to feel pampered. And nothing says, “You’re special!” like a room unspoiled by human contact. If you’re fortunate enough to have a separate, formal living room, it should be off limits to everyone with whom you share a last name.


Invest in a tasteful velvet rope. This elegantly advises family members that unless they’re clutching an Academy Award or turning water into wine, they have no business here.