They married last September, just one month to the day after meeting each other, but Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom had no doubts about their future. “It was easy for us,” she says of their decision to tie the knot. Three months later the newlyweds geared up for their first holiday together, but there was just one hitch-home at the time was the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. “It took a long time finding our dream house,” explains Khloe.
So the couple faced the challenge of transforming a simple hotel suite into a room to remember. Getting special permission to bring in a Christmas tree was no easy feat, admits Khloe, 26. “I said listen, it’s our first Christmas together, and I’m dying to make it special for Lamar.” Embracing her new role as wife, she dove right in to making every detail memorable. “I made everything platinum. I even had fake white snow everywhere,” she recalls. “I knew I had to make sure he had an amazing Christmas even if we weren’t in our house.”
Fast-forward a year and the Kardashian-Odoms have finally settled into a seven-bedroom Mediterranean-style house in the L.A. area that they redid from top to bottom. “When we first saw it,” recalls Lamar, 31, a forward on the Los Angeles Lakers, “the dude who lived here had a 10-ft. statue of the Incredible Hulk in the entry.” With Khloe’s magic touch, the pair’s home reflects their “young but classy” style, says Lamar. But now they’re ready to add some festive flair for their first real Christmas, which will no doubt be infused with the same holiday spirit Khloe fondly remembers from her childhood.
The Kardashians were-and still are-one close-knit clan. Khloe’s sisters Kourtney, 31 (who has an 11-month-old son, Mason, with boyfriend Scott Disick, 27), and Kim, 30, younger brother Robert, 23 (who now lives with Khloe and Lamar for the time being), mom Kris Jenner, 55, stepfather Bruce Jenner, 61 (Khloe’s father, lawyer Robert Kardashian, passed away from cancer in 2003), and half sisters Kendall, 15, and Kylie, 13, still spend the holidays together. “Last year there were so many changes,” recalls Khloe. “Mason was born and Lamar was a new member of our family. This year I’m ready to make new memories.”
The scene growing up in the Keeping Up with the Kardashians household was a traditional one. “My mom was very red and green and very plaid,” says Khloe of Kris’ taste. “She has the Santa hat in lights on her roof and carolers singing at the front door when people arrive.” And Kris’ annual Christmas Eve party is still something Khloe looks forward to: “She decks out the house. I love it.”
It only seems fitting that Khloe looked to her mother for inspiration when tackling the task of decorating her own house for the holidays. “I definitely get things from my mom,” she admits. “Their tastes are very similar,” adds Lamar. “I can watch Khloe decorate stuff and I see Kris in her.” Only Khloe amps up the glitz factor. “I love taking her elements but then blinging it out my way,” she says. “I’m more platinum and metallics, a winter wonderland. My mom is more in-your-face-Christmas!”
Over the top or not, what Khloe and Lamar are looking forward to most is creating fresh traditions. “Every year the Lakers have a Christmas Day game,” says Khloe. “My mom was like, ‘Well, that’s gonna be the new ritual.’ We’ll go to the game and open presents and eat leftovers afterward.” There may not be any pitter-patter of little feet just yet-although Lamar does have two children, Destiny, 12, and Lamar Jr., 9, from a previous relationship-but that hasn’t stopped the newlyweds from getting excited about their future. “I’m now starting something I’ll get to do with our kids,” she says. “When I have kids, I’m going to go crazy with Christmas!”
Khloe’s New Traditions!
SHE’S INSPIRED BY FAMILY
Khloe inherited a quirky cookie stand (right, center) from her mom that she plans to fill with Lamar’s fave cookies.
SHE CARVES OUT QUALITY TIME
Christmas morning is for Odoms only: Khloe and Lamar hang out before his afternoon basketball game.
Create a Classy Christmas
Khloe’s designer, Mark Held of Mark’s Garden Los Angeles, shares his easy tips
FOCUS ON THE TREE
“It should be the showstopper,” says Held, who favors flocked trees (ones that look like they’re coated in snow) for a lush look. “With lights and a few ornaments, it looks great.”
“Incorporate lots of candles because they create ambiance and they’ll last you the entire season.”
PLACE YOUR DECOR WISELY
Don’t fill every corner with a holiday tchotchke. “Concentrate on a few areas. It’s great to decorate the family room and kitchen where people spend time.”
MAKE IT SPARKLE
“Silver is a big trend this year,” says Held. Buy metallic ribbon to tie on to garland for an “eye-catching and elegant” look.