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Natural Home & Garden Goes to Washington

When Natural Home & Garden received a once-in-a-lifetime invitation to decorate the president’s guest house and the State Department, we got busy finding the most sustainable, beautiful holiday décor available.



A VivaTerra quartz crystal ornament is one of hundreds to adorn the traditonal Blair House Christmas tree, visible to passersby on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Photo By Rob Cardillo
We showcased VivaTerra lanterns (made of reclaimed Indian beer bottles) in the State Department.
Photo By Rob Cardillo
VivaTerra's holiday trees made of birch bark shavings were among dozens of holiday trees in our design.
Photo By Rob Cardillo
Découpage gives vintage ornaments, found on eBay, new life.
Photo By Rob Cardillo
Arhaus Bird and Finch vases are made from recycled glass.
Photo By Rob Cardillo
Ten Thousand Villages' dried flower mistletoe balls—handmade in Peru from eucalyptus, wheat, caspia and salal—grace the Blair House Jackson Entry staircase.
Photo By Rob Cardillo
Recycled glass domes from Arhaus top soy candles.
Photo By Rob Cardillo
VivaTerra's reclaimed metal temple bells, angels handmade from oil drums washed up in Haiti, and organic, wild-harvested cedar and hydrangea blend elegance with sustainability.
Photo By Rob Cardillo
Handmade recycled newspaper and cardboard trees, "planted" in terra cotta pots, top a table of gifts wrapped in recycled paper. (Find instructions to make both trees at www.naturalhomemagazine.com.)
Photo By Rob Cardillo
Secretary Clinton honored State Department employees whose duties kept them away from their families during the holidays.
Photo By Rob Cardillo
Washington, D.C., designers J.D. Ireland Interiors graced the State Department's Monroe Room conference table with mini holiday trees made from boxwood sprigs.
Photo By Rob Cardillo
The traditional 9-foot tree in the Blair House bay window dazzles with hundreds of natural quartz crystals and superefficient LED lights.
Photo By Rob Cardillo
Associates III's Cassandra Coombe gets busy.
Photo By Rob Cardillo
The Jackson Conference Room celebrates our nation's abundant natural resources with cotton buds, live holiday trees from a local garden center, and Seeds of Joy wreaths made with organic, wild-harvested fir, salal and eucalyptus.
Photo By Rob Cardillo
The Blair House Jackson Entry features heirloom apples and homemade citrus-slice ornaments.
Photo By Rob Cardillo
We wrapped traditional amaryllis plants in packing material.
Photo By Rob Cardillo
Our sister publication, Mother Earth News, adorned the Jackson Sitting Room's marble fireplace with a bushel of heirloom wheat and trees covered in peace dove cookies bearing flags of the world.
Photo By Rob Cardillo
Traditional Home's Lee Dining Room showcases classic decor.
Photo By Robert Burgess
Better Homes and Gardens decorated the Blair House garden with ethereal floating ornaments.
Photo By Robert Burgess
This Old House brought 1940s memorabilia to the Truman Study.
Photo By Robert Burgess
Martha Stewart Living's pink candy theme graced the Blair House Dining Room.
Photo By Robert Burgess
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets our publisher, Bryan Welch.
Photo By Rob Cardillo
Managing editor Jessica Kellner, assistant editor Kim Wallace, editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence, publisher Bryan Welch and technical editor Tabitha Alterman gather in front of the Blair House Christmas tree.
Photo By Rob Cardillo











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