Natural Home Thanks Decoration Sponsors of Blair House and State Department Magazine Holiday Design Showcase Project

When Natural Home received the honor of participating in the State Department's Diplomacy at Home for the Holidays decorations project, we knew who to call.

| December 2009 Web

  • A birch bark tree adds to a recurring theme of Christmas trees throughout the room.
    Photo By Rob Cardillo
  • A recycled glass chickadee vase from Arhaus Furniture invokes thoughts of peace this holiday season
    Photo By Rob Cardillo
  • The Blair House’s traditional annual 9-foot Christmas tree is visible to passersby on Pennsylvania Ave. We decorated it in eco-friendly style with natural quartz crystals from Viva Terra and LED lights from Bulbrite.
    Photo By Rob Cardillo
  • Cotton buds and pussy willows from a local florist and mistletoe kissing balls soften the marble mantel in the Jackson Conference Room.
    Photo By Rob Cardillo
  • Decoupaged 1960s bulb ornaments are just one of many handcrafted decorations.
    Photo By Rob Cardillo
  • Natural Home and Associates III decorated the Jackson Entry with Dried Flower Mistletoe Balls from Ten Thousand Villages. The mistletoe balls are handcrafted out of eucalyptus, wheat, caspia and salal by artisans in Lima, Peru.
    Photo By Rob Cardillo
  • Natural Home’s theme for the room was one of conscientious, simple luxury.
    Photo By Rob Cardillo
  • Reclaimed metal temple bells, oil drum angels made in Haiti and holiday centerpiece made with organic, wild-harvested cedar and hydrangeas—all from Viva Terra—showcase a perfect blend of elegance and sustainability.
    Photo By Rob Cardillo
  • Our handmade recycled newspaper tree crowns a table of gifts in recycled and reusable wrapping. Our recycled cardboard trees, “planted” in terra cotta planters, add a touch of whimsy.
    Photo By Rob Cardillo

Natural Home would like to give special thanks to Viva Terra for donating a huge quantity of beautiful, reclaimed and eco-friendly items to our Magazine Holiday Design Showcase. Natural Home has worked with Viva Terra and featured a number of the company’s fantastic home décor products before, so when we received the honor of participating in the State Department’s showcase, we knew immediately who to call.

A perfect blend of design elegance, classic style and conscientiousness, Viva Terra succeeds in perfectly combining the values most important to us here at Natural Home. Our belief is that an eco-friendly home is healthier and happier for the inhabitants and the planet—Viva Terra proves that it is also a more beautiful home aesthetically and ethically.

Some of the featured items included Oil Drum Angels, made by Haitian artisans out of empty oil drums that washed up on shore after World War II; Temple Bells made with 100 percent reclaimed brass-plated steel; the 100 percent organic, wild-harvested Festive Holiday Centerpiece made with cedar, achillea, flax and hydrangeas; gorgeous Birch Bark Trees; and Seeds of Joy wreaths made with eucalyptus, fir and salal, all certified organic and wild harvested. Natural Home decorated the Blair House’s customary 9-foot Christmas Tree, visible to passers-by on Pennsylvania Avenue, with hundreds of Viva Terra’s Quartz Crystal Ornaments and LED lights from Bulbrite.

Having featured Ten Thousand Villages and its products many times in our 10 years of publication, Natural Home has come to trust in and rely on the quality of Ten Thousand Villages products, and strongly believe in its mission of supporting artisans in nations around the world. The impeccable quality of its products and our shared vision of supporting fair trade artisans made Ten Thousand Villages a perfect fit to participate with Natural Home in the State Department’s Magazine Holiday Design Showcase and to provide decor for our diplomatic reception rooms, which host hundreds of guests including foreign leaders, diplomats, Senators, Congressmen and dignitaries. In addition to showcasing the beauty of sustainable local and handmade items, Natural Home felt compelled to show that, when chosen conscientiously, the products we Americans buy can support developing nations and impoverished communities around the world. The artistry of Ten Thousand Villages’ beautiful items also showed that supporting international artisans imparts our homes and other spaces with a beauty, worldliness and wonder not available through mass-produced home décor.  

Eco-friendly hemp linen, product and fabric company Rawganique offered beautiful hemp table linens that are made in a healthy environment.

At the reception and throughout the holiday season, guests will be treated to fair trade, organic chocolate courtesy of SERRV International.



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