03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Natural Home Decorates Blair House For Magazine Holiday Design Showcase

So, this is cool. Natural Home
has been invited to decorate rooms in Blair House, the President’s
guest house that hardly anyone ever gets to see, and the U.S. State
Department’s Harry S. Truman Building in Washington, DC. We’re among
six magazines participating in the first-ever Magazine Holiday Design Showcase,
a partnership between the U.S. State Department and the Magazine
Publishers of America. The State Department is giving us unprecedented
access to rooms that are rarely open to the public—an elegant and
prestigious way to showcase green decor. The rooms will be highlighted
in the press and visited by foreign leaders, diplomats, Senators,
Congressmen and dignitaries during the month of December. It’s a nice
holiday gift.

Jackson Conference Room U.S.State Department

U.S. State Department Adams Rooms

Natural Home will bring stylish, sustainable home decor to the Jackson Conference Room and the Adams Room. Photos Courtesy MPA.

We’re working with Associates III of Denver to decorate the Jackson Conference Room at Blair House.
If you know D.C., this is the room with the big bay window facing the
White House. We’re decking a 9-foot Christmas tree (that came with the
room) with quartz and LED lights, playing with handmade and recycled ornaments, recycled and organic ribbon and a few live Christmas trees. Over at the State Department, Washington-based J.D. Ireland is
helping us pull together a stunning yet serene mix of handmade
decorations, candles and topiaries for the Monroe Conference Room. Our
colleagues at Mother Earth News are ordering bushels of heirloom apples for the State Department’s Adams Room.

pewter bell ornament from ten thousand villages

Natural Home's
Christmas trees will be adorned with beautiful handmade and recycled
ornaments, such as this pewter ornament from Ten Thousand Villages.
Photo Courtesy Ten Thousand Villages.

We’re in esteemed company. In addition to our sister publication Mother Earth News, Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, This Old House and Traditional Home
are decorating rooms. With ours, we aim to show that simple, elegant,
and responsibly made holiday décor is an attainable and viable option
for everyone. This is our chance to show Washington—and beyond—how
beautiful green can be. 


We’ll be hauling out the organic holly next week. Follow along on our website and please do send ideas our way. Watch for photos and videos after the Magazine Holiday Design Showcase debuts on December 7.