A White House Christmas: Festive Designs with Decorative Rugs

An estimated 85,000 visitors are expected to tour the White House this holiday season and last weekend I was lucky enough to be one of them.  Decorated by thousands of volunteers and staff, the space was just incredible.  Enormous wreaths, yards upon yards of garland and upward of 35 Christmas trees adorn each room.  Being there I couldn’t help but get into the holiday spirit!

Decorative rugs in the White HouseView of the White House from the north lawn.

Having never been to the White House, immediately upon arriving at the gates I was struck by the building’s remarkable granduer. The interior was equally impressive…

Decorative rugs in the White HouseStars surrounded the hanging lanterns on the ground floor.

From elegant moldings, silk wall coverings, antique furnishings to intricate decorative rugs, even without the holiday decor the White House is an incredible feast for the eyes.

floral trellis needlepoint rug, White House State Dining RoomThe State Dining Room with a portrait of President Lincoln and a floral trellis decorative rug.

“Shine, Give, Share” was the White House’s theme for the 2011 holiday season.  Almost every tree had a decortive swag declaring the thoughtful statement.

Red traditional decorative rug, White House China roomRed is the theme of the China Room on the ground floor with it’s beautiful portrait of Grace Coolidge and a traditional decorative rug.

Of all the rooms I was able to see on the White House tour the one I enjoyed most was the Red Room.  Apparently it is most often used as a parlor or music room but it has occasionally hosted small dinner parties.  I just loved the use of color in the space, not to mention the incredible floral arrangements.

Cream, Red Neoclassical rug, White House Red Room

A lovely arrangement in the Red Room on the first floor. The red and cream Neoclassical rug is in the background.

This year’s official White House Christmas tree was decorated with ornaments, medals and cards made by children from military families.  The homemade pieces were such a simple yet beautiful way to celebrate and honor those individuals who have served in the armed forces.

Decorative rugs in the White HouseA detail of ornaments on the White House’s official Christmas tree.

Each room in the White House was absolutely incredible to see decorated for the holidays but I have to say my favorite decoration was the White House’s official gingerbread house.  The sheer magnitude of it is incredible!

Neoclassical rug, White House Christmas 2011 Gingerbread HouseThe White House’s Gingerbread House

Leaving the White House last weekend I was thrilled to have seen such a spectacular and historic space.  Whether decorated for the holidays or simply set up for daily use, the White House is a truly remarkable landmark.

Happy Holidays!


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