Across the street and just a few doors down from The White House on Pennsylvania Avenue sits Blair House, a line of four 19th-century townhouses that together serve as the guest house for foreign heads of state visiting the president. Last holiday season, the United States Department of State, which manages the use of Blair House, teamed up with the Magazine Publishers of America to decorate the rooms.This Old House decorated two. Keep reading for TOH's traditional decorating ideas.
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1. Pomegranate and Magnolia-Leaf Garland
Pomegranates are traditionally a symbol of prosperity; Thomas Jefferson is said to have tried to grow them (unsuccessfully) at Monticello. Together with magnolia leaves, pine cones, and pheasant feathers, they make a beautiful natural garland to dress up a plain mantel or complement a grand one.
Garland custom made for This Old House by Lee's Flower and Card Shop, a Teleflora florist.