Christmas living room
Photo: Helen Norman
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Stately Decor

This room is especially dear to us, because we actually decorated it ourselves. The editors at This Old House helped make Blair House, the presidential guest house in Washington, D.C., festive for Christmas in 2009, making use of clever, low-cost ideas to create a holiday with a little history. In the Lincoln Room, the decorations TOH created drew from the Federal-style architecture of the original house and traditional trimmings used during the period. The pomegranate, magnolia-leaf, pine cone, and pheasant feathers together make a beautiful, natural garland to complement this grand mantel.

See all of the traditional decorating ideas.
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