More on holiday decorating - White House style! Each year I wait in anticipation to see America's most important house all decked out. For this year's theme the first lady picked "Simple Gifts", which I think is very fitting and a great reminder to us all that our most treasured blessings don't cost a thing. White House decor will always be glamorous and somewhat traditional. It's the emphasis on more crafty, creative, and eco-friendly touches that make this year's theme so enchanting and somewhat modern. The green room has to be my favorite of all this year. In keeping with its "green living and creativity" theme, it sparkles with just the right touch of opulence.

The Green Room
Rolls of old newspaper painted and sprinkled with gold glitter. The result is an eco-chic tree that can still keep up with the room's stately appearance.


 More crafty trees as accent decor in the green room:

The East Room
I also love this year's range of colors! Peacock colors were used in the East Room, the largest room in the White House. Teal, navy, orange, plum and bronze ribbons and ornaments adorn the room's 4 trees - all topped with custom designed peacocks by James Lutke.

More faves:
The east colonnade wreaths made from dried fruits, artichokes and gourds
The library tree in classic red and green, paying tribute to the "gift of stories"
And of course, the official White House Tree in the Blue room, honoring county and state fairs. Blue ribbons adorn the 18-foot tree.

Photos: Marty Katz,