The New York Times

Even the Tree Has a Stylist


The most famous outsourced Christmas, of course, is at the White House, where the holiday decorating was overseen this year by Laura Dowling, its chief floral designer, and installed by hundreds of volunteers, as HGTV viewers saw in a program Sunday evening. The star is the Blue Room Christmas tree, decorated this year in ornaments designed by students at the Savannah College of Art and Design in natural materials, in service to Michelle Obama’s theme of “Simple Gifts.”

A version of this article appeared in print on December 16, 2010, on page D1 of the New York edition.

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