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Dreaming of a White (House) Christmas

This winter, interior designer and St. Kate's adjunct faculty member Annie Ballantine '05 was part of a team of 130 volunteers selected from a pool of thousands of hopefuls to help First Lady Michelle Obama decorate the White House for the 2011 holiday season. Eventually, Ballantine was picked to lead a 50-member team tasked with decorating four large Christmas trees placed in the Grand Foyer. "The trees were gorgeous, full, 16-foot Christmas trees," Ballantine recalls. "We placed thousands of ornaments." More than 85,000 people toured or visited the White House for the holidays.

She, woodcut, 23"x31"

Annie Ballantine '05