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Blue Room Flowers 1962

June 11, 2015 Notes: White House Blue Room floral arrangement from March 22, 1962 by Rusty Young. Until the administration of John F. Kennedy, floral arrangements at the White House had been extremely formal in style. Guided by advice from her horticulturalist friend Rachel Lambert Mellon, Jackie Kennedy began to use looser and more relaxed arrangements, many based upon 16th-century Flemish floral and fruit still lifes. China dishes from previous administrations were used as vases, including two 18th-century dessert coolers used by the Madisons. The White House collection of vermeil tableware, previously only on display in the Vermeil Room, was also used for arrangements. The position of Chief Floral Designer was established, and Rusty Young was the first to occupy the position, continuing to work into the Johnson and Nixon administrations. 

Image copyright Jake Gariepy (Dapper and Dreamy)

Caroline's Bedroom Dresser Display

May 16, 2015 Notes: Rare view of items displayed on Caroline Kennedy's bedroom dresser. The items include a lamp, jewelry box, decorative animals, butterfly artwork, and a cute picture of Caroline with Santa Claus.

Source: JFK Library, May 1963 film by Cecil Stoughton. Image edited by Steven L. Brawley.

Finland Flower Arrangement

May 3, 2015 Notes: Rendering of flower arrangement for a luncheon in honor of Urho Kekkonen, President of Finland, State Dining Room, White House, Washington, D.C., October 16, 1961. Hosted by President and Mrs. Kennedy.

Image copyright Jake Gariepy (Dapper and Dreamy)

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