The holiday season comes alive with “The Nature of Christmas”, the 2013 theme at The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. We talk with the designers behind this year-long project and take a tour through the grandest of rooms.
For more than 20 years, Gloria Brank has been decorating Biltmore House for Christmas. In her role as floral department supervisor, she’s also instrumental in organizing the design and installation of Christmas at Biltmore displays across the entire estate and has decorated almost every room in Biltmore House. This year, she’s once again decorating the library, a room that’s always been one of her favorites.
The inspiration for her floral display came from above, as she gazed upward at the beautiful library ceiling canvas painted by Pelligrini. Called The Chariot of Aurora, the painting symbolizes the coming of dawn. “As I thought about our theme, I wanted to interpret ‘nature’ as the meaning of Christmas, with all the angels and cherubs announcing the birth of Christ,” Brank says.