DENVER (CBS4) – The Colorado Governor’s Mansion got all decked out for the holidays on Sunday.

This year’s theme is “Vintage Colorado,” a reflection of Colorado history. A student design team came up with the idea. It’s the first time in a decade the historic home has been decorated inside and out.

In a competition to decorate one of the most historic places in Colorado, Kelly Walden and her student design team’s idea took the top spot.

“We submitted a design board … the theme was Colorado’s homes for the holidays,” Walden said.

“Everybody’s home is what’s in their heart and where they grew up,” Walden said. “For us, that meant ‘Vintage Colorado.’ “

“I think you’ll be delighted to see how elegant and beautiful it is this year,” Cynthia Starks with the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund said.

The 2013 collectible ornament was also displayed.

“It’s a replica of our Colorado state china,” Starks said.

The ornments can be bought at the gift show or online.

Starting Dec. 14 tours will feature both the history of the home and this year’s decorations, all free to the public.

“This year at the residence every room on the first floor is open,” Starks said.

“We had a great time and we think it turned out beautiful,” Walden said.

From the menial tree to the classic drawing room, each decoration speaks for a piece of Colorado history.

“We want to invite all of you down, we are open Dec. 14 through Dec. 20,” Starks said.

Tours take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year’s ornament can be purchased. All proceeds go back into the preservation fund.

LINK: Purchase Ornaments Online


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