The Private Living Area Of The White House Is Very Different – This Is How The Obamas Live
Everyone’s seen, at one point or another, a photo of the Oval Office and the other rooms where they take their PR snaps.
That’s not really the whole story of what living in the White House entails, because there is a private living quarter that most of us will never be privy to.
Good thing the Obamas decided to let Architectural Digest in for a tour, which means we get to snoop around as well.
Some of their write-up:
…for anyone who appreciates the power of design, Michelle and Barack Obama’s emendations to the White House speak volumes about the sea change in American culture the two have championed for the past eight years. Adorned with an unprecedented array of 20th- and 21st-century artworks, their private quarters remain an oasis of civility and, yes, refined taste in a political arena so often bereft of both…
“Because of Michael Smith, the private residence of the White House has not only reflected our taste but also upheld the proud history of this building. Above all, it has truly felt like a home for our family,” says Mrs. Obama in praise of the Los Angeles–based decorator, who has collaborated closely with the First Family during their tenure in Washington, D.C.
Whatever – let’s snoop:
Smith mellowed the Yellow Oval Room with smoky browns, greens, golds, and blues. The 1978 Camp David peace accords were signed at the antique Denis-Louis Ancellet desk in the foreground.
The Treaty Room—filled with memorabilia including one of the President’s two Grammy Awards, family photos, and a personalised football—is where Mr. Obama often retreats late at night.
Works by Robert Rauschenberg (left) and Alma Thomas make a modern splash in the Old Family Dining Room.
The Solarium on the White House roof.
The Family Dining Room.
The Family Sitting Room contains a Sean Scully artwork, a Roman Thomas sofa, a Baker floor lamp, and a Jasper side table.
The master suite’s antique canopy bed is curtained with Larsen and Jasper fabrics and outfitted with Nancy Koltes bed linens. Mirrors and sofa fabric by Jasper.
That’s a pretty decent digs.
So now you’re probably wondering when Donald and Melania can start their redecorating, which is where ABC come in:
How will the Trumps — known for grandeur and over-the-top living conditions — change the residence and preserve the collection of fine and decorative arts associated with the 224-year-old home?
“They are not going to let Trump in and tear down the walls,” said Kate Andersen Brower, author of “First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies.”
She said most changes will occur on the second and third floors of the mansion; the Lincoln Room and the Yellow Oval Room will remain off-limits. The Trumps will work with a White House curator to ensure they are preserving history, she noted.
The first lady will collaborate with an interior designer of her choice, just as the Obamas and Clintons did, to add personal style to the living quarters.
“Some parts are essentially historic rooms and belong to the American people, not to the families who live there,” Brower said.
I guess only time will tell, because Donald has never really been one to play by the rules.
If you’re thinking of revamping your home, whether or not it’s as grand as what we’ve seen above, speak to Robert Thomson and you can’t go wrong.
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