Houzz, a home decorating website, reports that 60% of all homeowners plan to remodel their master bedroom. This includes the current President of the United States, who has full disclosure in decorating the White House.
In an unprecedented reveal, President Obama recently released a sneak peak of his family’s personal living areas for all Americans to see. The exclusive set of pictures reveals the Yellow Oval Room, the Treaty Room, and the Old Family Dining Room.
These rooms, along with the Oval Office, were decorated by the Los Angeles-based interior designer Michael Smith, who met the Obamas soon after 2008 election. First Lady Michelle Obama explained that Smith was able to “reflect her family’s tastes while respecting the history of the White House” Time reports.
Smith mellowed the Yellow Oval Room, which serves as the family’s living room, by incorporating elements of smoky browns, greens, golds, and blues. Artwork by Paul Cezane and Daniel Garber are hung around the mantel, and the furniture is upholstered in rich velvet and soft suede.
The Treaty Room, where Obama often retreats to at the end of the day, boasts personal touches such as Obama’s two Grammy Awards, and family photos from around the world. Obama also uses the room’s namesake table, which has had a place in the White House since 1869, as a desk in the center of the room.
Then there is the Old Family Dining Room, which is a bit different than the rest of the space. Works from Alma Thomas, the first African American woman artist represented in the White House adds a modern splash with bright reds, blues, and yellows complimented by rich maroons.
President Obama has been known to describe the White House as “The People’s House.” This rings true as for the past eight years of his presidency, he explains that he has lived in a home that not only reflects his personal style but the diversity of the nation through his art and decor choices.
Readers can find more in depth pictures in the November issue of Architectural Digest.