With a new President in town, its only natural that the Obamas’ re-decorate for their stay. The White House has taken on many looks over the last 60 years or so, and what better way to end a week then to take a look at its transformation.
The master bedroom circa Eisenhower’s days (1953-1961). With a sea-foam green and pink (!) color scheme, its a wonder it ever went out of style! This particular pink was so popular with Mamie Eisenhower, it became known as “Mamie Pink”. Did I mention the fantastic matching drapes!
Master bedroom circa Ford days, (1974-1977). The patterns have disappeared, but the headboard stayed. Every time someone new takes office, they are allowed access to stored antiques and furniture from previous years. Betty Ford however added the large chandelier and artwork. I wonder if she kept the “Mamie Pink”!
The Blue Room, during Kennedy’s stay from 1961-1963. Jackie Kennedy had style, there is no doubt about it. With the use of light blue silk taffeta fabric and dark wood accents, this room was a looker.
The Blue Room durning the Nixon administration (1969-1974) took on a completely different look from the Kennedy years. Pat Nixon removed the blue fabric walls and opted for a wallpaper boarder and a large area rug, covering the dark floors.
On to the Reagan years (1981-1989), master bedroom. Nancy Reagan added style by covering the room with hand-painted 18th century style Chinese paper with birds and bamboo. A far stretch from the green and pink.
On to the Clinton years (1993-2001). Hilary changed the wall boarder and covered the walls with an early 19th century French wallpaper, adapted from a style used in the Monroe era. The center marble topped table was left from the Bush administration.
And last but not least, Bush (part 2’s) run (2001-2009). Laura took the Lincoln Bedroom back to its roots. She restored the room to Lincoln’s own bedroom in the White House. Added were the cornice and draperies above the bed and a diamond print wallpaper that was copied from a scrap from his time. Also, the rug was designed to match the version that was used in Lincoln’s office.
What will we see next? Designer Michael Smith, from L.A has signed on to work with the Obamas’ to redecorate the living quarters. Stay tuned for the results! To see more white house design photography, take a look at this gallery