Architectural Digest reveals the Obama White House. After almost 8 years in office, our Commander in Chief is finally opening the doors to his private residence. Decorated by interior designer Michael S. Smith, the residence embodies a classic old world elegance with a relaxed, modern twist.The Treaty Room.
The table in the Treaty Room has been at the White House since 1869 and currently serves as a writing desk for President Obama. George Catlin scenes of Native American life hang on the wall, which is covered in custom-stenciled Larsen abaca.
Eighteen-fifties overmantel mirror; 1930s Hereke carpet.
The Yellow Oval Room.
The Yellow Oval Room was toned down with smoky browns, greens, golds, and blues. I love the artwork in this room. Isn’t that a beautiful chandelier?
The West Hall.
Alma Thomas’s 1973 Sky Light painting hangs above a circa-1895 English mahogany pier table. This painting is usually on display at the National Women in the Arts Museum when it is not on loan to the Obama’s. The artist created this masterpiece when she was almost 80 years old.
The Center Hall.
The Center Hall contains Peter Schlesinger urns (at rear, on pedestals) and paintings by Sam Francis (far right) and Hans Hofmann.
The Family Dining Room
Late-1960s Robert Mangold works hang on the Family Dining Room’s Jasper-fabric-covered walls. I really love that wallpaper.
The Old Family Dining Room.
Works by Robert Rauschenberg (left) and Alma Thomas make a modern splash in the Old Family Dining Room. What do you think about the blend of traditional furnishings with modern art work?
The Master Suite
So, what do you think of the Obama White House? It seems to me like the First Lady prefers modern furnishings and interior designer, Michael S. Smith, worked to blend her modern style with the traditional design and furnishings of the White House.
See the rest of the tour at Architectural Digest.