WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama enjoys to say the White House is the “people’s house.” Now, the folks are getting a peek at the rooms where he resides.
Exclusive photos published Tuesday from Architectural Digest are offering the public its first glimpse of private areas on the second floor of the White House that Obama, his wife, Michelle, daughters Malia and Sasha and family dogs Bo and Sunny have called home for nearly eight years.
Los Angeles-based interior designer Michael Smith decorated the rooms, as well as the Oval Office. A mutual friend in Chicago introduced him into the Obamas after the 2008 election.
The first lady said Smith was able to reflect her household’s tastes while respecting the foundation of the White House.
“Above all , it’s really felt as a home for our loved ones,” she told the magazine.
Photos reveal the Yellow Oval Room; the Treaty Room, where Obama retreats late at night to read briefing material for the next day; a sitting room; a dining room; and also the master bedroom. The rooms are adorned with a number of contemporary and modern art borrowed from leading art institutions, such as the National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian museums.
Architectural Digest also has printed photos of the private living quarters of Presidents John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.
Amy Astley, the editor in chief, said the Obamas’ personal fashion, along with the diversity and history of the nation, are reflected in their art and decoration options. The Architectural Digest problem with photos of the Obama living quarters will be scheduled to appear on newsstands on Nov. 8, Election Day.
Decorated in beige colors, the master bedroom features an antique canopy bed decked out using fine Italian linen. Identical, footed tables in both sides of the bed, 1 bearing family photos and one piled with books. Matching, upholstered seats and a sofa form a sitting space.
Smith called the sack that the Obamas’ “refuge”
“You really want to ensure that the president of these usa has a good night’s sleep,” he told the magazine.
That’s something Obama apparently has. “I have a call right by my bedside and every morning somebody calls and says, ‘Mr. President, it’s your own 7 a.m. wake-up call,'” Obama said last week during an appearance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
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