Sunday, January 25, 2009

White House Style

Now that Michael S. Smith is in charge of decorating the residential quarters of the White House for the Obama's we expect to see some changes....Personally I can't wait! I absolutely love change especially when it comes to beautiful rooms. Based on his work Mr. Smith coming to Washington is a good thing! His style is often heaped in tradition but with a lighter more modern touch. I've never seen one of his rooms I didn't absolutely love. Refreshing, light, serene, modern are a few words that describe the feel of his work. I like the term modern
traditional. I want to know what his plans will be for the Yellow Oval Room on the second floor of the residential quarters. This room dates back to before the Roosevelt days... not Franklin, but Teddy. I'd love to see it come more fashion forward... It may be hard, but I can wait.

Yellow Oval Room: 1909

Yellow Oval Room: 2006

This Michael S. Smith room is heaped in traditional
style yet it isn't heavy
. The color pallet is light and sophisticated.

Laura Bush host a guest in the Yellow Oval Room
on the 2nd floor of the residential quarters.
This room has evolved
over administrations

President Obama isn't changing the Oval office least
not now...stay tuned

Outgoing First Lady Laura Bush invites incoming First Lady Michelle Obama
to tour the White House.
The fan window makes a beautiful focal point but the feel of
the west hall sitting room could use an update.

The Regan's host Prince Charles and Princess Diana in the
Yellow Oval Room: 1985

The Kennedy's in the Yellow Oval Room: 1963


Things That Inspire said...

I can't seem to get enough of these White House pictures! I don't think I had ever seen a picture of the private quarters of the WH before last week.

I think it is prudent of Obama to keep the oval office decor the same for makes him seem like he is conscious of not spending unnecessarily. Aside from those Western style sculptures (the artist's name is escaping me), I think the decor is quite beautiful and neutral, and certainly not out of date. I think the rug is the nicest one yet (out of the past several administrations).

Topsy Turvy said...

Fay - you found more photos than I did! Wonder why we don't see more of the private quarters?


TheDecoDetective said...

I'm really excited about this even though I'm not American! It'll be very interesting to see the result of this collaboration.

Colour Me Happy said...

You found some really great images, love them, thanks for the tour (and for dropping by my blog)!