White House

A Decorating History: The White House

This week following the Presidents Day holiday we've looked at chandeliers and artwork that is decorating the White House.  In this post we'll take a look back through some decorating trends that had their moment in the White House. To think of the White House as a living "decorating history book" is kind of fun!

Some of the public rooms are more limited in what can change (such as the blue room, red room, green room), so we focused more on the residence part that showed strong evolution through the years. As the rooms evolved the unused furniture and decor was stored away for possible reuse again for another redesign. It's fascinating to take a look though how the rooms changed over the years, especially in the function. Some converted from living room to bedroom. This post just skims the surface, so you can click here, here, and here for more information.

Artwork on Display @ 1600 Penn

Earlier this week we shared a picture on our facebook page showing a chandelier that is currently decorating the White House. Today we'd like to take a look at some of the art that has been on loan over the past few years. It was amazing to read about how much impact these artwork decisions could have on an artists life - such as in one case increasing the artwork's value up to 300%! Not too shabby.

Sometimes presidents are praised and/or criticized for their choices (naturally), especially if the art was chosen for any political implications. The Obamas preferences tend towards modern art and they, along with their selected designer Michael Smith (!) made a wish list of about 40 artists. From there the list was narrowed down and here are a few images of my personal favorites.  Check out these links for more information (wsj) (nytimes). And check out the Google Art Project for an interactive tour!!