Happy Presidents Day!

Happy Presidents Day!

Gregory Han
Feb 18, 2008

The team at Apartment Therapy Los Angeles want to wish you all a happy Presidents Day (hopefully some of you are enjoying a long weekend). We'll be here, but posting a lighter load of coverage today, and we'll all be back tomorrow with our normal schedule of posts.

Some presidential decor related trivia under the jump...

Here's a little US Presidents trivia from William Seale, author of The White House: The History of an American Idea: the White House "Red Room" has been lipstick red during the Truman presidency, cerise during the Kennedy years and poinsettia while under the Nixon residency. "The Red Room received its name in the 1840s. The room's small size and vivid color scheme has made it a favorite place for presidents and first ladies over the years." From the looks of things, the "Red Room" has returned to its roots.

Furnished in the Empire style of 1810-30, the Red Room contains several pieces of furniture from the New York workshop of the French-born cabinetmaker Charles-Honoré Lannuier. Benjamin Latrobe's 1803 drawing of the State Floor indicates that the Red Room served as "the President's Antichamber" for the Cabinet Room or President's Library next door. During the Madison Administration the antechamber became the "Yellow Drawing Room" and the scene of Dolley Madison's fashionable Wednesday night receptions. In "that centre of attraction" said a lady who knew her well, one saw "all these whom fashion, fame, beauty, wealth or talents, have render'd celebrated." Descriptions in contemporary accounts and bills of sale indicate that Monroe purchased furnishings for the Red Room, as well as for the present day Blue Room, in the prevailing Empire style. This style suited Monroe's desire to furnish the house in a manner that he considered appropriate to the dignity of the nation. The room has usually served as a parlor or sitting room; recent Presidents have had small dinner parties here.

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