White House Interior Design Photos Since 1961

Architectural Digest

It's been 50 years since First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy commissioned the White House Historical Association and began her much-lauded, historic redesign of the White House. In honor of the anniversary, Architectural Digest has posted an intriguing slideshow of White House photos from their pages.

Kennedy's project was the first modern redesign of the White House and her work to restore historic pieces and raise awareness did much to connect Americans emotionally to the home. Since then, we've often seen the White House and its décor as indicative of American tastes and mores. This was in evidence in 2009 when the Obamas chose Michael Smith as their interior designer, causing the design blogosphere to go into overdrive reposting and debating his work.

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Nancy and Ronald Reagan's bedroom

Of course, we also like to see where American ingenuity and resourcefulness are in evidence, from Nancy Reagan's decision to leave the Red Room as it was to the chairs and furnishings that have been reupholstered and redone time and time again. Each photo also shows the indelible imprint of the couple that lived there at the time, from the Kennedys' chic French-influenced style, to George and Laura Bush's luxe, traditional redesign of the Green Room.

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The Green Room, which was refreshed in 2007.

See the full slideshow and read more about the rooms at Architectural Digest.

Images: Architectural Digest