Coffee Table Candy: White House as Dream House

The White House fascinates us because it’s first a home, a home for the most important living American figure &mdash full of bathrooms, creaky furniture and walls that need repainting. Authors Ulysses Grant Dietz and Sam Watters trace the evolution of the most iconic American home in Dream House

The authors of Dream House compare the White House to other American homes and explain how each change suited the then-president, “saving the most withering criticism for Jackie,” writes Christopher Petkanas in a review for The New York Times. Everyone thinks Jackie Kennedy restored it to how past presidents lived, writes Petkanas about the book’s theory, but, quoting Grant and Watters, “in fact, she restored it to how she thought they should have lived.”

Now that’s some juicy White House-plus-home décor gossip we can’t wait to set out on our coffee table.

(Images: Amazon, Customer image gallery for Dream House on Amazon)

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