Decorating the White House, even the private residence, is a balance of tradition and taste. To tackle the challenge, the Obamas worked with LA-based designer Michael Smith to make the First Home more homey. The latest issue of Architectural Digest gives us a peek inside.
This wasn't a task Smith took lightly. "To understand the context, I read every letter and note from Abigail Adams, Jacqueline Kennedy, Sister Parish, Stéphane Boudin, Kaki Hockersmith—anyone who had ever contributed to the history of this building," he told Architectural Digest. The result is a blend of history mixed with the Obamas' appreciation for simple elegance and contemporary art.
Part of the redecoration included the Old Family Dining Room, which was opened to the public for the first time last year at Mrs. Obama's request. In it hangs Resurrection by Alma Thomas, the first artwork by an African American woman to be displayed in the White House.
But what about the master bedroom? "Private, elegant, and calm," says Smith. "You really want to make sure that the President of the United States gets a good night's sleep."
Check out more of the residence online or in the new issue of Architectural Digest.