The First Lady Hired Reese Witherspoon’s Designer to Make Over Her East Wing Office

published Mar 1, 2022
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The White House’s East Wing Office is getting a makeover — and for those who are familiar with the work of Mark D. Sikes (or have seen the inside of Reese Witherspoon’s house), you can probably get a good idea of what the final product may look like.

Sikes announced on Instagram on Feb. 19 that First Lady Dr. Jill Biden hired him to redesign her office. The designer is famous for his blue-and-white aesthetic that pulls inspiration from grand English country homes and 1960s interiors.

“I’m so excited to announce and share that I will be working with First Lady Jill Biden to refresh and redecorate her East Wing Office,” Sikes wrote on Instagram. “This is an honor of a lifetime and I am both humbled and thrilled. To create beauty has always been my passion and I’ve also come to realize it’s my purpose. Thank you to The First Lady, her team and to those who came before her and those still to come.”

“WOW!! This is amazing. I’m so happy for you, Mark!” Witherspoon commented. Her home leans heavily into Sikes’ love for blue and white with a country cottage theme — ginghams, floral prints, creams, and navies are here, there, and everywhere.

Other famed designers who have redone the East Wing Office include Louis Comfort Tiffany, McKim, Mead & White, Sister Parish, Stéphane Boudin, Carleton Varney, Mark Hampton, Kaki Hockersmith, Michael S. Smith, and Tham Kannalikham.

Perhaps the public will get a glimpse of the final redesign when Sikes completes it. If history tells us anything, Sikes will likely include more than a few pops of navy, perhaps some matching curtains, wallpaper and upholstery, and a sprinkling of ornate accessories that look like they were purchased by English nobility in the 18th century.