As I’m sure you already know, just a week from today, the United States will make history. President- elect Barack Obama will take office and Michelle, Sasha, and Malia will move with him into the White House.
In a recent House Beautiful online article, well known interior designers were asked “How would you redecorate the White House?”
Some of their resourceful ideas…
“First off, I would repaint the entire place. A color like Farrow & Ball’s Pointing. A softer, more up-to-date white…. And no more tumbling hotel/casket flower arrangements. Instead, masses of garden roses, peonies, tulips, or hydrangeas, in simple containers.”
— RANDY POWERS, HOUSTON
“Purchase new White House china from Target!”
— ERIC COHLER, NEW YORK
Adorne 20-pc. Bone China Dinnerware Set, $89.99 from Target.
“I would look to the original American furniture that’s there and reinvent it in a modern way. Edit through the formality with easy, warm, casual elegance. Like the people moving in.”
— THOMAS O’BRIEN, NEW YORK
Bellport Club Chair from the Thomas O’Brien for Hickory Chair furniture collection.
“The Obamas are the perfect imaginary clients. They have the confidence to mix it up and make it their own, but have a reverence for history. Let’s evict the Aubussons and put in something more clean and natural, replace the wood-framed settees with down-filled sofas, lose the passementerie and work with bolder geometrics and graphic tape trim.”
— CELERIE KEMBLE, NEW YORK
5701-03 Sofa by Celerie for Laneventure.
“I would replace frou-frou damasks and silks with environmentally sustainable casual linens in an earthy brown palette, with accents in optimistic colors, like verdant green, lemon, yellow, and tangerine…. Most important, I would create an amazing, relaxed, colorful multipurpose space where they can really be a family and escape the demands of the world. Their love and commitment to one another will no doubt be his inspiration for all that he is embarking on.”
— WINDSOR SMITH, LOS ANGELES
Of course decorating the White House would be a dream come true for most designers….what updates would you give the White House (if given the chance)?