See the private side of The White House This image provided by Architectural Digest shows The Treaty Room in the White House in Washington in August 2016. The Treaty Room is filled with memorabilia including one of President Barack Obama's two Grammy Awards, family photos, and a personalized football. It’s also where Obama often retreats late at night. He uses the room’s namesake table, which has been in the White House since 1869, as a desk. (Michael Mundy/Architectural Digest via AP)
See the private side of The White House
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President Barack Obama likes to say the White House is the "people's house" and now, the people are getting a look at the rooms where he lives.
 
Exclusive photos published by Architectural Digest are giving the public its first glimpse of private areas on the second floor of the White House that Obama, his wife, Michelle, daughters Malia and Sasha and family dogs Bo and Sunny have called home for nearly eight years.
 
Los Angeles-based interior designer Michael Smith decorated the rooms, as well as the Oval Office. A mutual friend in Chicago introduced him to the Obamas after the 2008 election.
 
The first lady said Smith managed to reflect her family's tastes while respecting the history of the White House.
 
"Above all, it has truly felt like a home for our family," she told the magazine.
 
Photos show the Yellow Oval Room; the Treaty Room, where Obama retreats late at night to read briefing material for the next day; a sitting room; a dining room; and the master bedroom. The rooms are adorned with a variety of modern and contemporary art borrowed from major art institutions, such as the National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian museums.
 
Architectural Digest has also published photos of the private living quarters of Presidents John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.
 
Amy Astley, the editor in chief, said the Obamas' personal style, and the history and diversity of the nation, are reflected in their art and decor choices. The Architectural Digest issue with photos of the Obama living quarters was scheduled to appear on newsstands on Nov. 8, Election Day.
 
Decorated in beige hues, the master bedroom has an antique canopy bed decked out with fine Italian linen. Identical, footed tables at either side of the bed, one bearing family photos and one stacked with books. Matching, upholstered chairs and a sofa form a sitting area.
 
Smith called the bedroom the Obamas' "sanctuary."
 
"You really want to make sure that the president of the United States gets a good night's sleep," he told the magazine.
 
That's something Obama apparently gets.
 
"I have a phone right by my bedside and every morning somebody calls and says, 'Mr. President, it's your 7 a.m. wake-up call,'" Obama said during a recent appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

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Why is The White House decorated differently for different presidents?
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COMMENTS (22)
  • irisp-ste
    11/14/2016 - 09:08 a.m.

    The White Houses is decorated differently every four or eight years to accommodate to the style of the new President and his or her family. Since it is their new house, they want the White House to feel like a home and appeal to their interior design ideas.

    • koltonk-bri
      11/16/2016 - 09:58 a.m.

      good job on writing the post

  • emmab-cel
    11/14/2016 - 09:55 a.m.

    The White house is like a dream house. Theirs tons of crazy things and rooms that we haven't even seen yet. I would love to live their. It must have been an amazing experience for them to live their for so long and they will probably miss it a lot. I know I would.

  • michaelk3-bri
    11/16/2016 - 09:55 a.m.

    Because Every president has a different taste is style, and they want the president to feel as comfortable as possible when they work.

  • koltonk-bri
    11/16/2016 - 09:58 a.m.

    It shows respect for the families values and things that they thought looked like home. Michelle says "Above all, it has truly felt like a home for our family"

  • koltonk-bri
    11/16/2016 - 10:05 a.m.

    It is decorated differently every 4-8 years to meet the accommodations of the presidents family. They want the white house to feel like home when they go into it. The designer helps to meet the accommodation of the family.

  • kaneshiaj-bri
    11/16/2016 - 10:55 a.m.

    for years have wondered does The White Houses is decorated differently every four or eight years to accommodate to the style of "the new President and his or her family". Since it is their new house, they want the White House to feel like a home and appeal to their interior design ideas.

  • ravenh-bri
    11/16/2016 - 10:55 a.m.

    the white house is decorated differently for different presidents because that's how they are and they want it to feel like a home. " we decortated it every four to eight years.

  • lynlyh-bri
    11/16/2016 - 11:27 a.m.

    the house is decorated differently for different presidents because everybody is different. some presidents like beige and some like purple. you never know. also, they will be working in the white house for a very long time so they want them to feel as comfortable as possible.

  • shaylaa-bri
    11/16/2016 - 11:39 a.m.

    The house is decorated differently for each president because each one is diffrent. They all have their own style.

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