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

    The white house is probably decorated differently for each president for comfort for the president during stressful work. One example of this, "Above all, it has truly felt like a home for our family,". This quote proves that the different decorating happens for comfort of the families.

  • jacobl1-bri
    11/16/2016 - 11:42 a.m.

    it is for the new president to have their own style in the white house

  • joels-bri
    11/16/2016 - 11:49 a.m.

    The White House is decorated differenlty for different presidents because everyody has different tste in decorations. It is also different to make the family feel more at home. As The First lady said, "Above all, it has truly felt like a home for our family," This shows us how the way she decorated the house really makes it feel like hers.

  • danielc3-bri
    11/16/2016 - 11:50 a.m.

    different presidents like different things when they get into office. every president has a different opinion on things. they like pictures of them not some other president.

  • jacobl1-bri
    11/16/2016 - 11:52 a.m.

    the white house is changed because of their own style. they dont want th3e old

  • ryanp1-bri
    11/16/2016 - 12:30 p.m.

    Because they president gets the white house how he/she wants it.

  • collierm-bri
    11/16/2016 - 12:31 p.m.

    The White house is decorated differently, for the theme and the style of the president and family. They want it to feel like home.

  • ashlynnb-bri
    11/16/2016 - 12:38 p.m.

    The whit house is decorated differently becuase every one and there family has there own unique style.

  • rileya-bri
    11/16/2016 - 12:39 p.m.

    They want for them to like their house and they want it to feel like home."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." So they decorate it differently for them.

  • mahalas1-bri
    11/16/2016 - 03:45 p.m.

    They are like that to fit the style of the President and his/her family. It is the new house they will be staying in for the next four to eight years. So they need it to feel like the home they were in before they went to the White House.

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