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." 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. Obama, his wife, Michelle, daughters Malia and Sasha and family dogs Bo and Sunny have called these home for nearly eight years.
 
Los Angeles-based interior designer Michael Smith decorated the rooms. He also decorated 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. It is decked out with fine Italian linen. Identical, footed tables stand 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 (7)
  • carmenh-orv
    11/10/2016 - 02:27 p.m.

    I think the white house is decorated differently for different presidents because each president has a different taste in design and would feel more comfortable in their personalized office/home.

  • markitag-var
    11/14/2016 - 05:17 p.m.

    So it makes the President feel better so they can have a good nights rest

  • nicoleb-var
    11/14/2016 - 05:21 p.m.

    The White House is decorated differently for different presidents because, each one wants to have a different lifestyle and make it feel like home. Each person have different tastes and want different things done.

  • markitag-var
    11/14/2016 - 05:33 p.m.

    It would be decorated because it would make them feel comfortable and a goods nights rest

  • callies-moo
    11/17/2016 - 12:01 p.m.

    I really liked this article because, it showed things that I have never seen before. If I wouldn't have read this article I would of never saw this room and learned about all of the private rooms. It's cool how each president designs the White House like they want it. If it was the same for every president they would get tired of someone else's design.

  • madilyn-dav
    11/17/2016 - 10:05 p.m.

    In response to "See the Private Side of the White House," I agree that the Whitehouse should be decorated differently for different presidents. One reason I agree is that each president obviously has different taste, so they need it decorated the way they want it, just like they would have it as if they lived in a regular home. Another reason is that since the president and his family are going to live there for the next 4-8 years, they need it to feel like home as much as possible. It says in the article that Michelle Obama said that the rooms "reflect her family's tastes while respecting the history of the White House. Even though it takes a lot of time and money, I think that every new president and his family should have the privilege to redecorate the White House to where they feel at home while they are there.

  • olivial-orv
    11/19/2016 - 06:48 p.m.

    Each president has their own style. They probably would like to feel more at home. I mean, mansions are huge, and you have to fill up the space with things that make it feel homey.

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