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Obama's White House in Architectural Digest

Obama's White House in Architectural Digest

I don't know if it was coincidence or not, but it was on Tuesday that I received my copy of this month's Architectural Digest. I briefly saw that on the cover was a rare tour of the private residence of the Obama family and I decided to wait to break it open until I had time to fully digest it. Right now, like most of you, I am tired. I'm suffering from information overload and all I want is a break from it all. The thirty minutes I spent looking at these images were the most peaceful I've had in the last day, and I thought there might be more than a few of you who could us a little distraction right now. 

Designed by Michael Smith, the Obama residence in the White House is really remarkable. It certainly leans traditional (it is the White House after all) but I love how there are some really modern touches and it's actually been so educational for me to see these two styles sewn together in such a seamless way. As a decorator there are certainly times that I need to mix old furniture with new, or refresh more traditional rooms and looking at these images you can see that art and accessories are really the key to modernizing any space. I love all seeing how abstract art can actually work with century old antiques and this home is really a testament to how important color really is to a space, even when it's mixed with a sea of neutrals. 

For me, these last eight years have been an incredible honor. From the bottom of my heart I will miss this family and I feel very grateful that we are able to get this glimpse into their lives, seen through the place that they have called home. Xx

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