PEO­PLE’S HOUSE

Obama re­veals pri­vate liv­ing ar­eas of White House

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LIVING - By Dar­lene Su­perville

WASH­ING­TON >> 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 Tues­day 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 is 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 an ap­pear­ance last week on ABC’s “Jimmy Kim­mel Live!” On­line: Ar­chi­tec­tural Digest: http://www.ar­chi­tec­turaldigest.com/ story/obama-white-house

MICHAEL MUNDY — AR­CHI­TEC­TURAL DIGEST VIA AP

The im­age pro­vided by Ar­chi­tec­tural Digest shows the Yel­low Oval Room in the White House in Wash­ing­ton in a cover story about . De­signer Michael S. Smith spec­i­fied a Don­ald Kauf­man paint for the Yel­low Oval Room. Art­works by Paul Cézanne and Daniel Gar­ber flank the man­tel. Smith mel­lowed the Yel­low Oval Room with smoky browns, greens, golds, and blues. The 1978 Camp David peace ac­cords were signed at the an­tique De­nis-Louis An­cel­let desk, front left. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama likes to say the White House is the “peo­ple’s house.” Ar­chi­tec­tural Digest pho­tos 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.

MICHAEL MUNDY — AR­CHI­TEC­TURAL DIGEST VIA AP

This photo pro­vided by Ar­chi­tec­tural Digest show the Old Fam­ily Din­ing room in the White House in Wash­ing­ton. Works by Robert Rauschen­berg, right, and Alma Thomas, the first African Amer­i­can artist woman rep­re­sented in the White House, left, make a mod­ern splash.

MICHAEL MUNDY — AR­CHI­TEC­TURAL DIGEST VIA AP

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.

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