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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Oval Office decorative accessories

The plates in question can be seen in the background.

From an article comparing President Obama's and W's executive styles:

When Mr. Bush moved in, he exercised his presidential decorating prerogatives and asked his wife, Laura, to supervise the design of a new rug. Mr. Bush loved to regale visitors with the story of the rug, whose sunburst design, he liked to say, was intended to evoke a feeling of optimism.

The rug is still there, as are the presidential portraits Mr. Bush selected — one of Washington, one of Lincoln — and a collection of decorative green and white plates. During a meeting last week with retired military officials, before he signed an executive order shutting down the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, Mr. Obama surveyed his new environs with a critical eye.

“He looked around,” said one of his guests, retired Rear Adm. John D. Hutson, “and said, ‘I’ve got to do something about these plates. I’m not really a plates kind of guy.’ ”

[The New York Times]

6 comments:

woodley park-zoo said...

I wonder what kind of guy he is then!

(imagine what Palin would put in those alcoves...)

David said...

He can line the shelves with severed human heads for all I care, as long as it remains HIS office. hee.

I imagine President O as a picture guy. He's done so much, there's so much to capture and remember. With the last administration there was so much to try to forget.

erin@designcrisis said...

I'm with David... human heads! Human heads! I've got a few in particular already selected.

Raina said...

I would love to see non-European art filling those shelves and walls.

Decorina said...

Yah, I think we will be seeing some of the O's African art - which will contrast nicely with the ultra-Waspish decor of the former occupants.

And as we all know, contrast is a difficult concept in much interior design...

Alexis said...

I love him. Sigh.