January 20, 2009

White House Style

The White House Long Ago, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Watercolor on paper
Image from the J.F.K. Presidential Library & Museum, www.jfklibrary.org

With all the excitement surrounding the Obamas' move into the White House there have been some wonderful articles about the White House's historical role as a showcase for American decorative art and culture. Here is a small selection of the recent coverage, including comparisons of the stylistic choices made by former First Ladies, as well as profiles of the taste makers who will be assisting the Obamas in transforming the White House into their new home:

Vogue's profile of the Obama's new Social Secretary, Desirée Rogers.

Domino's profile of Michael Smith, the White House's new interior decorator.

From The New York Times, "Hints of Agenda and Tone for New First Lady."

Via Domino's Daily Dose, Nick Olsen's comparison of Jacqueline Kennedy and Nancy Reagan's decorating styles:
First Lady Decorating Smackdown: Jackie vs. Nancy, Round 1
Jackie vs. Nancy, Round 2

The New White House China, via Pigtown*Design. (You can view additional Presidential Services on the official website of The White House.)

For images of the famous Kennedy White House Restoration, check out the website for the J.F.K. Presidential Library & Museum, www.jfklibrary.org.