Interior designer Michael S. Smith that worked for the Obama’s during the family’s stay at the White House has written a book that takes us inside the Obama White House and offers an intimate look during Barack’s time as President of the U.S. Additionally, the designer wrote about the process of redecorating the White House for the family’s eight-year stay, and yielded readers about who had the final word when it comes to the house decorations in the Obama family.
The book’s name is Designing History: The Extraordinary Art & Style of the Obama White House, and it features 372 color photos and illustrations of the White House during Obama’s stay.
The book also includes a foreword by Michelle Obama herself, which is one of the most comprehensive looks inside the White House in history. We can see how the Obamas decorated the White House and made it their home for the eight years they spent in there, and the press release notes that the book shows how the house ‘reflected the youthful spirit of the first family and their vision of a more progressive and inclusive American society’.
Smith’s volume is considered both a historical document and a delight for all voyeur’s that want to have a peak in Obama’s lifestyle and the White House itself.
New presidents are typically allotted $100,000 in taxpayer money to redecorate, but the Obamas turned down the funds and financed their own redecorations. They also refused all the funds offered by the White House Historical Association, which is a private foundation.
Although the White House was decorated with some pricey and custom items, it also featured plenty of budget items, such as playroom furniture from Walmart, accessories from Sasha and Malia, candleholders from Pottery Barn, etc.