The oval office recently underwent a makeover while the Obama's were on vacation in Martha's Vineyard. The walls were treated with custom color paint and handmade custom wallpaper, this is essentially the only part of the redesign that I like. New sofa's were added that are covered in a brown velvet looking fabric (ugh). On one sofa sits a navy throw pillow to pulls in the navy color base of two table light fixtures that sit on side tables right next to the sofas...you do not need to pull in a color that is no more than five feet away. Between the sofa's is a new wood coffee table that is somewhat reminiscent of of table I recently saw at Target.
A new custom area rug was also added. In the center is the presidential seal and along the outer edge are a collection of five historical presidential quotes selected by Mr. Obama. What is the main color of this new rug you may ask? Taupe. The only other piece of new furniture is a new leather desk chair in...brown. Of the other chairs, two were reupholstered in a small patterned brown and taupe (I know, right) fabric and the other two redone in...wait for it...brown leather.
I am happy to say that Mr. Obama kept the Resolute desk and that beautiful grandfather clock that have both graced the oval office for many, many years.
As one might have already guessed, I am not a fan of the new look. It lacks life, it lacks richness and worst of all it absolutely lacks any personality whatsoever. What are your thoughts?
Here are some images from past oval office interiors.
|Taft's office, c. 1909|
(No other president used Bob Hope, he was placed in White House storage)