A disclaimer, if you will:
I have never liked politics. I find deep wisdom in the age old advice never to discuss religion or politics at the dinner table.
Regardless of how you feel about those governing from Washington, I find myself grateful for Americans who genuinely love the country. My own strongest view is that I love America, the values we have held, and I am so deeply appreciative for those who fight for the freedoms we so enjoy. They do not come without a cost.
I am also grateful that a vast majority of us do not know what it is to fear the government for our lives as so many others have and still do in the world. I am choosing to be grateful for the blessings I have been given.
What I love about the Oval office is the history that steeps into each element and corner. Every piece has significance-- which, in my opinion, is the only way to do any interior decoration and design.
A compelling note of the Obama's interior decoration was their selection of several modern art pieces to use throughout their home. From Winslow Homer (a personal favorite of mine!) to a local Alma Thomas artist's piece which was inspired by Henri Matisse. They had several abstract pieces which hung.
Pieces which have hung in the office throughout several administrations include a piece by Childe Hassam "The Avenue in the Rain" which is particularly beautiful, as well as a Norman Rockwell "Statue of Liberty." Both pieces are in both illustrations for Obama and Trump below.
The Obama's chose red drapes and a neutral palette with the help of Michael Smith. It was subtle and perfectly in vogue redo of the office. There are many reasons that not much changes from President to President in the white house. It's gorgeous as it is. If you feel like going down a rabbit hole, there are a vast series of articles that chronicle several administration's oval office re-dos. It is interesting to learn about the staff who guards the design integrity of the building. It is after all, a historical national treasure. I do like how the tonal stripes are carried throughout the Obama's drapes and wallcovering.
Trump has already changed a few things, I know, but I thought I would illustrate how I would decorate his oval office.
As a fan of Downton Abbey, I am a big fan of Lord Grantham's Dressing room, and the drapes in the Crawley House-- which I fused here. Trump, for better or worse, has a pretty masculine image, which I think is elegantly conveyed here. A rich and warm grey textured wall covering causes the immaculate wooden and gold details of the furniture pop. The coordinating ground of the drapes feature a custom emblem embroidered onto the valences of the drapes, with a supple cognac leather office chair. The rug lends itself to lightening and accenting the color scheme.
In the future, I see no reason why a women won't hold the Presidency one day.
And since it's such a hot topic right now, my mind daydreamed up a little office scheme for the future lady who does!
Mrs. Future President
Pink is a power color. But men and women alike often feel comfortable in pink rooms. They are flattering to most complexions, and if this women is the first one in the oval office-- why not make a statement, amiright!?
While the desk of the president has remained the same throughout many administrations, it may be appropriate to commission a new one marking the occasion in a tasteful way. The room has a delicate balance of white and wooden furniture. I think it would be important to showcase several pieces from previous offices, nodding to those who have fraught for freedoms throughout the history of our country, and fought for good throughout the world's history. I don't think it would be appropriate to women-wash the whole office. The contributions of men and women should be equally significant. The aqua rug and sky blue linen tufted swivel chair compliment the pretty pink. Ginger jars make an elegant touch to the strong sculptures elsewhere in the room.