The Oval Office Gets a Makeover

by sherrod on September 1, 2010

Renovations can wreak havoc on any office or home, but the White House has chosen to redecorate the Oval Office. Presidents generally redecorate just after their first year in office and the Obama administration has done the same. The office has looked generally the same since it was rebuilt due to being destroyed by fire in 1929.  Each President puts his personal spin on the decor, keeping the same general look, and obviously the same shape.  Let’s take a look at some of the choice they’ve made.

  • Lyndon Johnson's Oval Office 1966Lyndon Johnson's Oval Office 1966
  • Barack Obama's new Oval Office Makeover August 31 2010Barack Obama's new Oval Office Makeover August 31 2010
  • Barack Obama's new Oval Office Makeover August 31 2010Barack Obama's new Oval Office Makeover August 31 2010
  • Barack Obama's new Oval Office Makeover August 31 2010Barack Obama's new Oval Office Makeover August 31 2010
  • Barack Obama's new Oval Office Makeover August 31 2010Barack Obama's new Oval Office Makeover August 31 2010

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When we saw the movie The September Issue last year, it was a fascinating look at the workings of Vogue’s biggest issue ever. After a second viewing last night, in anticipation of the DVD, we noticed some small glimpses of the decor in the homes of Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue and Grace Coddington, Vogue’s Creative Director. These women have powerful personalities and started at Vogue on the same day, according to Carrington in the documentary. However, their personalities are quite different and even clash at times.

The documentary doesn’t give many glimpses into the homes of these two women, but what it does show is a bit unexpected. The legendary “ice queen,” Wintour’s Manhattan home looks a bit dishevled and even dated. There’s a mix of styles and no one real statement, as well as a mess of an entry way. It looked more like the a crafty, laid back hippie’s place than the palace of the editor of Vogue. At least she has a fluffy, friendly-looking dog to make up for some of it. We didn’t expect Wintour’s home to be quite so ecclectic and lacking in any sort of assertive, stated design.

Coddington’s home didn’t make much of a statement either, but it felt cohesive and deliberate. The film showed some of the many personal photographs she had matted in white mattes with matching black frames.  hung all over her walls. They were clearly personal to her and each had a story. Interesting, but not terribly shocking to note as well; Coddington’s home seemed lighter, airier, with more sweetness in it’s colors, whereas Wintor’s home was a bit dark, with little natural light and far too much yellow for our tastes.

  • Anna Wintour Living roomAnna Wintour Living room

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