COTE DE TEXAS: PRESIDENT TRUMP’S NEW OVAL OFFICE DECOR

PRESIDENT TRUMP’S NEW OVAL OFFICE DECOR

 

NOTE:  A few new photographs were released, so I wrote an addendum to the end of this story.

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Everyone has a favorite color.  Mine is probably a soft blue.  Yours?   We all know that President Trump loves the color of golden yellow.  From his gold spun hair to the elevators at Trump Tower to the gold plated seat belts on his Trump Jet – for whatever reason, Trump loves the color of gold!  Maybe it stems from being Scottish and having a head of white hair as a child. 

Aww – now, THIS is a cute little towhead baby!   Precious!

Regardless of where his love of gold comes from, judging from his penthouse at Trump Tower – he definitely has the Midas touch! 

Because the Obamas had just revealed,  via Architectural Digest, their White House decor that the staid decorator Michael Smith had created for them, the public is now very curious about what changes Donald and Melania have in mind for the White House.

 

The Michael S. Smith designed master bedroom at the White House – with just a hint of gold on the walls. Will the Trumps like this decor?  It’s so hard to say.  It is a fancy look, but there’s not much bling here.  Melania has said that she loves the way her penthouse is decorated.  It is exactly her taste, she said in an interview, even though it was designed by Trump and his first wife.  If you are interested in the White House decor, you are wondering what rooms will the Trumps keep as is, and what will they redecorate, ASAP?

I doubt the Trumps will make many changes on the first floor with all the state rooms like the Blue Room, the Green Room and the Red Room.   The State Dining Room was just updated by the Obamas for the first time in years.  But, I do have a feeling the Trumps may change the Family Dining Room as soon as they can.  It seems so far removed from their style.  I’m not sure I would mind a change myself – this was my least favorite of the Smith decorated rooms:

The Family Dining Room:  The rust curtains and contemporary rug seem so far from the Trump aesthetic – it will be interesting to see if they will keep it, despite the fact that it was just redone. They could put in a pretty gold-toned damask wallpaper, along with a similar fabric on the curtains and chairs.  A Fortuny-like fabric would be beautiful in here.  The furniture would stay – it’s been in this room for over a century.  The art work by Alma Thomas between the windows was purchased for the White House – the first art work in the house collection by an African American woman.

And who will be their decorator?  Will they use the team that decorates their hotels or will they pick a new, more well-known name like Suzanne Kasler or Suzanne Rheinstein? 

Ivanka Trump used Kelly Behun to create her ultra-chic apartment.   It will be so exciting to watch what happens – but I just hope the Trumps won’t make us wait to see their changes as long as the Obamas did!!!!!

Leading up to the election, the internet was filled with memes making fun of the various candidates and their hopes of winning the White House.  I love this one of Hillary measuring the drapes, a bit early, in the oval office. 

 

And here, behind the famous Resolute Desk in the Oval House.

Even Bernie Sanders wasn’t immune – he was teased about turning the White House into a hippie commune (I guess?)  This meme place Bernie inside the Clinton oval office.

And of course, Trump is easy to tease – just throw in a bit of gold and there’s your meme.

And so, today, on the day of the inauguration, I was finishing up a new blog story that I’ve been writing when I suddenly hear that President Trump has already remolded the White House!   What?!?!  He just moved in this afternoon! 

But sure enough, he has already made a few changes to the Oval Office and some of them are very ironic.

So, I quickly put this story together about the Oval Office and its changes.

 

In 1909, William Howard Taft created the first Oval Office when he moved the President’s Office from what is now called the Lincoln Bedroom to the EOB.   Taft took over a secretary’s office space that was a half-oval, which he extended into a full oval, just as the Blue Room and Yellow Oval Room were.  The curtains were silk velvet and the floor was wood in a checkerboard pattern.   Taft chose a green color scheme for the room, which remained for decades.  The curtains lasted a long time too.

Presidents Wilson, Harding, and Coolidge all worked in the same oval office which mostly looked the same as this one seen in 1927.  In 1929 a fire destroyed the office and it was rebuilt for Herbert Hoover. 

In 1933, FDR moved the Oval Office to its present location in the SE corner of the newly expanded West Wing – so that he could more easily reach it in his wheelchair.  It was built 2 ft wider and longer than its previous size.   Since 1934, the office has not changed much except in decor.  What has stayed in the room since 1934 is the marble mantel, moved from the original 1909 office and the two flags placed behind the desk.  Here is FDR’s office seen in 1945 with the same curtains as in the older offices.  The blue-green rug was later used by all the presidents until Nixon ordered the first custom made Oval Office rug

Truman originally used FDR’s decor, but in 1947, he introduced a modern look to his office along with new green curtains.

The doors to the Rose Garden in the new Oval Office.

 

President Eisenhower kept much of the green decor, changing mostly the art work.

 

The beautiful marble mantel was moved from the old oval office to the new West Wing Oval Office.  Eisenhower’s landscapes were a departure from the portraits of the Presidents that were hanging before.

John Kennedy originally kept FDR’s green rug and curtains.  Jacqueline brought the Resolute desk into the Oval Office for the President to use.  After his death, it was on tour and at the Smithsonian until Jimmy Carter began using the desk again.  Since him, it has been used by many presidents. 

After the President left for Dallas, his office was remodeled with a royal red rug and new white curtains with red trim!  Love that!  But, I can’t help but think the shades should have been hung higher!

This console table has been used since the Oval Office fire.  It is still used by most presidents, including the Bushes, Clinton, and Obama.  Notice the floor – at this time, it was cork.   IKE’s golf cleats ruined the cork and it was later replaced by LBJ who put down linoleum in the Oval Office.  Linoleum in the Oval Office – I swear!!!!

Here, white slipcovered sofas with twin bronze ash trays!  Notice all the nautical paintings and models.   John  Kennedy never saw his newly decorated office nor did his wife.  It was dismantled before she came back to Washington.   The decorator was Stéphane Boudin.

President Lyndon Johnson originally used the Kennedy red rug and sofa.  He added a larger coffee table.

 

Later, LBJ removed the red rug and replaced it with the FDR green rug, along with new green velvet pillows.  He did use the same JFK curtains. He added a modern 3 screen TV to watch the news.  LBJ did not use the Resolute desk, but instead had the Senate cabinet shop build him a new desk to fit his long legs.

I think LBJ would love to be alive today with the 24/7 news and all the TV channels and the internet and tweeting.  I think he would love all of that!!  The Johnson family owned the popular radio station KLBJ for decades and they also put the first TV station on air in Austin in 1952.  The family eventually sold their holdings.

Nixon originally used the FDR rug. It must have been so dirty by then!!  He kept the white curtains but added a new green trim.

Later, in what was to become a new tradition – Pat Nixon ordered a custom rug in blue and gold.  She also added gold chairs and curtains, creating a very stately office.  Besides Jimmy Carter, all further presidents have ordered their own custom rug and decor.

President Gerald Ford first used Nixon’s decor, then ordered a completely new look in yellow.  It looks like this was a temporary rug until his new one arrived.

The Carters reused the Fords new decor.  They also had a very unusual furniture arrangement with two sofas back to back.  I love this decor and color scheme.  Here, the new rug is in place.  You can see the plain linoleum that LBJ had installed to replace the ruined cork floors.

Here the Carters eat in front of the fireplace.  Actually, I kind of like this furniture arrangement.  I love the decor with the gold damask and yellow striped sofas.

 

Another view of the Ford/Carter decor with PM Golda Meir.  It’s incredible to think of all the world leaders who have visited this office!!

 

Later, the Reagan’s used the Ford/Carter decor while waiting for their new scheme to be installed.

 

Here with PM Margaret Thatcher!  The Reagans moved the furniture arrangement back to the sofas facing each other.

 

Here the decor is half Ford/Carter and half Reagan.  Reagan used the Resolute desk.   And here you can see their curtains, which the Reagans kept.

 

Reagan with the new furniture and orange pillows, with the old rug.  It looks like they used the same lamps and tables.

And here is the new Reagan rug!  A starburst design which became rather popular with the First Families.  Remember this rug, you will see it again!!   Remember this rug!!!!

 

Reagan with his new rug in place.  Very pretty.  In 1982, Reagan had the linoleum removed and had wood floor put down, using the same contractors who had installed the wood floor at his California ranch. It was a walnut and quartered white oak patterned floor.  In 2005, George W. Bush had the floor replaced yet again, apparently in the same pattern as it was before but with a more pronounced stain.   The Reagan decorator was Californian Ted Graber.

 

George H.W. Bush originally used the Reagan decor while waiting for his new decor.  The Resolute desk, though, was sent back to storage as Bush wanted to use the desk he had had as Vice President.

Beautiful lamps from the Fords. 

And, the new George H.W. Bush decor in pale blue and white.  Blue is GHWB’s favorite color.   There is a new rug with the center seal and white damask sofas, also new are the curtains.  The rug cost just $28,000.  Today they are much more expensive.   Decor by Mark Hampton!!!

 

The famous George Washington portrait is over the fireplace.  New coffee table.

 

His final day in office. 

 

And out with the softly pretty and in with bold!   The Clinton Oval Office was very patriotic in red white and blue with yellow accents.  The sofas were red and white stripes.  The Resolute desk was back in place.  And notice the curtains.  You will see them again later.

Here you can see the patterned floor.   W’s floor has a more dramatic difference in stains than this one.  The sofas look like the ones GHWB used, just recovered.  Also the chairs are the same too.

Notice the curtains.  Notice the curtains.  Notice the curtains!  Scalamandre silk curtains.  Decor by Kaki Hockersmith from Arkansas.  Notice the curtains!!!!

 

George W. Bush – he quickly got rid of the Clinton decor and brought back the Reagan’s sunburst rug!!!  Remember this rug!!!!   Also, he continued to use the Resolute desk, along with the Clinton curtains – for a while.

Notice his new floor – see how much difference there is in the stain between the different hardwoods? New curtains.   And the same console is behind desk.  

 

The W Bush decor - so beautiful, all finished!   The new rug with the starburst design – is a bit more pronounced than the Reagan rug.  Beautiful damask sofas in creamy pale yellow.  Lamps reused from the Clinton decor.  Same chairs, now in stripes.  Lincoln on the wall.   The busts are of  Lincoln, Churchill and Eisenhower.   My favorite Oval Office decor, I think!!  Love this!!!

The new wood floor installed by W. Bush.  It really is beautiful!

George W. Bush’s rug cost $62,000  and was designed by Laura Bush and her decorator.  It is said to evoke the sun and the optimism of America.   Here, President Bush welcomes President to be - Barak Obama.   Bush treated Obama so well during the transition, that Obama promised he would do the same for the new president – President Trump!   Beautiful lamps.  Decor by Ft. Worth’s  Ken Blasingame.

At first Obama used the Bush decor and rug.

But, new curtains, wallpaper, and a rug changed all that.

The new rug has quotes woven into its border: 

"No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings." - John F. Kennedy   "The welfare of each of us is dependent fundamentally upon the welfare of all of us." - Teddy Roosevelt   "The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice." - Martin Luther King   "Government of the people by the people for the people." - Abraham Lincoln    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Apparently, the MLK quote was wrongly attributed to him. 

Another view of the Obama Oval Office by Michael S. Smith.  And the completed office with the new curtains in place.   Michael S. Smith chose to use George W. Bush’s side chairs, flanking the desk.  And I never realized the curtains were striped.  It’s all very sophisticated

 

Here while campaigning, President Trump visited the Gerald Ford Presidential Library which recreates his oval office exactly. 

When researching this story – it was so hard to tell which pictures were of the actual Oval Office OR of the recreated Oval Office at the different presidential libraries.  These presidential libraries are AMAZING.  They look exactly like their real counterpart.   There were some pictures that I couldn’t tell whether it was the WH or the library at first glance!!!

 

Here, a meme kidding that Trump would put a sign on the White House like his hotels.

But really, what IS the Trump White House going to look like?   Another meme was created showing Trump in the Oval Office photoshopped with gold curtains.

Looks good, doesn’t it? 

In this photoshopped picture – they used the Obama office with the Bush curtains – which do look good together.

The day that Trump was sworn in, the redecoration of his Oval Office had already begun.

GONE, GONE GONE are the Obama curtains.  In their place, are the…

get ready for it…

the CLINTON CURTAINS!!!!!

Yep. That’s them.  I wonder if Trump knows that Hillary Clinton picked out his curtains? 

Who knew those two had the same taste?   But there they are – the old Clinton curtains are now back in the White House via President Trump.  It does seem a little ironic. 

And then there is the rug.  This is a less controversial choice.  It’s Ronald  Reagan’s sunburst rug.  This rug looks much better with the curtains – but the Obama rug looks better with the wallpaper.  I’m betting the wallpaper will be replaced very, very soon.  A more gold tone stripe or damask wallpaper will look much better with the curtains.

Here is the Reagan rug, back in the Oval Office for the third time.  I’m sure that all this will change again.  There was a report that the Martin Luther King bust was moved out,  but that is NOT TRUE!  The MLK bust remains. 

And the chairs flanking the desk are still here from George W. Bush’s office.   Hmmm – I wonder if the damask sofas seen in the Oval Office last night are from the Bush decor?

 

Here is George W. Bush’s office – with the two chairs that are in the Oval Office.  Obama also used these chairs with the same fabric.

 

Yesterday, the Churchill bust was moved from outside the President’s private office to the Oval office.  For some reason, this was a major sore point when Obama moved the Churchill bust to his private office and put the MLK bust in here.  But, now, Churchill is back. I’m finding it hard to understand why Churchill is so important to this space? Wouldn’t a bust of FDR be more important?  Or Truman?  But whatever the reason this has become a flash point.

I can’t wait to see more of the decor and again, I just hope the Trumps don’t make us wait as long as the Obamas did to show us!!  Eight long years!!!!

And now there is this.  Putting politics aside, I know everyone wishes the President health and happiness and that America be in peace.

 

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ADDED:   A few updated photographs were released which gives us a bigger view of the Oval Office:

 

As suspected, the George W. Bush light yellow damask sofas are back, as are the lamps first used by Clinton.  The chairs?  These are a surprise.  The last few presidents have used a similar chair but with a straight back, not a camel back.   Obama’s were leather chairs which were the Bush striped chairs, recovered.

So where did these chairs come from?

 

Yep!  There they are.  The bright yellow chairs from the original Clinton decor. 

Originally, the chairs were used by Ronald Reagan in a cream damask.  This is an interesting fish-eye photograph of the Reagan oval office with its newly installed wood floor and the Ford rug.  This floor was later replaced by George W. Bush.

 

Next the same cream chairs were used by George H.W. Bush.   Later, they were recovered in the bright yellow by Clinton.  The two chairs have been in storage since Clinton left office until today, when Trump installed them.

I think all this is just a temporary decor and the entire oval office will be redecorated shortly.  But that’s just my opinion!  You can see that it’s not very well designed, as it’s all piecemealed together.  The bright yellow chairs and curtains work well together as they are part of ONE designed scheme, but the light yellow damask sofas don’t work with the bright yellow.  The orange and green in the rug also looks awful with the furniture and curtains – the rug almost looks pink here against the tones in the fabrics.  And then there is the wallpaper with its beige tones.

 

The piecemeal decor is actually a great learning tool.  The Obama-Michael Smith Oval Office decor was perfectly decorated, all the shades and tones worked together and were placed together for a reason.  Now, in Trump’s current office, there are elements from four different decorated schemes brought together for some reason – and you can see it doesn’t work together – from a design standpoint.  That’s why I think this is all temporary and a new scheme will be coming.

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Can we talk fashion?!?!?

I loved seeing all the clothes the Trump women wore!   All of them are so beautiful and so well dressed and seeing so many young ones around will be wonderful  and fun.

 

Since this IS a design blog, let’s talk fashion design for a minute.

I loved Ivanka’s white coat dress!!  It was Oscar de la Renta.  See more of his new line HERE and HERE.

 

And both the First Ladies shined.  Michelle in Jason Wu had a classic look designed not to take the spotlight away from Melania.  I still love Michelle’s original yellow inaugural dress!!  And then, there is Melania – who was a stunner.    I think I can safely say that no one looked prettier yesterday than she did!   Her Ralph Lauren outfit was perfect and those gloves were to die for!!!   I just wish President Trump had chosen a blue tie instead of red and that Obama would have worn the red tie.  I think Melania’s outfit will go down as one of the best inaugural outfits ever.  It was just gorgeous.

And here is the link to Ralph Lauren’s line who designed Melania’s outfit HERE.

And, here is the link to Jason Wu’s collection HERE.

I loved the way Sect. Hillary Clinton looked in her white pants suit that opened to show a beige top, along with matching shoes and bag.  I’m sure it was hard for her to attend, but she came with a smile.

Her outfit was also Ralph Lauren – here’s his collection HERE.

 

OK  They are a gorgeous couple.  Jared is movie star good looking.   I loved Ivanka’s green coat from Thursday.  We rarely get to wear coats in Houston and I’ve always loved a beautiful matching coat and dress.

This has the look of Ivanka’s coat without the price: HERE.

Or this coat:  HERE.

 

Melania’s blue coat is not available.   This is as close to it as I could find!  Pair this with a cream dress.  HERE.

And Ivanka’s white coat.  HERE.

Or this version!!  HERE.

248 comments :

  1. Serious? Unfollowed. Disgusted by this post

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    1. Why? I'm not being rude ... I really wonder why you hated it?

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    2. frances:
      Are you disgusted by décor of the Oval Office through the years or is it the fashions worn by the first ladies?
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    3. Oh, wah wah wah. I didn't vote for him either, but seriously, you over-sensitive, agenda driven, drama queens are ruining the rest of the party.

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    4. You are nuts.

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    5. I agree with frances. To say Trump is "Precious!"... I have to believe grabbing a women by the p___y is acceptable and precious to you? I am disappointed and will also unfollow the blog.

      Anonymous- expressing someones opinion is a right in America- that is what our country was founded on. So if you feel it is over-sensitive or nuts that is your opinion. My opinion is I will unfollow the blog like frances.

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    6. Get over it! He was elected fairly! Most every human being has made comments when they were younger that were rude or not in good taste! I am sure we all have, he just got caught! It is a democratic process, and he won! It is the American way! Grow up!

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    7. Agree with Frances! I unsubscribed as well. Keep politics out of the home decor blogs/websites. We get enough of that elsewhere.

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    8. @Holly P: you and every other pearl clutcher out there ignore the part where Trump said "...and they let you." SOME women make themselves available to men with money and power. For an example, look no further than Bill Clinton, who by the way, did actually assault women.

      Anyway, now that so many of you liberals will be leaving Joni's blog, I think I will subscribe. Thanks for the post, Joni.

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    9. Where was it said that Trump is precious??? I enjoyed seeing the Oval Office through the years. Are we as a country to a point where one cannot read or view something without someone having to turn it in to an issue of some sort. Heaven help us all if that is the case.

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    10. Joni called the picture of the young Trump's picture "precious". That's how I read it and it is a cute picture. I thought the post was perfectly written, very interesting, and very impartial. Thank you, Joni! I am going to forward it to several friends so they can read the changes in the White House. Michael J. Smith's designs were perfection so it will be hard to improve on perfection.

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    11. This blog post IS about decorating and fashion. Seeing a picture of Trump and calling it precious is appropriate, as ALL children are precious!
      Joni, you will get more following your blog after today as I spread the word at the university I teach for. You are a lovely LADY with a lovely blog. I do not see this post as political, I think some wanted to make it that way so they can keep complaining! Good point about Bill Clinton! Now that was discusting!

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    12. It is going to be a long time-if ever- before the polarization of our country changes. So far, President Trump has shown himself to be caught up in petty fights with the media, and what he refers to as his "enemies". Very Nixonian. Let's hope he reaches out and tries to work with all Americans. The difficulty is, he is claiming a mandate when a majority (popular vote) did not support his election. And his views are antithetical to the beliefs of a majority of Americans.

      There is also so much anger on the left, due to the eight years of disrespect Trump and the GOP heaped on President Obama (Birther-ism, not allowing Merrick Garland's Supreme Court nomination to be heard, etc.). Many who voted for Obama twice believe, as a result, they disrespected us, as well, at times virtually nullifying his election. Is it any wonder we want to return the favor?

      Joni, I love your blog and appreciate the time it must have taken to present the history of Oval office decor-very interesting. I only wish you had taken a moment to spell President Obama's first name correctly. It is B-A-R-A-C-K. After eight years, I'd think you would have known that.

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    13. He actually WAS precious in that picture. This is ridiculous! This blogpost is not political at all. In fact, it is apolitical! Just talking about decor and fashion. I had to go back to find where Joni called him precious. I am very political, and I couldn't find any politics in this post. I hope they keep the Clinton curtains......they are much better than anything Trump would pick out. So there!

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    14. y'all I tried to be apolitcal AND honest. Trump WAS a precious baby!! Who can deny that? And the women in his family are exceptionally beautiful and so were their clothes. I'm not going to discuss politics here because half of my readers are Republican and half are Democrats. Design is not political. I'm going to try and forget the politics about the white house. Thanks for being understanding. It's not easy to keep my mouth shut here!!! But this is about the world of design. I don't think there is anything wrong with pointing out the irony of the new President choosing the drapes Hillary picked out! It's interesting!!! Does he know? Maybe he just doesn't care? Is it important? NO. But to designers who fret over each and every trim - it's important to us!!!

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    15. Thanks, Joni, for that.
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    16. Joni: It is so ironic that he choice Hillary's drapes. I wonder if she would have chosen them as well, or started over.

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    17. Dear Joni, as a devoted reader for years...I alsways JADORE your postings...especially when compiled by evidence of photos and your dissertation.as the White House certainly has a Historian, and thus someone who knows the collections firsthand...I'm sure the Clinton curtains were divulged of provenance to the Trump team. What their symbolism is will soon be revealed I'm sure, with loud fanfare and sordid comments. I apologize if it seems I've overstepped my welcome, as some of your readers have posted...but silence isn't golden, it's just submission...and I do feel we are at an historic precipice in civilization. As for Design not having political influence, I beg to differ...just look at the past fashion from Marie Antoinette which brought her to an early demise to Melania wearing Lauren..and Decor from Julius Ceasar, Napoleon to Hitler and Mussolini...thank you for your sleuthing ala Nancy Drew...and thank you for allowing Freedom of Speech on your blog, a friend in California.

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    18. Thank you so much that was interesting. A friend's mom worked for LBJ. She said the linoleum was for two reasons -- the dogs and he wanted it to be easier for the cleaners. Also President Trump is of German ancestry :)

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    19. Thankfully, most adults are mature enough to talk with each other, share ideas and debate when there are differing opinions, without stooping to calling each other names and/or personally insulting each other. The end result might be to agree to disagree, sometimes. If your immature readers cannot seem to handle differing opinions without 'unsubscribing' or lashing out at you or others who do not agree with them, I hope you are not sad to bid them a swift farewell! Perhaps they will return to you once they 'grow up'. They might wish to learn some debate skills to understand how to back up their ideas with facts instead of insults and threats.

      I thoroughly enjoyed this post. I was wondering over the weekend at how the Oval Office looked with each recent President, and you did the research for me in one, neat post. Thank you.

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  2. I think this post was fabulous! Absolutely adore anyone with the intelligence to present a bit of history in a manner that is interesting! Keep up the great work!

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    1. I agree with your comment. It was an interesting post.

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    2. Thank you Joni for showing high class and neutrality. I appreciate your look at the past president's offices and for not bashing the new first family. Those who preach tolerance must also abide by it.

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  3. This is a really fun post ... thanks so much for the research!!

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  4. I don't think Michelle's dress was designed specifically to not take the spotlight away from Melania. Would Jason Wu have known what Ralph Lauren was designing? Jason calls Ralph: "Ralph ole buddy, what are you putting Michelle in?" Just doesn't sound likely to me, but who knows?
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    1. Meant to say, "Ralph ole buddy, what are you putting Melania in?"
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    2. It's obvious that a dark red, deep red plain red dress is not going to be a show stopper. Just like wearing black would not. No, she didn't know what Melania was wearing, but I do think she purposely didn't want to upstage the new First Lady.

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    3. This was my first impression - that she was going a little more low key on purpose - although still looked very nice and quite appropriate. Part me also wonders if she was just a little 'over it' and ready to move on.

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  5. Wow what a lot of thought and time went into your post. We Australians are watching with interest what is happening in Washington. Loved
    to see the decor chosen by Presidents and First Ladies over the years, also loved your fashion comments too

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  6. I do believe Melania's outfit was a bolero jacket with a sheath underneath.
    It was so perfectly beautiful, wasn't it?
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  7. I spent the last hour on the internet trying to figure out the new Oval Office decor. I should have known you would have a post on it! I can't believe that a single news story couldn't figure out the drapes and rug. It was so obvious. I also thought the sofas looked like Bush's. Congrats for being on top of it. Loved your fashion observations, and thanks again for a well researched article!

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  8. So refreshing to read a post about the White House and its residents without any partisan political innuendo~~Thank You!!

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    1. Yes, glory be and pass the peas.
      Amen.

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  9. I wonder why there's a tendency to place the visitors' chairs hard up against the president's desk when they're not in use. They seem to be angled facing towards the president in some photos when unoccupied, but it seems an odd placement when they're not.

    (According to legend, things didn't end so well for Midas...!)

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  10. Very interesting. I'm glad they re-use rugs and drapes.
    That linoleum was probably le nec plus ultra at the time.
    The penthouse looks like it belongs in Dubai.

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    1. The décor in Trump's apartment was done by an American designer. It may have possibly been Ivana's taste as she is European. It carries on the brass and marble which are in the public downstairs areas of the building.
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    2. Angelo Donghia, created the original interior scheme so long ago destroyed by Ivana hiring a Casino decorator...further polluted by DT hand in the garish tones of cheap thrills, let me take your money and cheap sex decor. Jumble a Saddam Hussein, a Tony Montana of Scarface and one Imelda Marcos, toss in multiple bankruptcies, sprinkle generously with REAL sex scandals...and you've got the look. Gold and diamond Front entry doors...more like Dutch Metal gold and Rhinestones.

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  11. I loved your post !! So interesting to see how they reuse rugs and furniture ! I also thought the fashion was so beautiful!!!

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  12. Awesome post! Love all your details and thank you for being positive!

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  13. Thank you Joni for making the internet a civilized place if even for a brief moment. My mother was a democrat and my father a republican. Politics and finance were discussed with liveliness and humor and respect. I can hardly even look at Facebook. People post and re-post the meanest and half true things. For America to be great we need to individually take responsibility for our choices, take care of what is going on in our own homes and reach down and lift those who truly need help. America is filled with generous and loving people but the media likes to perpetuate the ugly. Good design is something we can all appreciate!! God Bless America

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    1. Beautifully said, thank you

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  14. So interesting! I don't like the price tags on the decor but it is the White House. Thank you for all the history and no politics!

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  15. Thank you for a fun post - I read it with my seventh-grade daughter. A fun history lesson! Thank you for your graciousness! You've always loved the White House, regardless of the party of its residents. Can't wait for your White House Christmas post!

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  16. Wonderful post Joni!...I was dreading reading it for fear you might bash or belittle Trump, but you kept it classy, Thank You.

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  17. This truly was a FAB AND FUN post!! I can't tell you how appreciated it was not to read vile from every corner. Your analysis was yours, as it should be, and, in my opinion, one of your BEST!! Thanks!! franki

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    1. Thanks. I want to keep it on the design aspect and the reasoning being their choices. I do find it fascinating how much he love the color of gold. I wonder how long he has loved it? I need to look into his houses before Trump Tower. but I doubt the are photos. It would be interesting to see if he has always loved that warm metallic shade.

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  18. Nicely done. I've always enjoyed seeing the Oval Office and how is it re-decorated through the years. I am waiting to see what Trump does for decor as well, although I admit I might be a little afraid to look ;-)

    Thanks for your work, Joni.

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  19. I loved the sofas from the Obama era.. They were my favorites! But W's oval rug was my favorite.. seemed to me to have a Texas star!

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  20. Amazing, amazing posting!!!! Absolutely incredible in the photos and information!!!! Joni, you have done it again!!! Thank you!

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  21. Thank you for such an enlightening post- I love the White House and all the history that goes with it and I would so love to poke around in the storage area where all the unused furniture and accessories are warehoused. I would have a field day. Loved seeing the Oval office and the transformations. And lastly, thank you for not making this a partisan post. It's so refreshing.

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  22. I watched the Inaugural all day Friday, and I was intrigued by the whole thing, not least of which was the dress of the well known ladies. I was also very curious about Trump's choice of White House decor when he moves in and gets settled. I agree with the other poster that said his NY apartment looks like Dubai. Not that there is anything wrong with Dubai, it is just not my favorite look. My favorite things in the Oval Office are the beautiful patterned hardwood floor, the sunburst rugs, and the impressionistic painting to the side of the desk featuring American flags. Those of us who are art and design oriented can be more interested in furniture and clothing than anything else at times!

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    1. Amazed by the volatility of your followers. Such hyper sensitivity to the use of the word "precious" in regard to the picture of a small child, no matter whom. If that is indeed the reason people are getting so precious (in the other sense of the word) about this post. I'm no fan of Trump's, in fact appalled by his win and anxious as are so many other non-Americans about what this will mean (in particular the unintended or unwished for consequences), not only for the US, but also for the rest of the world. We watch with interested trepidation.

      Agree with the comments about Dubai - in fact the apartment is terribly nouveau riche. Or even Russian oligarch, version A.

      Many thanks, Joni, for such an interesting post. I haven't been a subscriber but have found your most recent posts about the White House and the British Royal Family so very interesting. The history, pictures and comparisons between different Presidents or members of the Royal Family (and the Netflix series) have been wonderful. You're doing great work! Will keep watching with great interest - and also some bemusement/sense of humour in regard to some of the comments. Best wishes, Pamela

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  23. Joni,
    I really enjoyed seeing the history of decor in the Oval Office. Thank you for taking good the "high road," and not bringing politics into this post.
    Sincerely,
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  24. Thank you for this article. I enjoyed it quite a bit. Well done.

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  25. Melania was perfect, even the way she carried herself! I think women will be watching her for years to come! Men too. : - ) I'm surprised she likes the Trump penthouse being so LOUD. Hillary looked great. Michelle's outfit was horrible. I really don't know if I disliked the way Michelle looked the most or Pences' wife.

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  26. That was fun! I was so excited to read such an interesting post chronicling the changes in decor that reflect the different personalities of our presidents. Well done and thank you!

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  27. I greatly enjoyed this post - thank you Joni!

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  28. Love this post! I loved how all the Trumps looked in their lovely clothing!
    I am excited about our new leader. I only wish people would quit being sore losers and get on with their life! He was elected fairly,period!

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    1. I wish you had been at the Women's March on Saturday like I was. Perhaps you would understand why SO many Americans and people around the world are very concern about OUR country and where it is leading to.....a dictatorship. You are obviously not very well informed about Trump and his cronies' agenda to basically dismantle the US Constitution. And just to let you know, regardless of the "alternative" facts spewed from the White House about the number of attendees at the Trump's inauguration on Friday, the attendees at the Women's March was HUGE, and the crowd at the inauguration was not huge. To have a president go off on his first official day in office and attack the media about the size of the inaugural crowd is very worrisome to say the least. So I hope you can understand that MILLIONS of Americans are not excited about Trump.

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    2. @Anon 7:55
      Which part of the US Constitution does Trump plan to dismantle? How, exactly, is this going to turn into a dictatorship? What policies has President Trump proposed that will accomplish either of these things? These are baseless, unsubstantiated accusations.

      The Women's March was an embarrassment to this country. What "women's rights" were you protesting, precisely? Women in this country have all the same freedoms as men. To insist otherwise is ridiculous. Are you just out protesting to make sure you can keep killing unborn children? If your march were really about women's rights, you would have brought attention to places like Saudi Arabia, where women cannot drive and cannot go out in public without a male chaperone. Or you would have called attention to the plight of women in India, where girls are sold as slaves and women are gang raped as a matter of course. I am sure there are dozens more examples.

      This march was nothing more than a huge tantrum to protest a democratic, fair, and free election. The obnoxious behavior of "celebrities" like Madonna and Ashley Judd do nothing to help your cause. Rational Americans everywhere are disgusted. And the fact that George Soros funded 53 of the groups involved in the protest says everything.

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    3. You are obviously not very well informed about Trump and his cronies' agenda to basically dismantle the US Constitution.

      This sounds unhinged. Why don't you link over to the site that explains it for us so we can see what you're talking about.

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    4. Yes, you said that before. But you still haven't answered my questions. Why don't YOU explain it for us?

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  29. I really enjoyed this post and I feel sad that so many readers jumped at the opportunity to say such negative things, and even go to the extent to unsubscribe! I pray that ALL people will make a decision to put aside their personal feelings about our new President and join together to help heal our Country. Life is too short to focus on only the negative.

    As far as I am concerned, this blog is not about Politics, it is about decor and style. Lets keep our personal opinions to ourselves. I have not liked all the Presidents we have had in office over the past 40 years, but I certainly did not feel it necessary to trash them and criticize others who might not agree with me.

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  30. What a fun and interesting post to read, thanks for all the time it takes you to put something like this together. Last week I saw a White House staff member on a news network explaining that the incoming president chooses from a virtual warehouse of curtains, rugs, paintings and furniture. As soon as the outgoing president leaves, the switchover is made during the swearing in. Of course, over time things can be ordered and changed. I wonder if anyone filmed that process? As for the fashions, I thought Melania's outfit, makup, hair and shoes were just beautiful.

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  31. USUBSCRIBING! Anyone who glorifies Donald Trump by showing awful memes of others and downgrading the former residents of the White House doesn't deserve my attention. It's obvious where you, and many of your subscribers, lean politically.

    Let's be honest here, you could have done a professional and sophisticated post about the White House decor without ever mentioning the memes or the new residents, but you chose not to.

    I subscribed because my husband and I may be moving to Texas in the near future. I wanted to get a feel for the decor and culture prevalent in the Texas area. If this is what Texas is about, I'll stay in Colorado!

    I'm so sorry you had to stoop to this level.

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    1. Lordy. Where in this post has Joni "downgraded" the former residents??? She's likes some decor more than others regardless of the politics of the resident. Though sadly a rare thing these days, it IS actually possible to appreciate some aspects of these we don't like and dislike things about those we do like - especially when it comes to aesthetics and design. Style and politics don't go hand in hand.

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    2. Speaking as a native Texan, please stay in Colorado. Joni does a wonderful bipartisan job and I believe she may even be a democrat.

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    3. Joni wasn't downgrading the former residents of the White House; she was writing a blog post about décor. Ha! Seriously folks, it's furniture and drapes. Relax.
      I was happy to see how unbiased Joni was here, considering how she really feels about Trump, because I've loved this blog for so long. It would be nice to continue in this vein and keep politics out of home décor. The concept sounds silly just saying it.
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    4. What a tasteless comment, Leah. I thought the post was well written and informative. Stay in Co., you will be happier.

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  32. I just stumbled across your site this morning, and this was the first post I read. Must say, I throughly enjoyed it. Very well written, great job gathering all the relevant photos, and thank you for keeping it kind and non partisan. A peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our constitutional republic, and we should celebrate it and the historic building our commander in chief calls home. Cheers to you Joni, and I am now subscribing to your blog!

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  33. Let's just hope the Trump family will only enjoy their decorative changes for a mere 4 years!
    Very surprised that an intelligent individual as yourself Joni, would post with this political slant. Must say though, that everyone has a right to their opinions and expressing them is part of our Democracy.

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    1. Please explain how it was slanted.
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    2. You're right about one thing, Laura ... everyone has a right to their opinions and expressing them. And this IS, after all Joni's site, not yours.

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  34. This is one post I actually read and didn't just study the pictures. Very interesting and fun to see and read. Thanks

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  35. I enjoyed this post very much. I read some of the negative comments being sent your way for sharing this. I expected this because that's all anyone does anymore is bad mouth Trump and his family. I'm so used to it now that I just ignore it. I know you did a lot of research into this post and I think you shared it in a fair manner. Just ignore the naysayers. They aren't worth your time. If they can't say anything nice, then they shouldn't comment at all! I look forward to seeing what Trump does in the white house and I love seeing Melania and Ivanka's fashion choices.

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  36. You always impress me Joni with your depth of research and ability to talk design as a separate entity from politics. Would that more people could separate the two as well as you do.

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  37. I sent an earlier response to this thesis. I personally care for President Obamas' decor for it is SO timeless, elegant yet warm...not institutional as the past nor tacky as some. As for this Putin puppet and his surrounding sycophants, THEY are PRACTICING DAILY off the Manual written by KGB/Putin on how to silence a takeover of a country, by the suppression of The 1st Amendment, The Press which is the Fourth Estate...they wish to shut the EYES OF THE PEOPLE IN THE PEOPLES HOUSE. 'Fake news, Alternative Truth', whatever they call it today is sickening...as shown by yesterday's marches WORLDWIDE , THE PEOPLE ARE THE RULE OF LAW...not a group of Money hungry oligarchs, Wall Street tyrants or despotic Republican thugs...like the present Pawns of Russia. How could you even ponder that Suzanne Rheinstein talents would EVER appeal to this gaudy, gauche and faux gilt tax evading guilty creature...and yes, it's evident he cannot get Hillary out of his mind, FOREVER it seems, as she has won him by almost 3 MILLION MORE VOTES FROM TAXPAYERS IN URBAN CITIES ACROSS THE USA...but yet she'll haunt him daily forever, even from high in the Oval Office, for as she said she goes High when they go Low...even as he signed those treacherous documents against the People, and yes...WITHOUT the MLK bust in the room as evidenced by your posted photos taken from different angles of the STAGED EVENT. The Oval Office, a room so Sacred to Democracy and HER promises of FREEDOM AND LIBERTY FOR ALL....including the 3 million votes/voices not counted...now defiled by this FABULIST who sells his name to anyone who will give him and his own money...so look behind the veneer to see who pulls the strings... She's with Me, she's our TRUE PRESIDENT. Thanks for pointing out she's back in the Oval Office...though to those traitors now within whose time is measured by days...they will think it funny to throw her out like old curtains. The Beautiful Family...the word BEAUTIFUL you didn't use for The Obama Family...says it all for me.

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      Hillary is not our "true President." I don't care if she got 20 million more votes than President Trump, if they were all in California (and no, not all in cities like you claim), he would still have won. The Electoral College is in place precisely because Presidents are elected by the states, not by individuals. Nor is there any evidence that that Trump is a Russian puppet. Your post is filled with inaccuracies, hysteria, and even outright lies.

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    2. As an American I am free to think whatever I'd like...especially when BACKED BY FACTS BY 17 INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES AND VOTERS ACROSS THE NATION...The Electoral College is a remnant of a White Slave Owners rule, to appear Democratic...though long abolished as I recall by the Civil War, except by some in power from the South who still cling to all it claimed by the desire to reinstate the confederate flag...like pretending to laying a wreath at Arlington but really at the front door of Robert E. Lees home by this despotic group. Weren't you watching yesterday's news coverage or did you only watch that disgraceful attempt at the CIA in front of the Fallen Stars by this usurper...denigrating, delusional and trying so hard to appeal to the military for what...to trample the People is for what...wake up, don't fall for Alternative Facts as she called Lies this morning. Yes, she WON THE PEOPLES VOTE...

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    4. Oh and Ted Graber was William 'Billy' Haines partner by the way...he also worked wth Haines on Winfield House, The US ambassador residence in London. Ivanka's white coat is directly taken from McQueen...nothing new here...as well the sheath and bolero of Melania who seems chic and elegant...though all were photogenic it still doesn't change the National Security issue on EVERYONES lips WORLDWIDE. Upon my arrival in Paris the day of the election and from Bernard Henri Levy, Europe's Voltaire whom I met the same evening and asked for words of comfort for myself and America...he said he was speechless, no words could be found...though this week he finally wrote his words printed in the New York Times this week...please read them for all whom are dazzled...shades of Vienna 1938!

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    5. To: The Swan
      Please take your political ranting and raving somewhere else. There are literally thousands of places online where you can vent your rage. This is supposed to be about décor and fashion. Maybe you could go to The Food Network next...ha!
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    6. I had to laugh. The Swan is so right about Suzanne Rheinstein. Trump would hate her exquisite taste. Mark Hampton was asked to "fix" the original decor that Ivana did, was offered an unlimited budget, and said....."I'm sorry, I can't"! It is even more garish now.
      I also love the rooms Michael Smith did. He is a true talent. The Obamas are staying at his beautiful house in Palm Springs.

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    7. People like the swan read only what suits their arguments, they don't read balanced accounts.

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    8. Swan, everyone knows how I feel about the Obamas. And Hillary. I'm sorry you don't. I honestly tried VERY hard to keep my personal feelings about politics out of the blog. BUT, you are welcome to enjoy my partisan rants on Twitter where I have been known to lose my temper a time or two! haha!! omg!! I'm as bad as Trump with the tweeting!!!!!!

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    9. I just saw your twitter...I've written above to thank you for allowing my voice to be heard thru words on your blog before I knew where you stood. TRUTH, BEAUTY AND LOVE are the Golden Keys given to Humanity from the Heavens...and I speak out against those who trample and abuse the Humanities.

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    10. Penelope- Who was it who asked Mark Hampton to fix the original décor in Trump's penthouse?
      Curious.

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  38. Hi Joni: I am not surprised that you loved the Bushs' offices. They are very southern and classic! I liked them too. Especially the neutral one. Well written and fun to read.

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    1. Is that what it is? Southern? Classic? I suppose. I just love the soft yellows, the damask, the rug, everything. The curtains aren't my favorite, but they are pretty. I just personally are drawn to that kind of decor.

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  39. Oh...and to your followers who think STYLE AND POLITICS DONT GO HAND IN HAND...YES THEY DO...LOOK AT HITLER, MUSSOLINI, NAPOLEAN, need I say anymore

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    1. To: The Swan
      I sincerely believe that you may possibly need to be on medication. It can really help one even out. Staying in an elevated state of agitation for prolonged periods can cause heart disease, stroke, and various other nasty ailments that can serve to shorten your life span.
      Be well.
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    2. Finally I know now who plagued Penny Bianchi on this blog hiding behind the tag ANONYMOUS with same medical/pharmaceutical recommendations which were in the same vein to her posted comments about a year or two ago...don't you think your describing Trump and YOURSELF 'Miss Thing' called a 'Sheila'!

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    3. No, you need not say anymore, "Swan." Go somewhere else to be a poor loser and let us enjoy these great posts. The whining from those who are angry with the election is becoming so tiresome. Ugh.

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    4. To: The Swan
      No, Swan, I did not plague Penny with any medical recommendations.
      Maybe it was you, Swan. Are you the old "Anonymous" who was infamous here? He's been strangely absent as of late. Hummm....
      Joni may know. Don't bloggers have access to info on where comments come from?
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    5. Well...in Australia a SHEILA...Is a man impersonating a woman, so I think it was you long ago who bullied my friend Penny. Who else has EVER dispensed med and pharma recommendations other than YOU and ANONYMOUS, it was only I who put 2 and 2 together to get YOU - Sheila.

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    6. Swan: To set the record straight, in Australia, historically, the term sheila was not used to refer to a man impersonating a woman. It was simply a colloquial slang term (now rather dated) used by mostly poorly educated men in a mild form of denigration of a woman. It showed lack of respect but was never as rude or unpleasant as many other more insulting words referring to women can be. Pamela (from Oz)

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    8. Thank you Pamela for the clarification, I'm always interested in learning for as my mother taught me...WE LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERYDAY.

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    9. To set the record straight - no I can't trace anon comments. I COULD get the IP address IF there was not much traffic but the blog is read alot so it's really impossible to pin down one comment. I have before - when it was very late at night like 3 in the morning. But even then it was just an IP which can be disguished.

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    10. Swan
      Just one more clarification - grammar/spelling this time. "Your" is a possessive adjective eg your book, your house. It is not the correct spelling/usage as an abbreviation, as in your expression above "your describing". The correct spelling is "you're describing" since it is an abbreviation for "you are". This may seem unimportant perhaps, but it is a distinction which will help makes your writing more effective and sound more educated. This is meant constructively. If you can adjust this in your writing it may help it sound more measured. Because if you want people to take you seriously and think about the content you need to write in a more measured way, calmly rather than in anger, when it sounds more like a rant and immediately provokes a negative reaction. Pamela

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    12. Pamela, thank you for your thesis on grammar, rant and particularly your soft touch verbage insinuating a lack of Education ...as this is not my gradeschool class of yesteryear and YOU ARE definitely not one of the Nuns who did instruct me...I feel...I can say...I hope YOUR own wisdom and talent takes you much further than where your dwelling now, and by the way, yes...I heard from an Aussie friend who is gay and they do call drag queens SHEILAS...but perhaps you've never had a Gay, or Latin, or for that matter African American connection...so please refrain from teaching your classes over petty iPad typos etc...when the urge to teach grammar in a comment section next strikes, take YOUR paper bag out from your charming purse, and make sure YOU ARE sitting somewhere fluffy & silent, put the bag over your mouth and breath in slowly...deep breathes...count to 10...and Happy Trails to you!

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    13. Swan
      As I mentioned, my clarification was intended well and constructively. Sadly, it seems to have been a wasted effort.
      To set the record straight again though: you appear to believe (perhaps tongue in cheek) I am some kind of nun living in a semi-enclosed primary school teaching order. Quite the contrary, my career has taken me from university teaching in Oz to working in other professional vocations in a range of overseas countries and short-long term travel in far more, including much of Asia, Europe, North Africa, Oceania and the US. I am also a wife, mother and grandmother. Retired now from paid employment (but not from voluntary work), and with a keen interest in many parts of life both the serious and the lighter aspects.
      Have also worked in a very large Oz government organisation similar to your State Department where some of my male colleagues were gay. However, they didn't ever use the term "sheila" as you've described. But then perhaps they weren't up with the latest trend and the word has taken on a whole new meaning for some, differing from its original slang use here in Oz.
      Thank you for your good wishes. My next "trail", as you call it, will be two months in France, which we love. Good wishes, to you too. Pamela

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  40. I was trying to find the new oval office décor and was so pleased to see your post and also loved the fashion bonus. You are the only blog I follow ... the time you put in is evident and soooo interesting. Please keep it up ... it puts a smile on my face and a wonderful sense of anticipation when I see you have a new post. I get a cup of coffee and sit down to enjoy a little time to myself!

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  41. I would love to see what Suzanne Kasler would do with the Oval Office. I confess that I don't really like any of the above iterations. Its a beautiful room in itself, but someone always looks staid when finished. I would like to see what it would look like with simpler windows and a more traditional rug. (but that's just me)

    I loved the Obama's private rooms (except the modern art), and don't blame them for waiting until the very end to share it with us - If I were such a public person, I would want to keep some things /places private as well.

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    1. I think Suzanne Rheinstein would be THE decorator to hire to redo the White House. Can't imagine who else. Kasler is a bit too contemporary sometimes - even though she is a personal favorite!!!! But i"m just talking about the White House. only. I vote for Rheinstein. who else do you think would be qualified? interested to hear.

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    2. I think Suzanne Rheinttein would be perfect!

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    3. I'm sure you're right about Rheinstein as the natural choice, but I can't help myself, I such a fan of Ms. Kasler's ---maybe just for the personal apartments of President and Mrs. Bart ;)

      However, I think all the 'looks' in the oval office have been essentially the same for years and years, and mostly boring to boot, so it would be nice to see someone re-image it instead of just change the curtains and flooring! I do admit that I really liked the striped wallpaper in Pres. Obama's office. Does the rug have to be oval (maybe it does with the room shape)? Does it have to have meaningful presidential symbols? What about a large plain rug with one or two smaller 'statement' rugs on top?

      I cannot begin to image what Trump will consider for his office, but I do like to imagine what I would choose if it were my space!

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  42. Wonderful! I loved this post so much. Thank you for all of the information. I had never heard about President Kennedy's office being decorated while he was traveling to Dallas. So sad. I agree - the ladies all looked amazing on Friday. Thank you for posting - I so enjoyed it and look forward to your future posts. My heart always skips a beat when I see a new CDT post but I wait to look until I can savor it.
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  43. Ha! Who would have guess so many negative responses. I love your blog and all the historical references. Don't really agree about the new 1st lady's dress. Thought it made her head look too small and also did not fit well. Jacket pooched in the upper back making her look like she had a hump. Same was true of some of the outfits of the previous first ladies. All first ladies have been wonderful. Just wondering about the tailoring. Keep your wonderful posts coming. I love your research.

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  44. Joni, perhaps you haven't heard, but Melania will not even be living in the White House. And there are rumors that Trump will spend as little time there as possible. I don't think either one of them will bother to make it a "home". Not when you have Trump Tower at your disposal.
    It might have been premature to run this. Emotions are running high (women's march, hello?), and there are many, many legitimate questions about Trump's path to the presidency. His speech was dark and disturbing, and gave us nothing to hope for. He has sowed rancor and discourse while avowing racism, sexism, and xenophobia. He bragged about sexually assaulting women. This is about far more than people upset because "their" candidate didn't win. It's a horrifying reality that our country is so broken that this fascist wannabe and puppet of Putin is our President. You might have prefaced the piece with something about both sides. I don't have to accept him because I don't accept anyone as ugly hearted as he is. His rampant egotism negates any respect he may have had coming to him.

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    1. Why should this be "prefaced with something about both sides?" This is a site that we enjoy coming to for Joni's great research. It's not political and it's not a place for you or anyone to moan and groan about losing the election. Your comments are typical of the hysterical nonsense being repeated over and over and are already becoming very tiresome.

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    2. Dear House,
      Perhaps your ears were so clogged by hate that you could not hear President Trump's address clearly. Mr. Trump spoke of his vision for creating jobs, reviving the economy, repairing our infrastructure, improving education, creating opportunity for all Americans (whether born in the inner city or in the heartland), returning to the rule of law, and defeating terrorism. He emphasized America being under God's "protection". What about that do you find objectionable? None of it is "dark", "disturbing", or the least bit "fascist".

      Furthermore, women who allow themselves to be grabbed (his words were "and they LET YOU") have not been assaulted. You diminish the very real problem of sexual assault and rape when you promote false victimization.

      Lastly, Melania and Barron will be moving into the White House at the end of Barron's school year.

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    3. Hare Lane, looking at your camper I would have put you in the Trump camp. And I am not be mean I, also, have a camper on my property

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    4. To Anonymous: "and they LET YOU". This was Trump's interpretation/excuse. So many women in similar positions when groped unexpectedly by a guy - particularly a man of power (not necedssarily political power) are so stunned and shocked that they don't know what to say or do. Often they're afraid to react negatively. Women are extremely vulnerable in this way. It doesn't mean it's not a form of assault.
      And by the way not all men indulge in locker room talk of this sort. Pamela

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    5. @Anonymous, and yet, after 40 years in the public arena, no one...I repeat NO ONE....had ever accused President Trump of assault or rape until it looked like he could win the presidency. And then, the accusers had to back down because their stories were made up. NO ONE had ever accused him of racism until he looked like he could win. A man with billions of dollars and worldwide fame and no accusers until he decides to topple the globalists. What a coincidence.

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    6. I have a funny feeling that Melania and Barron will be moving in sooner than they thought. I'll bet they were impressed by the sheer majesty of the White House. They all went bowling at the WH Friday. How can a 10 year boy turn all that down? I couldn't!!! I think it was easy to not make any quick changes, but I'm thinking the three of them will all want to be together.

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    7. Not sure whether it's true or not that Trump had never been accused of assault before his candidacy. But the fact still remains that IN HIS OWN WORDS he has definitively admitted to groping women, and boasted about it. Defending this by saying "and they let you". As if the women's failure to protest and prosecute amounted to consent! Imagine how he would have reacted as a father if some bigtime football player or rock star had groped Ivanka or one of his other daughters.

      As women and mothers we should not accept this treatment of women and girls, I don't care who the perpetrator is. And we shouldn't make excuses for it. Pamela

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    8. It's very interesting to me that the people who so rabidly support this hateful man often accuse others of hate. By addressing both sides, I only meant that perhaps Joni could have made a remark or two about a sadly divided country and ask that the comments would be about the residence, and not the individual who may or may not actually occupy it.

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    9. It has been reported that Melania wouldn't even give him her phone number the first time they met. If women want to be treated with respect then they should demand it. I'm not condoning Trump's comments but I think people are either being naive or disingenuous to pretend outrage for his admission to behavior that has been going on between the sexes since the dawn of history. Women are not always blameless! And somehow Bill Clinton gets a pass for far worse treatment of women.

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  45. Another wonderfully researched and informative post. I look forward to a follow up when the Trump's decor is finished.

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  46. There was actually a pic online Friday, while the Inauguration was going on, of the drapes being changed out. I really do think they look so much better. The BO drapes are such an ugly brownish dark mauve or something. I can't think of a name for this odd color, but it reminds me a lot of furniture I often saw in Europe where the upholstery was old and faded out. Is my computer monitor showing the color wrongly?
    Sheila
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  47. Dear Gail and Sheila, your both quite NASTY WOMEN...ears perhaps clogged by thick ugly brownish dark mauve Russian propaganda I think. What is wrong with a civilized person commenting in a comment section, as well as including personal observations of style, decor and fashion...morals included are a must last I heard in a polite society...though reading your venomous words against myself and others here in COMMENTS SECTION makes me realize your racist at heart, the loudest at any cocktail party, and perhaps fashionably challenged. I LOVE AMERICA, is not only yours to utter...nor for Russia to laugh at...delusional koolaid isn't drunk by those thirsty for knowledge...only THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE! May God Bless America and all those in need...including yourselves!

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    1. Swan, do you even know that the words "the truth shall set you free" are from Holy Scripture? They are spoken by Jesus Christ; in John 8:32, Jesus discusses the truth that His Holy Word, and that the truth found in accepting Him as Savior frees His followers from the bondage of sin. They are not now nor have they ever been political words.

      All of your comments today have been bullying and raving and full of grandstanding and condescension. Please stop before you embarrass yourself further.

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      Because I said the BO drapes were showing up an ugly color on my monitor does not make me nasty.
      But I stick by my guns that you may need medication...ha! You're weird
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    3. You obviously didn't know that as well being THE MOTTO CHISELED ABOVE THE STATUE OF THE FOUNDER OF THE CIA, THE MOTTO OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHOM GIVEN UP THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT OUR FREEDOMS LIVE BY...you know, where your 'precious golden' leader stood yesterday as if in a photo call for the studio and ranted, lied and promulgated his Russian orders. I have a Canonized Saint in my history, went to private Catholic schools, have family members in service of Our Lord in communities and yet, i don't feel I can walk forth in judgement of others in a Holier Than Though mode...it's a struggle to keep upon an Enlightened Path all he while surrounded by such rancor and drivel as yours...put the book down, stop quoting as if your a Saint...Crooked Hillary Lying Ted, Little Marco...these are your new proverbs and homilies to worship? From the BIGGLIEST LIAR OF ALL, WHO ABUSES HIS THREE WIVES, HAS MULTIPLE CHILDREN FROM 3 DIFFERENT WOMEN, LITIGATED OVER 3500 LAWSUITS, IS UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE FBI AND CIA AND 15 OTHER INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES...your promoting that SINNER? Your passing judgement on me? SAD as your "golden boy" tweeted to CIA Director Brennan

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    4. Swan, your holier than thou attitude, your name dropping, your adulation of pseudo intellectual European elites....all of this is why the liberals lost.

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    5. LIBERAL is code for PERSON WHO ACCEPTS FREEDOM AS A SACRED RIGHT
      ELITE is code for PERSON WHO IS INQUISITIVE AND SEEKS TRUTH AND KNOWLEDGE
      Seems you've lost out when they passed these attributes at inception.

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    6. Dear Swan: We can clearly see you're upset and concerned. I just ask that you respect our host, and her other guests, most of whom would like to just have a more peaceful conversation here at this post. Thank you.

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    7. I'm black and we don't really do cocktail parties in Seattle. So anything else you want to attempt to insult me with? Hope your meds kicked in and you've calmed down by now. Sheesh.

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    8. Dear Swan, you are too chicken to stand behind what you say and use your real name. Your thoughts are therefore irrelevant.

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  48. Joni: As my father Stanley used to say: "As long as they're still talking about you, it doesn't matter what they say." Your posts are almost always both entertaining, insightful and so well researched. I don't know how you do it. So to all these readers on their soap boxes spouting unsolicited drivel, bless you for publishing their comments and don't give them a thought. Everything you said was accurate in my humble opinion and so entertaining! Thank you AGAIN for giving us insight into another interior and its transformation we might not otherwise get to see so readily. XO p.s. Nobody's asking me what I think of Melania (and that's wise because in my family we have certain words for her sort) but she looked absolutely STUNNING.

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    1. Thank you Simon. As always. I appreciate your friendship so much! Melania looks even prettier because she has the best posture in the world! I have awful posture and have always been embarrassed by this!!!

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    2. I have words for her sort. I wonder about Melania. I imagine her as not very smart, but she speaks several languages, and if I had been 6 feet tall, would I have gone to study mechanical engineering? Maybe, I had a sorority sister who was tall, blonde, and came from a comfortably well off family.
      But, some designers wouldn't dress her, but when Ralph Lauren did, it made him look like a nice guy.

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    3. I used to see Melania on QVC where she had a jewelry line. She was very well spoken, and charming.
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    4. allthatispie: "I have words for her sort..... I imagine her as not very smart"

      This kind of viciousness will be a problem. I hope you all understand that it will just harden the hearts of your opponents. I think it's possible to stand up for your principals without sinking to this depth.

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  49. I think it is a shame that politics have been brought to this blog. It is also unfortunate (unfortunate is really too light of a word) that the man sworn in as our 45th President of the United States has brought such divisiveness, darkness, vitriol and crassness to the office of the President of the United States of America that it even divides a blog on timeless style. And because he has done his best to be rude, to inspire hatred (even at his inauguration as Hilary Clinton walked in she was barraged with chants of "Lock her up"), he has mocked, he has humiliated and he has delighted in all of these transgressions from decency, it is hard not to be a divided nation. Where is the dignity that the office demands, where is the humility? So, personally, I would have enjoyed this post , if the preciousness of the boy with spun gold hair had been left out. And then the comments! The Swan has been spot on why politics should have been left out of this post but instead she is attacked in the same mean spirited and mocking way typical of Trump and his supporters. I suspect too that Sheila is behind the online harassment of Penny Bianchi. Shelia seems to know an awful lot about medication, so I suspect she is highly medicated herself. And Joni, I do not know how you did not see the bitterness, the polarization that this President has fostered and nurtured. The day after his inauguration, women, and not just women, took to the streets in enormous numbers, to let the President know he will not be allowed to muzzle the press, run amok and enrich himself, his family and the cronies who have sucked up to his massive ego. This is your blog and you are certainly entitled to post your opinions, but I think with the present climate of strong opinions and protests, maybe we would have all enjoyed your incredible research on timeless style without the too timely politics. To put it in the simple words, our new President uses: it’s sad. And Swan, well and beautifully said. Thank you.

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    1. LOVE TRUMPS HATE...AND STYLE IS ETERNAL. THANK YOU

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    3. No, it wasn't Sheila. Sheila has always used her name. That is another person. Actually I did leave politics out of this. It's not easy really. Trust me. But I do appreciate all my readers so so so much, that I'm not interested in alienating anyone because of politics here. This isn't the place for me. I usually vent on Twitter.

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  50. "Love trumps hate". Really? That must be why it is the Democrats/Leftists/Hillary supporters who have ATTACKED Trump supporters. At rallies, Trump supporters had eggs thrown at them, were punched, were spat upon, etc. And what's worse, the videos that Project Veritas recorded (since you seem to value the truth so much) prove that Clinton operatives PAID people to react violently and hurt people. As late as Thursday evening, at the "Deploraball", rioters were throwing D batteries at Trump supporters. One man was beaten in the head with a pole. Madonna talked about her desire to blow up the White House. How loving.

    Anonymous 6:14: it is the Clinton who have run amok and enriched themselves and their families through the Clinton Foundation. It is no coincidence that the Clinton Foundation is now shutting down, since the Clintons no longer have any influence and cannot sell "pay to play". It is Bill Clinton who demeaned the Office of the Presidency by getting you know whats under his desk. (President Trump has not offended the dignity of the office...he's only been POTUS for 2 days.) It is Hillary Clinton who called Trump supporters....60+ million Americans "deplorable" and "irredeemable". Talk about being divisive. Someone posted above, and it is true, people like you only watch and read what supports your limited view. Sad, indeed.

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    1. Spoken like a Brietbart parrot...all untruths, fabrications and lies again...so go to sleep Gingrich, I mean Conway, I meant you tool of chaos and divisiveness. When Hillary said some belonged in a 'basket of deplorables'...she said 'some' - those who espoused dangerous rants like someone has too 'take her out', 'Jew-SA' to the media, and need I say more. Madonna said that it would do not good to do so, a thought not an action manifest..so she said her NEXT thought was to fill your heart with Love...W.H. Audens own words...your spreading more 'Alternative Facts' as so aptly put by your lying Conway this morning to describe an alternative universe where reality of lies is called alternative facts.

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    2. Yes, it is interesting that Madonna is clarifying her remarks now that the Secret Service is investigating her. It is a felony to threaten the life of the President.

      And no, these are not lies. There is video evidence of everything I said regarding the attacks at Trump supporters, and written evidence of the pay to play collusion between the State Department while Hillary was S of S and the Clinton Foundation.

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    3. I watched her yesterday at the Rally...you didn't it's evident. She clarified all in her FREE SPEECH right there and then...it was not what your trying to make it as are all the other Breitbart REAL Fakenews dispensaries as yourself. Why must you live in an alternative reality of FAKENEWS

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    4. And on a totally different, yet somehow related note:
      Where has Madonna's English accent gone??...Ha!
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    5. Oh please. Last night Madonna tweeted (and then deleted) "F*** Donald Trump and F*** the Secret Service". So don't tell me she was trying to be poetic. Yes she has the right to say that, but don't lecture me about Madonna being some kind of paragon of love. Unless by love you mean the offer she made in exchange for Clinton votes. She is vulgar, and trashy, and pathetic. And to think some people criticize Melania. SMH.

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  51. I have no interest in getting into a long bitter back and forth about Trump versus Hilary. But I will say, Anon 6:36, we will see if you still have the same respect and admiration in a year's time for the 45th President. Let's just see what he does, I have a pretty good sense where I think this Presidency will go and the rewards he will not reap on the forgotten men and women.

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  52. If every place is going to turn into people yelling at each other about Trump v Hillary, I'm just going to have to unplug. Yikes! Peace out people!

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  53. Wonderfully interesting post! Thanks for sharing all your research with us. And I agree - the pale blue dress was gorgeous.

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  54. I loved this post! I enjoyed the history of the décor of the Oval Office - so interesting and informative. As a side note: no matter which candidate you voted for, Donald Trump is now our President and is due the respect of that office. We need to be a united nation as division weakens us. We all get to cast our vote again in another 4 years. This was not a political post but an informative one and I will continue to read this blog. I will not cut off my nose to spite my face!

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  55. Wonderful post! I read every word! Thank you for taking the time.

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  56. I just read that the Obama's paid for their re-do of their private quarters themselves. Doesn't this mean that they'll take that furniture with them to their new house? Of course, they don't get to keep the artwork from the National Gallery ;)

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  57. Ouch. This post touches a sore place right at the moment it hurts the most. Seeing images of Trump and his family taking the seat of power is very frightening and disturbing. It's hard for me to look at or care about their fashion or how they decorate the oval office. The whole thing is just horrifying.

    But.

    I can appreciate the history of the oval office decor right up through Obama. That was very interesting.

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  58. Joni, this was a well researched historical post. I am always impressed and grateful for the time you spend. I love your blog and thank you for it. It was balanced and non-political.
    If you are an American, regardless what who you voted for, Trump is your president. Goodness, is mentioning his name to be forbidden? There is enough conflict in the world. Hopefully, we,as Americans, can move forward in hope and peace....even in regards to a design blog! Thank you, Joni.

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    1. First I wish to second Peggy's comment above. Thank you Joni for your research and effort. I look forward to all your posts.
      In this blog you have covered presidents from both parties from a design perspective and did so very graciously. May I just add that I had no idea that those area carpets were so expensive! As a taxpayer I'd like to see all parties either remove their shoes or wear blue booties when visiting the oval office. :o)

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  59. Thank you. I enjoyed the history and commentary. Classy, as always, regardless of politics.

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  60. Ughhh! I will NEVER be reading this blog again. Donald Trump is a despicable person and anyone who normalizes him is not someone I can respect.

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  61. I can't wait to see the new hammer and sickle-themed oval!

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  62. Joni, Fantastic post! So interesting. You must spend an incredible amount of time researching which is appreciated by your readers. What an attractive and accomplished family they are. Love Ivanka!! Pure class and brains. Will be fun and exciting to follow the interior design changes to come in the White House as well as the Trump family's fashion. Please keep us updated on this fascinating family. BTW- Melania's inauguration outfit was absolutely beautiful!!! Thanks Ralph Lauren.

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  63. Wink, wink, Joni. You are a clever woman. Very illuminating! You truly highlighted interiors, by design.

    Thanks for such a timely post. Keep up the good work.

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  64. What a pleasure to read this post and see all the styles of the past Whitehouses without a bit of political nonsense. Thanks Joni!

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  65. Joni, Thank you so much for this beautiful post. I happen to have voted for Trump and I knew, from following your blog and following you on Instagram, that you did not vote for him. So, I was very interested to see how you handled this. You handled it very professionally and classy. Congratulations for keeping your feelings out of it and keeping it full of information and beautiful pictures. I happen to think, over the weekend, as I was watching all of the inaugural festivities, "I wonder how long it will be for decor to change in the White House", then I told myself, "Joni will let us know." :) You certainly proved me right, but I never expected it this quickly. I love love this post. Thanks for being you.

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    1. hahah! i"m obsessed with the WH for some reason!!! As soon as I saw those new pics I was like - forget that other story I was writing.....

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  66. Joni, I enjoy a diversity of color in my surroundings, but to answer your question, I am with you on the blue palette, soft blue is particularly lovely and appealing to my eyes.

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  67. Yes, the Midas touch! King Midas, now there's a cautionary tale for our times.

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  68. Thank, Joni, for all the history of the oval office. I enjoyed looking at all the differences and changes. I must say I did love the Obama White House decor: I don't know what will happen with the Trumps. I thought Melania was hands down the most beautiful first lady before modern photography---maybe only Frances Cleveland would rival her. The Trumps were a gorgeous bunch. I did not like seeing how Michelle Obama handled the gift handover---she seemed annoyed and not at all her normal gracious self. I guess that is why my Aunt told me to always look unrushed in rushed situations. I guess that was good advice! Thank you, again, for a wonderful blog.

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  69. No one, absolutely no one does a better blog than you. I have followed you for years. Your attention to detail is superb. My thanks for the consistently refined observations. Ann

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    1. Thanks Ann!! So much and thank you to EVERYONE!!! I know it's hard for everyone. Those who lost and those who won want those who lost to be happy too. So, it's not easy today. It's never been this hard before. Never. Someone needs to write a book about this election.

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  70. I love looking at all the pictures of the oval office. Interesting to see the changes through the years. I probably like the Obama ones the best since they seem more modern and updated. The White House is full of history but I think so much of it looks like a museum. I liked the Obama's more modernizing touches. I am scared to see what a Trump White House looks like. His apartment is so garish and tacky with all the gold. I really hope the White House does not look like that. Money does not buy taste, that's for sure. It also makes me sad seeing such a classy family moving out of the White House and the Trumps moving in. I have never been so terrified for our country. The Trump women may be beautiful on the outside but let's not let our guard down about what kind of man Donald is and what kind of destruction he will do.

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  71. So true. We all know how he loves golden yellow. Such splashy taste.

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  72. Well Joni, truth be told I was a little hesitant to open this post. But you hit it out of the ballpark! A beautifully written, apolitical post about the design of the oval office! I had no idea what really went in to all of the design aspects of the White House. The Reagan Rug is my favorite, as is the Resolute desk. And of all the drapes, I think the Clinton drapes were the most well proportioned. The wall paper needs to go asap, in my opinion. Thank you for a lovely, educational post. Enjoyed it immensely! Your friend, Emily

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  73. It's terrible that some of your readers have hijacked your post and put their own political agenda on it. This is not the place for that and many of us long time readers have no interest in that kind of stuff being put out on this blog. I loved this post! I love the history and design of the White House and getting a peak at the Oval Office and how various Presidents and First Ladies have put their own individuality on it is interesting to say the least. The wood floor installed by Bush is artwork, too bad it's covered up by rugs and furniture! I love the Reagan Rug and the Resolute Desk. Of course the Obama striped wall paper does not coordinate with the Clinton drapes and I'm sure those will be replaced, as I even read that there is to be a whole redo of the Oval Office including new window etc. that will happen in the next few months. I also found the new State Dining room not a favorite and that will probably be redone. I thought the Obama's bedroom was dreamy and could definitely see the Pres and Mrs. Obama relexing there after a long tough day. The colors were beautiful. I wish we could have seen Sasha and Malia's bedrooms - that would have been interesting to see how the girls lived there for 8 years! Thank you again for a lovely, unbiased, post.

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    1. I have always enjoyed your posts on the White House and this is no exception. My personal favorite Oval Office is the one designed for George W. Bush. I liked the soothing colors, the symmetry of the furniture placement and the use of period style furnishings befitting the style of the White House. Of all of the private bedrooms I have seen of past Presidents, my favorite is the Obamas. I suspect that many of your readers are going to be very surprised and impressed by what Melania Trump does to the private quarters. There is a lot of angst here about what Trump will do to the White House. I am sure that the curator has lots of protocols to protect the over all design of the public/official rooms. What they do in their private living space will be their business, but I am fully anticipating a well know NYC designer to have a hand in it. Some of the people commenting here need to find their safe spaces and get back on their meds. The White House is going to remain beautiful you can be assured. Thanks for a great post, Joni.

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    2. The dining rooms are not my favorite - any of them by Smith. I DO love the Yellow Oval Room - I can see the Trumps keeping that for sure! It's absolutely perfect. Even the master bedroom, I can see them liking that. But the family dining room and the smaller dining room in green - will be changed for sure.

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  75. I like the design of the Reagan rug but not its color; I especially don't like the green leaf trim. I'd prefer a very light blue as the background of the Oval Office rug or, lacking that, a deep cream. I'd pair a blue rug with cream curtains or a cream rug with blue curtains.

    Yes, Melania's was/is stunning. She seems to have mastered the art of being fully engaged yet still, know what I mean?

    It was nice to see little kids all over the place too. Grand dad, children, grandkids. Nice.

    This was a very well done, informative and entertaining post. I somehow wound up here by clicking a link from a news story. I am pleased I did.

    Why some people insist on exhibiting a lack of grace on blog that appears to be the epitome of grace, I've really no idea. To them, evidently all life is a battle.

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  76. Very interesting! I had no idea they used pieces over and over again.

    (I am a first time reader and will be adding you to my regulars. :) Please don't let the haters get you down.)

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  77. Such an interesting and topical post. Am floored that there is any controversy. Keep doing what you are doing please. and.. Thank you.

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  78. I would like Melania to use everything that she will need from that big storage room. There should be enough in there from all the previous residents to find things that will go together nicely. Why buy new stuff?
    Use what's already there available, and save a bunch of money. It's all expensive, quality stuff. Some new upholstery perhaps, and some paint, and call it a day.
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  79. seriously???? Unsubscribed. Why would you do this-what a jerk.

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  80. I feel so embarrassed for everyone who has come to post that they are unsubscribing from this lovely blog. This country has lost its civility and manners, and no, not because of President Trump. Civility is lost because of people who cannot accept that other people have different opinions and value and insights, and believe that gives them the right to verbally or even physically attack others. What shameful behavior.

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    1. Extremely well phrased, Anonymous 9:30. What shameful behavior indeed. Joni wrote what I thought was a well thought-out, thorough, balanced, non-partisan post. And yet she has been verbally blasted for doing so. I'm Canadian, so I didn't have a horse in this race. But I am waiting to see how your president's policies will affect my country. I wish that all of Joni's readers could read this post based on the spirit in which it was intended - a design post which just happens to be about the White House's decor. Peace and love to all Americans.

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  81. Hi Joni and thanks ever so much for a wonderful post! I loved the pictures and the history lesson. And I also want to acknowledge that I know which way you lean politically (Facebook and Twitter) haha!, and we are quite at odds in our beliefs. However, I've been on this train with you it seems forever and I'm not going anywhere. I'm very proud that you kept it a-political! Bravo! And to all the crazies commenting here and turning this into something it is not, please get medication or try alcohol. Now, about the décor... I actually loved the Clintons! I loved the combination of the blue rug and the gold curtains. I also loved the earliest drapery by Taft... the cornices are just what a room of that importance dictates. I wish Trump would at least model his drapery after those. I also love the Reagan and Bush rugs. They are beautiful. Obama's sofas and leather chairs are gorgeous! Loved everything about his office... except the draperies and coffee table! They looked off in color and something about the earth tone didn't represent the room. But his rug and flooring were gorgeous!! As for the fashion, agree on the Trump women. They were flawless. Was a little disappointed in Michelle's outfit because of color, and the unflattering fit. I've seen her look very beautiful at times, and much "brighter". She looked gloomy to me. I'm sure it's a stressful day on both ends of the term. Thanks again, Joni! I hope those that didn't vote for Trump will at least give him a chance. In the end, we are all American!

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  82. Joni! What an amazing effort! This must have taken you days. I took my time enjoying each photograph and your captions. A great mix of history and design. I'm sharing for others to enjoy on Facebook, if you don't mind. Well done!

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  83. Joni,
    Some things I would love to see you posts on:
    1) Dogs in décor (Charles will be in there of course!)
    2) Hawaiiana in décor, especially vintage
    3) Hollywood Regency, vintage and now
    No politics in any of these please (No need for it) would be great!
    You probably have enough ideas without these, I'm sure!
    Thanks,
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  84. I loved this post, so much work, I read thought it all quickly this morning, worked the morning at my office then visited again during lunch and read it all over again slowly this time... can't comment from my computer weird blockings at the office... so I came back home to let you know how wonderful this post is... I cannot believe the haters above, wow so sorry you have to read all that hate, I truly loved every word and every picture ... I would think everyone would love to know the history of that great room...Hugs from Canada xxx

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  85. People need to calm down and stop being so nasty.

    I enjoyed reading this post about the different styles of the White House and found it fascinating. Thanks Joni.

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  86. Well, Joni, you did your best. Do you think people will ever calm down? Anyway, thanks for trying, and we all enjoyed seeing the various draperies and carpets. Hang in there and don't take it personally. As for those who have unsubscribed, good riddance.

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  87. My take on the Inaugural Fashions: https://atypical60.com/2017/01/23/atypical-60-looks-at-the-inauguration-fashions/

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