What a great example the Obama’s are setting! New presidents have traditionally undertaken extensive redecoration efforts to their personal quarters reflect their own tastes, with a new Oval Office rug tradition ringing in as the priciest item.
The Obamas have decided to use their own money to redecorate the White House residence and Oval Office. They have turn down the $100,000 in federal funds that is traditionally allotted to new presidents for such renovation projects.
The first couple has also turned down money from the White House Historical Association, the organization that financed a $74,000 set of china for the Bushes.
Former President George W. Bush spent over $60,000 on a new cream carpet designed by Laura Bush in 2000 to replace the deep blue rug that covered the space during the Clinton administration. Obama aides have said the president likes the Bush rug, and does not plan to replace it.
The Obama’s designer Michael Smith said that their casual style, their interest in bringing 20th Century American artists to the forefront and utilizing affordable brands and products will serve as a guide for his team to make the residence feel like their home.
This couple has incredible class, grace and finesse!