Whose idea was this exactly?
The Oval Office has been re-done. Maybe by a blind person?
I’ve been there. Yes, I have, thanks to a friend of the sweetie who got us in when President Clinton was still in office and his vision of beauty was done by an Arkansas decorator who also trashed the joint.
It’s the Oval, people!
In the before photos, linked above, the walls are a soft butter yellow that matches the elegant damask-patterned sofas, and the pale rug complemented the gleaming wooden side tables. The lamp bases were porcelain, the coffee table (albeit underscale) also polished wood, formal and elegant.
OK, it was all a little Granny’s parlour for some, perhaps, but the new version is hideous:
upholstery so poorly done it puckers
sofa fabric so bland and neutral it adds no design elements
throw pillows so ugly they look like Home Sense rejects
a new rug that loses the subtle beauty of the earlier version, whose colors and forms echo others in the space
brutally plain lamp bases
a coffee table that looks like something suburban, 1983
the sofa’s shape is bizarre
hideous reddish leather on the armchairs
The space is formal in its design, proportion, scale, flooring, curtains, window shapes and materials. There are still 18th-century porcelain dishes on the tables (or replicas of same). The new look in no way relates to the shell that contains it. Nor to anything else in the room.
It’s the office of the President of the United States — not a suburban living room! Why does it now look like one?
I get to be this opinionated because I studied interior design at the New York School of Interior Design, where I learned — humbly — that creating a room that really works beautifully requires far more skill than simply slapping on new slipcovers and some striped (!) wallpaper.
What were they thinking?
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