The White House has always been the people’s house – even if those living there forget that.
A beautifully photographed coffee table book, “Designing History: The Extraordinary Art & Style of the Obama White House,” by Michael S. Smith captures the experience of decorating it.
Smith explains there are protocols to observe and history to honor, and approaches this assignment with deep respect.
“Every time you walk into the White House, you can’t help but feel the intense power of more than two centuries of storied American history; the very experience of being in those fabled rooms is exhilarating,” Smith writes. “But while the building itself is important – its silhouette firmly etched into the American psyche – the White House is essentially static without the soul and spirit of the people within.”