Obama's Oval Office: Redecorating for World's Most Famous Tenant


What do you do when you move into a new rental? Redecorate, of course. The White House last week unveiled President Obama's redesigned Oval Office.

The makeover, completed under the eye of California designer Michael Smith while the First Family was vacationing in Martha's Vineyard, showcases a sea of brown, camel, and tan. The earth tones are throughout, on the subtly striped wallpaper, on new, comfy, coffee-colored sofas, reupholstered leather chairs, new coffee table and lamps, and the most-controversial touch: new carpet with the presidential seal and quotes on its borders from four past presidents and Martin Luther King Jr.

"Barack Obama is urban, elegant, sophisticated, educated and contemporary, and now his workspace is, too," says interior designer Elaine Griffin. "Your personality should always shine through, no matter what decor style tickles your fancy. There's no such thing as non-partisan decorating."