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Michelle Obama touches up State Dining Room

The Luxonomist. 16/07/2015
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The State Dining Room underwent its first major upgrade since 1998. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, AP)

The State Dining Room at the White House has a new look. Under the direction of first lady Michelle Obama, the room that hosts many state dinners now has new arm chairs, side chairs, and draperies, its first major upgrade since 1998.

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The State Dining room of the White House has been refurbished with new arm chairs, side chairs, and draperies suspended from carved and gilded poles, all of which were selected with the approval of the Committee for the Preservation of the White House in consultation with first lady Michelle Obama, as seen Tuesday, July 7, 2015 in Washington. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, AP)

The Committee for the Preservation of the White House approved the project, and the White House Endowment Trust picked up the $590,000 price.

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The White House Endowment Trust picked up the $590,000 price. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, AP)

Silk draperies with vertical stripes of peacock blue and ecru replace curtains made of ivory silk brocade and designed with flowers, baskets and ribbons. The blue in the draperies echoes the ‘Kailua’ blue that trims the modern-inspired china service the first lady unveiled in April and recalls the waters that surround President Barack Obama’s home state of Hawaii.

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The renovation came under the direction of First Lady Michelle Obama. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, AP)

«The new chairs are done in a brown, grid-patterned ‘horsehair’ fabric and trimmed with brass nail heads. They were modeled after arm chairs that President James Monroeacquired for the East Room in 1818 from a cabinetmaker in Washington’s Georgetown neighborhood, according to White House curator William Allman.»

By  David Jackson, USA TODAY

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