I love the official White House flickr account. I don’t care that some of the photos look staged. It’s so interesting to see how people honestly live in that building. This photo popped up after Michelle Obama’s DNC speech and it is just precious. They all look so proud.
Yet somehow, in a moment where the focus is on politics & family, I’m the girl staring at that wall.
It’s no surprise that I’d enjoy the color palette & range of texture. This incarnation of the Treaty Room feels like a very upscale version of my house. They did a wonderful job of blending the traditional pieces like the Treaty Table & the mirror over the mantel in to a contemporary & relaxed look.
I did a search through the White House Flickr for all of the Treaty Room pictures to get more angles on the room. Did you know the first family really hangs out there? It looks surprisingly comfortable.
That huge painting above the sofa is such a modern piece & a great contrast to the ornate grandfather clock. Plus I really love that it’s a “Dark Horse”. Visual jokes & nods crack me up.
There’s a lot of history to see & read on how the room has changed over the years. The White House Museum is a great place to start. If you do start scrolling through, take a look at the enormous globe that was in the room from about 1880 to early the 1900s. Did they store that somewhere? Can you see it in person? Is it strange that I want to spend some time with a 200 year old globe that has belonged to the White House? I hope not.
All photos here are Official White House Photos by Pete Souza. Follow The White House on Flickr for more of Mr. Souza’s photos.