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How the Obamas Decorated the White House

After You See How Beautifully the Obamas Decorated the White House, You'll Wish President Trump Wasn't Changing It

Michelle Obama revealed her dazzling interior design skills when she transformed the White House's Old Family Dining Room from outdated traditional to cool contemporary. And now we know the former first lady led a similar overhaul of the White House residence. The Obamas recently opened up exclusively to Architectural Digest, revealing their rarely seen private living quarters.

White House interior designer Michael S. Smith — if that name sounds familiar, it's because the Obamas vacationed at his Palm Springs home immediately after leaving office — told Architectural Digest, "Mrs. Obama often talks about bringing new voices into the national conversation, and that idea informed many of the decisions we made. . . . We selected artists and designers who would never have appeared in the White House before." Mrs. Obama sang Michael's praise to the magazine, saying that his designs not only respected the history of the White House, but they also turned it into a warm family home for her husband and two young daughters.

Watch the video above to see Architectural Digest's exclusive tour of the Obamas' private living quarters, and then cross your fingers that the interior designer Melania Trump recently hired doesn't alter the stunning space too much.

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