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Obama Buys $4,800 Recycled Chandelier For Daughters' White House Bedroom

Obama Buys $4,800 Recycled Chandelier For Daughters' White House Bedroom

In last night's episode of Man Shops Globe, Keith Johnson traveled to South Africa, where he was on the hunt for not-so-typical African crafts. After stumbling upon some unusual pottery and a handmade wooden dining chair straight out of a Van Gogh painting, he wandered into a magical art collective shop called Magpie , which sells knickknacks and décor made entirely from recycled objects. Be it a lid to a dog food can, a wine cork, or a Barbie, the eco-conscious craftsman turned the disposable into the extraordinary. Johnson was blown away by a tall, dramatic chandelier made from found objects, trinkets, and castoffs, and ordered one for Anthropologie.

As it turns out, President Obama bought the $4,800 recycled chandelier for Sasha and Malia's bedroom in the White House. We did learn back in January that the Obamas planned to decorate the girls' room with Pottery Barn and Anthropologie, and that they already have a large collection of African and Asian art, so it's quite fitting actually! While the purchase is certainly expensive for young girls, as is the family's celebrity decorator Michael Smith, Barack and Michelle did decide to pay for their White House renovations personally, and forgo the allotted $100,000 presidential decorating budget, so you can't blame them!

mslewis mslewis 8 years
Zivanod, maybe the reason the girls share a room is because the place is so big!! If I were a little girl thrown into a big museum that's supposed to be my home, I would want to be in a bedroom with my sisters, just to feel secure. Love the chandelier. It's so pretty and dainty. The price is a bit steep but it will be something they can keep with them forever. I think if they had used the $100,000 provided by the government, they would have had to leave everything behind to be put in the warehouse for future occupants to use. (Not real sure about that, but I think so.)
laurenj laurenj 8 years
Although I don't like this particular design (or maybe this is simply a bad picture), I do love to see parents doing things like this for their children - and ooh! it's recycled! gOBama!
amybdk amybdk 8 years
Adorable! Too steep for me, but if you've got the money, why the heck not?
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
It's a great chandelier even if it is so pricey. However the girls share a room! If I were a kid in the White House, I'd want my own room. That place is big enough! :P
skigurl skigurl 8 years
so cute, and like the post says, you can't blame them if they spend their own money...they can do what they like
Beauty Beauty 8 years
That is a great chandelier for a kiddy bedroom, but $4800! Wow. That's more than most households earn in a month. I can't even imagine.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
ohhh I like that -- so whimsical !
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