Presidential Style: Redecorating the White House

Before Architectural Digest ran the very beautiful Michael Smith-decorated White House story, Steelyard ran its own White House design feature. Hailed as the centerpiece of our patriotically-themed Fall FOCUS Magazine, we asked 7 interior designers on to take on the task of redecorating 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

The monumental dwelling, comprehensively documented on WhiteHouseMuseum.org, serving leaders of our country since 1800, presented an amazing design opportunity and the editorial team hoped that designers would find the premise an imaginary honor.

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Nearly every designer we asked said "Yes!" Juggling real work stress with their new high-stakes imaginary client (and a very demanding editor), they each presented thoughtful redesigns, sourcing furnishings from Steelyard and beyond. Most everyone reported that going into Steelyard was actually fun (music to our ears!) and it was a thrill for us to see their projects.

Gary Inman revealed that doing the White House was on his bucket list and relished the idea of creating a sanctuary for the most stressed person on the planet.

Steve McKenzie, who was balancing two show house installations, disclosed that he always wanted to design presidential china and that this was sort of close.

 Joy Moyler did a 24-hr turnaround before she boarded a jet for Europe to meet with a client.

Eric Haydel tackled the dining room while setting up a showroom at the Boston Design Center.

Ashlina Kaposta, aka The Decorista, was battling the flu yet came up with a sultry space.

Nar Bustamante and his team supplied detailed cabinet drawings for the kitchen renovation.

And Steelyard's own Steven Avitable had a glorious time spicing up the Red Room.

Below are screen shots of each space. When you go to the actual magazine, you'll be able to take it all in with greater detail. And you'll also notice that every product links back to a Steelyard spec page or to a product's web page.   Now, please enjoy these amazing rooms........

PRESIDENT'S DINING ROOM BY GARY INMAN/BASKERVILL

Featuring: Century table, Decorative Crafts chair and sideboard, De Gournay wallpaper, Houles trim, Howard Elliott mirror, Barovier chandelier and KAS rugs

Featuring: Century table, Decorative Crafts chair and sideboard, De Gournay wallpaper, Houles trim, Howard Elliott mirror, Barovier chandelier and KAS rugs

THE PRESIDENT'S STUDY BY MCKENZIE DESIGN

Featuring: Eleanor Rigby Leather sofa, Perry Luxe console, French Heritage bookcase, Theodore Alexander lamp; Steve Mckenzie-designed Verde Home Rug, art, Pinstripe fabric and Loop pillow.

Featuring: Eleanor Rigby Leather sofa, Perry Luxe console, French Heritage bookcase, Theodore Alexander lamp; Steve Mckenzie-designed Verde Home Rug, art, Pinstripe fabric and Loop pillow.

THE FAMILY DINING ROOM BY ERIC HAYDEL DESIGN

Featuring: Currey & Co. lighting, French Heritage pedestal/urn, Theodore Alexander bar cabinet, Carrington Court chair, Eric Haydel-designed Carnival Rug for Dover Rugs, Schumacher toile fabric, Kate Spade china.

Featuring: Currey & Co. lighting, French Heritage pedestal/urn, Theodore Alexander bar cabinet, Carrington Court chair, Eric Haydel-designed Carnival Rug for Dover Rugs, Schumacher toile fabric, Kate Spade china.

THE FAMILY KITCHEN BY NAR DESIGN GROUP

Featuring: Viz Glass chandelier, Currey & Co. sconce, Sunpan dining chair, VIG stool, Garrison wood flooring, The Galley sink, Porcelanosa tile, William Morris fabric, Benjamin Moore Paint etc.

Featuring: Viz Glass chandelier, Currey & Co. sconce, Sunpan dining chair, VIG stool, Garrison wood flooring, The Galley sink, Porcelanosa tile, William Morris fabric, Benjamin Moore Paint etc.

DRESSING SUITE BY ASHLINA KAPOSTA

Featuring: Artmax screen, Hudson Valley Lighting's Sparta chandelier, VIG chaise, Carrington Court chair, Jaipur rug, French Heritage desk, Arteriors nesting tables, Distinctive Designs silk floral, and Art.com.

Featuring: Artmax screen, Hudson Valley Lighting's Sparta chandelier, VIG chaise, Carrington Court chair, Jaipur rug, French Heritage desk, Arteriors nesting tables, Distinctive Designs silk floral, and Art.com.

THE MASTER BEDROOM BY JOY MOYLER INTERIORS

Featuring: Theodore Alexander bed and chest, Planum chandelier, Ralph Lauren chair and ottoman, Schumacher silk and damask, Leron linens, Artmax wall decor, 1st Dibs clock and art, Currey & Co. sconce.

Featuring: Theodore Alexander bed and chest, Planum chandelier, Ralph Lauren chair and ottoman, Schumacher silk and damask, Leron linens, Artmax wall decor, 1st Dibs clock and art, Currey & Co. sconce.

THE RED ROOM BY STEVEN AVITABLE

Featuring: Lazzaro Leather sofa, Wendover Art, Currey & Co. chandelier, High Country Rugs, Artmax pedestal, Stark carpet, Visual Comfort sconces, Howard Elliott vessel.

Featuring: Lazzaro Leather sofa, Wendover Art, Currey & Co. chandelier, High Country Rugs, Artmax pedestal, Stark carpet, Visual Comfort sconces, Howard Elliott vessel.

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And FYI...Michael Smith has been a member since 2012!

Jane Dagmi