When Jackie Kennedy toured her future home at 1600 Penn in 1960, she was dismayed: She felt no sense of connection with the lives that had filled the White House throughout the 34 prior presidencies.
The impeccably stylish First Lady, driven by her passion for fine arts, literature, and history, embarked on a restoration of the White House interiors that would relate to and showcase American ideals and history. She thus became the first First Lady to fashion a national agenda, ensuring White House preservation for generations.
Jackie’s legacy on the White House’s decorative arts is monumental; her efforts have influenced other public residences, later 20th-century First Ladies—such as Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush—and the American people to define their historic sense of style and preserve their cultural imprint.
This week, tour White House-inspired collections, and discover your favorite style candidates.
1. French Empire Gilt Bronze Chenet Fireplace Fender; 2. Italian Neoclassical Bronze & Cut Crystal Six Arm Chandelier; 3. French Louis XVI Style Giltwood Oval Mirror; 4. French Louis XVI-Style Commode; 5. Belgian Ormolu & Patinated Bronze Figural Clock; 6. Pair of French Louis XVI Style Walnut Armchairs
1. American Thomas Jefferson Bronze Indian Peace Medal; 2. German Biedermeier Walnut Recamier or Daybed; 3. American Taos Style Gilt Frame; 4. French Empire Fall Front Secretaire with Ormolu Mounts; 5. French Empire Style Mahogany Gueridon with Marble Top; 6. Pair of French Empire Mahogany Armchairs
1. Pair of Italian Gilt Bronze & Giallo Di Siena Marble Candelabra; 2. English Neoclassical Style Giltwood Beveled Mirror; 3. Italian Louis XVI Marble Console Table; 4. Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Planter; 5. Fine Persian Tabriz Carpet; 6. Pair of Italian Marble Column Pedestals
Be inspired by more on our Presidential Interiors Pinterest board.