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President Obama's new Oval Office at White House has distinct NY accent
new york daily news ^ | 9/1/10 | Kenneth R. Bazinet

Posted on 09/02/2010 10:11:47 AM PDT by Nachum

WASHINGTON - President Obama's Oval Office has had a face-lift with a New York accent.

The office has undergone a top-to-bottom makeover, highlighted by handmade striped wallpaper from Amagansett in the Hamptons.

The President's brown leather desk chair, coffee table made of American walnut and mica, custom-made couches and two new table lamps with blue ceramic bases were all crafted by New York manufacturers.

The White House treated the identities of the Empire State companies who produced the furnishings like state secrets, declining to further identify them.

The price tag for the redo also was not disclosed, but interior design experts gave the Daily News a guesstimate of $20,000.

(Excerpt) Read more at nydailynews.com ...


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The White House treated the identities of the Empire State companies who produced the furnishings like state secrets, declining to further identify them.

Cue up 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous'. Worst economy since the great depression and the Oval office gets a redo. His friends in NYC make a sale.

It's good to be the king!

1 posted on 09/02/2010 10:11:57 AM PDT by Nachum
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


2 posted on 09/02/2010 10:12:37 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum
Oh please. The coffee table alone makes the Oval Office have a distinct Target-bought furniture accent. At least Louis and Marie Antoinette had some style when they spent the peasants’ money extravagantly.
3 posted on 09/02/2010 10:14:54 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: Nachum

I’m surprised it doesn’t look like an Arab tent.


4 posted on 09/02/2010 10:15:17 AM PDT by RC2 (Remember who we are. "I am America")
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To: Nachum

The couches and coffee table, not so hot, but at least they can be replaced easily when B & M move on.


5 posted on 09/02/2010 10:15:17 AM PDT by almost done by half
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To: Nachum

Mocha Mediocrity.

Just like The 0ne.

6 posted on 09/02/2010 10:15:43 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

NY= a North Yemen feel to it.


7 posted on 09/02/2010 10:16:47 AM PDT by omega4179 (Thank you for a good run JD!)
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To: Nachum
"President Obama's new Oval Office at White House has distinct NY accent"

Very true, if by "distinct NY accent" being decor that reminds one of the "Greeting Room" of an 1890's New York Bordello....

8 posted on 09/02/2010 10:20:23 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the next one...)
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To: Nachum

9 posted on 09/02/2010 10:20:24 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Nachum

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv1VP7j6YRg


10 posted on 09/02/2010 10:20:54 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: martin_fierro

is that the Oval Office or the lobby of the Marriott Inn in Albuquerque?


11 posted on 09/02/2010 10:22:14 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: martin_fierro

Bric-a-Barack.


12 posted on 09/02/2010 10:22:56 AM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: Nachum
The price tag for the redo also was not disclosed More "transparency"!
13 posted on 09/02/2010 10:22:56 AM PDT by ColdOne
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To: Nachum

Here's Clinton's (hope they threw that rug out - eew.)

14 posted on 09/02/2010 10:23:18 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Nachum

H.W. Bush.

15 posted on 09/02/2010 10:24:29 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: martin_fierro

I swear to you that I had that coffee table in the 50’s.


16 posted on 09/02/2010 10:26:31 AM PDT by altura
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To: Nachum
President Obama's new Oval Office at White House has distinct NY accent

I guess so. If the voice of the Days Inn hotel lobby is from NY.

17 posted on 09/02/2010 10:27:38 AM PDT by lonevoice (I can see November from Free Republic's porch!)
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To: Nachum

I think Kenneth R. Bazinet just insulted New York.


18 posted on 09/02/2010 10:28:16 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Mad Dawgg

...or a New Orleans whore house.


19 posted on 09/02/2010 10:28:31 AM PDT by twister881
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To: Nachum

Reagan

20 posted on 09/02/2010 10:29:17 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: Nachum
but interior design experts gave the Daily News a guesstimate of $20,000.

You want to bet?!

Those 'customized' couches cost about half of that or maybe even more. I know they look like crap but that doesn't mean that some 'designer' didn't make a fortune on them.

21 posted on 09/02/2010 10:30:19 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Nachum

It’s CHEESY CHIC.


22 posted on 09/02/2010 10:33:05 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Nachum
"It patheth our thtandarth!"


23 posted on 09/02/2010 10:33:35 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Nachum
I think that this one of the more reasonable expenditures that Dear Leader has made. The taxpayers didn't have to ane up for the new look.
24 posted on 09/02/2010 10:40:58 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: Retired Greyhound

When I first met my husband; he had that same coffee table in Obama’s office or pretty much like it. He got it from a rent to own place.

Cheesy chic.


25 posted on 09/02/2010 10:44:10 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: martin_fierro

I like it all exceot the coffee table....but why is his desk always empty?


26 posted on 09/02/2010 10:48:28 AM PDT by sheana
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To: Nachum

Who is producing clever papers in the Hamptons right now?
A group called Crezana ( http://www.crezana.com/ )based in Southampton does exquisite hand-embroidered and hand-painted papers, and has a killer client list… like the White House.

http://www.hamptons-magazine.com/blogs/home-run/postings/a-chat-with-cindy-weil-founder-of-wallpaper-collective

Client List:

The White House

http://www.crezana.com/clients.html


27 posted on 09/02/2010 10:48:36 AM PDT by kcvl
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http://www.crezana.com/malabarstripe1.html


28 posted on 09/02/2010 10:49:52 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: kcvl

Good find.


29 posted on 09/02/2010 10:50:22 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Retired Greyhound

I hate the couches, the wallpaper, the blue lamps, the coffee table and the rug. Other than that it looks fine.


30 posted on 09/02/2010 10:52:41 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Nachum

It has sort of a Soviet look to it...


31 posted on 09/02/2010 10:55:11 AM PDT by Allegra (Pablo is very wily.)
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To: Retired Greyhound; freekitty; altura; martin_fierro


Hmmmmmm....


32 posted on 09/02/2010 10:55:13 AM PDT by Stand Watch Listen (It's the 'Land of Opportunity'... NOT... the 'Land of Entitlements'!!!)
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To: Allegra
It has sort of a Soviet look to it...

Yeah. 20th century boring.

33 posted on 09/02/2010 10:57:06 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

The design was the work of Michael S. Smith, the Los Angeles decorator who did the private quarters of the White House for the Obamas. Reached on a plane yesterday, Smith said, ‘I just can’t talk about my clients.’

Okay, fine. But although his name was not officially uttered by White House officials, lots of people were tweeting and blogging and buzzing about it all, including the Scott Group in Grand Rapids, Mich., maker of the new environmentally friendly Oval Office rug, whose design, ringed with weighty quotations, is credited to Smith. And Elizabeth Dow’s Amagansett, N.Y., studio hand-painted the cafe-au-lait-and-buff wallpaper, complete with three-inch-wide stripes. Said Dow, ‘It was specified by Michael Smith, who is the interior design visionary on the project.’

A spokeswoman for the Scott Group would not give out the rug’s price, but she confirmed that the company donated it to the project. (The past four administrations’ Oval Office rugs have cost between $28,550 and $61,000 apiece.) The White House explained that the rest of the makeover was paid for by a contribution from the Presidential Inaugural Committee to the nonprofit White House Historical Association.

http://www.topix.net/content/wapo/2010/09/new-seats-of-power


35 posted on 09/02/2010 11:00:40 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Nachum

Mario Buatta, New York interior designer and a designer of Blair House:

‘It’s trying to be contemporary in a federal building. With the stained floors and modern coffee table, it’s sort of an everything mix, but I guess that is what the president likes. The sofas are beautiful but they are casual and not the formal style for that room. If this is what our president is happy in, then that is what he should have. There is not much regard for the past in a country that is steeped in history and tradition.’


36 posted on 09/02/2010 11:02:49 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: Stand Watch Listen

Looks like jefferson and Obama both in the laundering business.


37 posted on 09/02/2010 11:04:08 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: kcvl

Yeah, the striped wallpaper is horrible.


38 posted on 09/02/2010 11:06:20 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: RC2
I’m surprised it doesn’t look like an Arab tent.

LOLOLOL!! Good one..........

39 posted on 09/02/2010 11:06:36 AM PDT by EnquiringMind
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To: Buckeye McFrog

That is funny....


40 posted on 09/02/2010 11:18:26 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (I lived in VT for four years. That was enough.)
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To: Nachum

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” A quote often used and attributed to Martin Luther King and now on the 0’s rug.

However:
“I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine if by conscience. And from what I see, I am sure it bends toward justice.” Written by Theodore Parker, a Unitarian minister in 1853.

A now historic and “environmentally friendly” and typical example of 0’s fantastic history research skills.


41 posted on 09/02/2010 11:36:34 AM PDT by Albertafriend
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To: Nachum

42 posted on 09/02/2010 11:40:24 AM PDT by CharlesMartelsGhost
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To: Stand Watch Listen

LOL


43 posted on 09/02/2010 11:46:40 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: martin_fierro

No one should ever wallpaper over a door. Ever.

Then again, no one should have ever wallpapered the Oval Office in the first place.


44 posted on 09/02/2010 11:52:59 AM PDT by scott7278 ("...I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked." BHO)
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To: Nachum

It appears to have more of a 70’s Bob Newhart look to me.


45 posted on 09/02/2010 12:17:18 PM PDT by freeperkiki
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To: Nachum

They can redesign and rearrange the furniture, but they just can’t get the stench out.


46 posted on 09/02/2010 12:28:03 PM PDT by wizr (Keep the Faith! Even when it gets tough! Nothing else will do.)
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To: freeperkiki

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0StDroRiCs


47 posted on 09/02/2010 12:30:20 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum
I still don't know why he bothered, he's never in there, but I guess he needed to strip it of any patriotic symbols or appearance that any "work" actually gets done there.

It looks like the medium priced suite at a Holiday Express.

48 posted on 09/02/2010 12:34:35 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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His desk is always empty so it will match his experience and scrubbed background. He doesn’t do work anyway, and never has.


49 posted on 09/02/2010 1:18:21 PM PDT by GnuHere
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To: Nachum

The price listed is ridiculous. You can’t get diddly for $20K in NY. Let alone custom designed, handmade furniture and hand made wallpaper.

There is an historis handmade French wallpaer from the 19th century in City Hall.The reproduction, still available, would cost over $150,000 for a medium sized dining room.

The original in City Hall was restored at a cost of almost $200K paid for by private donations.


50 posted on 09/02/2010 1:26:14 PM PDT by Cincinna (TIME TO REBUILD * ? * RYAN * 2012)
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