Michelle Obama Unveils $600K Updates to White House State Dining Room

White House State Dining Room
White House State Dining Room / AP
• July 8, 2015 10:35 am


Michelle Obama has updated the White House State Dining Room with nearly $600,000 in new furniture and drapery, the Associated Press reported.

The room boasts new blue-and-beige-striped silk drapes enhanced with designs of flowers, baskets, and ribbons as well as custom-made North Carolina mahogany chairs trimmed with brass.

Complimenting the twin custom-made wool rugs ordered for the room in 2012, the new items cost $590,000, a tab which was picked up by the White House Endowment Trust.

Overseen by the White House Historical Association, the trust is a private fund used to maintain the "historical integrity" of rooms in the White House open to the public. The trust is fueled by private donations and money earned from the Historical Association's operations.

Michelle Obama has been enthusiastic in her campaign to revamp the White House rooms. She also spearheaded a redesign of the Old Family Dining Room competed in February, a project that produced fresh window treatments, bronze sconces, a new paint job and a $290,000 painting in the room.

The first lady is rumored to have clashed with former chief floral designer Laura Dowling, who quietly left her post three days after the unveiling of the fresh Old Family Dining Room, according to the Washington Post

The last update to the State Dining Room occurred during the Clinton administration in 1998.