White House unveils redecorated State Dining Room

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WASHINGTON — A newly redecorated White House State Dining Room was unveiled last week, featuring peacock blue and ecru-striped silk draperies, among other historically inspired changes.

The room was last updated in 1998 by the Clinton administration.

The White House says the mahogany arm chairs along the walls and the side chairs are based on chairs that President James Monroe acquired for the East Room in 1818. The chairs were custom-made in North Carolina.

The chairs and draperies complete the refurbishment which began in 2012 when custom-made wool rugs were made for the State Dining Room. The White House said the rugs were inspired by the room’s ceiling plasterwork.

The refurbishment was done in accordance with plans approved by the Committee for the Preservation of the White House in close consultation with first lady Michelle Obama.

The White House said all portions of the three-year makeover were funded by the White House Endowment Trust, a fund administered by the White House Historical Association for the maintenance and beautification of the public rooms.

The State Dining Room is used for events including formal dinners held for visiting heads of state. The room seats about 140 guests.

The White House says the room — which has previously been used as a drawing room, office and Cabinet room — before it formally became known as the “State Dining Room” during the Andrew Jackson administration.

By Sunlen Serfaty and Angie Yack

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