The post-presidential home for Barack Obama and his family.
Take a look inside the multi-million dollar home President Obama and his family will lease once it's time to leave the White House.
This January President Obama and his family will say goodbye to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and lease a 8,200-square-foot mansion in Washington, D.C.'s Kalorama neighbourhood. Owned by Joe Lockhart, a former White House press secretary, the multi-million dollar mansion will cost an estimated $22,000 per month to rent.
Built in the 1920s the Obama family will call this nine bedroom mansion their home for the next two years while their youngest daughter Sasha finishes high school. Located in one of Washington's most desired neighbourhoods the home also features two kitchens, nine bathrooms, a home office and large multimedia room. The home also features a spacious au pair suite which is said to be the perfect place for Michelle's mother (who currently lives with them at the White House).
Take the tour of this beautiful red-brick Tudor home below and check out the full listing here.
Built in the 1920s, this gorgeous Tudor-style home is located in one of Washington's most desired neighbourhoods.
It might not be the North Portico at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue but that doesn't mean this front door is lacking in character. We love the large wrought iron door, wall sconces and the beautiful patina copper awning.
We're certain this grand foyer will be filled with framed family photos and lots of fresh flowers soon enough.
Once inside you can follow the beautiful black and white marble tile floor right into a spacious living room.
With lots of natural light and a walk-out to the backyard this living room is the perfect space for entertaining and relaxing. We can already invision Bo and Sunny (the family's Portuguese Water Dogs) laying comfortably by the large fireplace.
It's no oval office but we're sure President Obama will make good use of this cozy sitting room.
What's not to love about this spacious kitchen. From the Shaker-style cabinetry to the glossy subway tile backsplash and gorgeous hardwood flooring it's a great space for the family to enjoy making meals together (which is one of Michelle's favourite things to do).
We love the look of classic subway tile and marble countertops against the contrasting black window frames in this kitchen. And let's not forget about that glorious 6-burner gas range.
With lots of storage space, a small mini fridge and dishwasher a well organized pantry is sure to help keep this home's kitchen neat and tidy.
We can't help but wonder how the Obama family might redecorate their temporary home. Another large living space means plenty of opportunity to add family photos, keepsakes and artwork.
They might not be hosting state dinners but this dynamic dining room is definitely large enough for entertaining guests.
The home's master bedroom includes a fireplace and sitting area as well as his and hers ensuite bathrooms.
As a style and fashion icon we're certain Michelle will be able to fill every nook of this dressing room.
If there's one thing President Obama and the First Lady don't have to worry about it's sharing a bathroom. The master bedroom has both his and hers bathrooms with Michelle's featuring a luxurious deep-soaker tub and vanity.
It might not be as luxurious, but this bathroom features a spacious walk-in shower.
This guestroom is just one of eight others in the home. Which means there's plenty of options for both Malia and Sasha when choosing a post-White-House bedroom.
Michelle is quite the greenthumb (she's kept a garden at the White House since 2009) which means this large greenspace is bound to be full of fresh flowers, vegetables and herbs in no time.
The home also features a two car garage and parking pad to accomodate up to six other vehicles. Making it the perfect spot the family's Secret Service agents.
A casually chic dining room.
We've put together two chic dining rooms on two polar opposite budgets. Can you tell the difference?
1 Atelier branching 15-light iron chandelier with glass globe shades, Bouclair, $530. 2 Polyester drapery panels with grommets, 42" x 84", $70 per pair, HomeSense, $140. 3 Ceramic grey salad bowl, Elte, $50. 4 Premium burlap table runner, 14" x 132", Rustic Weddings, $14. 5 Lacquered suar wood Freeform dining table in Natural with powder-coated stainless steel base, 12', Artemano, $7,995. 6 IKEA PS 2012 dining chairs, $99 each, IKEA, $495. 7 Handmade jute Natural rug in Ivory & White, 8' x 10', O.co.
1 Custom double-arm branching 6-light steel cHandelier in Antique Black with porcelain sock- ets, Lampcage, $845. 2 Lined cotton Wallace drapery panels in Grey with grommets, 52" x 84", $120 each, Crate and Barrel, $480. 3 Mud Australia large Pebble bowl in Ash, The Salt & Pepper Catering Co., $165. 4 Linen Way linen Toledo table runners in Natural, 17" x 67", $55 each, Love’co Home, $110 5 Siam limited edition lacquered suar wood Kinnari dining table with stainless steel base, 10', Artemano, $12,000. 6 Oak dining chairs in black finish, Art Shoppe, $2,395 ($479 each). 7 Wool Eli rug in Beige, 6' x 9', Structube, $1,149.
Our high and low chandeliers are organic in shape yet industrial in material: The dark metal arms resemble branches, while the clear glass globes emulate fruit. Just as no two trees on earth are identical, the branching trend has yielded a whole crop of variations. Here are three that are sure to quickly grow on you. HIGH Eight-light aluminum and steel Bistro Globe Clear Glass in Brass, Restoration Hardware, $1,250 US. MEDIUM Ten-light bronze-finished metal Mid Century Orb, Pottery Barn, $658. LOW Six-light plated-metal Mobile in Antique Bronze, West Elm, $299.
Turning a set of unassuming mismatched glass bottles into a show-stopping display is as easy as one, two, three. One: Spray-paint the vessels a matte black (apply a few coats, allowing to fully dry between them). Two: Adorn each with a black taper candle or stalk of feathery green grass or leave empty. Three: Line them up loosely. TIP Reusing old bottles? To remove any sticky residue from labels, scrub with a dab of peanut butter. 1 Vintage-look glass bottles, $52 per set of 24, through designers, Hofland, $52 per set of 24. 2 Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch spray paint in Flat Black, The Home Depot, $8.
A low-maintenance natural-fibre flat-woven rug is a chic no-brainer, but the winning texture is up to you. 1 Braided wool: A single twisted thick wool strand that’s sewn row by row to a backing has a braided look. Handmade Eli in Beige with cotton backing, 6' x 9', Structube, $1,149. 2 Knotty jute: Loosely twisted strands of nubbly jute are woven together to create a knotted texture. Lohals, 6' x 8', IKEA, $99. 3 Fine sisal: Tightly woven in a subtle box pattern, this sisal boasts a smart cotton border. NuLoom Alexa Eco with cotton border in Beige, 8' x 10', O.co, $283.
No matter how delectable the food at your next dinner party, this solid suar wood table- top promises to be the star. Covering the intricate lacquered surface with a tablecloth would be a decor sin, but leaving it exposed to spills and scratches would be doubly so. Get the best of both worlds with a neutral table runner– whether it’s a simple unadorned option or one with subtle details, such as a fringed edge or an embroidered border. FROM BOTTOM 1 Fringed linen Beckett in Natural, 20" x 90", Crate and Barrel, $70. 2 Linen Way embroidered linen Duet in Natural & Yellow, 19" x 67" and linen Luke Herringbone in Natural, 18" x 59", $44, Love’co Home, $44. 3 Linen Way linen Toledo in Beige, 17" x 67", Love’co Home, $55. 4 Stainless steel forks with melamine handles in Brown, Zara Home, $6 each.
Learn the tips & tricks to make the most of your small space.
Make your small space work harder with smart solutions for making it look and feel larger than it actually is.
“Every room has eight corners. Don’t forget that.”
I first heard that from my mom when I was a kid. Whenever we moved, about every other year, I’d hear her mutter those words when she thought she was alone. Standing with hands on hips, she’d stare into the ceiling of our latest apartment, surrounded by boxes and wondering how we’d organize all the books and plants and knick-knacks this time around.
My mom had a point (and she made our space look cosy and organized and funky no matter the size), but she was no design expert. So I found two pros to provide some insight on how to make the most of tight spots in your home.
Meet the experts
Lynda Felton is stylist in Toronto who’s created living spaces for magazines and books.
Kyla Rozman, along with her business partner Pamela Ferrari, runs Vancouver-based In Order To Succeed Professional Organizing.
THE FUNDAMENTALS FOR ANY SMALL SPACE
1 Remember: A tiny room doesn’t have to hold only tiny furniture.
Sometimes with a small space, people avoid large furniture thinking it will dominate the room. Not true. A large sectional can often be better than a small sofa and chair. Lynda
2 Combine like objects and purge.
Don’t purchase any organizing supplies until you know precisely what needs to be stored. Kyla
3 Use mirrors and glass to create reflections and bounce light around.
Making a small space seem grand depends on maximizing light. You can do that with a glass coffee table, rather than a wood or opaque one. You can do it by tucking mirrors into corners, and by hanging art in glass frames, which create reflections. Lynda
4 Ensure that window coverings don’t cut off light when they’re open.
Hang curtains so that when they’re open, the entire pane is clear; open curtains should fall beside the window and not obscure any of it. Don’t hang curtains inside the window frame. Consider hanging curtains from the ceiling, rather than from the top of the window, which will add height (and some drama) to the space. Lynda
5 Think vertically.
Whether you’re hanging art or shelves, or placing furniture, don’t let vertical space go to waste. Using it is practical, providing a display space for art, for example, and it also draws the eye up, making a space feel more expansive than it actually is. LyndaROOM-BY-ROOM SPECIFICS
In the kitchen
6 Install to-the-ceiling cabinets.
Light-coloured cabinets, open shelves and glass-front doors will help to lighten a space. Too many cabinets, especially made of dark materials, will give the impression that the room is much smaller than it actually is. Lynda
7 Increase accessibility and capacity.
You can do this by adding pullout shelves, rotating inserts and tilt-out bins. Kyla
8 Use cork and magnetic boards.
If new or more cabinets aren’t in your future or your budget, remember that canisters on the counter take up valuable real estate. So cast your eye up to see where you can hang utensils, pots and pans on previously unused space. Lynda
9 Buy wire shelves.
They’re a must in a small space and in the kitchen they can almost double a cupboard’s capacity. Kyla
10 Use the inside of cupboard doors.
If covered with magnetic paint, they can accommodate papers and notes that might get knocked off a fridge in a small space. Lynda
11 Fill a cleaning caddy with supplies that can be stored in the kitchen, but transported around the house. This eliminates the need for cleaning supplies in multiple rooms, like the basement and bathroom, saving space in each. KylaIn the home office
12 Use a wall file system to organize documents.
This will get them off your work surface, but keep them visible and handy. Kyla
13 Consider redesigned wall bed/shelf/desk combinations.
The bed and desk fold into the wall leaving the room clear when you need the space. They also work well in a spare bedroom. Kyla
14 Move all CDs and DVDs into books with sleeves.
I love the faux leather ones at Staples. Then you can dispose of the space-consuming plastic jewel cases. Kyla
15 Don’t throw your coins in a jar.
Buy plastic coin holders that lay open and drop your coins into the appropriate sleeve. You’ll save hours because you’ll never have to sort again. Kyla
16 Get a paper shredder.
And in a small space, make it a habit to shred as soon as mail comes in. That way, there’s no backlog. KylaIn the living room
17 Watch your furniture scale.
You can make a compact room feel much bigger by choosing a few large, bold pieces rather than several smaller ones. And keep the main furnishings in proportion to each other. Lynda
18 Avoid bold patterns or overstuffed furniture with thick arms.
Streamlined pieces, such as armless Parson chairs, are beautiful space savers. Lynda
19 Hang your flat screen TV on a flexible arm.
This eliminates the need for a TV stand or entertainment unit. KylaIn the bathroom
20 Get rid of any visual obstructions.
Trade a frosted-glass bath or shower door for a clear glass one. Better yet, eliminate the door altogether and hang a shower curtain that can be pushed to one side when not in use. Lynda
21 Use pullout drawers in the cupboard below your sink.
These ones from Lee Valley are designed to accommodate plumbing. Kyla
22 Hang shelves above the toilet.
Use decorative boxes on the shelves to contain/hide the clutter. Label the boxes so that everything is easy to find, or so that everyone in the household can have their own box. Kyla
In the hallway and closet
23 Wallpaper isn’t just on-trend. It’s practical, too.
In narrow hallways, wallpaper can draw the eye away from the length of the space and create the illusion of width. Just remember: a small space isn't a place for high-contrast colour or patterns. Go for tone-on-tone papers. Lynda
24 Work the lateral space.
By adding a second rod inside a closet, you can double your hanging space. Hanging cubby shelves attached to the rod can add space for sweaters, shoes and hats. Lynda
25 Go custom.
Made-to-measure closet systems can be affordable. And systems from Storables or the Container Store can be dismantled if you want to take them with you when you move. Kyla