A Day At The White House | Shannon Bieter Interiors

A Day At The White House | Shannon Bieter Interiors

by Shannon Bieter, October 30, 2013

Last weekend I had the opportunity to go to The White House Garden Tour, and I wanted to share some shots.  Every time I’ve been to The White House I’ve appreciated it not only as a designer but as an American, and this visit was no exception.  The National Park Service does an amazing job with the gardens, and seeing it all so close for the first time made me appreciate all the people who take such pride to care for the grounds and upkeep of one of our nation’s treasures.  There is so much history throughout the grounds, where you can see trees planted by presidents going back to Andrew Jackson’s magnolia just off the south entrance.  You can only imagine all the various presidents, first ladies and their children who have wandered through the gardens.

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The White House paint color is Whisper White and is made by Duron, which was recently purchased by Sherman-Williams.  It takes approximately 570 gallons to paint the outside of the house – whew, that is a lot of painting!

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(Please click to enlarge for a closer view)

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This sitting area and the Children’s Garden would be the perfect place to relax.

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I had chills when I saw the Rose Garden, imagining all the leaders from around the world who have appeared in that same spot to talk to the press and sign various treaties.

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The new kitchen garden is incredible and was such a treat to see.  They actually use all of the food in the garden for various dinners.  There is no need going to a farmer’s market if you are the White House Chef.

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I was able to take my daughter and her friend on the tour.  Seeing the look on those girls’ faces when they saw Sasha and Malia’s swing set on the grounds near the oval offices made me laugh.  I know for a minute they were contemplating running forward and swinging.  While I was watching the two talking about the swing I couldn’t help think how suffocating The White House must be to live in at times.  There are security cameras and guards everywhere you look.   I know in some ways it has to be a tough growing up with all eyes on you.

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On our way out of the garden, I took one last shot of the fountain that’s in the middle of the White House lawn.  I’ve always loved to see it from the outside gates as an onlooker; seeing it from the inside so close – along with the rest of the grounds – was something I’ll never forget!

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