The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 9, 2008 · Page 148
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PAGES SRCrnoN4 DAILY HKRAhD- SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2008 Laura Bush spruces up the White House BY MONIKA MATHUR The Bushes may be on their way out, but they are leaving their mark on the White House. Architectural Digest got a look at the residence's private rooms for its March 2008 issue. First Lady Laura Bush began redecorating after President Bush took office in 2001, with consultation from the White House curatorial staff , and Kenneth Blasihgame, a Texas designer who had been involved in the interior design of the Bush ranch house in Crawford. The first family modified their personal quarters and made interior design changes in several state rooms and two guest rooms located on the family floor. One target of restoration was the Lincoln Bedroom — a historic room that gained fame in the Clinton adminis^ tration amid allegations that Democrats were rewarding big donors such as Steven Spielberg and Barbra Streisand with accommodations there. The Bushes also '.: allowed some of their biggesfcf i supporters to stay in the room. In the bedroom's redesign, "historically inappropriate" office furnishings were replaced with items more closely associated with Lincoln's era, including window cornices and mantel. "I saw the pictures (of the Lincoln Bedroom) before and it's a big improvement. It's ASSOCIATED PRESS The March Issue of Architectural Digest shows how first lady Laura Bush updated the White House. now more authentic," said Architectural Digest corl- tributing writer Gerald Clarke. ; Other changes shown in the magazine include: • Oval office: The walls were repainted to an ecru color and drapes are almost bronze. They added a rug affixed with the presidential seal in the middle with rays of the^ sun shooting off its •jieaferjljtir a personal touch; ttiey'nifrrg portraits of the Bush home state of Texas. • Green Room: Laura Bush and Blasingame worked wittf the White House curatoii William Allman, and changed the wallcovering to a slightly darker shade of green for a more vibrant hue. • The Library: The collection was updated in 2005 and the following year they PHOTOS BY DF.KRY MOORE/ARCHITECTURAI. DICIEST The Oval Office, above, was brightened up during first lady Laura Bush's redecorating of the White House. The famous Lincoln bedroom, below, is now decorated more appropriately for the era of our 16th president. repainted the walls to a cream color and replaced drapery valances with rods. The White House Endowment, a financial arm of the White House Historical Association, pays the basic costs of White House redecoration. The group was founded in November 1961, at Jacqueline Kennedy's request. Expect more design changes from the next administration, Clarke said: "Because there are lots of people who come through it, the house gets a lot of wear." Garden calendar Garden clubs • District DC from the Garden Clubs of Illinois has its annual district meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Concorde Banquets, 20922 N. Rand Road, in Kildeer. The event includes the meeting, a luncheon (at noon) and a floral demonstration. Members and nonmembers are welcome. (847) 304-0298. • The Rolling Meadows Garden Club hosts Glenn Grosch for a lecture on starting plants from seed and necessary steps to control plant disease from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Rolling Meadows Community Center, 3705 Pheasant Drive. No admission charge. (847) 818-3200 ext. 230. • The Wheeling Garden Club has its first meeting of the season from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Wheeling Masonic Lodge, 16 S. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling. Call (847) 537-8642. Chicago Botanic Garden The Sogetsu Ikebana Society Show featuring flower arranging is from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today. The 10th annual Residential Landscape Design Symposium is from 9 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Friday. Registration required. Cost is $187. Call (847) 835-8261. A free lecture on "The Language of Flowers" about floral symbolism is 2 p.m. Saturday in the garden's library. The Northern Illinois Ges- neriad Society Show and Sale is from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and March 16. The gesneriad family includes African violets. Woodruff Imberman of the Wisconsin Illinois Lily Society presents "How to Find John Milton's Lost Paradise In Your Garden With Lilies" at 2 p.m. March 16. The Lily Society also has a bulb sale at 1 p.m. March 16. The garden is at 1000 Lake- Cook Road, just east of the Edens Expressway in Glencoe. Hours are 7 a.m. to dusk. Admission is free. Special- event fees apply. Parking is $15 and $7 on Tuesdays for seniors 62 and older. For more information, call (847) 835-5440 or visit www.chicagobotanic.org. — Scott C. Morgan Things to do Workshop • Amber Kostelny-Cussen of Amber's Organizing leads a workshop titled "The Real Dirt on Being Clean and Organized" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Interior Visions Designs Studio, 520 Devon Ave., Park Ridge. There is no charge, but space is limited and reservations are required. Call (847) 825-0450. Shows and expos • The Grayslake Antique & Collectible Market is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Lake County Fairgrounds, Route 120 and U.S. Route 45, Grayslake. Admission is $5; $20 for early buyers at 6 a.m. Call (715) 526-9769 or visit zurkopromotions.com. • The Tinley Park Home Showcase is today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Tinley Park Holiday Inn & Convention Center, 18501 S. Harlem Ave., Tinley Park. Admission is $6; $5 for seniors. Call (800) 883-7469 or visit Homeshowpros.com. • The Home Show sets up shop today at Harper College, 1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine. Another stop is at the College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn from Friday through March 16. There is no admission charge. Visit Chicagohomeshow.net for more information. • The Sandwich Home Showcase is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and March 16 at the Timber Creek Inn & Convention Center, 3300 Drew Ave., Sandwich. Admission is $3. Call (800) 883-7469 or visit Homeshowpros.com. • The Home Improvement Showcase moves into the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. Times are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 16. Admission is free. Call (630) 953-2500 or visit FreeHomeShow.com. • The Wheaton Antique Market is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 16 at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 W. Manchester Road, Wheaton. Admission is $5; $20 for early buyers at 6 a.m. Call (715) 526-9769 or visit Zurkopro- modons.com (630) 668-6636. —Scott C. Morgan HunterDouglas Downright Stylish Lower them from the top for light control and privacy. 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