The White House is going through some big changes. Yes, we’re talking about Claire Underwood taking control of the Oval Office in the final season of House of Cards.
We’ve been waiting for the perfect White House redesign moment and who better for us to draw inspiration from than the very complicated Claire? From her chilly personality to her no-nonsense wardrobe, Claire has some incredibly interesting traits that we took care to translate to her take on the Oval Office.
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Claire’s Oval Office is purposefully styled with an eye for minimalism – everything has its place, no surface is overcrowded. Claire is not one to go over the top with her appearance and instead chooses clean design with subtle hints of femininity – a dress with a subtle bow detail around the waist, a faint print, or a scalloped neckline.
You’ll also notice many mirrors and the absence of personal photographs. We had to imagine Claire would want zero indication of her late husband Frank (she’s not exactly the warm and fuzzy type). Instead, we thought she might choose to honor herself and reflect on her monumental rise to become President of the United States.
Standout elements in Claire’s White House are for one, the Barcelona chair. We think Claire would be break White House decorating tradition and incorporate the Bauhaus piece into an traditional American setting.
We divided the space into two sitting sections, similar to a layout used in President Carter’s Oval Office. One sofa faces towards the grand desk, while the other sits with two facing chairs by the fireplace to create a secondary sitting area.
Carter employed the layout to create more intimate conversational spaces. But for Claire, we thought this was an interesting way to nod to her “duality” of character. We could see her laying on one of the two sofas, cigarette in hand while devising her next move.
For anyone who loves this style there are a few ways to bring her White House into your home. This look is all about quality over quantity. Find pieces with less “frill” and more structure. Don’t be afraid of buying the whole set – oftentimes this helps to make the space feel completely unified and polished.