Word is the Obamas have picked interior designer Michael S Smith to re-do the living quarters in the White House. I checked Mr. Smith's site for photos of past decorating jobs and absolutely LOVED what I saw! The man's got a crazy talent for using antique/antique-styled furniture to create a good looking space in which a family can live.
Once again, Slate (who is a good source for more hard-hitting stories, too) provides the details on past decorating projects and their funding. Given that it's been some time since two grade-school aged children have lived in the White House and there's a noticeable difference in style between Laura Bush and Michelle Obama, it's nice to read that at least the living quarters are getting a redesign.
Can't wait to see what other redesign for the better is coming up. Less than 6 days to go !