Upon Jacqueline Kennedy’s arrival to the White House in 1961, she sought to transform the president’s house into a house that represented culture and taste…so the restoration process began.
Among the rooms that were transformed were the private quarters of the Kennedy family. Taking a cue from their previous townhouse in Georgetown, Jacqueline wanted to retain that same look for her new bedroom at the White House.
The prominent decorator Sister Parish was initially invited to decorate the private quarters and later, the French designer Stéphane Boudin of Maison Jansen added the French touch on the interiors.
The First Lady's bedroom designed by Sister Parish
As you can see in the image above, the door on the right led to the dressing room, which was transformed by Boudin.
The First Lady's dressing room designed by Boudin
The bedroom’s blue and white colors were continued in the dressing room, and in order to make a statement and add magic, a trompe l’oeil painting was incorporated to cover the doors of Jackie’s built-in wardrobe closet. The paintings represented images from important moments of Jackie’s life.
Jansen's trompe l'oeil rendering of the closet
The other side of the dressing room . The trompe l'oeil showcased some images of Jackie's childhood
If you’re a Kennedy enthusiast, TLC will be showing a documentary called Kennedys’ Home Movies on January 30 at 9 PM ET.
Photos 1,2 courtesy of Life magazine
Photo 3 courtesy of John F. Kennedy Library
Photo 4 courtesy of Architectural Digest
Photo 5 courtesy Paul Manno,photography by Jim Frank
Photo 6 courtesy of John F. Kennedy Library