I used to have my grandmother's dogeared copy of Upstairs at the White House, but unfortunately at the moment I can't find it. In the book J.B. West, a former Chief Usher, gives an authorized behind-the-scenes account of Mrs. Kennedy's restoration efforts. What I enjoyed reading about most was the art she unearthed and where she chose to hang it.
Pictured above and below, as you probably know, are detailed views of Jackie's White House bedroom, in the very early 60s, as seen in Parish-Hadley: Sixty Years of American Design. According to the book's captions, the drawings and objects in this grouping are from her personal collection. But I hope to offer you more specifics at some point. (Perhaps Aesthete will weigh-in on this?)
What I do notice is the use of soft blue or blue-grey mats. Even in my most current readings, this color is suggested as a good choice for pale works on paper and some black-and-white sketches. There are tastemakers who are opposed to colored mats, preferring instead neutrals. Some however make an exception for this blue shade.
A pastel of Caroline appears to be leaning against the wall, not hanging.
BTW: Here's the link to domino's in-depth coverage on the selection of Michael Smith to be the Obamas' White House decorator. To read Terri Sapienza's coverage, click click here.
Above, an obscure look at the books and magazines on Jackie's bedroom bench. Below, a scheme board for the room presented by the Kennedy's decorator, Sister Parish. On the left note the silk-screened fabric from Dek Tillett. All images are from Parish-Hadley: Sixty Years of American Design.
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