Small Changes Make a Big Difference, Even in the Oval Office

I was reading an article today about how President Obama has only made a few small changes to the decor in the Oval Office. Although the White House has a decorating budget of several thousand dollars, he's opted to keep the furniture of his predecessor and simply change the accessories to reflect his personal style. For example, he replaced a collection of decorative plates with mementos and family photographs, and a bust of Winston Churchill with one of a personal hero, Martin Luther King Jr. As a result, the Oval Office has a very different look and feel from when President Bush worked there. Check out the photos to see the difference.

President Obama's Oval Office:
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President Bush's Oval Office:
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This is great advice to use in decorating your own home, especially now that we're all trying to do more with less. Instead of buying a new sofa, give your room a fresh look with some small changes. Use things that have meaning for you, like photographs, souvenirs from a favorite vacation or family heirlooms to make your space warm and comfortable. If it worked in the Oval Office, I bet it will work for your living room.

photo: Associate Press (top) and AFP/Getty Images (bottom)

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