Here's the oval office before the redecoration.
I have to same I'm underwhelmed. I'm the first to admit that I love a neutral palette. I've never been one to turn away a creamy caramel or taupe as the basis for the large pieces of furniture. But, I'm so surprised that there isn't any pop of color or his signature layered fabrics. Did the Obama's worry that the oval office would look too ethnic and therefore pulled Michael back? This room is crying for some pillows at the very least to infuse some personality. Or even some more texture. The start of the room is there but it just doesn't look finished.
I want this room to show some optimism and some fun. Right now it looks like the Bush's are still in the white house. Not the Obamas with their love of fashion (okay Michelle's love of fashion - Barack not so much), culture and the arts. This room is just too uptight for this young family.
Michael, please tell me you aren't finished... I want to see some of your fabulous signature Indian prints and florals.