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The top-secret redecoration of the White House is headed by an interior designer to the stars

By Sasha Issenberg

Every outfit in Michelle Obama’s wardrobe has been picked over by the public and press, but her biggest style move is taking place out of view on the White House’s second floor.

Remodelling the presidential apartment suite is routine practice once a new family moves into the residence, but none of Barack Obama’s recent predecessors enlisted anyone as high-profile as California designer Michael S Smith.

The interior…

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