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See How Jackie Kennedy Renovated the White House in the 1960s

You've heard all about it, but have you actually seen it?
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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is known as one of the most stylish women of all time for good reason: Not only was the former First Lady of the United States fashion sense impeccable, but she also gave the White House one of its most dramatic renovations in history.

With the help of American antiques autodidact Henry Francis du Pont and French interior designer Stéphane Boudin, Kennedy brought new life to the country's headquarters—take a look at some of her most famous transformations.

The East Room


Kennedy added a portable stage to the  reception space to be used by performers to entertain guests. She also added new curtains made out of opaque silk and yellow drapes to add a little more glamour to the room.

The Blue Room


This is one of the public spaces in the White House, so the first lady kept the design traditional, with gold accents and chic blue linens. Keeping the table in the middle of the room is also apparently a tradition, with smaller chairs and items pushed against the walls.

Table Settings


When the John and Jackie Kennedy hosted dinners in this room, they brought more tables in. Here is a peek at what an event honoring Nobel Peace winners looked like back in April 1962. Of course, the blue theme continues with the tablecloths.

The Red Room


Another parlor and music room is this vibrant space, which features cerise silk upholstery for the walls.This is what the room looked like back in May 1962.

The President's Bedroom


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This famous room served as the First Lady's private bedroom. She took inspiration from her home in Georgetown to create a space she could escape to after days spent in the public eye. Here's how other Presidents decorated this room.

The Treaty Room


Formerly known as the Monroe Room, Kennedy gave this space a Victorian-inspired update with bold hues, like gold, green and burgundy. The famous pair are seen here in June 1962.

The Entrance Hall


Also known as the Grand Foyer, this entrance is the located off of the North Lawn. Boudin kept the space simple, adding just a pier table, however during Christmas, a tree was added instead. 

The Tour


If you want to learn more about the renovation, the film Jackie recreates a famous tour the First Lady gave after the renovation and is a very memorable point in history for this iconic woman.

From: House Beautiful

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.

* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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