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Obama family moves furniture and works of art into new D.C. home

"Janina Sly" (2020-05-03)


After Ivanka Trump's IKEA deliveries, it was the turn of the rather more opulent Obamas Thursday with their fine art and china.

It was only the best for the outgoing President and First Lady as they began to look forward to their new lives as private citizens.

The Obamas are home building in a palatial detached nine-bedroom house, less than a minute's walk from where Ivanka and her family will reside during her father's presidency.

While Ivanka, who arrived in Washington with President-elect Donald Trump, had her taste for IKEA furniture and upscale Restoration Hardware pieces on show on Wednesday, the Obamas revealed their preference is for furniture and unique art.






Marble items were marked 'fragile' outside the Obama home, as three different moving trucks unloaded other furniture







495 movers carry items one-by-one into the Obama's new home in the upscale Kalorama neighborhood of Washington, D.C.







The workers carried in marble pieces, paintings, cabinets, cushions, benches and other items up the 17 steps and into the new Obama bolt-hole







The road was sealed off from vehicles and the sidewalk in front was a no-go area for other residents, with parking spaces blocked off to make way for the removal men







The Obamas are home building in a palatial detached nine-bedroom house, less than a minute's walk from where Ivanka and her family will reside during her father's Presidency







They hired removal teams from Cadogan Tate Fine Arts of New York to ferry their home comforts into the house







Despite their homey touches, one permanent reminder of their days of public life will be the security detail who will be positioned in a specially installed booth to the left of the house







Artificial turf was also set out in boxes outside the home - one of many of the Obamas' personal effects


They hired removal teams from Cadogan Tate Fine Arts of New York to ferry their home comforts into the house.

The company states: ‘Galleries, fairs, salerooms, museums, stately homes... wherever these works are setting out from, or travelling to, Cadogan Tate is relied on by the world's most demanding institutions and discerning individuals to make the arrangements and take the necessary care.' 






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One-by-one the delivery men carried paintings, cabinets, floral cushions, benches and other items up the 17 steps and into the new Obama bolt-hole.

Other items include an upstanding cabinet, pictures, crockery and other items which arrived in three trucks.

A JCB crane lifted black steel girders into place on the front square patio indicating that the new occupants may be looking forward to breakfast on the terrace overlooking the woods at the front of the house.






Moving vans were also parked outside Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner's new home on Tracy Place on Wednesday, just a minute's walk from the Obamas' new pad







Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, were seen walking in Midtown on Thursday before boarding a plane to D.C. for her father's inauguration on Friday







'Arriving in Washington DC with my family. A very special moment!' Ivanka wrote on Twitter







One mover brought in an IKEA Malm bed into Ivanka's new home - most likely for one of her three children







While the family had IKEA pieces delivered, they also had plush furniture items from Restoration Hardware moved in as well







Ivanka has completely stepped down from her professional roles and has said she will take time to get her children acclimated to their new school in D.C.


After eight years in the Oval office, the Obamas will get used to their new life in the Washington suburb of Kalorama in the house owned by Joe Lockhart, former press secretary to President Bill Clinton.

The outgoing President's new seat of power will switch from the black leather Oval Office seat to a burgundy revolving chair, which was left unceremoniously on the roadside before being ferried inside.

One permanent reminder of their days of public life will be the security detail who will be positioned in a specially installed booth to the left of the house.






Neighbor to the Obama family, Shannon Nugent, 41, said: ‘I'm excited that I might meet them together or Michelle walking their dog. She's a woman who believes in movement so I think she'll be very friendly to other women.'


Secret Services officials have been a regular feature of the house's transformation and police and security personnel will be on 24 hour guard once the former first family move in.

The road was sealed off from vehicles and the sidewalk in front was a no-go area for other residents, with parking spaces blocked off to make way for the removal men.

The Obama's may not be able to, however, prevent prying eyes from the public woodland in front of the house which has also become a dumping ground.

The area was littered with wine bottles, black rubbish bags and discarded coffee cups.

But one resident Shannon Nugent, 41, who regularly jogs past the house, said she was excited about the Obama's arrival.

‘I love the fact they are coming here. I wish they were still in the White House as they have been great.

‘I'm excited that I might meet them together or Michelle walking their dog. She's a woman who believes in movement so I think she'll be very friendly to other women.

‘I didn't vote for Trump…I'll be joining the march in Washington on Saturday and as a woman I believe it is something I have to do.'

The outgoing President is expected to travel to Florida after he leaves for the White House tomorrow for a holiday with his family. They own their own home in Chicago.






The Obamas' new home is a pass-down from Joe Lockhart, the former press secretary to President Bill Clinton







The outgoing President's new seat of power will switch from the black leather Oval Office seat to a burgundy revolving chair, which was left unceremoniously on the roadside before being ferried inside







However, nearby the Obama's new home, trash littered a hillside in the upscale Kalorama neighborhood