White House, Silver Lining

Every cloud has a silver lining, right? Apparently, it’s even the case for the snowpocalyptic southern storm clouds that forced us to abandon Day One of our DC field trip here at the Williamsburg Antiques Forum. Despite missing out on seeing the Diplomatic Reception Rooms, the National Portrait Gallery, and a few other goodies, our fearless trip leaders managed to salvage two incredible experiences for our Day Two itinerary: a behind-the-scenes look at the National Gallery of Art’s Kaufman American furniture exhibition, and a private curator-led tour of the White House!

Needless to say, it was a great privilege to have been part of this trip. As I’m pretty exhausted from the long day of travel and furniture-gawking (#firstworldproblems?), I’m going to hit the hay. But here are some teaser pictures to whet your appetite! Stay tuned for more…

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Masterpieces of American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection, 1700-1830

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South portico of the White House–in the snow!

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The White House Diplomatic Reception Room (not to be confused with the large series of Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the State Department, which we were unable to see due to the storm)

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President Lincoln’s portrait presides over the State Dining Room

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