In the new issue of O magazine, which hits newsstands March 17, First Lady Michelle Obama, in a Q & A with Oprah Winfrey, shares some insight about her new life in the White House. Here’s a taste:
Oprah: So after the inauguration, what was your first weekend in the White House like?
Michelle Obama: Well, we still had family here, so it was almost like a wedding. A huge, very complicated wedding. The last visitors didn’t leave until Sunday. And then the first Monday was kind of weird. You know: “Now we live here, and Barack is getting up and going to work, and it’s just us. This is our home now.”
Oprah: I had heart palpitations coming through the White House gate, recognizing that this really is now your home. It’s the White House, and it’s your home.
Michelle Obama: And it’s a beautiful home. When you go out and come back, especially at night, with all the white lights on-it’s just beautiful. We feel privileged, and we feel a responsibility to make it feel like the people’s house. We have the good fortune of being able to sleep here, but this house belongs to America.
Oprah: How will the decorating style change?
Michelle Obama: It will reflect our family. I want comfortable sofas, I want art that reflects contemporary and traditional, I want to bring in new American artisans.
Oprah: You want more than just a few plates on the walls. You want pieces that are inclusive of American culture.
Michelle Obama: Right. And we want approachable comfort.
Read the full interview here.