Bill and Hillary Clinton Provide a Rare Glimpse Inside Their Washington, D.C., Home

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Gieves Anderson

Despite an impressive political career, dramatic presidential election, and global fame, Hillary Clinton isn't all that different from us—when it comes to finding and creating a home. Today, AD shared the first-ever tour of the Washington, D.C., home which the former first lady, Senator, Secretary of State, and Presidential candidate has shared with her mother and her husband (you may have heard of him), former President Bill Clinton since 2000. What the photos and accompanying story show, though, is less a look into the world of top politicos and more the effort to create a comfortable, inviting family home.

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The back of the home, which features a pool and gardens.
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Hillary describes her first visit to the home as "emotional," recalling the view over the British Embassy which reminded her of "old-time London or New York." The other big draw? The gardens, which Ms. Clinton recalls as "the most amazing that I had seen anywhere in my real-estate tour."

Once the 5,000-square-foot, Neo-Georgian, red-brick home was theirs, the Clintons enlisted designer Rosemarie Howe—who also worked on the couple's guest house at their main home in Chappaqua, New York, as well as on Hillary's State Department office—to make it feel personal and, above all, welcoming.

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The living room.
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"The Clintons have a lovely connection to their past,” the designer tells AD. “But it’s all with a total lack of pretense. A key part for [Ms. Clinton] is that she wants people to come in the door and not feel intimidated. She wants a comfortable place for everyone to sit."

Helping her select those comfortable furnishings was none other than Hillary's mother, Dorothy Rodham, who worked closely with her daughter and the designer to select silhouettes and upholstery.

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The dining room, which has hosted everything from a dinner for all foreign secretaries of the G8 to brunch with the Clinton’s grandchildren. The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Blue Lagoon and "aged for depth."
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“It was a joy working with my mom and Rosemarie,” Clinton told AD. “Both my mother and I love color, and you can see, we have a lot of color in the house that came from our collaboration.”

The color comes thanks to the paint, furniture, and rugs, yes, but also with the incorporation throughout the home of the countless souvenirs, artworks, and other mementos the Clintons have gathered on their extensive travels. Still, despite that reference to work life, Hillary assures "it was a very nice refuge from my life in the Senate."
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