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Do Not Blame Congressman Aaron Schock For Having Fabulous Taste In Decorating

February 3, 2015

I like the flair and personality of Republican Congressman Aaron Shock.  I wish he would allow himself the gift of being authentic in all parts of his life, and in so doing provide even more reason for his constituents to respect him.  In other words come out of the closet!!

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I much like the fact Congressman Schock, 33, has good taste, and not shy about what he likes.  Too many yahoos who arrive in Washington are just lucky they did not fall off truck loaded with rutabagas.  They wear boots and pinch snuff and act like buffoons.   Meanwhile Schock is refined and has culture to make him far more interesting than many of those he has to deal with in the halls of power.

So everyone is in a lather it seems over the bright red walls and  gold-colored wall sconce while black candles with a federal-style bull’s-eye mirror with an eagle perched on top adds just the crowing touch in his newly decorated offices.  He did not use government funds for the creation so really all this is left to talk about it the jealousy factor from those members who do not have a the flicker of Judy Garland within that gives a light to any room.

But having said that lets us see how our friends on the other side of the pond evaluate the latest news created by one of Washington’s most colorful members of congress.

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Though it might have lost some of its cachet, Downton Abbey is still a huge hit in the US and now it’s starting to inspire the decorating choices in the highest reaches of power. Ben Terris, a reporter for the Washington Post, recently got a tour of Congressman Aaron Schock’s new quarters in the Rayburn House Office Building and his interior designer says it was inspired by the dining room where Maggie Smith has spit so many well-formed insults from her pursed lips. The funny thing is, Schock doesn’t want to talk about it.

According to pictures taken by Terris, Schock’s office features deep red walls, large crystal chandeliers, ornate gold-leaf picture frames surrounding portraits of 19th century politicians and a vase full of pheasant feathers. Annie Brahler, the Illinois interior designer who owns a firm called Euro Trash and who decorated the office, told Terris that it was inspired by everyone’s favorite manor house soap opera. Schock freaked out when he realised that Terris had this information and refused to cooperate with his article.

Why would the congressman be ashamed of his decorating scheme? Early 20th-century chic seems appropriate for DC, which is filled with neoclassical buildings and federal-style recreations. When it’s not a testament to utilitarianism, the city’s architecture is celebratory of an inherited past that founders of this country brought with them from Europe. Downton and its trappings seem of a piece with that.

 

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