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Tue, 4 Jun, 2019Over60

Hillary and Bill Clinton give rare glimpse inside their not so humble abode

Hillary Clinton has given Architectural Design a tour of the home she shares with husband Bill Clinton, which is a 510 square metre Neo-Georgian red brick house in Washington, D.C.

The house was built in 1951 and is called ‘Whitehaven’ because it sits on a street of the same name.

Hillary came across the house in 2000, which was the last year of her husband’s US presidency.

"It was an emotional reaction," she told the magazine.

"When I was elected to the Senate in 2000, I knew that I needed a place to live while we were in session during the year. So I began looking.

"I had an experience in this house, which was just emotional."

However, the house required extensive renovations according to the interior designer who worked with Hillary on the project from 2003 to 2006.

“The mandate was to bring more light and to create more physical space for sitting and relaxing,” says Rosemarie Howe, the interior designer who worked with Hillary on the project.

“We also wanted to open the house and all of its interior rooms to this beautiful back garden.”

Howe also shared her thoughts on the bathrooms and the kitchen.

“It was kind of this Ozzie and Harriet house and it had never been updated. The bathrooms were sort of '50s.

"The kitchen was functional but very outdated, too. The people who had lived there before were very tall, so counters and things were quite high.”

Renovating the house was a family affair for the Clintons as Hillary’s mother Dorothy Rodham helped her daughter as well as the interior designer.

“It was a joy working with my mom and Rosemarie,” said Hillary.

“Both my mother and I love colour, and you can see, we have a lot of colour in the house that came from our collaboration.”

Scroll through the gallery above to see inside Hillary and Bill Clinton's home.

Photo credit: Architectural Digest