L.A. designer Suzan Fellman had a hard time with First Lady Laura Bushs redo of the Lincoln Bedroom, shown here in 2005. "I thought I was in a Radisson lobby somewhere in the Midwest long ago," Fellman said. "I could not imagine spending a night in that space. Done up with Victorian furnishings, the Lincoln Bedroom is one of the White House's least-changed spaces, said Betty Monkman, formerly chief curator of the White House. Its a quasi-museum room, she said. According to historian Seale, Lincoln was furious that his wife, Mary, spent so much money redecorating the White House during a time of war, and he never slept in the bed bought for him.
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