One of this year’s biggest interior design stories, the decorative revamp of the Oval Office, hit the wires yesterday and, naturally, inquiring eco-minds what to know how sustainable design elements played into the redesign, if at all.

From what I’ve seen, the Oval Office’s decorative facelift is, for lack of a better word, safe. Former Elle Décor and newly instated Architectural Digest editor-in-chief Margaret Russell observes, “It looks like a lot of work gets done in there. It's elegant, and it's also appropriate. It feels humanized." I guess this is Margaret Russell-speak for "bland?" And while beige, taupe, and other neutral tones dominate the room, there is a small hint of green with the addition of an eco-friendly rug made from 25 percent recycled wool fiber. It's better than nothing, I suppose. 

In observance of President Obama’s Oval Office makeover, I’ve rounded-up a dozen eco-friendly home office items fit for the White House … or any house. And if your curious as to what my home office looks like, check this out. 

Pratt Wall Accessories Set (Picture Shelf, Pencil Holder, Corkboard + Rail) @ West Elm ($99)

Herman Miller Casper Stacking Chair @ Design Within Reach ($209)

FUZ Floppy Basket: Small @ Branch ($25)

MIO Organixe Paper Tray @ MIO ($4)

Translations Wastebasket @ The Container Store ($24.99)

Singgih Kartono Envelope Opener @ Areaware ($12)

OOOMS Wooden USB Stick: 4GB @ Supermarket ($64)

Pratt LED Table Lamp @ West Elm ($129)

MIO Grid Wall Pockets Organizer @ MIO($70)

Kikkerland Endangered Species Eraser: Rhino @ Pop Deluxe ($11.99)

Laird Desk-Console @ CB2 ($349)

Lexon Bamboo Radio @ Conran Shop ($45)

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Where's the green in the Oval Office makeover?
In terms of a 'wow' factor, Obama's beige-tastic Oval Office makeover leaves a bit to be desired. Here are a dozen items that will help you inject a bit of colo