The formal living room reflected the public stature of the Eisenhowers. The room showcased the gifts the Eisenhowers received from heads of state as well as friends. They include a mother-of-pearl inlaid, black lacquer coffee table from the Republic of Korea, and a silk Tabriz rug from the Shah of Iran.
The marble fireplace, removed from the White House in 1873 by President Grant, was an anniversary gift from the Eisenhower White House staff. The painting of Prague, Czechoslovakia above the mantel was presented to General Eisenhower by its citizens at the end of World War II. A portrait of Mamie's mother, Mrs. Doud, hangs near the window. The Eisenhowers seldom used the room as Ike considered it too stuffy.