Critical Decor — Living in a House of Cards


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This weekend Netflix dumped its third season of House of Cards into our lap, perfect timing as most of the United States saw several inches of snow and ice. If you haven’t caught up with the political drama television series, now is the time to do it. Frank Underwood (played by Kevin Spacey) and his wife Claire (Robin Wright) have climbed the political food chain to the top, taking the spot of the President and the First Lady. You can go back and see how far Frank has come from a Democrat in South Carolina’s 5th congressional district and House majority whip to Vice President to now leader of the free world.

At the start of the third season, this master manipulator had somehow maneuvered himself between a rock and a hard place. Ratings are low, the Democratic party doesn’t want him to run and he can’t make any headway with his job package, cleverly called AmWorks. But if there is anyone who can slip out from a thorny situation, it’s Frank.

Maybe it’s because the Underwoods weren’t voted in office, but most likely it’s that this power-hungry pair is too focused on their next move to really occupy the Executive Residence.

Six months into his presidency, the Underwoods can barely call the White House their home—it looks more like an extended hotel stay. Maybe it’s because they weren’t voted in, but most likely it’s that this pair is too focused on their next move to really occupy the Executive Residence, where they are now. The First Lady, who would normally be picking out china patterns and curtains, is too distracted by her failure to get the votes for Ambassador to the UN. Claire is much too busy plotting her own strategic goals to run for presidency down the line. She’d rather spend her days gaining the experience she needs under her belt than hosting luncheons and choosing art for the Oval Office.

Most indicative of how these two power-hungry co-habitat is the camp Claire sets up in the guest room. She says it’s because of a cold she doesn’t want to spread to Frank, but the boxes of paperwork and files say otherwise. This First Family is in power-mode and the first two episodes are only a glimpse of the productivity they have ahead of them in the 18 months before the election. Maybe then, the Underwoods can finally settle into the White House.


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