Velvet sofas, opulent drapes and cushions labeled as individual ‘works of art’ are just a few of the new additions to No 10 Downing Street.
Millionaire Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty spared no expense when they were handed the keys to their new home.
They ordered a massive renovation of the apartment, adding flourishes that wouldn’t look out of place in a mansion or even a museum.
Mr. and Mrs. Sunak are the richest residents of number 10 of all time.
From the enormous offices of the House, the prime minister decides how best to tackle the nation’s biggest problems, such as the cost of living crisis.
Mr Sunak and his family had moved into the flat when Mr Sunak was Chancellor, with Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie next door at No 11.
John Challis, the upholsterer hired to complete the home’s renovation, said “very tired” decor had been removed.
He told Society magazine Tatler: “We made long, fully quilted curtains for all five windows overlooking the garden, hand-pleated and held back with heavy, coordinating tassels in red, gold and the ivory of the damask.
“The ornate cornice was hand gilded as it would have originally been and a carpet was commissioned to almost fill the space. Akshata was very involved and really wanted to see how things are made.
“She’s also not afraid to step in and help.”
Window sills have been added to the rooms and pillows have become “works of art” amid the makeover – he added.
It is believed that the previously existing furniture was installed for former Chancellor George Osborne’s family.
Mr Sunak paid for the redecoration of the Downing Street house.
This was in stark contrast to Boris Johnson, who was under investigation for the renovation of his Downing Street home during his tenure.
The overhaul, carried out by designer Lulu Lytle, was paid for by Lord Brownlow, a wealthy Tory donar.
A leaked copy of an estimate for renovation work had even been leaked amid the scandal.
Items on the list – over £200,000 – include the infamous ‘handmade’ gold wallpaper, which is said to have cost £2,250 in total.
Mr Challis’ comments on the refurbishment of No 10 Downing Street precede a full profile of Mr Sunak’s wife Akshata Murty to be published in Tatler’s February issue.
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