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Boris Johnson and Carrie Johnson’s home makeover! How couple spent £200,000 renovating flat

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Boris and Carrie Johnson have been ridiculed for their taste after an invoice revealed the makeover of their Downing Street home cost more than £200,000 – including a £3,675 drinks trolley and £8,500 lamp.

The couple, who share son Wilfred and daughter Romy, refitted the grace and favour apartment at No.11, which reportedly looked like a ‘John Lewis nightmare’ after Theresa May‘s residency, with the help of society interiors guru Lulu Lytle.

Lytle is the founder of Soane Britain, a company offering clients wall-to-wall luxe with a promise of bringing ‘joie de vivre’ into the home – for a hefty price. A single rattan light can cost £7,200, while a desk can be more than £10,000. 

A leaked copy of the invoice for the renovation, seen by the Independent, reveals that the No11 flat makeover included a £7,000 rug, a £3,675 drinks trolley and two sofas which cost more than £15,000 in total.

However the couple were quickly mocked for their taste online, with many social media users tweeting their dismay at the cost of the renovations. 

Boris and Carrie Johnson's makeover of their Downing Street home cost more than £200,000 - including a £3,675 drinks trolley and £8,500 lamp (pictured a living room designed by Lulu Lytel)

Boris and Carrie Johnson’s makeover of their Downing Street home cost more than £200,000 – including a £3,675 drinks trolley and £8,500 lamp (pictured a living room designed by Lulu Lytel)

Lytle is the founder of Soane Britain, a company offering clients wall-to-wall luxe with a promise of bringing 'joie de vivre' into the home - for a hefty price. A single rattan light can cost £7,200, while a desk can be more than £10,000 (pictured, a room designed by Lytle)

Lytle is the founder of Soane Britain, a company offering clients wall-to-wall luxe with a promise of bringing ‘joie de vivre’ into the home – for a hefty price. A single rattan light can cost £7,200, while a desk can be more than £10,000 (pictured, a room designed by Lytle) 

One commented: ‘Leaked: £200,000…That’s what it cost to transform Boris & Carrie’s flat into a Tunnock’s Tea Cake shrine.’

Meanwhile another wrote: ‘Surely this isn’t the result of the PM’s refurbishment of the flat in No.10! If you’re a migraine sufferer you must be really into pain to live with this.’

A third added: ‘I’m sorry but Caza taste is abysmal. Maybe they should of gone to Ikea.’

The cheapest item on the bill was a £500 kitchen table cloth, while £3,000 had been spent on a ‘paint effect’ for the flat’s hallway and two Aten hurricane lights cost £1,775 each.

A leaked copy of the invoice for the renovation reveals that the No11 flat makeover included a £3,675 drinks trolley

Two Aten hurricane lights cost £1,775 each

A leaked copy of the invoice for the renovation reveals that the No11 flat makeover included a £3,675 drinks trolley (left) and two Aten hurricane lights (right) costing £1,775 each

Despite the controversy surrounding the renovation becoming known as 'Wallpapergate', the most expensive order from the wallpaper bill was £2,250 for 10 rolls of 'Espalier Square design' used in the entrance hall

Despite the controversy surrounding the renovation becoming known as ‘Wallpapergate’, the most expensive order from the wallpaper bill was £2,250 for 10 rolls of ‘Espalier Square design’ used in the entrance hall

Other items purchased by the couple included Lytle's £3,650 Leighton table

Other items purchased by the couple included Lytle's £3,650 Leighton table as well as a £3,800 long, low bookcase from the designer (pictured)

Other items purchased by the couple included Lytle’s £3,650 Leighton table (left) as well as a £3,800 long, low bookcase from the designer (right) 

The couple, who share son Wilfred and daughter Romy, refitted the grace and favour apartment at No.11, which reportedly looked like a ' John Lewis nightmare' after Theresa May 's residency, with the help of society interiors guru Lulu Lytle

The couple, who share son Wilfred and daughter Romy, refitted the grace and favour apartment at No.11, which reportedly looked like a ‘ John Lewis nightmare’ after Theresa May ‘s residency, with the help of society interiors guru Lulu Lytle

The Johnsons also ordered a drawing room lamp for £6,000 along with a £2,500 lampshade, the leaked bill suggests.  

And despite the controversy surrounding the renovation becoming known as ‘Wallpapergate’, the most expensive order from the wallpaper bill was £2,250 for 10 rolls of ‘Espalier Square design’ used in the entrance hall.

Wallpaper in the drawing room came to £1,500, while 15 rolls for the kitchen came to £825, meaning £4,575 was spent on wallpaper in total. 

Although described as ’emerald and stone linen’ in colour, the ‘Espalier’ wallpaper is believed to have inspired Mr Johnson’s frustrated remark that his wife was ‘spending thousands on gold wallpaper’, reports say.  

However the couple were quickly mocked for their taste online, with many social media users tweeting their dismay at the cost of the renovations

However the couple were quickly mocked for their taste online, with many social media users tweeting their dismay at the cost of the renovations

Boris and Carrie’s very expensive BILL! How invoice came in at over £200,000 for the dining room, drawing room and kitchen 

DRAWING ROOM  

One rug – £7,000

One roll of wallpaper –  £1,500 

Two sofas – £15,120

One antique double wingback chair – £4,200 

36m fabric for sofa – £2880

One antique low ottomon – £1,000 

One Nureyev Trolley – £3,675 

One long book table/low bookcase – £3,800

One Leighton – £3650 

Two little side tables – £3,000 

One card table – £2,000

Two chairs – £2,000 

One large mirror – £3,000

One lamp – £6,000

Shades – £2,500

Curtains – £3,600

Window fabric – £6,400

Fire – £2,000 

Fabrics and upholstery – £5,000 

HALL

Antique mirror – £3,000 

Console table – £3,000 

Wallpaper – £2,250 

Centre table – £3,000 

Hanging light – £4,465 

DINING ROOM

One rug – £3,000 

Paint effect  -£3,100 

Eight dining chairs – £11,280

Fabric for dining chairs – £1,200

Serving table- £2,000 

Kitchen table cloth – £500

Curtains – £1,800 

Fabric for curtains – £3,200 

Gas fire – £2,000 

Wall lights – £3,550 

KITCHEN

 Dining table – £1,500

Wallpaper – £825

Chairs – £1,500 

Rug – £2,000

Loose cover – £2,000 

TV table – £1,000 

Curtains – £1,800

Fabric for curtains – £2,600

Lamps – £2,500 

Gas fire  £2,000 

BUILDING WORK 

Paintwork, installation, building – £30,000 

TOTAL = 208,104 

 

The building works estimate, which included painting, having the floorboards sanded, and installing new furnishings and fittings, came to £30,000. 

The Johnsons ordered a ‘Nureyev Trolley’ worth £3,675, and said to be ‘inspired by a French 1940s drinks trolley owned by ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev’, according to the leaked bill.  

Eight dining chairs cost £11,280, and the couple spent £7,000 on a rug and £3,800 on an antique mirror for the hall. 

Meanwhile the £3,650 Leighton table is a cane framed table with a woven rattan top and wrapped joints, which is entirely hand-woven by skilled weavers at Soane’s rattan workshop in Leicestershire. 

Eight dining chairs cost £11,280, and the couple spent £7,000 on a rug and £3,800 on an antique mirror for the hall (pictured, a selection of items from Soane catalogue)

Eight dining chairs cost £11,280, and the couple spent £7,000 on a rug and £3,800 on an antique mirror for the hall (pictured, a selection of items from Soane catalogue) 

Carrie and Boris spent £200,000 decking out the flat with the luxury interior designers latest products (pictured: the products on sale from Soane)

Carrie and Boris spent £200,000 decking out the flat with the luxury interior designers latest products (pictured: the products on sale from Soane) 

The Cabinet Office leak will revive the long-running controversy over the Johnsons’ refurbishment of their flat above No11. 

Money was at the centre of the backlash last year following the news Lytle had been brought in to redesign Downing Street, with critics questioning why the Johnsons needed such an expensive makeover, as well as, more importantly, how it had been funded. 

An estimate of £208,104 was sent to the Cabinet Office – which has an annual budget of £30,000 for renovating the Prime Minister’s residence – at the start of 2020 in the early stages of the project, the Independent reports. 

The remainder of the cost had been secretly funded by Lord Brownlow and the Conservative Party until Mr Johnson was told to pay for it himself when the scandal was uncovered. 

Interior designer Lulu (pictured) previously revealed she 'hated every minute' of being caught in the 'political storm' over her makeover of Boris and Carrie

Interior designer Lulu (pictured) previously revealed she ‘hated every minute’ of being caught in the ‘political storm’ over her makeover of Boris and Carrie

Lytle slammed the 'huge misinformation' circulating about her brand during the controversy and defended her costs

Lytle slammed the ‘huge misinformation’ circulating about her brand during the controversy and defended her costs 

After a refurbishment of Johnson’s Downing Street flat – led by a celebrity designer and including gold wallpaper – Britain’s electoral commission fined the Conservatives £17,800 for failing to accurately report a donation to pay for it.

Johnson’s ethics adviser later criticised the prime minister for failing to disclose some messages exchanged with the donor. 

However, he concluded that Johnson had not intentionally lied about the messages.

Interior designer Lulu previously revealed she ‘hated every minute’ of being caught in the ‘political storm’ over her makeover of Boris and Carrie.

Pictured: A section of the leaked Soane's bill, showing what was ordered for the drawing room

Pictured: A section of the leaked Soane’s bill, showing what was ordered for the drawing room

A further section of the invoice showed the spending in the kitchen, entrance hall and dining room

A further section of the invoice showed the spending in the kitchen, entrance hall and dining room 

The final part of the bill showed the cost of building work to the property, which was totted up at £30,000

The final part of the bill showed the cost of building work to the property, which was totted up at £30,000 

‘I hated every minute,’ she told the Financial Times. ‘I found it incredibly disquieting to be caught up in a political storm.’

Lytle slammed the ‘huge misinformation’ circulating about her brand and defended her costs, saying: ‘If you’re paying your staff properly, and there’s healthcare and there’s training, that all comes at a cost.

‘We don’t know how chemicals are being discarded of in manufacturing in certain parts of the world.’ 

Top designer who inspired Carrie Symonds’ chic eco-makeover: Mixing bold colours and old-fashioned glamour, Lulu Lytle is one of the country’s most successful interiors experts 

The woman who inspired Carrie’s lavish makeover is Lulu Lytle – one of the UK’s most influential and successful interior designers. 

Her designs combine a riot of bold colours and showstopping old-fashioned glamour.

Think oiled-oak shelving, rattan furniture, shimmering gold wallpaper and intricate textiles. A marble bathroom, perhaps, with wrought iron finishings.

Downing Street's restyled décor is said to have been inspired by celebrated eco interior designer Lulu Lytle (pictured)

Downing Street’s restyled décor is said to have been inspired by celebrated eco interior designer Lulu Lytle (pictured)

The founder and director of Soane Britain 'designs and makes British-made furniture, upholstery, lighting, fabrics and wallpaper' (sample designs pictured)

The founder and director of Soane Britain ‘designs and makes British-made furniture, upholstery, lighting, fabrics and wallpaper’ (sample designs pictured)

She is especially passionate about sustaining traditional British craftsmanship.

She built up her Soane Britain interior design studio by scouring the country for the best artisan blacksmiths, cabinet makers, upholsterers and stone carvers creating furniture, lighting and fabrics using skills going back to the 18th century and beyond.

In 2011, she put her money where her mouth is and bought the last rattan-weaving workshop left in England and started an apprenticeship programme. 

Prince Charles, himself passionate about sustaining traditional craftsmanship, visited the Leicester workshop a year ago, just before lockdown, to admire its creations.

Lytle's designs (pictured) combine a riot of bold colours and showstopping old-fashioned glamour

Lytle’s designs (pictured) combine a riot of bold colours and showstopping old-fashioned glamour

Soane's clients include five-star hotels and restaurants, private members' clubs, boardrooms, yachts and private houses all over the world

Soane’s clients include five-star hotels and restaurants, private members’ clubs, boardrooms, yachts and private houses all over the world

Soane’s clients include five-star hotels and restaurants, private members’ clubs, boardrooms, yachts and private houses all over the world.

Mrs Lytle, 49, says her furniture, upholstery, lighting, fabrics and wallpapers all aim to ‘contribute to the joyful atmosphere of any interior’. 

Born and raised in Worcestershire, the youngest of four sisters, Lucy Elizabeth Kottler, known as ‘Lulu’, developed a romantic passion for Egypt and took a degree in Egyptology.

She met her husband Charles Patrick St John Lytle, known as Charlie, when he was training as a barrister. 

Mrs Lytle, 49, says her furniture, upholstery, lighting, fabrics and wallpapers all aim to 'contribute to the joyful atmosphere of any interior'

Mrs Lytle, 49, says her furniture, upholstery, lighting, fabrics and wallpapers all aim to ‘contribute to the joyful atmosphere of any interior’

Born and raised in Worcestershire, the youngest of four sisters, Lucy Elizabeth Kottler, known as 'Lulu', developed a romantic passion for Egypt and took a degree in Egyptology

Born and raised in Worcestershire, the youngest of four sisters, Lucy Elizabeth Kottler, known as ‘Lulu’, developed a romantic passion for Egypt and took a degree in Egyptology

He is now a senior investment banker at Goldman Sachs. Mrs Lytle worked in antiques for four years, before starting Soane when she was 25, originally from the couple’s one-bedroom flat in Notting Hill, west London.

Her plan was clear and has never changed — to create beautifully made contemporary furniture based on antiques. 

She said: ‘The life of an object is endlessly fascinating, there’s a depth to old things.’ The Lytles moved to a flat in one of London’s nicest squares, close to Hyde Park, in 1999.

She built up her Soane Britain interior design studio by scouring the country for the best artisan blacksmiths, cabinet makers, upholsterers and stone carvers

She built up her Soane Britain interior design studio by scouring the country for the best artisan blacksmiths, cabinet makers, upholsterers and stone carvers

They then bought its neighbour and knocked through to create a £4million home, which is now a stunning exhibition of Mrs Lytle’s interior design genius and often showcased in glossy magazines.

It mixes old and new Soane pieces, along with textiles collected worldwide, paintings, maps and artefacts. 

Searing Chinese yellow walls make a study area dramatic, while hand-painted lapis lazuli rocks bring luxury to the master bedroom’s Carrara marble ensuite bathroom.

The couple share their home with their three children Tom, 20, Bunny, 18, and Xan, 15 – as well as a greyhound named Panther and Hammy the hamster.

 

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Rishi Sunak’s swimming pool complex at his manor house is pictured as he tries to become the next PM

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Rishi Sunak‘s lavish private swimming pool complex at his North Yorkshire manor house has been pictured as he continues to battle Liz Truss to become the next Prime Minister.

The former Chancellor of the Exchequer, who like Ms Truss is facing questions over how they will deal with the ongoing cost-of-living crisis and spiralling energy prices, has spent £400,000 on the new pool.

He is also building a gym and tennis courts at the £2million Georgian manor near Northallerton, with reports from earlier this year estimating he would have to pay £13,000-a-year to keep the new pool warm. 

However, this figure may have risen dramatically over the last few months as energy prices have continued to surge, putting millions of people in the UK at risk of not being able to pay their bills.

Yesterday Mr Sunak, who has been criticised for building the pool while his local swimming baths in Richmond are forced to close due to rising energy bills, pledged to spend billions more to help people with the cost-of-living crisis.

The former investment banker, who made a fortune before becoming a politician, said there was a ‘moral responsibility’ to offer extra help, while also taking a swipe at Ms Truss’s plans to cut taxes.

He pledged to give more help to pensioners and those on benefits, while also vowing to cut VAT on energy bills – which he said could raise total support for families to around £700 to £800 – while energy bills look set to reach an eyewatering £4,400 after Christmas.

A gym, tennis court and swimming pool complex at Rishi Sunak's North Yorkshire manor house has taken shape after months of construction

A gym, tennis court and swimming pool complex at Rishi Sunak’s North Yorkshire manor house has taken shape after months of construction

The Tory leadership hopeful is thought to have spent in the region of £400,000 on the extension to his Georgian Grad2-II listed property

The Tory leadership hopeful is thought to have spent in the region of £400,000 on the extension to his Georgian Grad2-II listed property

It comes as Mr Sunak, pictured here in a visit to St John's Wood Synagogue yesterday, continues his quest to become the next Prime Minister

It comes as Mr Sunak, pictured here in a visit to St John’s Wood Synagogue yesterday, continues his quest to become the next Prime Minister

The swimming pool at his Grade-II listed manor house, where he typically spends his weekends with his wife and two daughters, has been under construction for several months.

The 42-year-old applied to the local council to build an L-shaped pool house, which will include a hot tub, utility and changing area and plant room, last year.

These plans, which included a 12-metre by five-metre swimming pool, were later approved by the council.

No tax payer money is thought to have been used in building the complex, and there were no objections from people living nearby. 

Reports it would cost £13,000-a-year to heat did not go down well among members of his constituency, especially after the sharp rise in energy bills.

The 42-year-old applied to build an L-shaped pool house, which will include a hot tub, utility and changing area and plant room, last year

The 42-year-old applied to build an L-shaped pool house, which will include a hot tub, utility and changing area and plant room, last year

It will include a tennis court (which can be seen in the bottom half of this picture), as well as an indoor private swimming pool

It will include a tennis court (which can be seen in the bottom half of this picture), as well as an indoor private swimming pool

No tax payer money is thought to have been used in building the complex, and there were no objections from people living nearby before it was approved by the local council last year

No tax payer money is thought to have been used in building the complex, and there were no objections from people living nearby before it was approved by the local council last year

Retired steel worker Leslie Porter, 69, told the Mirror: ‘Some people are having to choose between heating and eating. Bills are all rising and he does this. It’s obscene.’

Receptionist Hayley Hadden added: ‘He is a millionaire many times over and it looks like he is rubbing our noses in it. He doesn’t have to worry about paying his bills.’

It is one of a number of properties owned by Mr Sunak and his wife Akshata Murthy, who is the daughter of one of the richest men in India.

While he was chancellor the family lived in a flat above No 10 Downing Street, but earlier this year they moved to their £6.6 million mews house in Kensington.

The L-shaped pool house, which is under construction after permission was given last year, is set to inlcude a hot tub, utility and changing area, and a plant room

The L-shaped pool house, which is under construction after permission was given last year, is set to inlcude a hot tub, utility and changing area, and a plant room

Reports it will cost £13,000-a-year to heat did not go down well among members of his constituency, especially after the sharp rise in energy bills

Reports it will cost £13,000-a-year to heat did not go down well among members of his constituency, especially after the sharp rise in energy bills

Work has  started on construction of the swimming pool, gym and tennis court at the Sunak's North Yorkshire manor earlier this year

Work has  started on construction of the swimming pool, gym and tennis court at the Sunak’s North Yorkshire manor earlier this year

They also own a £5.5 million home in Santa Monica in California, where Mr Sunak has been tipped to live if he decides to quit politics in the UK.

Mr Sunak, who worked as an investment banker for firms California, India and Britain, including Goldman Sachs, is known to use the Yorkshire property when Parliament is not in session and he doesn’t need to be in London.

As his battle to become the next Prime Minister with Ms Truss heats up, this week the pair exchanged a series of barbs over their approach to the cost-of-living crisis.

The ex-chancellor has been accused by his rival’s camp of ‘Gordon Brown-style politics’ with a ‘socialist tax and spend’ agenda.

In a swipe back at the Foreign Secretary tonight, Mr Sunak suggested Ms Truss’s tax-cutting proposals were not ‘the moral thing to do’.

Rishi Sunak pledged to give more help to pensioners and those on benefits, while also vowing to cut VAT on energy bills to help with the cost-of-living crisis

Rishi Sunak pledged to give more help to pensioners and those on benefits, while also vowing to cut VAT on energy bills to help with the cost-of-living crisis

He also insisted that ‘starry-eyed boosterism’ would not steer the country through the inflation crisis.

In another jibe at Ms Truss, Mr Sunak claimed he would ‘rather lose’ the contest to become PM than promise ‘false things I can’t deliver’.

Both he and Ms Truss have faced calls to pledge further support during the cost-of-living crisis after energy bills for typical households were this week forecast to soar to more than £4,200 next year.

‘I do feel a moral responsibility as prime minister to go further and get extra help to people over the autumn and the winter to help them cope with what is going to be a really difficult time,’ Mr Sunak said.

‘I think that is the right priority.’

Mr Sunak suggested his rival Liz Truss's tax-cutting proposals were not 'the moral thing to do' as he took a series of swipes at the Foreign Secretary

Mr Sunak suggested his rival Liz Truss’s tax-cutting proposals were not ‘the moral thing to do’ as he took a series of swipes at the Foreign Secretary

The Foreign Secretary has faced pressure to match Mr Sunak’s promise of more direct support for families, after she previously steered away from pledging extra ‘handouts’ to ease the cost-of-living crisis.

Mr Sunak’s camp have accused Ms Truss of a ‘major U-turn’ after she today insisted she was not ruling out further cash payments.

But the Foreign Secretary has maintained that tax cuts – and boosting the economy – are her ‘priority’.

Ms Truss’s promise to cancel the National Insurance rise, scrap a planned increase in corporation tax, and remove green levies on energy bills appears to be proving popular with Tory members.

Mr Sunak has warned that Ms Truss’s tax-cutting plans will worsen the inflation crisis and cause interest rates to rocket.

He insisted he was ‘prepared to lose this contest’ rather than ‘saying the easy things’ and not staying ‘true to my values’.

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Window shopping: Stained glass or acoustic? Solid wood or plastic?

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Your front door isn’t there to keep people out, it’s there to welcome them in.

Along with the windows — those peep-holes into your life — the style and colour tell friends and strangers alike who you are and what they can expect when they set foot inside your home.

‘Windows can make or break a space,’ says luxury interior designer Katharine Pooley. ‘They often don’t quite receive the attention they should, which is a shame as with the right ironmongery and a beautiful finish they instantly upgrade the overall aesthetic.’

Inviting: Stained glass windows add colour and personality to a home and tell friends and strangers alike what they can expect when they set foot inside

Inviting: Stained glass windows add colour and personality to a home and tell friends and strangers alike what they can expect when they set foot inside

And yet we spend twice as long selecting a kitchen worktop than we do choosing windows for our house.

So what options do you have to make them pretty as well as practical?

Plastic fantastic?

First off, don’t go for those horrid brilliant white, smooth plastic frames for windows. They often look ugly.

If you have to get uPVC because you’re on a tight budget, then at least get them in off-white with a woodgrain effect — some brands are pretty convincing nowadays.

KJM does a good line — for a double-glazed casement in woodgrain-effect measuring 1,200mm x 630mm, the price is about £275 supply-only.

Heavy metal

The sleek, hip-kid-on-the-block, aluminium-framed windows look up-to-the minute.

And because metal is stronger than wood or uPVC, the frame will be much slimmer, so there’s a larger area for glass.

We’re used to a cool grey colour, but you can have the frames made in any hue you like. So you can have them in forest green, midnight blue or flame red.

The same windows as above in aluminium would be £515.

Colours: You can have window frames made in any shade you like, though grey is popular

Colours: You can have window frames made in any shade you like, though grey is popular

Picture windows

Oh, the fun you can have with stained glass. Coloured designs are usually banished to little fan-lights at the top of doors in late Victorian houses.

But why not have coloured or picture panels in your front windows. You can have a nautical theme if you live by the sea; or an abstract whirl of shapes and colours.

A window with a bespoke design from Cheam Leaded Lights of about 1,200mm x 630mm will cost in the region of £2,500 to £3,000 supply-only.

Modernist style

Crittall windows or doors feature a sharp Art Deco design with slim black steel frames divided into squares. 

They have had a style renaissance over the past few years, somehow looking both up-to-date and classic at the same time.

While the Crittall company still manufactures the official items, you can get them in the same style from a host of other firms.

Crittall’s windows range from £500 to £850 per square metre, including installation.

Upgrade your glass

You can get all sorts of special glass these days. If you live by a busy road, acoustic glass will do better for you than standard double glazing.

Double glazing has two panes of glass with a void between them, whereas acoustic glass has two panes sandwiched together with a thin plastic layer in the middle to filter out more sound waves. 

Polarised glass keeps out the sun’s rays on hot days. And reflective glass turns windows into a one-way mirror so you can look out but passers-by can’t look in. 

Roseview’s Ultimate Rose windows are made from uPVC, but almost indistinguishable from wood.

A 1,200mm x 630mm acoustic glass window costs about £900 supply-only.

Choose wisely: The right windows can make or break a space, according to interiors experts

Choose wisely: The right windows can make or break a space, according to interiors experts

Solid wood

Wooden windows are becoming harder to find as vinyl and fibreglass take over, but they’re durable and can be a charming addition to a home.

Wooden Windows make bespoke timber windows and doors. It’s worth matching the two; after all, there’s nothing quite like the feel of a solid wood front door thudding into place.

It says that your castle is now secure against all onslaught. They do take some maintaining, though — you will have to repaint every four or five years, and there’s the chance of warping, which could make it more difficult to close or lock.

Old English Doors do a good line in hand-made Georgian-style, six-panelled solid oak doors from £4,320 supply-only.

Savings of the week! Rugs 

Temperatures may still be soaring. But the predicted higher fuel bills in the autumn means finding ways to make your home more cosy should start now.

A rug pulls all the elements in a room together. It also provides a layer of insulation, trapping cold air underneath.

Faded: La Redoute’s version in red and blue, pictured, is reduced by 25%, from £59 to £230 (laredoute.co.uk)

Faded: La Redoute’s version in red and blue, pictured, is reduced by 25%, from £59 to £230 (laredoute.co.uk)

Some heartwarming bargains of as much as 50 per cent off are available which, with care, should keep you snug for years. 

The abstract pattern Kista from West Elm in pale grey, blue and yellow would suit a stripped-down decor. It now costs from £112.95 to £519.95 (depending on size) down from £449 to £1,039 (westelm.com). 

The Pollo from The Rug Shop UK is in the same style. It costs from £71 to £224, reduced from £79 to £249 (therug shopuk.co.uk). At Loaf, the Tufty in cream and white is down 50 per cent from £345 to £175 (loaf.com).

The Habitat Byron in dark and pale grey, orange and teal would add zing to neutral interiors; it’s down by one-third to £119.99 (argos.co.uk).

Faded antique-style rugs continue to be fashionable. La Redoute’s version in red and blue, pictured, is reduced by 25 per cent; from £59 to £230 (laredoute.co.uk).

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Grosvenor has announced that designer retailer, Tessuti, has opened its new global flagship store at Liverpool ONE, demonstrating the brand’s ongoing vote of confidence in the destination. The new location on Paradise Street follows Tessuti’s consistently strong performance at Liverpool ONE and spans two floors measuring 22,000ft². Boasting Tessuti’s biggest store to date, this is four times the size of the previous Liverpool ONE site. The store interiors have been styled with a subtle nod to classic Italian architecture whilst incorporating state-of-the-art technical features, combining classic design with an industrial-chic colour palette and cutting-edge digital screens. Working with local Liverpudlian digital and production agency Liquid, the new Tessuti store has exclusive instore stills and videos showcasing exciting campaigns; the first of which is rumoured to feature Liverpool stars Stephen Graham, Abbey Clancy, Miles Kane and Chelcee Grimes.

 

Aligning with Liverpool ONE’s community ethos, Tessuti’s new global flagship will also support the vibrant community in the heart of Liverpool, championing local businesses through collaborations, pop-ups, and in-store events.

 

Alison Clegg, Managing Director, Asset Management, Grosvenor, commented: “Tessuti’s commitment to Liverpool ONE, through its relocation within the destination and decision to make the new store its global flagship, strengthens our position as one of Europe’s leading retail and leisure destinations. The impressive growth trajectory of Tessuti within Liverpool is a great indication of the potential for success and expansion of other brands that join Liverpool ONE.”

 

Chris Rowan, Director of Brand & Customer Connection at Tessuti, added: “The opening of our global flagship at Liverpool ONE is a huge moment for us. Liverpool is an urban hub for international fashion retailers, so upsizing and relocating within the city’s leading retail and leisure destination was a natural next step. We feel confident that it is the ideal home for our flagship location, and are excited to offer Liverpool ONE’s visitors our most stylish project yet.”

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