- Interior designer Lulu Little says she ‘hates’ being caught in a ‘political storm’
- They were brought in to redesign the Downing Street home of Boris and Carrie Johnson.
- costing just under £90,000 and questioning how it was funded
- Little hit back at its high-end costs, saying they were justified
Interior designer Lulu Little has revealed she ‘hated every minute’ of being caught in a ‘political storm’ over the makeover of Boris and Carrie Johnson’s Downing Street home.
The couple, who share one-year-old son Wilfred and are expecting a second child together, spent £90,000 renovating Grace & Favre’s apartment at No. But looked like a ‘John Lewis nightmare’.
They turned to society’s insider guru Little, 50, for help, putting them at the center of a debate over the eye-watering cost of the makeover, and who paid for it.
‘I hated every minute,’ she said financial Times. ‘I found it incredibly unsettling to be caught in a political storm.’
The prime minister, who share a one-year-old son Wilfred and are expecting a second child together, spent £90,000 to repair the Grace & Favre apartment at No. 11, which is reportedly the residence of Theresa May. Sounded like a ‘John Lewis nightmare’.
Little Sone is the founder of UK, which offers customers wall-to-wall luxe with the promise of bringing the ‘joy de vivre’ into the home – for a hefty price tag. A rattan light can cost £7,200, while a desk can cost over £10,000.
The money was at the center of a backlash following news that Little was brought in to redesign Downing Street, with critics questioning why Johnson needed such an expensive change, as well as, more importantly, why it should be done. how it was funded.
At one point it was thought that the work cost as much as £200,000, but official documents later revealed the figure to be less than £90,000, including £30,000 from his publicly funded allowance and an additional £58,000 from his privately funded allowance. But settled.
Little criticized the ‘huge misinformation’ being circulated about its brand and defended its costs, saying: ‘If you’re paying your employees properly, and there’s healthcare and training, that’s all. Comes at a cost.
‘We don’t know how chemicals are being discarded in construction in some parts of the world.’
The renovation of the flat at No. 11 has put Mr Johnson’s finances under constant scrutiny, including works exceeding the £30,000 annual limit given to the prime minister.
Little Sone is the founder of UK, which offers customers wall-to-wall luxe with the promise of bringing the ‘joy de vivre’ into the home – for a hefty price tag. A rattan light can cost £7,200, while a desk can cost £10,000. can be more than
Accounts from the Conservative Party published in August showed that its central office had provided a ‘bridging loan’ of £52,802 to cover works after being invoiced by the Cabinet Office in June last year.
The party was ‘fully reimbursed’ in October by the party’s former vice-president Lord Brownlow, who has donated more than £3 million over the years.
Mr Johnson ‘settles’ the expenses incurred by the Conservative peer in March.
Three separate reviews and reports were initiated into the funding, one each by the Election Commission and the Parliamentary Commissioner for standards, while the Prime Minister announced his new independent advisor on the interests of the minister, Lord Geidt, would also investigate.
Lord Geidt found Mr Johnson acted ‘foolishly’ and allowed the renovation to go ahead ‘without more rigorous regard for how it would be funded’, but did not violate the ministerial code.
Number 10 said: ‘Lord Geidt’s independent report shows that the Prime Minister at all times acted in accordance with the Ministerial Code. In accordance with the advice of Lord Geidt, the Prime Minister has made a declaration in his list of ministerial interests.’