Downing Street makeover (originally published May 2010)

This post was first published on May 5 2010 – and so written before we’d even heard of the Con-Dems, witnessed the Rose Garden love-in, etc.

Election day dawns, and My Friend’s House wanted to mark it with a style assessment of Number 10.

Please don’t take the photo above – of the White Drawing Room in 1988 – to indicate either political or design alligiance. Nothing good came of this revamp*. 10 Downing St today is all weird corporate carpets, clashing orange damask curtains, and end-of-auction antiques. This elegant old building needs some serious design attention. We know Gordon’s been busy, but whoever takes over the reigns come tomorrow wants, frankly, to get someone in. Any nominations? Nicky Haslam? Too bling for the new Age of Austerity. Kelly Hoppen’s probably out having had her candles favoured by the Browns.

Abigail Ahern might be good – she knows how to highlight an amazing ceiling with dark, moody wall colours. Maybe go easy on the shaggy cushions, though.

Images Abigail Ahern;

Or what about a vote for Suzy Hoodless – her trademark mix of atmosphere, historic-modern and humour surely has cross-party appeal.

* If you really want a reveal on this room, go check it out on the Downing Street virtual tour. But don’t say you weren’t warned.

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