Camerons show off their shabby chic home
Former prime minister and his wife open the doors of the Oxfordshire home they call their ‘family nest’
David Cameron and his wife Samantha have opened the doors of their Cotswolds home to Harper’s Bazaar. The photographs show tasteful nude artworks on the walls, piles of fashion magazines on the coffee table and throws on the sofa. But perhaps most striking is the soot-stained wall above the fireplace. While many would call in the decorators, the Camerons have festooned the wall with fairy lights and left the marks untouched. “To be honest, the house is slightly falling down,” Mrs Cameron told the magazine. “[But] It’s our family nest.”
WHEN David and Samantha Cameron invited photographers into their former Downing Street home, the image they presented was sleek, stylish and spotless, the very impression of a modern Britain of which they were at the controls.
Now the former prime minister and his wife have opened the doors to their Cotswolds home, allowing the world to survey some very different interiors.
There are tasteful nudes among inherited pieces of artwork on the walls, piles of fashion magazines on the coffee table and cosy throws on the sofa. But perhaps most striking of all is the soot-stained wall above the fireplace.
While many would call in the decorators, the Camerons have festooned the wall with fairy lights and left the marks untouched. “To be honest, the house is slightly falling down,” Mrs Cameron told Harper’s Bazaar magazine, which features the Cotswold stone cottage in its pages. “The windows are rotting, the roof needs replacing, but it’s lovely and it’s where we brought each of our children home from the hospital. It’s our family nest.”
Mrs Cameron appears to have similar tastes to her mother, Lady Astor, who runs the OKA furniture business. The Camerons have one of its £256 rattan log baskets beside their flat-screen television and Sky box.
Out of shot are some tongue-incheek political references: a Famous Five spoof called Five on Brexit Island, and a placard bearing the slogan: “Calm down dear, it’s only a recession.”
The magazine photo shoot takes in the £25,000 hut in the garden. Painted in Farrow & Ball tones and complete with a wood-burning stove, it will be the former prime minister’s “book writing room” when he begins his memoirs. The couple purchased the house in 2001 and Mr Cameron has described himself as “a country boy at heart”. The decor is in marked contrast to Downing Street, where the Camerons installed a stainless steel kitchen and Ikea dresser. The London home always appeared spotless in photographs, but the family appear to live a more relaxed lifestyle in Mr Cameron’s constituency of Witney, Oxon.
The full interview appears in the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar, on sale Friday.
Samantha Cameron, above, has said the house she shares with husband and former prime minister David is falling down but lovely