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’

The Daily Telegraph - - Front page - By Anita Singh ARTS AND EN­TER­TAIN­MENT EDI­TOR

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

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