Everyone’s talking about home renovations this week, but it’s not because a new episode of Grand Designs just dropped.
There are claims - made by the PM’s former top aide, Dominic Cummings, no less - that Mr Johnson intended to have Tory donors “secretly pay” for the refurbishment of the four-bedroom residence.
While prime ministers have an annual allowance of up to £30,000 of taxpayer’s money to go towards the cost of refurbishing the space above No 11, it has been reported that the couple spent as much as £200,000 on the four-bedroom residence.
A friend of Ms Symond’s provided some kind of explanation for the cost claims to the Daily Mail - apparently she has “exquisite taste”.
But the newspaper alleged that the PM raged to aides that his fiancee’s taste was so exquisite that the cost of the decor, which included “gold wallpaper”, was “totally out of control”.
So, what could Ms Symonds possibly have bought to rack up the rumoured reno cost?
Here are six things she might have considered.
1. Franck Chartrain Phoenix Charred Wood Cabinet, £191,225
This cabinet, striking as it is, literally costs as much as a two-bedroom flat (outside of London). It does scream opulence, though, and it would go with Ms Symonds’ gold wallpaper.
2. Luxxu Pharo Chandelier, £26,150
Nothing screams “exquisite taste” like a chandelier, and this one is an absolute steal at just over £26k. Sure, it lights up a room like a regular light but it’s all about keeping up appearances. We’ll take five.
3. Fameed Khalique Josephine Cushion, £695
Why opt for a set of cushions from the local IKEA when you can adorn your sofa with a sequined number for only £700? It oozes luxury - but just make sure you don’t rest your face against it.
4. Davidson London Aldridge Games Table, £23,760
It nearly costs as much as the Downing Street flat reno budget, but we are 90 per cent sure Mr Johnson and his fiancee considered adding this games table to their humble abode after watching Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit.