New York mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane, have swapped out antiques in the over 200-year-old Gracie Mansion for pieces from West Elm, a catalog retailer.
Gone are pieces like a circa-1690 Dutch-inspired cupboard, reports The Times
, replaced by modern furnishings donated by West Elm to Gracie Mansion Conservatory. Rooms that are open to the public retain their original appearance, while the bedrooms and living areas used by the de Blasios are now newly-decorated in mass-produced pieces, befitting the mayor's populist political campaign.
The mansion underwent a $7 million Baroque-style renovation under Bloomberg in 2002.