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Apr 2, 2014

Decorate like royalty: Inside Will and Kate’s apartment

By: Helen Racanelli

Decorate like royalty: Inside Will and Kate’s apartment Author: Style At Home

Design Lesson
Apr 2, 2014

Decorate like royalty: Inside Will and Kate’s apartment

By: Helen Racanelli

When royal couple Will and Kate released a family photo at the window of their Kensington Palace quarters, including a chubby-cheeked baby George and their dog, Lupo, we started wondering what kind of beautiful interior lay behind those famed brick walls. After all, the prince and duchess recently renovated apartment 1A at the palace, former home of Princess Margaret.

We’ve discovered the young family lives in a twenty-room four-floor section of the palace the length of a city block, and the couple share a bedroom (apparently an unconventional move for married members of the royal family), but have separate bathrooms. There’s a playroom and nursery for Prince George, three bedrooms, three kitchens and five reception rooms. Style-wise, the Duchess of Cambridge was heavily involved in the decorating, favouring neutrals and earth tones, according to reports. In her clothing picks, Kate favours mixing high and low and their home is a reflection of this ethos. A mix of pricey items loaned from the Royal Treasury, like a $50,000 Persian rug, and department store picks like faux-fur throw blankets and $50 platters from Zara Home. Curious to see their royal style? Check it out here.
 

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Decorate like royalty: Inside Will and Kate’s apartment

Faux-fur throws

After moving into Kensington Palace in the fall of 2013, Duchess Catherine purchased a pair of these Svetlana faux-fur throws from the Peter Jones John Lewis department store. Faux-fur throw, johnlewis.com, $145.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Johnlewis.com Credits: styleathome.com

Decorate like royalty: Inside Will and Kate’s apartment

Parrot serving platter

Kate was spotted shopping at Zara Home and reportedly picked up a pair of serving plates with birds on them, one of which had a parrot motif. Serving platter, Zara Home, $50. 

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Zara Home Credits: styleathome.com

Decorate like royalty: Inside Will and Kate’s apartment

Kelly Hoppen candles

The royal couple’s apartment is stocked with British interior designer Kelly Hoppen’s candles and home fragrances, according to reports. The Scent One Black Candle is a mix of patchouli, myrrh and floral notes. Scent One Black Candle, kellyhoppen.com, $64.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Kellyhoppen.com Credits: styleathome.com

Decorate like royalty: Inside Will and Kate’s apartment

Persian rug

One of the many perks of being Will and Kate includes access to the Royal Treasury, which the couple can borrow from rather like a library. They’ve borrowed an ornate Persian rug valued at $50,000. We suspect, given Kate’s preference for neutral tones, that it might look something like this antique Tabriz rug from auction site 1stdibs.com. Persian rug, 1stdibs.com, $54,000. 

By: Helen Racanelli Source: 1stdibs.com Credits: styleathome.com

Decorate like royalty: Inside Will and Kate’s apartment

Corinthian lamp

Another loan from the Royal Treasury is a pair of Corinthian lamps. This style of lamp is slender with intricate carvings, making it understated yet suitable for both traditional and transitional interiors like this floor lamp from Restoration Hardware. Corinthian lamp, restorationhardware.com, $1,195 US.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Restoration Hardware Credits: styleathome.com

Decorate like royalty: Inside Will and Kate’s apartment

Beatrix Potter quilt set

Before Prince George was born, his gender was unknown. Will and Kate kept the world’s guessing game going by supposedly decorating the nursery with gender-neutral Beatrix Potter patterns. This toddler quilt set from Pottery Barn Kids features Beatrix Potter’s best-known character, Peter Rabbit and includes a quilt, bed skirt and fitted sheet. Toddler Quilt Set, potterybarnkids.com, $247. 

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Pottery Barn Kids Credits: styleathome.com

Decorate like royalty: Inside Will and Kate’s apartment

Earth-tone paint colour

English paint manufacturer Farrow & Ball has a whole section on its website speculating on the colours the royal couple have used in its newly renovated abode. By suggesting that the cozy neutral French Gray 18 is perfect for their living room, we think Farrow & Ball has hit the nail on the head. It’s a warm, inviting earth tone, which seems to echo the look Will and Kate are aiming for. French Gray 18, farrow-ball.com, $95 US per gallon. 

By: Helen Racanelli Source: Farrow & Ball Credits: styleathome.com

Decorate like royalty: Inside Will and Kate’s apartment

Herringbone stripe fabric

Duchess Kate picked a herringbone stripe in light brown from traditional British fabric manufacturer Bernard Thorp & Co., to be used for curtains in the family’s apartment, apparently at a price of $240 per metre. Herringbone stripe fabric, bernardthorp.co.uk, price available upon request. 

By: Helen Racanelli Source: bernardthrop.co.uk Credits: styleathome.com

Decorate like royalty: Inside Will and Kate’s apartment

Cambridge crib and chair

This beautiful gliding chair and crib (a crib is called a cot in Britain) come from Dragons of Walton Street, an upscale children’s boutique in London that furnished the nurseries of both Prince William and Harry. Kate shopped here when she was still pregnant, perhaps choosing the aptly named Cambridge cot. Cambridge crib and chair, dragonsofwaltonstreet.com, $1,629 (crib), $2,276 (chair).

By: Helen Racanelli Source: dragonsofwaltonstreet.com Credits: styleathome.com

Decorate like royalty: Inside Will and Kate’s apartment

Deep dish dog bed

We’d be willing to guess that the Cambridge’s dog, Lupo, sleeps on a pretty sweet bed. Given the couple’s affinity for neutral tones and UK design, it’s likely the cocker spaniel has a comfy bed like this Lounger Deep Dish dog bed from British company Orvis. Deep dish dog bed, orvis.co.uk, $271.

By: Helen Racanelli Source: orvis.co.uk Credits: styleathome.com
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