Kate Middleton's Big Move Ignites a Passion We Never Knew She Had

kate middleton navy striped shirt blazer The Duchess of Cambridge may have her hands full with being a royal mum, public appearances, her charities, and preparing for the big royal tour Down Under next month, but that hasn't stopped her from pursuing a project that seems to be increasingly close to her heart: Interior design, of course! Specifically, the design -- and renovation! -- of the royal couple's 10-bedroom country home, Anmer Hall, which sits on the Norfolk property of the Queen's 20,000-acre country estate Sandringham.

We tend to think royalty can just hire people to handle all the details of an undertaking like this for them, but Kate, whose eye for design was honed during her years studying art history, is a different story. She is reportedly now sourcing all the interior details herself -- and loving every second of it!

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“Instead of hiring a royal interior designer, she wants to furnish it in her own style, because she wants this to be her own family home,” People's source explains. Love it!

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As far as the details Kate has opted for so far: A sunlit garden room is reportedly being added to one side of the house (lovely!), and Simon Knight, the owner of an oriental-rugs store in Henley-on-Thames, told People that Kate came into his store in January and purchased several “Turkish kilims,” or “flat tapestry woven carpets,” for the bedrooms in the home. The owner said she arrived at the store “with the specific stock codes,” having done her research online in advance.

He explained:

She was looking for things for bedrooms, so she wanted softer pastel shades rather than strong colors. ... She knew exactly what she wanted to look at, as she had looked at my website. She is very hands-on and down-to-earth, helping to get things out. She really wants to be involved.

Knight also shared that Kate's "mother also has a very good eye for design -- she has furnished a number of large country houses." And he thinks "the Duchess of Cambridge has an interest in it, and it's something that she really enjoys doing."

Sounds like it. Good for her! And not that it really seems to drive her passion one way or the other, but I wouldn't be surprised if, like with fashion, her picks for Anmer -- and Kensington -- lead to international interior design trends galore!

What do you think about the Duchess's choices for the country home so far?

 

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