Talk about nesting! While we had heard that Kate Middleton and Prince William were preparing Kensington Palace for their big move from their previous home in Anglesey, Wales, we're only just learning what sorts of prep work the Duchess put into Apartment 1A. She spent the last 18 months renovating the 20-room space where she, Wills, and little Prince George will reside.
Apparently, one of the ways she chose trimmings was by using her phone to check out photos of antique offerings from the Royal Collection, fabric swatches, and potential furniture. (Maybe she even uses The Prowl or Pinterest?!) And it sounds like it's paid off: "Their home is beautiful. This is a very exciting time for them," a palace insider tells Us Weekly. Aww!
The home where Wills lived as a child and Princess Margaret more recently resided, as well, required a total overhaul once asbestos was found. But that also offered an opportunity to personalize and modernize the home. Kate kept many of the residence's original details, like crown moldings, and used a subtle color palette of beiges, creams, and earth tones. She also worked with her mother Carole's designer, Anne Allen, on the decor.
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From the royal collection, Kate picked two 19th century Corinthian lamps for their entrance hall and an ornate, $50K Persian rug. But she also went budget-friendly with some new details like two $129 faux-fur, 6 1/2-foot throws from Peter Jones department store. Also thanks to the reno, the apartment also now has central air, encrypted Wi-Fi capabilities, his and hers bathrooms, three kitchens, and a panic room.
That said, it sounds like there's not too much to worry about. "Kensington Palace is safe and contained, and such a welcoming environment. You feel like you have freedom there," a former resident says. Apparently, it's also "a bit like Melrose Place," says Victoria Arbiter, who lived there when her father was the queen's press secretary. "You can knock on a neighbor's door if you need sugar." Too cute.
And even cuter: According to Princess Di's chef Darren McGrady, "The baby's going to grow up running in the same gardens and hiding places William and Harry played in." Perfect! Sounds like for the young royal family, there's really is no place like home.
What do you most envy about Kate, William, and Prince George's new digs?
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