Every media outlet is still going with “April” for the Duchess of Sussex’s due date, and I’m still doubtful. Maybe I’m wrong, but whatever, we’ll know soon enough. Currently, the Sussexes’ new home, Frogmore Cottage, is still being renovated and decorated, but they’re hoping to move in before the baby comes. Katie Nicholl at Vanity Fair has an update on how they’re decorating, specifically for the nursery:
The nursery: Harry and Meghan are said to be planning an eco-friendly, gender-neutral nursery which will include a bedroom, playroom, and a spare bedroom, for when Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, comes to stay…In keeping with the duchess’s preference for neutral tones, the couple are understood to have chosen a white-and-gray color scheme in the nursery, which is fitting because they have chosen not to find out the baby’s sex in advance.
No nanny, at least initially: According to sources who know the couple, they do not plan to hire a nanny or nurse initially, and will instead rely on the help of Meghan’s mother.
Top-of-the-line security and such: Meghan has been hard at work compiling a mood board of ideas for the nursery which will have top-of-the-line cameras, security windows, and a state-of-the-art stereo system. “They are going all out with the refurbishment of the house, and as Harry loves his gadgets, it’s going to be very cool. They’ll be able to control everything from their smart phones,” says a friend.
Environmentally friendly: While it might be tech forward, the eco-conscious couple also want the nursery to be environmentally friendly and according to the Sun, they plan to use vegan paint infused with eucalyptus oil to decorate. They are also reportedly installing childproof windows and a £50,000 energy-efficient boiler.
They hired an interior designer: The couple have reportedly hired one of Soho House’s leading interior designers to help them renovate the property, which has historical preservation status. They are said to have appointed Vicky Charles, Soho Farmhouse’s design director to help them outfit their new home. Harry and Meghan are both fans of the private members club’s luxury furnishings and had a wedding registry with Soho Home.
They’re adding to the cottage too: There is a major £3 million renovation taking place at the new royal residence, a wedding gift from the Queen. As well as the nursery, the health-conscious couple is building a separate guest wing and a yoga studio complete with a springboard floor. While the tax payer will cover the majority of the renovation costs, the Sussexes will be paying for fixtures and fittings. Says a source close to the couple: “They are so excited about moving into the house. Meghan is super stylish and loves interior design so she’ll go all out with the nursery but also the kitchen, which she has designed as well as all the living areas. She wants the place to be filled with light, modern but also with a touch of the shabby-chic style that she loves.”
[From Vanity Fair]
I’m sure the “£3 million renovation” price tag will raise a few eyebrows, but honestly… we’ve seen it before. I still haven’t gotten over the Cambridges ripping out a perfectly beautiful kitchen in Anmer Hall, or the fact that Prince Charles and the Queen had to spend the money to put in new tennis courts at Anmer. And this was after the multi-million dollar reno of Kensington Palace’s Apartment 1! So yeah, Frogmore Cottage is going to be Meghan and Harry’s family home, and it is part of the Windsor Castle estate, so of course a big chunk of it will be funded by the taxpayer. Also: a grey and white nursery sounds so dull.
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