The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are set to give their Grade II-listed home a very modern makeover after hiring Soho House's top designer to decorate it. Meghan has reportedly hired Vicky Charles, the private members' club's interior designer, to transform Frogmore Cottage ahead of their move later this year.
According to The Sun, Meghan wants her home to look just like the stylish clubs, where she enjoyed many low-key dates with Prince Harry in the early stages of their relationship. And her new interior designer has extra style credentials, having worked with some of Meghan’s A-list friends including George and Amal Clooney, and the Beckhams.
Meghan reportedly wants her new home to look like Soho House
The Soho House clubs take design inspiration from the 1920s and 30s, with lots of luxurious touches such as rich velvet sofas and comfy armchairs, ornate chandeliers hanging from the ceilings and exposed brickwork, which wouldn’t look out of place in a modern royal residence.
Luckily for Meghan, it’s easy to recreate the décor at home with the group’s homeware collection, Soho Home, which Vicky helped to develop. In an interview published on the Soho Home website in 2016, the designer revealed she had started to work more on designing private homes, and explained how she didn’t want to make them a "cookie cutter" replica of the Soho House clubs.
The couple enjoyed dates at the private members' club in the early days of their relationship
"Private homes are incredibly different. The clients come to us because they want the Soho House aesthetic but you have to make it right for that family or whoever lives there in their space, so it’s not a cookie cutter thing you can just drop in," Vicky said. "Someone’s home is so much more personal. There’s the obvious stuff of not worrying about mini bars, but there's also a different level of comfort – it’s fascinating."
Vicky said she would start by looking at the light and finishes in the building, before thinking about who will be using the space – which in this case, will be the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their young baby, due this spring. Pinterest and Tumblr blogs are used for inspiration, before the team get to work on sourcing the furniture and accessories to bring their vision to life.
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It was announced in November that Prince Harry and Meghan would relocate to Windsor, rather than stay in London as predicted. It is a special place for the couple, as it is where they got married in May 2018 and faces the stunning grounds of their reception venue, Frogmore House, within Windsor’s private Home Park.
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