Cosy throws , colour- coded books – and child- friendly, of course
Despite being in the grounds of a castle, Grazia’s lifestyle editor Rachel Loos predicts that Frogmore Cottage’s refurb will reflect Meghan’s laidback vibe Currently sub-divided into flats, Frogmore Cottage will undergo a multi-million-pound renovation to get it ready for Meghan, Harry and Baby Sussex. The couple already own a country pad – Great Tew in the Cotswolds – and have hired the interior design company to the Beckhams and Clooneys, Charles & Co, to create its interior. Founded by Vicky Charles, former global head of design at Soho House, and Julia Corden, wife of comedian James, the pair are known for creating a stylish vibe that’s also kick-your-heels-off comfy and child-friendly.
If Meghan and Harry were to choose them for Frogmore, expect a blend of old and new with lots of layering, statement rugs, soft-to-touch throws, scented candles, along with modern sofas juxtaposed with traditional armchairs and a mix of natural materials from wood to linens.
This approach is tuned in to Meghan’s style, which we got to see via her now defunct blog, The Tig. Her Toronto home was decorated in Scandi-meets-california cool with a neutral palette, natural textiles and her own take on mixing traditional with modern – for instance, a Saarinen-style marble-topped tulip table combined with modern chairs, retro table lights and a vintage mirror. A large sofa was draped with throws (and often a dog), while cowhide and Moroccan rugs warmed the floors. Art filled the walls and vases of flowers were often combined with Diptyque candles, while coffee table books were stacked on console tables. In fact, books were a big part of her decorating scheme – colourcoded, they were piled on the floor and filled floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.
While the look of Frogmore Cottage is likely to be somewhat more refined, we’re betting it will be rooted in this laidback cool vibe.
Meghan’s former house in Toronto was Scandimeets- California in style