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From Vegan Paint to Neutral Palettes, Inside Meghan And Harry's Nursery

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are now settling into life as a family of three in Frogmore Cottage

By Katie Berrington | July 22, 2019 | Category

Vogue UK 

Following the arrival of their baby boy, Archie Harrison, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are now settling into life as a family of three in Frogmore Cottage, the white stucco Windsor house that they moved into weeks before welcoming their first child. It holds special significance for Harry and Meghan, as it overlooks Frogmore House, where the couple celebrated their evening wedding reception almost a year ago. So, what do we know about Baby Sussex's first home?

Behind the interiors of the newly refurbished abode is thought to be designer Vicky Charles, formerly of Soho House and a favourite amongst famous acquaintances of the Duke and Duchess, such as the Clooneys and the Beckhams.

An obvious priority for the new parents has been preparing the nursery and childproofing the house. It is speculated that they chose a vegan, organic paint to decorate the baby's room (that isn't the only environmentally-friendly touch to be added to the Grade II-listed building - the couple apparently also had a £50,000 green energy unit installed). It has previously been suggested, too, that neutral hues - in shades of white and grey - are Harry and Meghan's colour palette of choice for the nursery, but The Sun reported that somewhat surprisingly to interior buffs, the paints are not the fashionable and distinctive tones of Farrow & Ball.

Instead, they come from The Organic &Natural Paint Co's Auro range, which are infused with eucalyptus and rosemary oils and described by the company as "natural, eco-friendly, safe and non-toxic".

The property is said to have undergone extensive multi-million-pound renovations in the run-up to the couple moving in, with security increasing around the 10-bedroom house - which is set on Frogmore Estate's 33 acres of private gardens and adjoins the grounds of Windsor Castle - to ensure the family's privacy.

Interior designer Charles worked for the Soho House group for 20 years, creating the signature shabby-chic but sumptuous interiors at Soho Farmhouse and the gritty glamour of The Ned, as well as the Malibu, Chicago and Barcelona Houses, before establishing her own brand in 2016. The Soho House clubs are said to have played a significant part in the Duke and Duchess's relationship as settings of early dates and the Oxfordshire Farmhouse retreat reportedly being the location of Meghan's hen weekend.

"Private homes are incredibly different [to designing the Houses]," Charles said in 2016. "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. Someone’s home is so much more personal."

A mix of quintessential English countryside comfort and Meghan's native Californian laid-back cool sounds ideal for the family's new Windsor address.

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