The renovations are under way at Frogmore Cottage, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s Windsor home, and as the couple are thought to have hired designer Vicky Charles, formerly of Soho House, to work on the decoration, the interiors are likely to be in line for a very stylish overhaul.
Charles is an extremely hot ticket in interiors at the moment, having worked with George and Amal Clooney and the Beckhams, among others. Before co-founding her own interior-design firm with her friend Julia Corden in 2016, she spent 20 years at the Soho House Group, where she started as a waitress and worked her way up to become the group’s design director, with responsibility for the interiors of Soho Farmhouse in the Cotswolds and The Ned in London, as well as the group’s houses in Malibu, Chicago and Barcelona. She also spearheaded the development of the Soho Home retail collection in 2016, which made the group’s signature blend of traditional country-house style, laidback glamour and modern cool accessible to all.
Harry and Meghan are known admirers of the Soho House aesthetic – they spent their first date at the group’s Dean Street Townhouse in London, and are also fans of Soho Farmhouse, where Meghan reportedly held her hen party. So what could be in line for the decor of their own home?
Charles herself has said that she never goes for a “cookie-cutter” approach when designing a property, and will always take into account what she calls “the bones of the building” and how its owners like to live. Although each Soho House has its own look, there is always, says Charles, a mix of “the grit and the glamour”, and comfort is a recurring theme. It’s an eclectic yet expertly pulled-together look.
In the case of Frogmore Cottage, we can perhaps expect a marriage of traditional English furniture and cool Californian styling: oversize sofas and armchairs in velvet or aged leather; a selection of carefully chosen antiques and vintage pieces; and subtly chic accessories. Here’s how to get the look.