When you’re renovating a royal residence, you want design help from the best of the best. That’s why Prince William and Duchess Catherine enlisted the help of Ben Pentreath when they moved into their Kensington Palace apartment.
What made him qualified? For starters, he studied at the Prince of Wale’s Institute of Architecture before opening his own practice in London in 2004. Oh, and then there’s the fact that he came highly recommended by Kate’s father-in-law, Prince Charles, after the work he did on the Poundbury model village in Dorest and Charles’ Duchy of Cornwall estate.
With Pentreath’s help, the royal family settled on a neutral palette paired with modern sofas an dramatic curtains for their apartment. The floor boasts an oatmeal-colored carpet with a large patterned rug that grounds the seating area. And, of course, there’s abundance of side table lamps — though we believe Kate mixed in a few of her own lamp and pillow purchases from places like Anthropologie and Zara Home, too.
However, the apartment wasn’t the pair’s first collaboration together: Penatreath also worked with Kate on Anmer Hall, which is the family home they escaped to after the birth of Princess Charlotte. The Georgian mansion is located on the Sandringham Estate, which is where the queen holidays, and has 10 bedrooms (no big deal).
If you want to live in a home Kate Middleton would approve of, Pentreath has two books you can take cues from: English Decoration, which was published in 2011, and he just released a second book, English Houses. This means it’s only a matter of time until we’re best friends with Kate, right? Right?!’