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Everything You Need to Know About Kate Middleton’s Interior Designer

For starters, he was recommended by Prince Charles.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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?!’

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BENJAMIN MOORE JUST ANNOUNCED THEIR 2017 COLOR OF THE YEAR

And it’s anything but neutral.

Benjamin Moore color of the year

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Even though in recent years whites, creams, and beiges have ruled the design world, Benjamin Moore is taking a bold step away from this safe choice. Sure, last year their color for 2016 was Simply White OC-117, but this year they went with something they describe as a rich, deep amethyst: Shadow.

“After a year of looking at white, we were looking for something with more feeling,” a spokesperson for the company said at their reveal party at the New York Public library this week. The company also shared a palette of 22 colors they recommend pairing with this statement hue, which includes other jewel tones like ruby and emerald.

Here, the color is seen in a grand entryway and show homeowners you don’t have to go light and airy with your entrance. Sometimes a dramatic, in-your-face hue does a better job setting a sophisticated tone to your home.

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Need some more inspiration? Here are a few designer-approved ways to use different shades of purple and plum in your home. Our advice? Don’t just limit yourself to the walls. Why not use doors, ceilings, and more to add a pop of trendy color to your home’s decor?

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THESE ARE THE TOP 7 DECOR TRENDS FOR FALL, ACCORDING TO PINTEREST

Everyone’s favorite shade of pink isn’t going anywhere.

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Pinterest is filled with more ideas than one person can consume in a lifetime. That’s why when new trends are able to cut through the noise and grab the masses’ attention, you know they’re special. This year, our friends at Pinterest told us the following decor is what people are pinning the most, so prepare to see these trends in homes everywhere soon.

1VELVET
SaveHomey Oh MyLove this couch!671Sydney HoffmanFor the Home

This has been growing for awhile (Kate Middleton has even embraced it), but it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. The best part is you can use this warm fabric to make a statement (like that gorgeous blue couch) or add a trendy accent with a pillow or throw blanket.

2HANGING DECOR
Savethepeopleshop.co.ukHanging branches.730Pin PicksFall home trends 2017

While this is another trend that’s not new per se, for fall Pinterest predicts it’s going to be all about using branches for this wall art.

3BLUSH
SaveWe Heart ItImagem de bedroom, home, and house52K+4Ana Oliveiraimages

Don’t expect blush, a.k.a. millennial pink, to fade in popularity anytime soon. But one thing that is changing: the colors people are pairing it with. Keep your eyes pealed for copper, teal and blue heating up this color for fall.

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4PILLAR LANTERNS
SaveEtsyGlass lanterns trending up.21Pin PicksFall home trends 2017

Sure, lanterns have existed for centuries, but these sleek, simple ones are more stylish and practical. For autumn, everyone’s going to want this romantic accessory to warm up the ambiance in their home.

5MACRAME
SaveCheetah is the New BlackMacrame table runner.3K+Pin PicksFall home trends 2017

Fall is all about being outside (pumpkin patches! apple orchards!) and embracing nature, which is why the earthy, boho vibeof macrame is perfect for any outdoor gathering. Instead of embracing this trend with a wall hanging, try a woven chair or table runner instead.

6GREENERY
Savefrom weddingomania.comgreenery hoop wreath with calligraphy17K+2Karyn EricksonDIY

Move over, orange: People are veering away from traditional fall colors and instead embracing nature in the form of green plants and leaves.

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7MUD CLOTH
SaveRHMud cloth trending.1K+Pin PicksFall home trends 2017

Shibbouri and indigo-dyed mud cloth has been on trend for the past year, and Pinterest says it’s only going to get more popular as we head into the cozy fall season.