What will the royal nursery look like?

Interior designers dream up their versions of the future king or queen's nursery

ROYAL NURSERY. Guy Goodfellow, an interior designer known for restoring period houses, presents his take on the royal nursery. Image from www.the-neighbourhood.com

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MANILA, Philippines – What kind of nursery is fit for a prince or princess?

Amid the media frenzy over the much-awaited birth of William and Catherine’s baby (also known as the future Prince or Princess of Cambridge), many are speculating what the royal nursery will look like.

But if Kate Middleton’s lauded fashion sense is any indication, the royal baby can look forward to an elegant, ultra-chic nursery.

“Kate’s decorating style is actually very similar to her dressing style,” said ABC royal contributor Victoria Murphy.

“She likes very classic, very clean lines, very simple things, very elegant.” 

Sandy Mitchell, director of the RedBook Agency, a bespoke interior design and architecture company, thinks William and Kate will give a more light-hearted touch to their firstborn’s play pen.

“Our research into royal nurseries over the past 150 years — from Prince Albert’s in 19th-century Germany through to the Queen’s — shows how stiff and Spartan they were,” he told HelloMagazine.com.

“You can tell already that Kate and Wills’ royal nursery is likely to be more lively and full of fun than any before.”

The agency commissioned two of its top designers to envision the royal nursery. The two resulting designs are computer-generated and modeled from the dimensions and windows of rooms in Kensington Palace where William and Kate will raise their baby.

Guy Goodfellow, a famous restorer of English period houses, offered a classical design full of pastel hues and visions of English gardens. 

The panoramic wallpaper is a view of Hyde Park, which surrounds Kensington Palace. Wooden furniture, floral elements, teddy bears and a piano add to the traditional look. A crown sits on the top shelf supported by Grecian pillars.

ADVENTURE ROOM. Designer Christopher Prain dreamt up a modern-looking nursery inspired by Jules Verne. Image from www.redbookagency.com

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In contrast, Chelsea-based interior designer Christopher Prain envisions a more modern nursery. His design, which took him and his team 6 weeks to create, incorporates a futuristic and playful look inspired by Jules Verne’s classic tale of adventure, “Around the World in 80 Days.”

The rug is a map of the world while the wallpaper evokes the lushness and mystery of a tropical forest. Hot air balloon lamps and a castle tower slide are sure to kindle the royal tot’s imagination.

Despite the differences in the two designs, one element is a permanent fixture: a rocking horse.

The classic toy has been seen in other royal nurseries, including William’s and Harry’s.

The ‘Kate stroller’

Though the royal nursery is subject to speculation, there are some royal baby accessories we can be sure of.

Kate and her mother, Carole Middleton, were seen shopping for baby things last April. They were seen purchasing a Moses crib which sells for US$450. 

THE ROYAL STROLLER. A Bugaboo Cameleon was reportedly purchased by Kate Middleton for her baby. Image from www.babycenter.com

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The duchess has also reportedly bought a Bugaboo Cameleon stroller in jewel blue and stripes, a unisex design. It is said to cost US$1,800.

Bugaboo strollers are a hit among other famous personalities. Gwyneth Paltrow and Rachel Zoe are just two of the celebrity moms who have purchased the brand’s luxury strollers.

Baby store owners are expecting what has been dubbed the “Kate stroller” to sell out quickly. – With reports from Pia Ranada/Rappler.com

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