Monday, August 19, 2013

Kate Middleton and Prince William's Royal Kensington Palace Apartment 1A Before and After ... ala Ralph Lauren Home Apartment No. One ... Unveiled!

Well, I told you I'd let you know when it showed up ... and here it is! Prince William and Kate's finished apartment before and after (via Ralph Lauren's vision) Apartment No. One:


The lovely couple, newly wedded. 


The lovely couple, set to entertain at Apartment No. One. 


Narrow room at Kensington Palace Before.


 Becomes a beautiful breakfast room for the future King and Queen After.


Princess Margaret in the Living Room Before.


Where Baby George will crawl about in the New Apartment No. One After.


Princess Margaret's Kensington Palace Dining Room ... Formal and Blue Before.


Prince William and Kate's Sophisticated Dining Room / Library After.


Receiving Hall Before.


Princely Pugs in the Receiving Hall After. 


Bedroom at Kensington Palace Before.


Prince William and Kate's Bedroom After.


A room with a fireplace at Kensington Palace Before.


Becomes a Toasty Resting Place for the Royal Couple's Guests After.

I think Ralph did a brilliant job translating the interiors of the young Royal Couple into the Ralph Lauren Home 2013 Fall Collection: Apartment No. One, don't you? Hope you had fun with this little "play" on interiors! 

20 comments:

  1. I love the stunning pictures, so amazing and so glamerous....always love this type of design with all the mens kind of suiting fabrics on the furniture...thanks for sharing these beauties...Phyllis

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  2. You're so welcome Phyllis! I was so excited to see it all come together. Another beautiful collection from Ralph and the gang.
    xoxo,
    A

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  3. I love the bedrooms, but find the dining room surprisingly dark. It's still lovely, but I can't picture royals dining there.

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    1. You're right! Very dark and moody. The whole feel is a little more Big-Money Twilight than Royal Family.

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  4. Lovely... Love the royal purple chair. Fun post.
    Lee

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  5. It's truly hideous. I know RL is a "tastemaker" and his stuff is expensive but it's too shiny, too cartoonish, the scale is completely off. It's very a very American disney-esque vision of what the apartment should and would look like. And the models are silly - why put people who are a hundred times better looking than W and K in pics, it only draws comparisons and William does not hold up very well in a scenario which requires a dashing prince (though I'm sure he's a decent enough bloke considering the firm he works for and all that it entails/represents).

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    1. I agree that the apartment will definitely not look like this, Anon. Great thoughts!
      A

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    2. Your thoughts, Anon, make no sense whatsoever! what is a tastemaker, what is cartoonish?, disney-esque? HE IS dashing! And SHE is a Class act!

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  6. Love, love, all your posts on RL! Thank you so much! But Apt no. one does not have the Kate and Will "feeling" and I think the Duchess of Windsor would not be caught dead there! Looks like a modern men's club, full of black leather and shine! Watch out RL, RH is moving in......!

    Thanks again for all the fun....

    Judy

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  7. Artie,
    I LOVE every singe thing about the RL vision- I would not change a thing (including the adorable pugs)! I like the moody rooms and all that plaid and leather- HEAVEN!!

    xoxo
    Mimi

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  8. This is so cool! I love the current RL perspective, the tartan plaids, the dark floors and glamourous accents. Can't believe how dowdy Margarets house was!
    xo Nancy

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  9. I love the royal thins as you have in your pictures.

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  10. I hope people know that this isn't the same apartment. The so called after pictures are from something else, not the new private apartment of the couple and their child. The dimensions and detailing don't match up. Fake!

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  11. William and Kate blew the original budget out the door., June 2014
    Difficult to respect them anymore.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2664060/Your-bill-refurbish-Kates-palace-4MILLION-New-kitchen-nursery-bathrooms-quadruples-cost.html

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    1. Difficult for YOU to respect them? WHY? Because they removed the ASBESTOS from all the floors? [Our best friends had to live in a hotel for WEEKS when their house was STRIPPED because of asbestos! It was expensive, and uncomfortable, and they didn't enjoy it at all, but it HAD to be done!] When the experts told the management at Kensington Palace that the plumbing, and electrical, and roof tiles, and slate, and leading all had to be replaced, WHAT CHOICE DID WILLIAM AND CATHERINE HAVE? Could they have said, that's OK, just let the roof leak. Let the leading fall out from age. Let the plumbing leak. Use the electrical and if it sparks and catches fire, we'll just call the fire department. And, who needs a computer anyway. Cable? Don't need it. New boiler? That's OK, the old one is good enough. Air? Who needs it. ARE YOU KIDDING? They were responsible for finally getting the basics taken care of.

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  12. (1) We know that Kate decorated her Kensington home in light neutrals; sophisticated modern shades of tan, gray, off white, etc. (2) Picking on Margaret is unfair. If you don't like her house, then you don't remember how we used to decorate in the 50s and 60s, and the colors (and paint) we used. She loved rose, turquoise, yellow, and blue. Her homes were comfortable, in a typical upper class British way; overstuffed and chintz; carpets on carpets, every surface covered; she entertained a great deal. (3) BLAMING THE CAMBRIDGES for "blowing the budget out the door (as you put it) is also TERRIBLY UNFAIR! That apartment (the largest in Kensington Palace) hadn't been updated since it was remodeled for Margaret and Tony as their primary residence back in 1960! She lived there with no changes since the 60s. Princess Margaret died in 2002, and it had been used for storage since then. The BULK of the money went to the basics! New PLUMBING THROUGHOUT. New ELECTRICS THROUGHOUT. HVAC; new boilers and new air. Wiring for modern technology. Vast amounts of asbestos had to be removed from all the floors. Roof slates and tiles, and new leading was required. New faucets, tile, window repair, and flooring was replaced. The LEAST amount was spent on "cosmetics" (new drapes, new carpeting, reupholstering the furniture). It is an "historic building" and it needs to be cared for. Plumbing and electrics are not glamorous, neither are boilers, technological wiring, roofing tile, or asbestos, but it all needs to be done or the interior won't be protected. The "choosing" that Catherine was allowed to do, picking colors and fabric, was minimal, given the budget. The majority was spent on items not seen, which

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  13. The 'after' pic for the receiving hall doesn't make sense; I like the character of the 'old' pic; even the black and white tiled floor. just needs some glamming up but not TOTAL changes.

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  15. The 'after' pic for the receiving hall doesn't make sense; I like the character of the 'old' pic; even the black and white tiled floor. just needs some glamming up but not TOTAL changes. In fact, all the 'after' pics DO look like pics clipped out of a magazine rather than actual photo's of finished product!

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