Monday, May 23, 2011

Take a tour around The Prince of Wales' house

Butler's pantry

The designers behind the Prince of Wales' answer to eco-living - a low carbon home made from natural and recycled materials - wanted to  maintain a traditional aesthetic. Starting with a butler's pantry, which is designed as a corridor between the living room and kitchen, this area displays a tongue-in-cheek humour, colourful Rex and Regina tea towels that hang on the wall. 


Classic kitchen

The stylist behind this interior - Emmy award-winning - had a vision which involved 'reusing old furnishings where possible, to employ natural and environmentally friendly materials in order to create a beautiful, characterful and sustainable home'. This plain english kitchen hits the spot with bags of classic character and a couple of quirky accents, including the red floor mat.


Hallway and dining room

A vintage crown coat hook provides another nod to this house's royal theme. The hook holds a bag - a supplier of natural, woven fabrics used throughout the house. In the dining room beyond, red accents are used to brighten up the neutral decor, while two porcelain pendant lights hang low over the dining table to create a cosy eating area. For a more romantically lit space, recycled firehose candlesticks are on hand and ready for use!


Homespun living room

In keeping with the sustainable agenda, all the furniture in this living room is recycled or has been reupholstered in vintage fabric. Scottish Artist, who designs furniture made from salvaged wood, created this chest especially for The Prince's House, while the bobbin wall art signifies the importance of homespun British fabrics in the upholstery.


Traditional home office

Tucked into a corner of the living room, this traditional home office is packed with character. Above a vintage desk hangs an artwork made of old, reshaped music scores. The paper basket is woven out of old magazines, and the pouffe out of old fabrics tightly woven together. Who says it doesn't pay to recycle?


Imperial-style girl's bedroom

Artist painted the pretty mural on the wall above the bed, as well as the revamped antique wardrobe beside it. Designer told us about the importance of using old textiles in the home: 'They're an underpriced market, and are a great way to showcase old labours of love in your home.'


Sustainable boy's bedroom

This teenage boy's bedroom is packed full of examples of how to employ natural and environmentally friendly materials cleverly to create a unique, characterful space. The curtains are made from pyjamas and jeans; the desk and chair have been covered in paper maps and then varnished. 

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