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Royalty, New Beginnings and What’s Going on in the Kitchen?

It’s Monday and a  little diversion is in order.  How about a bit of fun with the Royal Family? Little Prince Georgie isn’t the only new thing in the lives of Kate and Will.  They’ve just moved into new digs as well, Apartment 1A Kensington Palace to be exact.

New baby, new life, new palace! Photo: Fox Business
New baby, new life, new palace! Photo: Fox News


According to our friends at US Weekly, Kate’s been working on a massive renovation for the last 18 months or so, to the tune of one million pounds paid by taxpayers with another 500K, or so,  paid for by Will and Kate.    The update is said to include his and her baths as well as three state of the art kitchens!


Kensington Palace under construction. Photo: Mirror News
Kensington Palace under construction. Photo: Mirror News

Kate gets to peruse the antiques in the Royal Collection for her new home.  According to British news source The Daily Mail, Kate’s design selections are quintessentially English in sophisticated neutral shades but with a modern twist. Interesting to note that Kate has not availed herself of the services of a design professional and is overseeing the entire project (with the aid of her “small” staff) herself.

I vote for this as English with a modern twist.  It's by Smallbone of Devizes.
I vote for this as English with a modern twist. It’s by Smallbone of Devizes (bespoke, of course)

Kitchens for Living wonders what exactly you might find The Royals doing in the kitchen.  Well I don’t know what “the palace” will be like but whilst in their last cozy house in Anglesey, Wales they were known to make lots of tea and toast.  Apparently Kate does know her way around the heart of the home and prepares an awesome roast chicken as well.  She’s also fond of preparing her own jams.


Kitchen by Roundhouse
Or will this be the reigning kitchen? Kitchen by Roundhouse

If you’re English and nothing but the best will do for your new kitchen head over to the area in and around Wigmore St. located in the exclusive West End London area.  It is here that  you will find the finest of British bespoke (custom) cabinetry including Roundhouse, Neville Johnson, Boffi  Bulthaup and more.  If you’re in sunny South Florida like me you can still get your English on at Brendan Donovan Furniture & Cabinet Co. (Ok I know he’s Irish but he does English really well!)

You can almost believe this is in Brendan Donovan Furniture & Cabinet Co.
You can almost believe this is in England…by Brendan Donovan Furniture & Cabinet Co.

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Gloria Graham-Sollecito

Gloria is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She has also served on the Florida Treasure Coast Chapter's Board of Directors as the VP of Communications. Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as in Florida Design Magazine, K+BB Magazine and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated, as well as a freelanced writer contributing occasionally to the Sun Sentinel in the area of kitchen design. She is a proud member of the Blanco Design Council and the illustrious Brizo Blogger 19.



What a dream of a kitchen – fit for a palace, of course.Especially love the cushioned window seats and that adorable table for two. Is that for use by Kate and Will to enjoy their own cuisine on cook’s night off?

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