Kate Middleton turns interior designer

Kate Middleton has been busy decorating Anmer Hall


Kate Middleton is no doubt busy preparing for her tour of Australia with Prince William and Prince Geroge next month, but she's still found time to pick out furnishings for Anmer Hall – the official country residence of the Duke and Duchess.

Rather than employ an interior designer to make all the decisions for the decoration of the Georgian mansion, which is one of 150 properties that sits on the Queen's Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, People magazine reports that the Duchess is doing most of the work herself.

Anmer Hall on the Sandringham estate

'Instead of hiring a royal interior designer, she wants to furnish it in her own style, because she wants this to be her own family home', Simon Knight, the owner of Knights Oriental Rugs in Henley told the magazine, after he spent time helping Kate pick out antique rugs in his shop earlier this year.

'She was looking for things for bedrooms,' Knight continued, 'so she wanted softer pastel shades rather than strong colours.'

'She knew exactly what she wanted to look at, as she had looked at my website,' said Knight. 'She is very hands-on and down-to-earth, helping to get things out. She really wants to be involved.'

By Olivia Marks

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