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and Prince Harry made the move to the US with their son Archie, they have shared glimpses into their lavish £11million Montecito home via virtual appearances. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s beautifully curated Zoom backdrops include a range of stylish interiors tricks – and you can easily recreate them too! Meghan Markle
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First up there’s the book stacking technique, where the couple arrange a pile of coffee table books to make a stylish feature. This is a favourite among many interior designers and a look that you’ve probably seen all over Instagram. It’s a trusted trick of Meghan’s that we have witnessed her utilise before at
, where she lived prior to meeting the Prince. her former Toronto home
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The selection of books has also been carefully considered, making a more meaningful statement than just an aesthetic one.
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Meghan loved styling with books in her former home too
While previously, the actress may have turned to fashion-led literature like Vogue, her choices have taken a more socio-political focus, and the couple’s collection includes, A Photographer’s Life; 1990-2005 by Annie Leibovitz and
Women: National Geographic Image Collection.
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Meghan has stacked books as a visual feature
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Meghan Markle now lives in Montecito, California, with her husband Prince Harry and their one-year-old son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, while they are also expecting their second child together. They also have Frogmore Cottage in Windsor as their UK base, but before the Duchess moved in with the Duke, she lived in Toronto, Canada. Actress Meghan stayed there for several years while filming Suits, and often shared glimpses into her home life on her now-deleted Instagram account. Take a look back inside the stunning home she shared with her pet dogs, Guy and Bogart… SEE: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s £11million home to raise second baby revealed
“Well hello to you too, Bogart. What a greeting. #homesweethome,” Meghan captioned this photo, which showed her pet pooch greeting her in the hallway of her home. The entrance leads straight into Meghan’s living and dining room, which had wooden flooring throughout and a red striped rug in front of a white-painted staircase. MORE: Prince Harry’s real reason for moving to USA with Meghan Markle revealed
The living room has a cosy feeling, with a cream corner sofa offering the perfect bed for Meghan’s dogs, and helping to separate the living area from the dining area. Meghan added throws and cushions to the sofa, while bunches of flowers and plants are scattered around the room to add some colour to the neutral décor.
The actress decorated the living room with comfy cushions, a grey striped throw and this snuggly looking faux fur foot stool, with a number of different prints and pieces of art on the walls. GALLERY: See inside Meghan’s former marital home in Los Angeles
Behind the sofa there is a small table lined with photos in monochrome chevron-patterned frames. The former Suits star is a huge fan of flowers and her dining table was never without a bunch of beautiful blooms in a vase – typically peonies, or sometimes flowers that she picked from her own garden.
Meghan used this distressed vintage chest as a coffee table, which she adorned with vases filled with fresh flowers, candles and coffee table books – often about fashion or food. Alongside this photo of Noam Chomsky’s book Who Rules the World? posted in July 2016, Meghan simply told fans: “Great read. Highly recommend.” SEE: The real meaning behind Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s new living room revealed
Another book that featured in a couple of Meghan’s Instagram photos is The Kinfolk Table: Recipes for Small Gatherings, which includes everything from simple breakfast ideas for two to one-pot dinners.
Meghan bought a classic white marble dining table, yet again adorned with a vase of peonies and two books; one about former Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld, and the other about Linda McCartney. Continuing the monochrome décor, a number of white dining chairs are placed around the table, each with a soft throw draped over the back.
Much like the rest of her home, Meghan’s bedroom was decorated in white, with classic all white bedding and a large birdcage style mirror on the wall. Sharing this Instagram photo of herself sitting on her bed in pyjamas in June 2016, Meghan wrote: “Night night #bedtime #birdcage.”
Meghan’s double bed appears to attract her pet dogs Guy and Bogart from time-to-time, however the Suits star has admitted she would only let them on her white sheets on “laundry day”. Posting this photo of her dog Guy in January 2016, she wrote: “Laundry day. He’s allowed. #adoptdontshop #snowday #laymedowninsheetsoflinen.”
In Meghan’s room there is a wooden dresser which she has topped with a vase of flowers, Dipytique candles and two more fashion tomes; In Vogue: The Illustrated History of the World’s Most Famous Fashion Magazine, and The Dress. “Always buy yourself flowers. Especially peonies,” she told fans in the caption of this snap.
All of Meghan’s cabinets and shelving units were perfectly styled, each with vases of flowers, candles and books, in this case – the memoirs of Vogue US Creative Director Grace Coddington. The 35-year-old was praised for her style after sharing this photo, with fans commenting: “love your style”, and “love the peonies!”
Talk about wardrobe envy! Meghan had an entire shelving unit dedicated to displaying her impressive footwear collection, which includes heels from Christian Louboutin and Miu Miu plus her go-to designer Sarah Flint. Although the stylish actress has previously said she likes “monochromatic and tonal dressing”, it appears she adds a pop of colour with her footwear collection which includes bold red, fuchsia and leopard print designs.
The guestroom was also decorated in neutral tones, with white bedding and a cosy throw. A figure study watercolour painting by New York based artist and illustrator Inslee Fariss – estimated to cost £520 – hangs above the bed in this room. Meghan is clearly a fan of this artwork, she captioned the photo: “Welcome home beauty.”
Meghan is clearly an avid reader and had stacks of books on the floor in this room. Each pile is colour co-ordinated and topped with a small plant, while black-and-white portraits hang above on the wall in classic white photo frames.
Even more colour co-ordinated books line the shelves next to the bed in this guest room, where Meghan’s pet dog Guy appears very comfortable! “Oh, hello little Guy… Starting a library, are we?” Meghan captioned this snap, adding: “#homesweethome #guestroom #guysroom #iching #adoptdontshop.” Her organisational skills appear to have impressed fans, with one writing: “Colour coded books!”
Meghan’s house had a small back garden which had also been decorated with monochrome furniture; this time a black and white stripe cushioned metal love seat where the actress – or her dogs – could spend time outdoors relaxing or rehearsing her lines while filming her role in the hit US TV show Suits.
The garden also had a central wooden decking area complete with a seating area and BBQ; the ideal area for Meghan to entertain boyfriend Harry or guests, and play outdoors with her pet dogs. “Time to play in the snow before heading to set,” Meghan captioned this photo from her garden in April 2016.
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Another favourite interior trend of Meghan’s has to be classic stripes – a simple way to add interest into your home. We’ve seen her and Harry’s monochrome striped cushions on their sofa, as well as a decorative striped throw hanging on a rack in the living room. In her previous home, where she lived alone, Meghan had a stripey throw and rug adding personality to her abode.
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Meghan’s previous Toronto home also featured a lot of striped items
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The Duchess’ love of Diptyque candles has also stood the test of time, as they were a regular occurrence on her now-removed Instagram page from before she was royal, and they have been spotted at her new Montecito home, too.
Shop the look:
Diptyque candles are great for Instagram – and they smell divine!
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Roses candle, £49, Diptyque
Stripes are a style staple, and these pillowcases are a steal at just £7 each!
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Comporta Pillowcase, £7, La Redoute
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