Luxury is often associated with royalty. But must we be royalty to indulge in royal living? This weekend marks the 1st anniversary of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton. To commemorate the first year of marriage, tradition calls for gifts of paper or in the UK, cotton to be exchanged. How sweet. Instead I thought you would rather have a glimpse into royal luxury where details like original, hand carved, gilded come to mind. And silk, velvets and hand-woven damasks are the norm. Soaring ceilings, grand staircases, opulent drawing rooms are everyday.
The 1st photo is of the Grand Staircase of Buckingham Palace. Notice the magnificent gilt-bronze balustrade with detailed scroll work which is duplicated in the gilt-plaster on the walls. And the larger-than life family portraits are grand in size too.
The next photo is the White Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace. The word ‘opulence’ comes to mind here. Large gilded mirrors, yellow silk, massive crystal chandeliers. Notice the doorway and the detail of the trim. Beautiful!
This is the Crimson Room of Windsor Castle. Is the colour combination of crimson and gold not totally stunning!? Once again, massive crystal chandeliers, gorgeous silks and an area carpet that is probably larger than the square footage of my entire home!
This is the Waterloo Chamber of Windsor Castle. Notice the length and shine of the very, very long table. Like all the above photos, it is the soaring ceiling heights that have me mesmerized.
We can’t all live in Buckingham or Windsor Castle but our home/condo/apartment is our castle. This weekend in honour of the anniversary indulge and pamper yourself with life’s luxuries. Soak in a bath with scented soap and a stack of fluffy towels. Drink tea out of a china tea cup and nibble on ‘petit fours’ served on silver. Toss some silk cushions on your sofa. Sit back and be served! Enjoy.