It seems that everywhere you turn, there is another magazine cover featuring Kate Middleton and Prince William, or the Royal Wedding, in general. In fact, today is the 4 month anniversary of the wedding! Every high-profile media website publishes at least one new photo of Kate on their blog each day. The idea of “princess” has been brought back into the spotlight, having faded with the unfortunate death of Princess Diana. Little girls have a new idol – a young one at that – easier to identify with.
In 2006, I participated in The Designer Showhouse of New Jersey with ‘Catherine's Room - The Princess Room’. I knew the name ‘Catherine’ was fit for a princess. Catherine (Kate) Middleton is exactly who I had in mind when creating this room. So, in light of all the buzz around the Royal Wedding, I am releasing a video explaining how the room came together. The video can be accessed below on Youtube and Vimeo as well as the Rooms by ZoyaB website.
The Designer Showhouse of New Jersey benefits the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ. Though my participation in the Showhouse was in 2006, I want to take the time now to express full support of the Cancer Center for all that they do in saving and extending lives, keeping up with scientific advancements, and providing and accumulating innovative research. For six years, the Designer Showhouse of New Jersey has displayed the work of fabulous interior designers for such a worthy cause.
Kate Middleton is a classic beauty and an inspiration for young girls everywhere. While it is probably a one-in-a-million chance that a young woman will become a princess, it is possible to make your daughter feel like one, by simply providing her with a room decorated with beauty, elegance, and whimsy. Filled with a feminine color palette of lavender, green, pink and floral rose patterns everywhere, ‘Catherine’s Room’ does just that.
The focal point of the room, which I imagine Princess Kate has something similar in her childhood or even current bedroom, is the Princess Bed from the ZoyaB Collection, my custom American-made luxury baby furniture line. The canopy bed was inspired from an original design owned by a 19th-century baroness.
Educational value is also important to me and I tie it into the pieces in ‘Catherine’s Room’ with a series of needlepoint canvases, each depicting a different fairy tale that every little girl knows and loves: Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, The Wizard of Oz, and The Nutcracker. I hope that the artwork will evoke a curiosity in the child as well as a thirst for literature and knowledge of all kinds.
Here is a photo of Catherine's Room:
The video walk-through describes inspiration for the other pieces in the room, including the mahogany “Cafenero Dog Bed” from the ZoyaB Collection, and the custom rug made to look like a luxurious rose garden. ‘Catherine’s Room’ has been featured in Array Magazine.
Please have a look at the video and share it with your friends. Perhaps Kate will design her own little princess’ room in this way one day!
Happy Child… Better World!
- Zoya B.