Taking Cues From Meghan Markle: How to Create a Modern Royal Nursery
We can’t all have babies born into royalty, but we can take cues from royal mom-in-waiting, Meghan Markle, to create a modern and stylish nursery that’s fit for a king.
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3-in-1 Convertible Crib
Duchess Meghan is well-known for her eco-friendly nature, and often recycles royal outfits. That noted, her love of the environment is sure to carry over into her baby’s nursery. We think Meghan would approve of this 3-in-1 convertible crib, especially because it converts into a toddler bed, then a daybed, minimizing the impact on our forests.
Buy It: Amazon, $379
Tufted Luxury Velvet Wingback Rocker
"A nursing chair that is pure luxury is a must for new parents," notes Toks Aruoture, nursery interior designer and owner of London-based The Baby Cot Shop. Gone are the days of wooden gliders from big box baby stores. Instead, look to rockers that elegantly blend sumptuous comfort and elegance, just like a royal. This plush wingback rocker is made with high-quality fabric. Royal watchers may also want to consider an overstuffed nursery glider.
Buy It: Newegg, $231
Organic Cotton 2-Stage Crib Mattress
Only a certified organic mattress made from all-natural materials (and free of chemicals) will do for a little princes or princess. Nursery designer Toks suggests looking for a two-stage organic mattress. This one from Naturepedic can be used once a child moves to a standard bed.
Buy It: Naturepedic, $329
Smart Sleeper Bassinet
Those first few weeks with a new baby can be a blur, even for a duchess. Keep your newborn relaxed in a modern—and functional—bassinet set up next to your bed. The SNOO Smart Sleeper is said to calm cries with white noise and sensations that mimic the womb. A companion mobile app lets you modify motion and sounds, even from your own bed, ensuring you both get a good night’s sleep.
Buy It: Happiest Baby, $1,295
Hand-Woven Sheepskin Pelt White Shag Rug
In Meghan’s former Toronto home, she added warmth to her living spaces with sheepskin rugs, so it would be no surprise to find this luxurious hand-woven sheepskin pelt shag rug in her royal nursery. A rug also helps create a sense of cohesion, should you opt for the earthy blend of textures—metals, ceramics, natural woods and organic fabrics—Meghan is known to like. And given her preference for a gender-neutral nursery palette, this sheepskin rug seems like a royally perfect fit.
Buy It: Overstock, $182
Eric Carle’s Elephant Mother Wall Art
Meghan and Harry share a love for Africa, so who's to say a safari or wildlife element wouldn't be part of their royal nursery? Prince Harry even works closely with African Parks, a South Africa-based non-profit dedicated to animal conservation, so there could even be a heartfelt nod to elephants. "Some fun animal decor for the rooms is a must, maybe some Babar posters or stuffed animals," notes Cami Weinstein of Cami Weinstein Designs in Greenwich, CT.
Buy It: Oopsy Daisy, $89
Wooden Elephant Night Light
A small glow of light in baby’s nursery is sometimes all a sleep-deprived mom (even a royal mom) needs to keep from stubbing her toe on the rocker and really waking up the baby. This adorable night light made of natural wood is again speaks to the royal couple’s interest in protecting elephants in Africa. "A night light is essential in any nursery bedroom," adds Weinstein. "This pick further echoes the animal theme in neutral colors."
Buy It: Crate & Kids, $22
Modern 6-Drawer Changing Table
Given Duchess Meghan’s modern style, no ordinary changing table will do for her royal bundle of joy. Instead, look to this modern 6-drawer changing table that boasts roomy drawers and plenty of space to tuck away nappies. A comfy pad rests on top of the table and can easily be removed as soon as this royal tot’s diaper-changing days are in the past.
Buy It: West Elm, $1,099
Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser
Earlier this year, it was revealed that Meghan planned to color the nursery in paint that is not only vegan, but also infused with rosemary and eucalyptus oils. These essential oils are said to enhance calm and combat brain fog (yes, "mommy brain"), so maybe the aroma-infused paints are more for the duchess than the baby. You can forgo pricey paints and instead pick up a cool mist aroma diffuser that adds fragrance to the nursery and keeps skin hydrated and healthy at the same time.
Buy It: Home Depot, $38
Gold Star Crown Chandelier
There can only be so many royal babies, but you can treat your own little prince or princess as royalty with this elegant and fanciful gold star crown chandelier. It may not be Meghan’s style, but this enchanting chandelier certainly makes a statement with a smattering of stars and light-reflecting crystal beads.