The Queen Is Hiring Someone to Redecorate Buckingham Palace

The Queen Is Hiring Someone to Redecorate Buckingham Palace

You might have what it takes to redecorate a space to be fit for a king, but do you have what it takes to redecorate for a queen? Buckingham Palace has announced that it is looking for a decorator and painter who would officially become part of the Royal Household. 

The job opening is part of the Palace’s 10-year £369 million renovation project, and would entail the chosen applicant to do a variety of tasks, including: add decorative finishes to a number of buildings across the London Estates, carry out inspections, make sure that rooms are renewed and fit for purpose, and assist in preparing for state, ceremonial, and official functions.

“In all that you do, you’ll aim for the highest standards,” the posting reads. “After all, the results of your hard work will be seen by thousands.”

As for requirements, you have to be passionate about historical buildings, must be good with deadlines, blessed with an eye for details, have organizational- and communication- skills, and must be a natural team player with a flexible work attitude.

The posting adds: “… It’s the pride in joining a team at the heart of a world-famous institution. This is what makes working for the Royal Household exceptional.”

For compensation, you’ll get paid between £28,000 – £30,000 (about $37,000 – $39,000) depending on experience, for 40 hours of work a week, plus a 15 percent employer contribution pension scheme, 33 days annual leave, and access to training and development.

Unfortunately, the biggest perk — randomly bumping into Queen Elizabeth and chatting over tea — might not be available at this time. Earlier this month, it was announced that she’s set to move to Windsor Castle for good, only planning to visit Buckingham Palace on occasions. But hey, you never know.

You can learn more about the job opening here.

A 160-Year-Old UK Victorian Has a Cute Cottage Style Kitchen

A 160-Year-Old UK Victorian Has a Cute Cottage Style Kitchen

Name: Natalia Rowe, husband, Jason, and daughter, Laura
Location: Manchester, United Kingdom
Type of home: Victorian cottage, semi-detached
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: 9 years, owned

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: Our home is a 160-year-old Victorian cottage. We’ve lived here nine years. The main reason my husband Jason and I bought it is that it has beautiful original features and a beautiful 190-foot garden.

It has three double bedrooms, which is ideal as our daughter, Laura, who soon will turn 18, lives with us. My husband, Jason, is a construction engineer, and I am a part-time home stylist and Special Education Needs teacher.

What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room… it’s really hard to choose, but we both like our cottage style kitchen because we love cooking a lot. Therefore, we always spend lots of time in there. We also have a garden view from our kitchen window, and we love our al fresco dining!

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? A new range cooker and more paint samples!

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Eclectic, vintage, and mid-century modern with boho accents.

Any advice for creating a home you love? Always go with you heart! Don’t just follow the trends. For example, if you don’t like dark colors, then it is very unlikely you will feel good in dark, moody rooms. And vice versa: if you don’t like light or bright colors, you wouldn’t like to have those in your house.

Make sure your home fits your lifestyle, so, for example, if you work from home, then always create a little home office somewhere where you won’t be distracted. Don’t underestimate storage as it will help you keep the clutter at bay. Always remember that a tidy space brings much more calmness to your life than a messy and cluttered one.

This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.