The Crown's Erin Doherty and OKA Team Up to Create a Welcoming Home Fit for a Princess

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Photo credit: Charlotte O’Shea
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Erin Doherty knows the impact a thoughtfully designed room has. In her breakout role as Princess Anne in The Crown, the young actress found herself among some of the most extraordinary interiors and sets within the business. However, the experience also taught her the importance of having a space where one can truly be themselves after a long day. It’s this philosophy that drew OKA and Erin Doherty together for a new campaign befittingly named Perfectly at Home.

Photo credit: Charlotte O’Shea
Photo credit: Charlotte O’Shea
Photo credit: Ben Anders
Photo credit: Ben Anders

"We’re all huge fans of Erin and thought she did a fantastic job playing Princess Anne in The Crown," says Sue Jones, OKA cofounder and creative director. "It’s such a quintessentially British series, so this partnership with Erin felt like the perfect match for us. We spent some time getting to know each other, and the process was very collaborative. We wanted to make sure we got it just right."

The renowned British interiors brand, founded in 1999, prides itself on creating home furnishings and accessories that make spaces feel livable without losing an ounce of pretty. For their collaboration, Doherty and the OKA team challenged themselves to create a dream home where comfort and creativity can coexist instead of competing. "Comfort isn’t just about having comfortable sofas and cushions; those things are important, of course, but comfort also comes from the items that make you feel content, like books and artwork, which also serve as creative muses," explains Jones.

Photo credit: Ben Anders
Photo credit: Ben Anders

Punchy prints and patterns along with decorative objects from across the world soon filled the actress's home, establishing a peaceful and oh-so-English affair. Ocean tones covering the walls and banquette with delicious pops of raspberry on the dining chairs and table enliven the dining area with a congenial spirit. One also can't help but be drawn to the striking marine botanical prints based on 19th-century scientific illustrations framing the area.

The duo will be quick to tell you everyone's favorite gathering place in the home is the mauve sitting room where a delightful display of art, objets, and books converse. "The sitting room turned out beautifully," says Jones. "As Erin says in the film, 'It’s the gallery of my life,' and that sentiment really comes across through the design."

Anchoring the expansive room sits a modern interpretation of a Chesterfield-style sofa and short-pile rug in a timeless diamond print. At the other end of the space sits a pair of seashell-like armchairs that Doherty calls a must-have for reading books or new scripts.

Photo credit: Ben Anders
Photo credit: Ben Anders
Photo credit: Ben Anders
Photo credit: Ben Anders

Fully embodying the quirky side of English design, each space comes a touch of playfulness from the spectacular cheetah-print club chair flocking the fireplace to graphic lampshades lighting up the kitchen. It's this combination of bold patterns, soothing colors, and softened textiles that make guests feel utterly inspired and welcomed within this perfectly comfortable home.

For those interested in the furnishings featured in the project, check out OKA's first U.S. brick-and-mortar retail store in Houston which just opened in April 2021.

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