May 14, 2012
London Calling: The British Invasion into Home Decor
Queen clock by Naked Decor Keep Calm and Carry On print from Etsy Crowns and Coronets wallpaper by Graham & Brown Lisa Bengtsson Dog tea towel by Rocket St George Victoria pillow by BlissLiving Home Victoria Mint linens by Blissliving HomeJack is Back Here’s your history lesson for the day: In the early 1700s, the flag was called “The Union,” and Navy ships flew it from a jackstaff, therefore dubbing the name “Union Jack.” The design is an infusion of Great Britain’s properties’ flags – England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Today it’s seen as both a nod to style and patriotism. UK-based HALO has been making large pieces of handcrafted furniture with nods to the motherland since 1976, from sofas to trunk to footstools. Always a favorite at High Point market, the to-the-trade company is a great go-to for a bold design on traditional silhouettes. For another stately (and statement-making) piece, Smeg offers a 50’s retro-style refrigerator with an all-over union design. If your style is more wild child than royal princess, look no further than Jimmie Martin who designs in-your-face funky furniture for the décor daring. Vivienne Westwood created a watercolor-like rug, exclusively for The Rug Company and Jonathan Adler combined the British invasion trend with another – the animal print trend – in his cheeky rendition. Want something a little more subtle? Try Z Gallerie’s neutral tones version. Of course, smaller accessories still make a jolly good statement. BlissLiving Home’s Union Jack pillow is daintier than many versions, featuring a shabby chic floral motif on the St. George’s Cross portion, while Jonathan Adler’s modern coasters add pops of color. Planning a trip to this destination of inspiration? Check out our extensive antiques market Shopping Guide that will help you weave your way along the cobblestone streets of Portobello Road to Brick Lane.