Monday, 25 July 2011

Cool Britannia

Britain’s homes are having a love affair with everything British it seems. The trend has been on the rise since the likes of Cath Kidston tap into our love for all things quaint and pretty for the home and the popularity of 'Keep Calm and Carry On' homewares has well and truly gone off the charts in recent months.

I thought that perhaps the royal wedding might have had something to do with it, as the nation banded together to enjoy some care-free patriotism, flag-waving and all. But it hasn’t come to an end now that Wills and Kate are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Open any home magazine and you’ll see red, white and blue, Union Jacks and bunting galore.

A certain Mr Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen once said to us that it was because “there’s a huge groundswell of emotion coming through in our homes right now and we want to incorporate things in our homes that connect us to memories of times when we felt more secure.”

Whatever the reason, homeowners of every age seem to be in love with Britishness and I confess, I am one of them. For example, I simple adore this London montage wall art from M&S. A straw poll in the office proved that I’m not the only one.

There’s no end to inspiration in the home press and it really does seem that Cool Britannia is here to stay. God save the high street queen!


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