We're SO into the impending royal nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton
here at Steven and Chris
that we're gearing up for a special "Princess Brides" wedding episode, which will air Friday, April 22nd, and will feature tons of amazing wedding ideas inspired by Diana, Princess of Wales
, Princess Grace of Monaco and, of course, Will and Kate.
If you need to get up to speed on our Will and Kate obsession, watch The Passionate Eye
's William & Kate: Wedding of the Century
If you're equally inspired by everything royal and British right now, then we hope you'll enjoy our picks for Brit-inspired items to inject into your home. Scroll to the bottom of this article to find out how to WIN a copy of Knit Your Own Royal Wedding, by Fiona Goble, courtesy of Simon & Schuster Canada. Marianne Wisenthal, Décor Producer, says:
Bliss Living Home
has all this great Britannia stuff online and in their catalogue. These are some of my favorites...London Scented Candles
in iconic landmark shapes
London White Linen Pillows
I also love this vintage ring (okay, not décor but still) which is like Kate's.Cynthia Findlay Antiques Sapphire Ring
And I love the graphics on this book for kids: This is London
by M. Sasek
Lindsay Agnew, Décor Producer, says:
I think that to incorporate the Union Jack into an existing design, your best bet is to choose something neutral. These linen/cotton blend pillows from Etsy story HelkatDesign would add a whimsical touch
to any sofa or side chair.
I just love this vintage inspired model boat. The distressed Union Jack sail adds a unique quality that would work well as an accent in a number of spaces. Steven and Chris used it in our Man Cave segment
, but I could just as easily see it in a young boy's or girl's bedroom.
Melissa Coghlan, Décor Producer, says:
My two Britannia faves are the Vivienne Westwood Union Jack flag rug, available at The Rug Company and seen below hung as wall art in the "British Edition" of Adore magazine.
And the Smeg Union Jack fridge
(love, love this!):
Sarah Glynn, Décor Production Assistant, says:
The Queen Anne chair
is an iconic and classic design that has been
popular for decades. With the buzz of the upcoming Royal Wedding
breathing new life into the monarchy, why not bring new life to this
chair as well? Use this Pottery Barn
chair as is, or add a coat of paint to and easy upholstery job to a vintage find to give this classic a contemporary spin.
And for every man (or lady's!) best friend, the William Bed from Unleashed
. (My kitty ashlee would LOVE this!)Steven and Chris say:
Although it's not technically home décor, we love Alexander McQueen (we're crossing our fingers that the house is
designing one of Kate's dresses), and this Iris Skull Clasp Clutch
deserves a premium place in someone's bedroom.
We were also pretty impressed by this Union Jack couch from UpCountry
that we saw at the 2011 Interior Design Show
. Jamey Ordolis, Interactive Producer, says:
I love the Queen, so I always look for great vintage finds from her coronation at flea markets and on Etsy and eBay. I use this tea tin for flowers all the time. Search "Queen Elizabeth tin" on Etsy
and you'll find lots of others.
I've always been a big fan of this Word War II poster, produced by the British government in 1939 to raise public morale. Its simple design features the King George Crown. See Keep Calm and Carry On
on Wikipedia for more on its background. It was barely used when originally produced but was rediscovered in recent past and is now so popular, you can find it on Etsy
and lots of other websites in a variety of colors.
I also featured this piece in my segment on Buying Inexpensive Art Online
Finally, nothing says regal to me like a good chandelier. Adding a palatial touch to any room in your home is as easy as making to your home is as easy as a visit to Home Depot
, where you can find lots of options like this one from Thomasville Lighting
Tell us what your favorite British-inspired items are in the comments below WIN a copy of of Knit Your Own Royal Wedding, by Fiona Goble, courtesy of Simon & Schuster Canada.