Borrowing from the Brits

Chesterfield Sofa From Anthropologie

Just like an unfashionably late wedding guest, I’m sheepishly posting my British inspiration piece a few days after the royal rustle. But just because we’ve gossiped about Kate’s dress and witnessed “the kiss”, our glance across the pond doesn’t have to shift just yet. And the cool, drizzly weather today has me feeling especially English (sipping a cup o’tea right now).

Take a look-see at these fab finds and consider how they might invade your home:

Featured above (this one from Anthropologie), the Chesterfield sofa is a classic design that exudes fine taste and mingles well with traditional or contemporary interiors. For small but stately accessories, I like these crown hooked pillows from Ballard in subtle neutrals. For more color, try these fresh mint green table linens from Bliss Living or this graphic flag pillow from Etsy. I actually own two hand made pillows from this Etsy seller, Helkat, and can vouch for the quality of the hand-printed designs and sewing craftsmanship. And these pillows come from the UK. . . no British wannabes, just the real thing!

From Ballard, Bliss Living and Etsy

Finally, we can’t go the full English without wallpaper. The vintage inspired paper from Burrows is based on a 19th century William Morris print and is hand printed in New England. The Owls of the British Isles from Abigail Edwards represents the “new” from England with its quirky design and artistic hand.

From Burrows and Abigail Edwards

For more regal design ideas, see 9 Favourite British Inspired Finds and London Calling.

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