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The Royal Wedding and Royal babies, London Olympics, and the Queen's Jubilee sparked a craze for British fashion that hasn't been seen since the 1960s. YDR has followed the trends of the past year and reported on the latest Brit-inspired furnishings. Here are some of our favorites.

Best of British Decor

The Royal Wedding and the Queen's Jubilee sparked a craze for British fashion that hasn't been seen since the 1960s. YDR has followed the trends of the past year and reported on the latest Brit-inspired furnishings. Here are some of our favorites.

Crowns and Coronets
In time for the the nuptials of Prince William and Kathryn Middleton, Graham & Brown launched "Crowns and Coronets," a wallpaper that features large-scale dramatic images of black crowns and coronets on a white background.

Although the wallpaper is royal-looking in its own right, it can be further glamorized with self-adhesive "jewels" to give the paper more sparkle. The price for the wallpaper is $70 a roll.

 

Cheerio Paint
To complement Crowns and Coronets, Graham and Brown offers a line of paint, "The Colours that Made Britain Great." The collection is a palette of 30 high-quality, flat matt-finish colors that reflect the vibrant fusion of British life.

Colors in the collection include Princess to Be (a pink shade), Jewel in the Crown (emerald green) and Cool Britannia (a sea-inspired blue). Each paint color perfectly complements the Crowns and Coronets wallpaper design, creating a regal pairing for any room.

 

Fit for a King
The Pearson Co.'s 151 Hassock features a 100-percent woven Union Jack-patterned fabric over a hardwood solid frame and solid maple legs. The hassock is accented with antique brass nail-head trim.

Manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $1,269, as shown, and can be found at www.pearsoncompany.com. The company also offers a Union Jack fabric-covered chair, called the Pearson 572 Perching Chair. It retails for just under $1,600.



The Queen is Calling
Maitland-Smith brings a fun way to entertain with the Telephone Booth Bar Cabinet (5143-252). Painted antique red with glass panels, the iconic design is sure to be a crowd pleasure, yet it provides functional storage, too, for glasses, beverages, linens, shakers and other bar or dining paraphernalia.

The booth measures 31 inches wide by 21 inches deep and 92 inches high. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $7,800. Visit www.maitland-smith.com for more details.

 

At Home in Londontown
Visit London while never leaving your living room. London in Red & Taupe on Navy (MP4999M) is a mural from the "Mural Portfolio II" collection by York Wallcoverings. The mural is screen-printed on eco-friendly paper made from harvested, renewable resources and non-polluting water-based inks.

It measures 9 feet high by 15 feet wide and retails for $323.99. Also available is a chair rail size (MP4998M), 6 feet high by 10 1/2 feet wide, for $215.99. Visit www.yorkwall.com.

 

Which Way to Buckingham?
London Map in Green on Cream (T6008) is a vinyl-coated wallpaper from the Anniversary collection by Thibaut. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $47 per single roll. The map also is available in Aqua (T6009), Tobacco (T6010), Linen (T6011) and Off White (T6012).
For details, see www.thibautdesign.com.


British Panache
Graham & Brown's "Legacy" collection features classic styles that look like they might have emerged from a Jane Austen or E.M. Forster novel. The collection features vintage-style signature prints, including a Graham & Brown wallpaper design from 1946.

Colors in the collection encompass vintage golds, Eastern reds and muted grays with a warming backdrop of cream, white linen and burnt gold set off by decadent glitter highlights.


London Calling
WallPops from Brewster Home Fashions British-inspired products include "London Calling," a kit of repositionable and removable stickers that bring the city to life.
The London Eye, Tower Bridge and Westminster are all featured. Appliques come on a 17.25-inch-by-24-inch sheet that contains two total pieces. Price is approximately $17.99.

 

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