The smoky Capital is a popular theme gracing the print screens of some of the most exciting interior designers right now. We’re not talking tacky tourist souvenir shops selling London-bus fridge magnets and umbrellas. Oh no. We’re onto something edgier – quirky depictions and mentions of the city on soft furnishings and accessories, in ways we’ve never seen before.
Aside from the caffeine-fuelled stress, noise and pollution – okay, so we realise it goes with the territory – we’ve never been more in love with London’s architecture, history and old skool ‘we ain’t moving yet Starbucks’ greasy spoons. Love it or hate it, it’s a delight to see these charming nods to London spilling over our doormats and into our homes. How fabulous is the Big Ben Wall Clock sticker (above) with working Quartz hands? From Rocket St George.
*Trend within a trend alert* Wall stickers are big news in home styling, adding character to your walls without you having to don an overall and pose with your paint brush a la Picasso on a builder’s tea break.
Mix country and city style with these rustic slate placemats by London Kills Me from Rockett St George, which are peppered with pretty hand-printed London landmarks. We love the one of Battersea Power Station – there’s something romantically wonderful about its looming chimneys and tragic derelict state.
For the bathroom, you can plan your journey while you’re in the shower with the iconic Underground Shower Map. Lizzie Allen’s screen-printed wallpapers also bring wit and wonder to your walls – they’re ideal for individual panels or feature walls. ‘London City Gents’ and ‘Changing Guards at Buckingham Palace’ are particularly charming.
In the meantime, we’ve come to the end of this trend journey so we’re off to snuggle up on the sofa with Barbara Coupe’s SORRY NOT IN SERVICE cushion…nice.
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