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Celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Diamond Jubilee cushions by Jan Constantine

Diamond Jubilee cushions by Jan Constantine

It’s been a lovely weekend here in Devon and we had a delicious tea party yesterday afternoon to honour the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. I must say I felt pretty sorry for those soggy souls lining the Thames as I watched the festivities from the comfort of my living room. However, the unsurprisingly diabolical British weather seemed to do little to dampen spirits as the nation proudly celebrated 60 years under the Queen’s reign.

In honour of this special day, here are a few of my favourite homeware items suitable for this royal occasion.

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Limited Edition Union Jack Bin from Brabantia

Limited Edition Union Jack Bin from Brabantia

 Recently, I have posted a few products that have had a very British theme due to the upcoming celebrations of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. What with that and of course the Olympics that will be taking place in London this July, there is a distinct feeling of patriotism that is bubbling up to the surface and this is being reflected in our home interiors.

Brabantia has now jumped on the bandwagon and has launched this limited edition 30 litre dustbin, which features one of the most powerful national symbols in the world in retail, fashion and iconic design. The Union Jack bin combines top performance with cutting edge functionality whilst still making an impressive statement. Read More…

Union Jack Kitchen Island Unit by Granite Transformations

Beth Tweddle Granite Transformations

Gymnast Beth Tweddle on Granite Transformations’ Union Jack kitchen unit

Kitchen worktops specialist, Granite Transformations, has celebrated Olympic year by creating a Union Jack-adorned island unit, clad in its tough, hard-wearing, diamond-polished material.

Beth Tweddle Granite Transformations

Rather than adhere to traditional red, white and blue, Granite Transformations chose muted white Cristallino, slate grey and blue steel finishes from its Trend G recycled glass collection, to introduce a ‘designer look’. The unit is made from post-consumer recycled wine, beer and mineral water bottles, with an element of polymer resin for strength and a patented Flexiweb™ backing for flexibility.


Beth Tweddle Granite Transformations

In these pictures Britain’s top gymnast, Beth Tweddle, can be seen performing a series of rhythmic routines on and around the unit.

Beth Tweddle Granite Transformations

Jan Constantine Celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Jan Constantine's Diamond Jubilee Collection

Jan Constantine’s Diamond Jubilee Collection

Last week I wrote a post about the new rugs from Rugmaker commemorating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Well it seems Rugmaker aren’t the only ones who have decided to pay tribute to the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.

Jan Constantine, the creator of the most amazing hand-embroidered designs for textiles and home accessories, has just launched her new Diamond Jubilee Collection, which features a selection of cushions, lavender bags, banners and tea and coffee cosies. Read More…

Union Jack Interiors

To be honest I’m not a massive fan of incorporating too much nationalist or patriotic paraphernalia into interior design schemes as it can be a little overbearing. However, when used sparingly as statement pieces I have to admit it can look quite striking.

I do have a bit of a penchant for blue, red and white used together so when I saw these new rugs by Hill & Co I was quite excited. If used correctly and accessorised well they would make a stunning centre piece in an otherwise quite minimalist room.

There seems to be quite a few products coming onto the market of late that incorporate flags or destinations. I’ve seen quite a few Union Jack cushions recently too. The more I think about it the more I’m starting to like this trend.

I particularly like Jan Constantine‘s Pop Art Collection of union jack soft furnishings and accessories. As long as the decoration in the room is kept plain and simple these really make a statement.

Another of my favourite Union Jack products that I have seen over the past year is this sofa by French company Tao Jasmin. It may possibly not be the most comfortable sofa for a residential interior but it would make a striking addition to an entrance hall, lobby or waiting room perhaps.

And it’s not just the living room that can get a Great British makeover either. The trend has also spread to home appliances over the last few years.

Falcon‘s 1092 range cooker proudly features the Union Jack design as does Smeg‘s Fab fridge.

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