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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Union Jack Style

If you’d like to get in on the London Olympic Games frenzy early (they commence on July 27), bring a little Union Jack style into your home. From pillows to stoves, you’ll find stylized versions and colors to fit your décor. This staple of English culture looks terrific in both formal and informal spaces.  Below, I’ve collected some images to give you an idea of how to work the flag into your space.

If you want to go big with the British patriotic trend, you might like the The Falcon 1092 range standing proud with the Union Jack design. Get it at FalconAppliances.com

An uber-formal settee gets a bit of fun personality with two British-style pillows.

An ornate sofa gets covered in Union Jack, notice how it still gives it a look that’s chic.

Love this twist on the Union Jack with a heart motif. You can work in pillows and a wall hanging like this without overdoing it.

A fashionable library gets a touch of the British and the French from two regal chairs.

Think pink with this alternative to the original red, white and blue version. 

This room gets all dressed up with a Union Jack hailing from the floor. 

A stacked sideboard from StevenShell.com features a Union Jack in distressed paint and chromed-brass royal crown pulls. I think it would look lovely in an entry or eat-in kitchen.

Natalie Porter created this knitted chair as a one-off design. Imagine one in the living room as a cushy reading chair.

This vintage-like version of the flag is a nice contrast to the all-white space. 

A Little History Lesson about the Union Jack Flag from CRWFlags.com

When King James VI of Scotland ascended to the English throne, thereby becoming James I of England, the national flags of England and Scotland on land continued to be, respectively, the red St George's cross and the white St Andrew's cross. Confusion arose, however, as to what flag would be appropriate at sea. On 12 April 1606 a proclamation was issued:

"All our subjects in this our isle and kingdom of Great Britain and the members thereof, shall bear in their main top the red cross commonly called St George's Cross and the white cross commonly called St. Andrew's Cross joined together according to a form made by our heralds and sent to our Admiral to be published to our said subjects."

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