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London is Calling

London has been calling. The Olympics have just wrapped up, and I’m about to embark on a little trip to see dear friends that live in London. I took my first trip to London when I was in my early 20s with my fabulous mother. We did the typical round of touristy things that most first-timers to London do. Sadly, despite our calls, the Queen was too busy to meet us for a spot of tea and sweets. In this post, I’m going to share a couple of fun pieces from our friends across the pond! Shall we take a jolly holiday together?

Queen out with these stamp rugs, officially licensed from the Royal Mail of England. They create quite a fantastic design statement on the floor, or you can hang it on the wall for a more alternative look. Available in an array of saturated colors and in many sizes, these pieces are a perfect fit for the royalty in your life.

London’s weather is cooler than it is here in NYC, so a super soft cotton blanket is always nice to have on hand. This one from Burberry would make any baby feel like royalty. The teeny knights are so cute. I’m used to seeing the traditional plaid pattern, so these friends in shining armor are a welcome addition to the jubilee.

These Big Ben and Little Ben wall decals are very smart! Available in bright colors or classic black, they are both stylish and functional. It has an included clock that attaches to the wall sticker—no nails required!

In England, a “cuppa” means a cup of tea, and it is a way of life and a huge part of the culture. While there are many classic floral sets available, this modern one from Schylling is just so cute and chic!

Riding on the upper level of a double-decker bus is a true London experience—something I had always wanted to do—and I will always remember riding on the top level with my mom. This die-cast metal, double-decker toy bus is available from Hamleys, the toy destination for Londoners since 1760—legendary!

Also from Hamleys is this Mini Cooper toy car. If only the “boot” was big enough for my ladder and art supplies, I’d have one for real!

Vivienne Westwood is one of my style idols. Pushing fashion’s envelope is what she does best. Did you know her first commercial dress was made out of exactly one yard of fabric? Amazing. Start your little fashionista stomping down runways young with these adorable little shoes.

Pack all your souvenirs and treats in this amazing little case from English designer Cath Kidston! She is famous for very pretty english-inspired patterns like florals and polka dots. Personally, I can see this used as a child’s carry-on or as a great room accessory. This striking print is also used on t-shirts, vests, scarves, pajama pants and even a purse.

I hope you enjoyed this little holiday to London Town; I think it’s time for a cuppa and a biscuit. Cheerio.

  • http://www.jackandjillboutique.com Jack and Jill Interiors, Sherri Blum

    Great finds, Sam! I spotted the Queen Stamp Rugs at the Architectural Digest Home Show in NYC a few months ago and loved them. (They were so regal, I even paid my respects with a curtsy!) Can’t wait for an opportunity to use one. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing even more London inspired items in fashion and decor in the coming months!

  • http://projectnursery.com Melisa

    Such charming finds beyond the Union Jack. I am loving the rugs too!

  • enne

    where can i find that hot pink lamp?!!!!

  • Florence Amber

    The Queen Stamp Rugs are so lovely. I’d like the purple one. The Big Ben wall decals are cool, too.

  • http://www.samsimonprojects.com Sam Simon

    Dear Sherri, Hiya! Thanks for the lovely comments! I totally agree with London as an big trend right now it decor! I saw the stamp rug at the AD show too! Ha! Great minds think alike! xoSS

    Jack and Jill Interiors, Sherri Blum,

  • http://www.samsimonprojects.com Sam Simon

    Dear Enne, I am not sure where that specific lamp is from, however KARTELL is the original designer of that lamp design, but the way I have always seen it, it is translucent and not in hot pink- so I think the one pictured in the photo is either a knock off of the original Kartell, or the stylist color corrected it in photoshop just for the picture. The photo itself is from the rug manufacturer…. hmmm a little bit of a mystery here. If you would like some other hot pink lamp options, hit me up, and I can send you a couple. Hope that helps! SS
    enne,

  • http://www.samsimonprojects.com Sam Simon

    Dear Florence Amber,

    Thank you so much for the nice comments! I love the stamp rug, and the big bed decal could work in so many spaces, great design here! Cheers!

    Florence Amber,

  • http://www.samsimonprojects.com Sam Simon

    Dear Melisa!

    Thank you! I think you need one of those rugs for PN headquarters right?

    xoxoss

    Melisa,

  • Frauline

    They now have Vivienne Westwood shoes for little girls? I’d definitely get a pair for my daughter. These VW shoes are so cute and pretty, and comfortable, too! 

  • Fabie Natashinov

    I still think that when one says English tea time, we see dainty teacups with lovely flowers. These modern ones don’t make me think of England. 

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