Royal baby fever is spreading as we await the arrival of Kate Middleton and Prince William's baby. The heir to the throne is sure to be gifted luxurious clothing and baby gear, but the tot isn't the only one who will be raking it in next month. According to analysts, the British economy may see a $380 million boost due to baby's birth, and that will mostly come in the form of royal fans buying just about anything that screams of babies and Great Britain — think onesies, strollers, booties, and more! With that in mind, we sought out our favorite British finds for little ones — be it the future king or queen of England, or your own little prince or princess!
The Union Jack flag is the official flag of the United Kingdom, and it's also an officially hot decorating must have during the 2012 London Olympics. Here's a little history, since most of us Yanks don't know the background on the flag. By the early 1700s the flag was called "The Union," and since it was flown from a jackstaff on Navy ships, popular legend has it that the flag got its full name, the Union Jack, from the jackstaff. When Northern Ireland became part of the United Kingdom in 1801, the St. Patrick's flag, a red diagonal cross on a white background, was added to the Union Jack, giving us the flag we have today.
Check out some of our favorite uses of this fab flag, as well as some great ways to bring the look to your home.
Long live the Queen! This weekend's Diamond Jubilee — celebrating Queen Elizabeth's 50 years reigning over the British Empire — has us dreaming of the Union Jack. Combine that with the upcoming Summer Olympics in London and the ongoing fanfare around Kate and Will's wedding and we can definitely make a case for a British invasion this year. Before you start serving your lil one tea and crumpets, check out these fun finds that will have your tot properly prepared, even if a trip across the pond isn't on your itinerary quite yet.
I pledge my allegiance to Old Glory, but I do love the look of Union Jack. Trending for a while now, the charming flag can be seen in nearly every shelter mag as accent pieces or main staples in international homes. From red, white, and blue stoves to flag adorned settees, there are countless ways to bring the charming pattern home. While I love the Leather Nail Trimmed Chair ($784), I feel a bit odd pretending I have a connection to the British icon. Perhaps if I spent some time in Prince William's neck of the woods or had family ties across the pond, I could pull it off. Since neither of those is the case, I'm sticking with the stars and stripes. Do you decorate with Union Jack?
This cruelty-free Zebra British Flag Rug ($875) is new at Jonathan Adler, and kind of cracking me up. I've always loved the Union Jack, and even though I'm a Yankee, I think its geometric design would make a wonderful addition to my home. I'm also pretty much over the zebra rug trend, so I think this is a playful alternative. Do you dig it?