Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Look kids, Big Ben! Parliament!

I don’t know what it is, but I have a strong love and affection for all things that are British.

I’ve never even visited London, but I feel like I have with all the books that fill my shelves describing life in England along with of course everyone’s favorite, Love Actually making an appearance every couple of weeks.

So my idea of England is totally a mix of Hugh Grant movies and Bridget Jones books, but hey it’s cheaper than airfare.

In flipping through an old issue of Living Etc I was introduced to the work of Lizzie Allen. How did I not know about her sooner!

Lizzie designs and produces hand screen printed wallpaper. Amazing!


Lizzie grew up in Surrey and attended Winchester School of Art where she studied Printed Textiles. She has worked at Osborne and Little (swoon) and Paul Smith and in 2005 she was awarded funding by the Crafts Council to start her own business.


The paper is sourced from managed forests and the prints are ordered to be tailored made to the space, which means there is no left over paper waste. 


I love how the designs comes out looking like it was an illustration from a chic children’s book. The color and whimsy add such a touch of fun to a room and the street scenes all look quintessential British. Since Lizzie has traveled all over the world she has started to produce prints from other cities such as Central Park in NYC.


Images via Brilliant Asylum and British House and Garden

I’m now off to enjoy a cup of tea from Marks and Spencer while watching Rugby and doing anything else that is a v. good cliche of British life.




Blogger Jannah said...

That wallpaper is so fabulous. I am also totally smitten with Britain. Have you heard of a book called The Anglo Files? It's by an American woman who married a Brit and she supposedly divulges some lesser-known facts about them. I heard about it on NPR and I've been meaning to read it:

Oh and I have been to the UK and it's fabulous and different and I can't wait to go back. I heard British Airways is doing a buy-one-get-one sale on Business class tickets to London. Very tempting!

May 27, 2009 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger MyLittleHappyPlace said...

OMG! Started cracking up as soon as I saw your post title - LOVE movie lines!

May 27, 2009 at 11:33 AM  
Blogger pve design said...

You are the Queen! Bloody brilliant. we quite like carrying on with a fine british accent. Often times, I find myself gravitating to all things with a london calling... I just watched that movie last week.

May 27, 2009 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Sweet Nothings said...

oh my goodness..this is nuts and i love love love the wallpaper

May 27, 2009 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger Blueprint Bliss said...

you are so funny. and the wallpaper is great!

May 27, 2009 at 1:10 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

hahaha LOVE the wallpaper!!!
ps - everything works now for real!!!

May 27, 2009 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger Debra said...

Great wallpaper! You are such a good source for things that I like-

May 27, 2009 at 3:31 PM  
Blogger Aileen said...

I'm pretty sure the inspiration for this post came from Daniela and me speaking with British accents all morning on Sunday! haha well good day, mate!

May 27, 2009 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger L. said...

The UK is amazing...def move London to the top of your travel list! You'd love it!


May 27, 2009 at 10:16 PM  
Blogger Kara said...

"I just can't seem to get left."

Love your blog and read it often.

May 28, 2009 at 9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I ran across Lizzie a few months ago and fell in love with that Gentlemen wallpaper. I must have it!! I'm obsessed with England too! It's on my "Must Do or I'll Die" list.

May 29, 2009 at 9:12 AM  
Blogger K @ Blog Goggles said...

I love these! Great find.

June 1, 2009 at 8:06 AM  
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June 9, 2009 at 12:16 AM  
Anonymous Savannah Adams said...

Who would even forget about these rugby games when we talk about all things British? My bro actually started watching the sport in Glendale every season just to feel like a Brit lad. LOL. And my first Brit slang was Cheers! which of course, means "Thank you" in American. Hehe! Oh, Lizzie's designs are quite unique and very attractive. Those wallpapers are worth having in any room.

April 4, 2011 at 5:25 AM  

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