Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's a Brit of Alright; HOMES with Andrea McLean Old-School Cool - That's Where It's at Right Now

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It's a Brit of Alright; HOMES with Andrea McLean Old-School Cool - That's Where It's at Right Now

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Byline: Andrea McLean

WHAT does being cool mean to you? It's such a random concept but it's one that I think deep down we are all secretly a bit obsessed with - am I cool? Will acting this way or dressing that way make people think I am? As someone who has never been cool in her life, I've always slightly envied those people who can throw anything together and make it work, whether it's cooking, fashion or my passion, home decor. A dash of this, a splash of that and suddenly it's all come together in the best possible taste.

Back in the 90s, Britpop meant that anything to do with British symbolism was a hit - and not just in music.

Nostalgia itself gained a coolness and an edge it hadn't enjoyed since the 60s and best of all, it's a style that has never gone out of fashion.

Union Jack flags, bright red buses and phone boxes have crept back into style consciousness and aren't just for the tourists who flock to London to pick up trinkets - we can all have them now.

From teenage bedrooms to cheery bake-off inspired goodies, there is something Britannia themed for everyone.

And that's cool.

BUNTING used to be something that was only seen once a year at summer fairs in quaint English villages, where cricket was played on baked grass and tea was sipped out of frail china cups. Not any more - we can all bring out the bunting whenever we fancy now and all-year round too.

| Wooden Union Jack bunting, PS14.95, Dotcomgiftshop LOVE really is all you need to bring some retro coolness to your home Union Jack wall sticker, PS18, Not |On The High Street A GREAT gift for anyone who is getting into cooking or could just use a little equipment revamp.

Printed kitchen scales, PS12.99, The Hut | EVERY home should have a retro phone and if you can emblazon it with red, white and blue, then all the better. …

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