The British Are (Still) Coming SY.com September 20, 2014 DECOR, MEDIA The United Kingdom has always been an amazing source of inspiration for the rest of the world. Their unique style can be seen in everything they do and recently that style is influencing the US more than ever. Here are 5 people and ideas you should pay attention to. Get inspired! 1. R&B: RHYTHM AND BRITISH – SAM SMITH Photo: Sam Smith by Emma Brown | Interview Magazine This 22 year old vocalist from Cambridgeshire, England first rose to fame in 2012 when he provided the vocals for the Disclosure hit Latch. This year Sam Smith’s hit album In the Lonely Hour brought a new sound to pop music that is as fresh as Smith’s contemporary style. You can find photos of Smith in a tuxedo just as easily as you can find him in sneakers. However, he’s always crisp and put together with just enough character make the style his own. He’s showing everyone that growing up is a different process from getting old. 2. WALLS OF PAPER – WALLPAPER DECOR [maxgallery id=”1019″] Top: Cat Wallpaper via Haus Panther | Bottom: “Why The UK is Leading the Way in Wallpaper Design” via Financial Times The world is looking to the UK right now for innovative wallpaper that’s a far cry from the outdated stuff you spent hours scraping off the walls in your first home. Creative new looks have reinvented wallpaper’s image and some of the most captivating looks are coming out of the UK. Wallpaper in the UK isn’t just paper anymore either – it’s expanded to include feathers, cardboard, embroidery, and even origami. 3. LIBERTY: IT’S A FAMILY NAME – LIBERTY LONDON [maxgallery name=”liberty”] Top Row: About Us – Liberty | Alfresco Dining Ideas – Liberty Blog | Nike x Liberty Collection – Liberty Blog Bottom Row: Tilly by Valentina Ramos |Reverie Pattern by Valentin Ramos | Pink Roses Pattern by Valetina Ramos We can’t say Liberty’s floral prints are making a comeback because they never left. Since 1875 this brand has been known for using bright and intricate fabric designs in clothing and furniture. Today they are still branching out into new territory. Their floral designs can now be found on stationery, beauty products, footwear, and luggage. The latest creation to make it stateside is Liberty’s collaboration with Nike, which includes both shoes and workout gear. Their bold use of pattern will be continue to lead the trend of using floral patterns in refreshing new ways. 4. MORE THAN TEA TIME – SAVORY COCKTAILS Bloody Mary by Talented Mr. Fox via Marie Claire What started out as a playful, breakfast-inspired cocktail by the London Cocktail Club has sparked a trend with mixologists. They’re now vying to find the most unique and savory cocktail creation, reaching for ingredients like vegetables and condiments. After hearing about this British trend, bartenders in New York City began developing a pizza cocktail. 5. SUNGLASSES AND UMBRELLAS – ABIGAIL AHERN [maxgallery name=”ahern”] Abigail’s Interior Design by Abigail Ahern Most people picture dark and gloomy weather when they think of the UK, but Abigail Ahern‘s designs shows that ANY space can be bright and glamourous. You just have to be bold enough to switch on the color and be yourself. Exploring how to customize your home is plagued with rules on how to play it safe. Yet Ahern encourages everyone to create spaces that make them happy. It doesn’t need to be expensive. It doesn’t need to be trendy. It just needs to be you. Anyone with traditional taste or eccentric impulses can be inspired by Ahern’s style.