Spotlight On: Keep Calm and Carry On (or Freak Out)

23 Jun

I would like to preface this post by reminding everyone that I have just recently jumped on this home decorating train. The impact of this fact will be felt from time to time when I post about an old fad that is not uber cool anymore. But how am I supposed to know these things? You can’t type in “decorating trends that are so 2009″ in Google and come up with a straight answer. I tried. It gives you some relevant sites, but not the kind I’m looking for.

That being said, today’s spotlight is on the Keep Calm and Carry On craze. Apparently this really hit the United States big sometime last year. Some people are really over it and even opposed to it now. Others, like myself, think it is a great saying to somehow use in your home no matter what anyone else thinks.

My new personal mantra.

A little historical background on the quote:

When World War II broke out in the United Kingdom, the British Government’s Ministry of Information commissioned these (and many other) posters to be dispersed around the country. They were supposed to remind people to go about their daily lives and not live in fear. Although many of the posters created by the Ministry of Information were in fact distributed, the “Keep Calm and Carry On” posters with the royal crown were only intended to be used in times of extreme crisis (BP Oil spill, anyone?).

But now certain artists and groups have re-created them in fun, vibrant colors for you to take home and make your own.

You can find a vast array of these inexpensive posters at http://www.etsy.com by typing in the keywords: Keep Calm and Carry On. They range from $3.00 – $20.00.

Ooh...ahh...THE COLORS!

These posters by: By Order of the Crown

We have already seen one example of using this poster in your home when we toured Sydney’s Fort Worth abode.

Sydney. So hot right now. Sydney.

But I want to show you some other examples of how people have used them in their homes, and the different colors they come in.

Inspired by: Nothing Relevant

Inspired by: Hand on Hip

Inspired by: Hand on Hip

Inspired by: Urban Jane

Inspired by: Urban Jane

They make rugs and other goodies too!

Inspired by: Swiss Miss

Not into a poster? Try a decal. Quickly becoming one of my favorite products EVER.

Inspired by: Inspire Your Walls

And don’t forget to check out all the other hundreds of kinds of KCACO paraphernalia. You can find these on most any website/distributor of the saying, but these ones below were all inspired by Keep Calm Poster on Etsy.

And if you, like the other Keep Calm and Carry On haters, are bored and/or annoyed of this trend…Why don’t you check out these hilarious parodies. C’mon, you gotta at least crack a smile.

I'm definitely the "Get Excited and Make Things" person. Where do you think The Funky Bear came from?

These are the best by far. To have them side by side one another would just be too much (in the best sense possible).

So clever.

All above inspired by: Nothing Relevant

And if you’re looking for some more posters to act as your muse, check out: Keep Calm Gallery

They’re based out of the UK but they seem pretty legit and original. And very British-y. Which seems important with these posters that are rooted in British history.

In closing, if you’re like me and are always looking for ways to not be a spastic freak in life, perhaps one of these posters will inspire you to take them literally, and keep calm and carry on.

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One Response to “Spotlight On: Keep Calm and Carry On (or Freak Out)”

  1. Blair June 23, 2010 at 10:39 pm #

    I LUH-VE the RUG! In a turq or yellowish? Not that brick red. Yeah, its an old trend and people are supposedly SO over it…but who cares.

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