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Friday, July 2, 2010

Designing Independence

union jack rug3

I am as patriotic as they come. If you ever want to truly rile me up, keep talking while the national anthem plays. Yet I wonder if there were a design contest in which the patriots competed against the red coats would we all end up whistling “God Save The Queen”?

Let’s begin with pillows.


Pretty close to pillow perfection.


the natural store pillow union jack 2

I’m not quite sure about an Adirondack chair in the sitting room, but the mantle and mirror had me at hello.


An interesting pop of color.


I don’t have to write a thing as it’s already been said.



Hmmmm, a joining of forces.


It’s a banner day for the red, white and bluetiful!


I have to say in terms of furniture most of what I found in terms of Americana was either cute or kitschy.

But this I swoon for.

Union Jack Settee


Hello, Don Mclean? Please come get your Chevy er settee and take it to the levy.

Nice and subtle.


In your face fantastic.


Union Jack Chair


So where do your alliances lie?

Is the Union Jack back?


Or will you adore Stars and Stripes forever….



Tomorrow I’ll be posting on bedding you can wear. Hee hee.



bj said...

OMGosh, I love all this red, white and blue. Makes my poor little 4th decor look pitiful !!! :))

You are so cute...beding to wear? haha..can't wait.
hugs, bj

Debby said...

I love the pictures. I love decorating in red white and blue. My favortie picture is the one with the denim couch. Kinda like that car couch, hah.
Good luck on the contest.

MosaicMagpie said...

Wow I love the Union Jack/White Loveseat and I do mean LOVEseat.

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

I love old glory but you do have do admit, most of the time in decor it looks campy.
The Union Jack on the other hand... pretty chic.

GardenofDaisies said...

Fun fun fun!!! This post must have been custom made especially for me, as I lived in both the USA and Canada and I grew up singing God Save the Queen! Yes, I'm old enough to remember the days when Canada's flag was the Union Jack! (And the big hoopla when it got the new Maple Leaf flag.)

Kim said...

Great photos--my faves--the one with the pendant banners and the one with the yellow floral chair. said...


Wonderful inspirational photographs. I am a star spangle banner girl!

I set aside a few minutes daily to cast my votes. That sudden spike in numbers is when I've been placed on hold!

Your Friend,


Well, for me, the dog was the best nestled in the cushions. Very cute, Laura. Have a wonderful weekend. xx's

La-Dee-da crafter said...

I voted for you. Another great reason for living in this country, our freedom to vote. haha
Love the patriotic posts.

Leslie @ goodbye, house! HELLO, HOME! said...

Oh my, Laura!
I love them both: the Union Jack AND the Stars and Stripes!
That settee with the British Flag across the back!! YUMMO!
We love all things British here in our home--we actually have tea every day at 3:30!!
We also watch BBC! Love Dr. Who and Foyle's War, etc...
I think I must sew a Union Jack pillow like the one in the third picture--it is gorgeous!
Loved this post (and so did my daughter, Sarah!)
Hugs to you and many blessings as you make your home!
Thank you for the words of blessings, I sure needed them!
P.S. I also love your header!!

The Pennington Point said...

Wow that car settee is unbelievable. I'm definitely all American flags, but you hit it on the head. When I try to do it inside the house it looks too cutsie. So I leave it on the porch. Thanks for the pictures. Lisa~

Linda said...

I love ALL of that!! So cute, charming and welcoming and yes, I'm as proudly Patriotic as they come as well.

☆ Wishing you and yours a most wonderful Independence Day Weekend!! ☆

Love, Linda

French Basketeer said...

I'm lovin' all of it! You reminded me to bring out the pillows made of bunting, and finish a Union Jack pillow for my niece. Have to say, I love the pic of the dog napping; it's a good long weekend to nap!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh what gorgeous pictures of great tributes to the 4th. Love them all. Hugs, Marty

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Laura,
The union jack does have a certain caché dosen't it. Great photos.
WIshing you and your family a wonderful 4th!

Whimsey Creations said...

Oh boo hoo - we're supposed to (supposed to being the word here) have the house pressure-washed tomorrow and I'll be in NC all day. So I can't even begin to decorate the front porch for July 4th until Sunday. I guess two days worth is better than nothing though! LOLOLOL

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Great red , white and blue photo's! I agree! WHY do people talk during the anthem!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

These are gorgeous!!! Off to vote again and again and again! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

{ L } said...

Yes, yes! I am patriotic too. :) Every photo you have here is simply gorgeous.

TRay said...

Great post!! Don't get me wrong--"Stars & Stripes Forever"--but...I LOVE THE UNION JACK. Love that rug in photo #1, love the "pop of color" photo, love the setee & the "in your face fantastic" chair. LOVE IT!! Happy 4th!! I've been voting for your Oprah audition like crazy--fingers crossed!!
Love & hugs,

P.S. Thanks for the shout out for the needlework in your previous post & also, "merci" to the French Basketeer for her comment!! Can't wait to see those chairs!!

La Maison Reid said...

Had to tell you that your pillowcase slip is adorable! And I was already voting, too!

Maria@BubblegumandDuctTape said...

love your blog, I'm your newest follower. I'm gonna go over to vote for you.

Anne Maskell said...

Hi Laura. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting on my blog. I love comments. I also love your blog, and I am your newest follower. The pictures are fabulous. I also like your slip idea. Using a pillow slip is a great idea for a slip, you and were lucky enough to have such a pretty one! I also voted for your video while I was here, and wish you the best of luck. Happy 4th to you and your family too!

Kristy said...

How fun! Great Inspiration!

Gayathri said...

Your posts are great