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Friday, July 3, 2015

Bits of Bliss–Independence Edition

Happy fourth of July weekend!

I loved this floral arrangement that used a vintage George Washington pipe tobacco can. I found quite a few on Ebay in case you love it too.

I have a fondness for rooms decorated in red, white and blue. Do you?The living room in designer Kelley McDowell's Ojai, California, farmhouse, is filled with American flag accessories. "There's something about the American flag that moves me," she says.

Although I am not one to think about Christmas in July I absolutely adored the quilt on the ceiling. I am now thinking about something similar for our attic space.

If you have a notion that this color palette can’t be elegant I bring you this lovely dining room complete with hand painted de Gournay Earlham wallpaper in cobalt-blue.In a New York apartment, de Gournay's hand-painted cobalt-blue Earlham wallpaper makes a big impression in the dining room. Yet, the crisp white and apple red decor hold their own against this electric hue, balancing the bold look.

As far as specific themed décor I still love this sweet flag I found last year. I was unable to trace the original artist so if you know please share it with me so they can receive credit. 4th of July decor - ribbon and lace American flag. Perfect for above my console table in front entry way.

Update: Thank you to Wanda for telling me the maker of the flag. It is The Gilded Life. Here is their 2015 Flag Kit.2015Flag

I have some bandanas just sitting in a drawer. They make excellent napkins, pillow covers, and when grouped together can form a tablecloth or a happy banner.Front Porch – 4th of July Decorating Ideas- Ideas and tutorials, including this DIY bandana banner by Life in Wonderland!

I love the idea of stamped bamboo utensils. It’s a wonderful alternative to plastic.

Of course you need a patriotic meal. Can I say oh my yum!!!! You can get the recipe for the pulled pork HERE.Carolina pulled pork

I’m going to try my hand at some firecracker dogs. 4th of July Firecracker Hot Dogs on a stick.

I have delicious summer berries on the brain and this salad combines some unexpected flavors I can’t wait to try. The recipe can be found HERE.

A bit of store bought angel food or pound cake topped with whipped cream and berries is my idea of perfection. But the icing on the cake is the cute decorative flags. A perfect way to use up those small bits of ribbon.

Sweet Guy has been away at Boy Scout camp all this past week. He returns home today. His favorite desert is pie and I have delicious cherry one waiting for him. I also couldn’t resist creating a red, white and blue apron from an old dish towel. 1-IMG_2553-001

Happy fourth of July! Stay safe and I will see you on Monday.



Katie Mansfield said...

I need to finish my coffee. For a minute I thought I'd read that bananas make excellent napkins. I do love the cottage with the quilt on the ceiling. So darling. I hate that you couldn't find the original artist that made that flag. I've seen it floating around Pinterest.
I love your patriotic inspiration. I've had so much fun with the red, white and blue this year.

Kelley said...

Happy 4th of July to you, dear Laura!


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Happy 4 to you. Hope it is a fun one. Love the new apron.

Wanda said...

The flag was done a few years ago by the ladies of A Gilded Life. They are pretty amazing.

Catherine Holman said...

Love the top you're wearing in that last photo!

Auntie Em said...

We celebrated our Canada Day on July 1st and enjoyed a mid week break.
I am sure what ever you do to celebrate will be beautifully done and very patriotic.
Happy July 4th weekend! :)

Maureen Wyatt said...

Those firecracker dogs are so cute I had to pin them. Happy Independence Day!

Rita C. said...

Happy 4th, Laura. God Bless America. I love your curated images, and your own creations.

Monica Benavidez said...

Happy 4th! I love that flag from The Gilded Life-- such wonderful ideas and inspiration. Have a happy weekend! :-D

Art @ Home said...

VERY inspiring post....and I think I'm in love with the flags! They are stunning. Cute apron.....all your aprons are so cute!

Have a blessed Independence Day!


AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I am so in love with that flag kit! It is gorgeous. The red, white and blue room is so pretty too! Lots of great projects here to celebrate with. Love the banner and the apron too! Thanks for visiting me at my blog and for your nice comment!

Linda said...

Absolutely gorgeous and heartwarming!

Linda said...

Absolutely gorgeous and heartwarming!

Karena Albert said...

Happy 4th of July Weekend Laura!! Love all of the red, white and blue!!

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Lisa said...

I do love all the red white and blue decor! It's such a crisp look. And the ribbon flag is precious! and so clever!
Hope you had a wonderful, safe 4th, Laura. I'm sure the house was a tad quiet with your son at camp.;)