Do you decorate your home for Fourth of July?
Generally, I add a few simple touches of red, white, and blue to my kitchen and great room. American flags are key to my decor inside and out. Then I pull out my Longaberger Baskets with red and blue accents, along with like-colored pottery. It’s a fairly uncomplicated look, but evokes the spirit of patriotism for this fun, but very important national holiday.
This year, I went all out in the sunroom. It might have something to do with the One Day, Three Ways :: Restyled Space Challenge. Yes, the one where seven fabulously creative bloggers took a week to reveal their transformed spaces and then invited the likes of you and me to link up our spaces too.
And then last week I tweaked it again for the One Room, Three Ways Style Challenge. And that should have been that. Because seriously, I was in love with the look. Totally. It felt so cool and refreshing on these uber warm summer days.
But, of course I couldn’t stop there. Nope. I checked the calendar and counted the days and oh. my. goodness!! It’s almost the Fourth of July!! Really…where has the summer gone. I thought it had just gotten here and I was just starting to enjoy it, and then all the end of summer sales have begun. What’s with those retailers? Why can’t they stay in the moment more?
It’s a good thing I shop my house these days….because I certainly am not ready to start buying school supplies and journals and new pens, just yet. Nope. I want to revel in this amazing holiday.
I want to light sparklers. Do you love to light them and dance around the yard too? And watch fireworks….and fireflies. And hang with friends around a camp fire and roast sweet delights. And sit on the porch, with a few candles burning in my Mason jars, and look at the stars. And decorate my sunroom for our country’s holiday of holidays….Independence Day. I want to wave the flag….or maybe ten or twenty flags.
I want to celebrate freedom. And liberty. And justice for all.
And I want to eat blueberries for breakfast and sweet cherries for lunch and enjoy homemade ice cream in the evening.
And flash my made-in-America baskets. And eat off fancy miss-matched china for breakfast. And sew stars and stripes napkins to the fronts of my pillows. And hot glue cardstock stars (which I’ve had for eons) to some jute for a garland. And plop an old patriotic birdhouse on top of two crocks and a plate for a stand. And make patriotic rosettes.
And sing the Star Spangled Banner and God Bless America. And recite the Pledge of Allegience with my hand over my heart.
And humble myself and pray. That God would preserve this nation of ours, which once was great and make her great again. So we can really be a nation where people are free and justice reigns. A nation of people who really do make a difference in the world…feeding the hungry…freeing slaves…and bringing hope. So we can sing, I’m Proud to be an American and really, really mean it.
Who knew that changing up a sunroom for a decor challenge could be such a patriotic thing?
If you came to my house…what would be your favorite part of this over-the-top American flag, stars and stripes, sunroom?
Now that you’ve been inspired. I hope you were. [wink] Are you going to do a little bit of decorating for freedom too?
What’s your favorite way to celebrate the 4th of July?
Celebrating an Extraordinary holiday!
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