Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Patriotic Pinterest Challenge

Hi Friends, 
Welcome to the Pinterest Challenge where a group of us get together and recreate a Pinterest photo in our own style. 

A huge thank you to Cindy of County Road 407 for hosting this event every month. 
Cindy has such great ideas that motivate me to get decorating. 

If you are coming from, Thistle Key Lane, welcome. What a darling display. It is so much like the inspiration photo. I love the glass bottle. 

This month our patriotic inspiration photo comes from the Liz Marie blog.
I love Liz Marie. She is the queen of all things farmhouse and she puts together such amazing vignettes.

This is one of my favorite 4th of July images.

Let's break down the photo. 
What stood out initially is the flag hung on the window behind the sofa.
I have three sofas.
One is in the mancave - nope!
The sunroom sofa has a window behind it but I just featured that in March.
The living room sofa is my choice this month.  Behind our sofa is a very heavy mirror.
I tried moving it once to paint and two of the gold pieces broke off when I tried to get it back up.
I wasn't about to move the mirror again so the mirror is the focal point instead of an old chippy window.
I draped a retired old flag over the mirror so that the detail of the mirror still shows and I love it!

The Liz Marie signature white sofa was the next element that I noticed. I love having a white sofa! Mine is a slipcover. I can pop it off and toss it in the wash if it gets dirty.
I loaded ours with ticking stripe and white pillows. The small striped pillow was made from an IKEA dish towel.
The ticking pillows stay on our sofa all year. I add seasonal and holiday pillows as needed.
Yes-I need them. Haha.
Our coffee table is an antique wedding trunk from the late 1800s.

The tray on the trunk is an important element in the inspiration photo and adds an essential layer to the look.
I love our ROMANTISK tray from IKEA. I set it on a ticking stripe table runner.

Instead of a olive bucket, I used the white ironstone pitcher that is a constant on our coffee table. It gets weekly arrangements with cut flowers from our garden. I've stepped up my rose game this spring so this week it sports red roses and greenery.

My gold frame has a vintage graphic with two flags like the inspiration picture.
Instead of a grouping of vintage Ball jars, one jar holds a faux votive.
The vintage liberty bell was a thrifted find.

My grandfather's 1920's  manual from the Navy adds a very patriotic touch.
It's hard to believe that this book is 100 years old.

Another layered detail from the photo is the ottoman.
I pulled in a cute stool instead. We found it at antique store years ago before it was harder to find cute chippy white stuff.

The gingham covered top echoes the blue from the pillows and table runner.

I noticed one final detail from sweet inspiration photo - a child's trike. If you have followed Liz, you will be aware of her struggle with infertility and miscarriage.
Last year she and Jose adopted a sweet baby boy. The trike is a gentle reminder that God hears the cries and deep longings of our hearts. He is faithful to fulfill those desires.
I didn't have a trike to add to our sofa display. I did have an adorable vintage ferry boat.
I can't remember where I got this but it is a favorite in patriotic vignettes.

As well, a darling child's book from my mother in law sits on the coffee table. I adore the illustrations in the book. The patriotic parade cover is so precious.

If you see a photo you love, it's easy to recreate the look by breaking it down into segments.
Begin by recreating the features that stand out to you the most and work your way through the photo.
I hope this encourages you to add a few patriotic touches to your decor.
Now stop in and visit Laura at Everyday Edits. Who doesn't love polka dots and checks in red, white and blue? I love the beaded garland.
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  1. What a beautiful space! The vintage liberty bell is fantastic and what a treasure your grandfather's manual is.

  2. Love that you used a family treasure from your grandfather. The vintage piece in the gilt frame is a great addition!


  3. I love all the elements you brought together here, Katie! The draped flag over the mirror is so dramatic, and I love the little boat; what a fun piece to decorate with! And that child's book cover with the kids in a parade; what a treasure!

  4. How fun to be able to say you add cut flowers each week from your own garden. Katie you are amazing! Love your style on this challenge too. The flag on the mirror is perfect and those books are a perfect addition. 100 years old?! That's awesome! What a treasure. Thanks so much for joining in. I always love looking at what you do. Pinned

  5. Hi Katie, I love your grandfather's navy manual. That is so wonderful! The draped flag is a great touch too. Looks great! Thanks for the inspiration! laura in Colorado

  6. Katie, I love all the family history you've shared in your vignette today!!! Having those books and your wedding trunk are really special and hold such special memories... <3

    I LOVE your mirror too with its draped flag ~ it could come over here whenever you decide to let it go (LOL!). ;)

    Enjoy your beautiful living room and Happy almost 4th of July to you,
    Barb :)

  7. HAPPY 4th OF JULY You have lovely patriotic decorations. The book is so special.

  8. Hi Katie,
    Love what all of you are creating. Yours is so beautiful.

  9. This looks great, Katie. I love how you draped the flag over the mirror.

  10. You fulfilled the Pinterest challenge so well, Katie. What a treasure it is to have that 100 year old Navy manual. The flag draped over the mirror looks so lovely. I can't believe that the 4th is coming up!

  11. Katie your mirror is exceptional on its own but the flag draped across is really beautiful. Great job on your PC!

  12. oh that mirror and flag are just gorgeous!! I love it all. The sofa and ticking pillows and the little vintage boat are all just adorable!

  13. Katie, I absolutely love the beautiful flag draped over your gorgeous gilt mirror. All the pillows on the sofa look so comfy. The ironstone pitcher is a treasure on your coffee table. It would look beautiful with any shade of flower.

  14. You had me at the flag draped over the mirror - what a lovely touch.

    I love the little boat and that edition of A Child's Garden of Verses. The illustrated cover is so fun.

  15. The flag on your mirror is perfect, Katie... I understand you not wanting to move it! And I love the book you added with the a addition of some of Liz and Jose's story. God is good, all the time! Even in 2020, right?! ;-)

  16. This looks fabulous, Katie! I love your gold mirror and the flag draped over it looks so good for patriotic decor. That antique chest is so pretty and makes a great coffee table. I love the vintage details in your vignette, especially your dad's book, your bell, and the beautiful vintage graphic. Great job on this challenge.

  17. Beautiful! I am in love with that flag over the mirror, the little boat and that vintage children's book!

    Everything looks so festive and vintage. Love it!

  18. From: https://www.military.com/flag-day/flag-ettiquette-dos-and-donts.html

    "Don’t use the flag for decoration. Use bunting with the blue on top, then white, then red."

    1. Yes,yes,yes...I was saddened to see a flag displayed in this manner. I'm disturbed how many Americans do not practice proper displaying of our nation's flag. She is not another decor item but a symbol of sacrifice to be displayed with honor, pride and respect.