Jun 5, 2013

4th of July

4th of July

One of my favorite holidays! Yes, it's about celebrating the birth of this great country and as a military family, we don't take that lightly, but it is also about family.  Growing up it was the one day that we were all together, we grilled, relaxed and played games before watching fireworks. We also decorated... and decorated....and decorated. 

When I was a kid, the more red, white and blue you had the better. Add in as many flags as possible and you were golden. I realize now why my mom was less than thrilled to have me help. Sometimes less is more. 

4th of July can be over done really easily. You don't have to have every space filled, every banister and counter do not have to have garland, and you sure don't need to buy, and use, every flag in the store. 

Because of the contrast in the colors, they stand out. Stars and stripes are busy patterns and can take over if your not careful.  This designer used red and white as the primary colors and used very little blue, and it works beautifully.

Tip #1: Use solids and accent only with patterns.
Tip #2: Don't be afraid to use white
Tip#3: Save the flag for a place of honor, not every area needs everything. 

I love this, so simple and yet it makes such a statement.  Remember to have fun with decorating.  If everything doesn't meet designer guidelines, who cares? As long as it makes you smile, it's perfect!

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