If you read last week's blog posts, you know Tim and I were planning to discuss design dilemmas on our monthly Channel 2 segment. But after thinking about it a little bit more, I thought a segment on patriotic home decor would be much more fitting!
Of course around this time of the year, you start to see a lot of patriotic party decor ideas. Although I love those cute paper pinwheels, we really feel like our country can and should be celebrated through our decor year round and not just during the 4th or Memorial Day. So, to get ready for this segment I gathered some items I already had and then I made a trip to the Army surplus store. I am now in love with the Army surplus store. There are so many items perfect for creating different decor options. Here's the loot I came home with: (2) pairs of military uniform pants, 2 small flags, 2 large flags, tons of patches, gold buttons, and a camouflage net.
I had tons of ideas of what to do with my bounty of American/military goods, but I had to edit due to the segment time and space. You can see what I ended up with below!
So, let's go through the different ideas!
1. This is an easy piece of art (which includes a replica of The Constitution) I snagged from a gift shop on our recent trip to the St. Louis Arch.
2. Mason Jars! What's more American than a mason jar! :) They're great for so many things besides actually canning food. Use them all over your home to add to that patriotic feel!
3. Pictures of service members. I have a special place in my heart for service men and women. I am just so blown away by their selfless sacrifice. I would like to create a whole wall full of old and new photos of service members (those related to me and those not). They could never be thanked enough for their sacrifice, but we can at least honor them by hanging their photos on our wall and remembering to be thankful for the freedom they helped to provide everyday! The photo in this set-up is of my Papa. He was a sailor. I love looking at this handsome photo and thinking about him serving in the submarine he has told us about. Papa, if you're reading this- I love you and thank you for your service to our country.
4. Chalkboards are functional for making grocery lists and leaving notes, but they are also so great for keeping inspirational quotes at the forefront of our mind. I chose to write "I have a dream" on this chalkboard not only for the obvious historical significance the phrase has for our country, but also because it reminds me to keep dreaming. One reason I love this country is because there is so much hope for the future. You can decide on a dream and know that there is every possibility for you to achieve it if you work incredibly hard.
5. I love the idea of using old military items in your decor to celebrate service members and our country. For this piece, we created a lamp out of an antique helmet. The process was super easy and I will cover it in the next few days.
6. Stripes are perfect for bringing that patriotic spirit into your home. You can put them on curtains, walls, bedspreads, table clothes, furniture, ect. I made this piece to serve as a curtain panel. Again, I will cover this tutorial on another day.
7. To bring in another fun element, I used military dog tags as curtain tie backs. I am not sure if my Papa still has his dog tags, but I had these made with his name to make it decor that is not just visually appealing, but also special to my heart.
8 &9. Pillows can be easily customized with different military patches, trim, and more. I'll show you the simple process to make these pillows in the next few days! :)
10. Red, white, and Blue- One of the easiest ways to bring in the Americana feel is to use the red, white, and blue color palette. But remember that you can change the hues of these colors to help them fit your style. For example if you are in a more traditional space, you could use maroons, navys, and creams. But if you're decorating a child's room, you might opt for fire engine red, light blues, and bright whites!
So, today we've shown you some creative patriotic decor ideas that you can use year round. In the next week, we will go over how to create each of these items and possibly a few more! Tim and I love the idea of being able to use real pieces from your family members' military gear to make your decor feel even more authentic and personal, so definitely take advantage of those items if they're available. Keeping military members service at the forefront of our minds will honor their sacrifice and remind us to be thankful for our freedoms every day.
'Til tomorrow! :)