June 30, 2011

Patriotic Inspirations

In honor of our great country, I found some patriotic inspirations for your home. Whether its a simple star ceiling mount, a bone inlay flag frame, or something as large as the painted American flag from Pottery Barn. Stars, and Stripes, Red, White and Blue, show your inner patriotism! 

I am heading to the beach for the 4th so wanted to leave you with a little early treat!

Hall of Flags from Paul Costello

Flags as focal point from Victoria Hagan

The flag really stands out against the white furniture from Pottery Barn

Patriotic columns from Country Living

Vintage style flag as drapery from Wisteria

The flag makes a huge impact from Veranda

Patriotic boys rooms from Suzanne Kasler

Love the flag against the stark white bedroom from Phoebe Howard

Flag headboard featured in Lonny May/June 2011

Front door Patriotic decor from Martha Stewart

From the All American designer, Ralph Lauren

Star Spangled Banner book from Ralph Lauren

Painted Flag Pillow from Pottery Barn 

Hand Embroidered Vintage Flag Napkins from Wisteria 

Some flag decor may violate Federal Laws relating to display of the American flag. The Flag Code can be found here.

June 29, 2011

Mudrooms...minus the Mud!

Mudrooms are a great area of the house where you can store neatly wellies, flip flops, or have it be a place to hang coats, hats, and umbrellas. One thing for sure is missing...the mud! 
Below are some amazing examples of some of my favorite mudrooms I have come across. There is a decor element from fresh flowers, loose pieces of coral, or fabric seating, cohesion of matching baskets or totes for organization, and personalized elements with monogrammed L.L. Bean totes, or family photos. Which one is your favorite?

Beach themed mudroom with LL Bean totes, seating area, and family photos personalize this area from Meg Braff

I love this beachy mudroom, with built in wrap around seating, built in drawers, the paint and wood details, and how can I forget that amazing stable door-via

Matchin LLBean totes with names helps keeps this family organized-Veranda

Straw hats, bags and accessories are hung outdoors for makeshift mudroom from Country Living

Rustic mudroom in Telluride by Elizabeth Dinkle

Barbour Coats and Umbrellas make for a uniform mudroom from Traditional Home

Another Barbour-esque mudroom from Miles Redd

Beachy mudroom from Shorely Chic via Pinterest

Shoe rack organized for makeshift "mudroom" 

I did not include any pictures of laundry rooms, but here is an earlier post I did on some of my favorite laundry rooms.

June 26, 2011

Here's a Toast!

Having a bar setup in your house can be as simple as a temporary setup for entertaining on a side table, buffet, or desk, or having a full time setup as storage and display. We have a bar cart in our formal dining room that our sterling flatware chest is on the bottom, and the top is a large silver tray with some of our liquor bottles, a nice ice bucket, etc. Below are some of my amazing bar setups.

This vintage inspired bar features mercury glass accents from Jan Showers

Lindsey of Pursuit of Style blog as featured on Ivy & Piper

When space is limited a side table can be cleared for entertaining from Woodson & Rummerfield

Decorate an antique buffet with a nice tray, a few glasses and bottles and add an antique oak biscuit barrel for ice. Image from Phoebe Howard

Vintage laundry cart was repurposed into a portable bar cart Lonny

Desktop being used as a bar with perfectly lined drinks and a colorful urn acts as a champagne chiller- Paul Costello

Masculine and table tennis themed Martini bar is perfect for the guys- Paul Costello

Unusual but interesting set up for a bar Phoebe Howard

I have a bar cart that I love since they are versatile for parties and for decor and love the vintage style carts such as the vintage inspired one here 

French style bar cart on 1stdibs

Champagne Bucket and Pitcher with horn handles from Z Gallerie

Stag Horn Bar Tools from B.D. Jeffries

Tortoise Ice Bucket from Overstock

Some non-liquor bar essentials for entertaining:
Sparkling Water in Glass

San Pellegrino Orange cans
Vintage Coke in the bottle

Lemons & Limes in a bowl

Southern Cocktails book from Barnes & Noble

Some of my favorite liqueurs:
- Soho Lychee liqueur, is from an oritental sweet fruit with an amazing taste great with champagne or sparkling water

- St Germain this elderflower liqueur comes in a beautiful crystal cut bottle and looks great for bar deco, and is great with champagne

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