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Adding Red White Blue to a Summer Vignette

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It’s time for a Pinterest Challenge! Just in time for celebrating patriotic holidays, we’re adding red-white-and-blue to a summer vignette!


July 4th is literally right around the corner, and you might feel it’s just a little too late to decorate for your celebration. Am I right?

Well, you MIGHT be wrong! 😉

coffee table vignette with coastal items in red white and blue

This month Pinterest Challenge is all about decorating with flags, and I’m going to show you how to easily add some red-white-and-blue to the summer decor you are already using!

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As always, a big thank you goes to our hostess, Cindy at County Road 407!

And whether you are a My Wee Abode ‘family member’, or visiting from Thistle Key Lane, WELCOME! Aren’t Michelle’s ideas for patriotic decor lovely?

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Easy Patriotic Decor for a Summer Vignette

After you’ve been around the MWA blog for awhile, there’s one thing that is pretty clear…

I really don’t like decorating for the 4th of July. I share the story of ‘why’ on this post.

However, when you become a blogger that often features decor from your home, you soon discover that the patriotic holidays are kind of a ‘must’. And a 4th of July DIY here and there are often included.

So, when I found out that this month’s challenge was to create anything with flags, I thought, “I can do THAT! Easy-peasy!”

Easy Inspiration Photo

And when I saw that our inspiration photo was from the Liz Marie Blog, and was super simple patriotic decor, I KNEW I could do something quick and easy! (The best type of decor, right?)

flags in woven vases with vintage cabinet in the background

Woven vases and vintage flags. What could be easier for patriotic vignettes?

How Do You Add Red White and Blue to a Summer Vignette?

You may have noticed my summer tray vignette on my coffee table from this summer’s home tour

adding red white blue to a summer vignette with vase and beach grass bird figurine and candle on white holder with seagrass tray

The coastal style of this vignette is so light, airy, and refreshing!

NOW to add the RWB colors. Perfectly patriotic (yet still understated… just the way I like it)!

coffee table vignette with coastal items in red white and blue

Here is a quick diagram of what I changed and/or added:

adding red white blue to a summer vignette with vase and beach grass bird figurine and candle on white holder with seagrass tray
  1. Of course, you need to add your own DIY mini flags. The colors are understated and I love the ‘special’ fabric with the tassels on the RWB one!
  2. Look closely, and you can see that I switched out my white cupcake-turned-candle holder for a red one. It’s the little things! (Check your local Hobby Lobby for these cute little pedestals.)
  3. If you have some blue grapevine filler balls around, add these to your vignette. Don’t have any blue? Spray paint some blue or red!
  4. And finally, a couple months ago I found this cute little RWB beach house in the dollar space at Target. I may need to do a DIY on these! 😉
coffee table vignette with coastal items in red white and blue in living area with sofa and cabinet in background

And that’s it! I told you it was easy… I wouldn’t lie to YOU!

Creative Red White Blue Decor

You can add anything that you find around the house that reminds you of the holiday… or even just use anything red, white OR blue!

  • Stars… whether they are red, white, or blue… they will look great in a patriotic vignette.
  • Hearts… even RWB hearts work for the 4th of July decor!
  • Beads… string some red/white/blue beads on a piece of jute and lay them on a tray! Super cute!
  • Anything with a ‘nautical’ vibe… lighthouse, sailboat, lifesaver, ship’s wheel, anchor, etc.
  • Red/white/blue printables are free, and lovely! 😉

Adding Red White and Blue to a Summer Vignette

Whether your want to add patriotic colors to your existing decor, or you want to create a special patriotic vignette from the bottom-up, it really is easy and affordable if you think outside the box.

And here are some closeups of my summery vignette with red-white-and-blue…

adding red white blue to a summer vignette with candle on red holder and beach house with sailor knot on seagrass tray
I picked up two additional beach houses that are RWB, as well. I’m sure they will make an appearance next year!

This sandpiper figurine is a fave of mine… it shows up every summer.

coffee table vignette with coastal items in red white and blue

And these mini flags are SUPER easy to make, plus you can customize them!

adding red white blue to a summer vignette with red white and blue flgs and pampas grass

This candle is wrapped in white cotton twine and then dry-brushed with blue paint. Add a mini sand dollar, pop it on a red cupcake stand and voila! Coastal/patriotic decor!

coffee table vignette with coastal items in red white and blue

For someone that has an ‘aversion’ to patriotic decor, I’m actually loving this pretty little vignette!

adding red white blue to a summer vignette with vase and beach grass bird figurine and candle on white holder with seagrass tray

Will you be adding some patriotic decor to your home for the 4th of July celebration? Be sure to tell me in the comments if you do! And share them on my Facebook page, too!

Now, be sure to hop on over to French Ethereal. Barbara is sharing her patriotic decor that you can do in less than 5 minutes!

Oh, and below are ALL the wonderful RWB ideas you can use this year, and for years to come! Be sure to take a look at all my blogging buddies sites for more inspiration!

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    1. Thanks, Niky… def the look I’m going for! My daughter just approved having me bring it to her BBQ on Tuesday. It will be fun as a centerpiece!

  1. Really cute, Julie! I love the little sandpiper and just the small changes to make your theme change to Coastal Americana. Very pretty!!! No, I don’t normally go for RWB but this year I am more into it. 🙂 I’ll have to go reread why you have an aversion to RWB. I know my MIL and SIL decorated their last home with Mickey Mouse and red, white, black and yellow in one bathroom. I hated it… Worst possible combination of colors for me! But they liked it, which is all that matters!! 😉 *** Glad Gramma is going for just blues and whites in most of her home, with red and Hawaiian only in her bedroom. <3

    Enjoy your soft RWB decor and those little cloth flags are adorable!!!!
    Happy 4th hugs,
    Barb 🙂

    1. Thanks, Barbara… Coastal Americana… I LOVE it! 😉 Yeah… hmmm… Mickey Mouse? My sister LOVES the Hawaiian theme. 😉

    1. Thanks, Kim! Yeah… maybe I’ll take it to my daughter’s on the 4th for a centerpiece! 😉

  2. An aversion to patriotic decor?! Are you communist?! LOL. I get though. I’m not a big fan of red at all but there’s something about the red, white and blue together that makes me smile – real big. I’m glad our Texas flag has the same colors. I don’t know what I’d do if it were like green and yellow or orange and brown (not that any are, IDK). Anyway, love your vignette and the easy switcharoo. Seems like just the right amount of festiveness. Glad you got to join in this month. pinned

    1. Thanks, Cindy. You always make me laugh! Yeah… not sure if we had a mix of other colors if I would be happier! LOL!

    1. LOL! We actually used it as the centerpiece at Nika’s on the 4th. It was so fun, but NO ONE said anything about it! LOL!

  3. Julie, you managed to create a light and airy coastal patriotic vibe with those sweet flags! What a darling vignette! Enjoy the 4th!

  4. What a fun and creative vignette. You switched things out so you have a totally different theme and that is perfect. Love your little house and those flags are so perfect.

    1. Thanks, Marty. It was a fun vignette that I took to my daughter’s and used as the centerpiece on the 4th! 😉

    1. Thanks, Niki. Sometimes I struggle to hit all the parties. And now my VA is on a break, so we’ll see what happens!

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