Today is the Pinterest Challenge for May, and my blogging friends and I are cookin’ up some inspiration for you! And though some might call it ‘un-American’, I’m sharing how to add patriotic decor when you don’t like red white and blue. We’ll be specifically looking at small porch 4th of July decor ideas (say that 5 times real fast).
Each month, we are given a Pin or photo to use as inspiration for our own decor. It’s so much fun, and it challenges me to get out of my comfort zone. I missed last month’s challenge due to illness, but the month before that we were challenged to create a Spring Vignette!
A HUGE shout-out to my sweet friend Cindy at County Road 407 for being the awesome hostess of our monthly Pinterest Challenge! You’re amazing, Cindy!
Also, if you are here visiting from Lora’s blog at Lora B. Create and Ponder, thank you so much for coming by! I especially love Lora’s vintage touches (that galvanized can is SO pretty… and those pillows!)
SMALL PORCH 4TH OF JULY DECOR IDEAS When You Don’t Like Red White and Blue
Before sharing our inspiration photo, let me be up-front and say that… I really don’t like decorating in the colors of Old Glory.
Though some might call my aversion of red-white-and-blue decor ‘un-American’ (I won’t mention any names, but it starts with a “C” and ends in “indy from County Road 407” (permission given with much laughter to actually share her name), I think it may come from an over-exposure to our country’s birthday that was celebrated in 1976.
You see, in 1976, there was a HUGE celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center for our country’s bicentennial birthday, and our school’s Glee Club (which I belonged to) was invited to participate. Without getting into ALL the details, there were months spent in patriotic song and red-white-blue costumes and decorations. I think I may have just gotten my fill of RWB from that event.
Before I start sharing some ideas for decorating your porch for Independence Day, take a look at this beautiful patio from Mary at Home Is Where the Boat Is. We are using this lovely photo as our inspiration this month! Thank you, Mary!
Note several things that I find inspiring about this photo:
- The vignette and decor are outside on a porch
- Lots of red-white-and-blue (yes, it is inspiring to me!)
- Lots of texture (florals, wood, fabric,baskets)
Now, let’s take a look at how this inspiration is used in a bit more understated way on My Wee Abode’s tiny porch.
You can read more about how I use red-white-and-blue in a subtle way HERE.
How To Decorate a Small Porch When You Don’t Like Red White and Blue
Let’s see how we can add patriotic touches to a small outside area, without using flags (nothing wrong with using flags… It’s just me and that bicentennial celebration ‘issue’.) However, by the time I was finished with this challenge, I kinda warmed up to the color combination. 😉
Here is a full view of my little porch landing. This is at the top of the stairs that lead to my tiny loft apartment.
You can add texture to a tiny patio area by using red, white, and blue foliage placed in a white ironstone bowl. Use a tall plant stand to give some interest and height. Kind of ‘welcoming’, right? 😉
You can find more hints on container gardening for small homes HERE.
A big ol’ white bowl is a great investment, in my opinion. You can use it over and over again for serving, decor, or gardening!
You can also add texture with candles, wood, or even baskets!
These wood pilings give a nod to the coastal aspect of My Wee Abode. Use items that reflect your personal decor style.
And, instead of using actual flags… you can add signs and star garlands to show your patriotism. I picked this sign up at Hobby Lobby.
This wood bead garland with red-white-blue rattan stars adds even more texture and patriotic inspiration. Using stars pays ‘homage’ to our flag, without actually using the US Flag.
Wood bead garlands are great for any season and very versatile! You can even paint wood bead garlands!
Last, but not least, include a ‘welcome’ mat with a fun stenciled pattern in the colors of the USA. This lends even more texture to this little patio area and is practical, too!
And one more look at the small porch landing. (Don’t forget to add a cute white lantern with a red candle and blue bow!)
Now for MORE Inspiration
Be sure to hop on over to First Day of Home, owned by my dear friend, Crissy. She is sharing an adorable patriotic outdoor space that is sure to inspire you to celebrate with red-white-and-blue. I love her style!
Also, be sure to check out ALL the beautiful posts that are linked below!
It’s Your Turn!
Do you decorate your home, or even your outdoor living space, for the patriotic holidays? Share in the comments how you add red-white-and-blue to your home. Do YOU use flags? Come on, be honest! 😉