This understated patriotic vignette will help you learn how to tone down your red white and blue decor.
Today is our monthly Pinterest Challenge hosted by Cindy at County Road 407!
Each month, Cindy chooses an inspirational photo from a favorite blogger. Then a group of blogging buddies (15 this month) get to create our own versions with our own twists! Thanks, Cindy, for putting so much work into blog hop each month! It’s always a blessing!
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HOW TO TONE DOWN RED WHITE AND BLUE DECOR
Are you a “shout-it-from-the-rooftop” red-white-and-blue kinda gal, or do you like to tone down your patriotic decor?
If you are anything like me, you might need to add some patriotic decor to your home for a blog post, even though RWB isn’t your fave…
Oh, wait. You actually want to add some red-white-and-blue to your home because you really like it, you say?! Ohhhh, okay!
Let’s take a look at how to do that with the understated patriotic vignette I created for my little place this season.
You can read more about my RWB story from last year’s patriotic Pinterest Challenge.
The Inspiration for an Understated Patriotic Vignette
Today’s inspiration photo comes from Liz Marie at Liz Marie Blog.
Liz Marie has a lovely farmhouse and her style reflects in her home in a BIG way.
For my twist on Liz Marie’s photo, I chose to focus on the vignette on her round table. This is what stands out to me:
- a foundational tray starts the vignette off
- a glass demijohn is used to hold mini American flags
- an olive bucket with greenery
- colored mason jars
- a framed photo
- and it looks like there are some coasters tucked in the front, as well
If you read Liz Marie’s post, you’ll find she is all about neutrals, but had fun with some patriotic decor finds. Her touch is quite light with the Old Glory colors.
So let’s take a look at how you can add some understated patriotic colors to your home.
Add an Understated Patriotic Vignette
Add a Tray
First, when creating a vignette, start with a foundation piece to corral your decor pieces. Think:
- vintage doily
- or a vintage linen
I shopped my home for most of the items in this vignette and used a galvanized tray… one of the three items every small home should own.
The tray makes it easy to move from the kitchen to the dining room, and then maybe to the living room!
Add Old Glory
Or something similar to the American Flag.
Just like Liz Marie, I added a demijohn that I purchased a while back from HomeGoods. I first used this in my Fall Home Tour last year.
Adding DIY flags in unexpected red-white-and-blue fabric shows a patriotic spirit without getting ‘crazy’. 😉
(Let me know in the comments if you want a quick tutorial on how to create these cute little ‘wavers’.)
Then Some Greenery
One of the three things I purchased for this vignette was a miniature olive bucket… I have always wanted one of these and was glad to have an excuse to by an affordable one at Hobby Lobby.
Placing the olive bucket on a white cupcake stand gives it just the right amount of height. Remember to vary your heights in a vignette to give it some added interest!
The Lamb’s Ear and seeded greenery have been used over and over again around My Wee Abode. Greenery (real or faux) is almost always a ‘must’ in a vignette.
Give Your Vignette Some Glass
Remember, you can always substitute items when you are being inspired. That’s what makes it ‘yours’!
Don’t have blue mason jars handy? Add a trio of white bottles and add some easy RWB tassels from baker’s twine!
These little ironstone-look cuties first made an appearance at my Spring Home Tour, way back in 2018!
You can use any clear glass vases or jars to create this look, too! Even use a trio of RWB candles in votive cups!
Use a Mini Printable
Liz Marie has a cute little rustic frame in her vignette. Shop your home and use a frame you have around the house, or buy one at your local craft store with a coupon (like I did).
This non-traditional red-white-and-blue print is perfect for a toned-down patriotic look.
And this cute little patriotic printable, along with two more (that also come in 8 x 10) can be yours for FREE!
Tiny Elements Add Interest, too!
In place of the neutral farmhouse coasters that are tucked in the tray on the inspiration photo, these grapevine stars make another appearance this year! Last year, they were used for a DIY Patriotic Wood Bead Garland with Stars.
FYI, Hobby Lobby has these stars back in stock for the season!
Finished Understated Patriotic Vignette
And here’s the final result of this somewhat non-traditional patriotic decor.
What do you think? The non-traditional red-white-and-blue decor elements still say ‘July 4th’ without screaming it, ya know?
And I think my fave part is the collection of little DIY flags.
The RWB flag is made from a dishtowel you can purchase at Hobby Lobby (yep, another purchased item). Gotta love those tassels! And I had the red ticking fabric leftover from my Heart Rag Wreath DIY.
Now It’s Your Turn
Do you decorate for the patriotic holidays? Memorial Day, July 4th, Flag Day? Do you prefer bright red-white-and-blue decor or more muted tones? What colors do you use? (I even think pink and sky blue would be fun!)
Now, hop on over to my friend and So Cal neighbor, Carol at Art and Sand. Carol uses red and blue in your everyday decor, so it’s always fun to see what she has up her sleeve!
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