Friday, June 17, 2022

July 4th Farmtable in the Garden Room

Last month, I did a little DIY paint transformation with a breadboard to give it a more "subtle" look of gray-washed aging. That one little difference made a big impact on styling further tabletop centerpieces and tabletop tableaus out here in the Garden Room. I like to use more than one element in a tabletop grouping, but I don't want them scattered all around willy nilly. I like to corral those crazy knick knacks and vintage items!

Being mid-June, it was time to do a patriotic theme in the Garden Room and on this farmtable that can be seen from the kitchen and hearth room. You know I love seasonal decor with some vintage items thrown in, so I started looking for a focal piece to use with my ever-present wooden ice cream making bucket of flowers. 

I filled my antique bucket with faux white geraniums, hydrangeas, and viburnum (with a few sticks thrown in for fun). I've collected a bunch of "memorial" flags over the years, so I did an accent of 3 vintage flags within the flower bucket arrangement. These are the vintage flags from before 1948 as they have the 48 stars, versus flags from after 1950 which are the current "50 Star" versions.

It's hard to imagine that these pristine little cemetery flags are over 70 years old.

I wanted to find a patriotic look metal tray for a colorful focal piece, so I did a little hunting through Etsy and Ebay. I found this piece that's part of a tin with a tray from Sunshine Biscuit Company from the 70's. Around the time of the Bicentennial celebrations in the mid 70's a lot of commemoratory items were produced and I imagine this was one of them.

It's a slightly different shade of the patriotic blue we usually see, and it's in lovely shape with only small signs of wear. It makes a bright and eye-catching statement piece for the tabletop.

I have several plaid Thermos pieces, but I usually only think of them during the Christmas season.  I grabbed them and used two to create another little grouping with some blue Ball/Mason Jars, flags, and an old painted red clay flower pot.

I dug through my vintage postcards and found these two "vacation destination" souvenir packets; one from the Grand Canyon and another from my area, Big Springs which is nearby in the Missouri Ozarks. The Missouri packet was published in 1939 with great colorized photo illustrations.

My husband and I recognize a few of these famous camera shots and angles from our recent camping trips around southern Missouri and northern Arkansas.

Fun to mix it up with the little flags in the grouping.

How about you?  Have you decorated a bit for July 4th?
Since my little wren nest is currently not occupied, 
I'm working on my front porch with a fun patriotic theme.
Did you catch my last post...

Have a wonderful Father's Day weekend, everyone!

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Thursday Favorite Things at Follow the Yellow Brick Home,  
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 Funtastic Friday at 2 Chicks and a Mom


  1. Love it all Debra. I like the thermos with the flags and the blue mason jars. Your vintage tray is fabulous. xoxo

    1. Thanks Kris, I just recently dug out those blue Mason Jars. Now I need to locate the lids! Have a great Father's Day Weekend!

  2. You have inspired me to take out my plaid things stored in my Christmas bins! Thank you! Love the designs you do in your hutch also!

    1. Hi Traci, I forget about them in the Summer. Shame on me, the plaid Scotch Thermoses are just so cute! Happy weekend!

  3. Debra, love your patriotic touches, and yes, most definitely a patriotic vibe is present here all summer. I have some of the vintage 48 flags myself. They are as old as me!!! Early on at Round Top when Emma Lee Tourney hosted the first shows at the Rifle Hall, I found a set of four with stands. They had been used on classroom desks. Don't you love it? Still treasured by me!

    1. wow, what a find Sarah. Yes, I've seen the flag sets for display. It could be that these were in a set because they are in such great shape. One of my big bucket list destinations is Round Top. You're so fortunate to be able to attend. Happy weekend, friend!

  4. I love what you've done here! The mix and match of blue and red is so fun!

    1. thanks so much, Candice. love me some red/white/blue!

  5. You did a beautiful job of styling all of this, Debra! I love that tray...what a pretty color of blue that is! Those postcards are so neat!! I always love seeing what you come up inspire my decorating in many ways! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

    1. Thankyou Rachel, I'm a sucker for a vintage tray! LOL

  6. Wow! First of all, I love this room and that table & chairs to decorate. What a great tin piece you found, and to have those smaller 48 star cemetery flags is really neat! Great look overall. No, I don't usually do a patriotic decor, but in the former red brick house my annuals were always red, white & blue from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and I hung my flag in the garden. I have resisted buying garden flags, lol. Let's see how long that lasts. Of course, I gave all of my large and small flags away in the downsize.

    Have a good weekend. We finally got a storm this afternoon that brought temps and humidity down for the weekend. Its been awfully hot and humid.

  7. Debra,
    What a charming vignette...Love the vintage ice cream bucket along with the lovely!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  8. Beautiful as always Debra! It's always such fun to check out the vintage postcards you use in your designs. The Garden Room always brightens my day!

  9. Debra, you have such a knack for styling pretty vignettes! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm--pinned!

  10. Oh it looks so beautiful! I love those little flags, I have never found vintage ones. So sweet!

  11. Debra, your garden room looks amazing as usual! You always do such a great job. Love those vintage post cards too. Have a wonderful 4th of July.
    Decorative Inspirations

  12. Debra,
    Wow, it looks so lovely. I like all of your touches. Now I know what to do with my plaid thermos. Great idea.
    Congratulations, you are being featured on Thursday Favorite Things. I hope you stop by.


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