Sunday, June 23, 2013


. . .  mental stimulation . . . visual stimulation . . . 

Beautiful blogs lead to "flashes of inspiration" and a gloomy day provided time to change things up for summer and show my American spirit.


an old wooden flag from my "Americana" days was painted white

wooden flags were retrieved from the attic

pinwheels were tucked into flowers

Scrabble tiles spell out AMERICA


a little table copied from Maddiebella Home sits guarding the door

an old cloth flag rests against the house

a bucket full of flowers welcomes guests


red, white and blue (and yellow) on display

stripes of blue and yellow stand out on the shelves

stars decorate dishes 

a little patriotic block puzzle begs to be solved

All the inspiration is making me want to make more changes.

So much inspiration . . . so little time.

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 I am joining the fun at these parties

Rain on a Tin Roof - Give Me the Goods Monday

Little Red House - Mosaic Monday

A Cultivated Nest - The Creative HomeAcre Blog Hop

Town and Country Living - Summer Inspiration Decor Party


eileeninmd said...

I love it all, very patriotic! Thanks for sharing this lovely post, have a happy week ahead!

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

Bright and merry and, oh, so very welcoming!

Poppy said...

Sheesh! You beat me to it, again!! Was just about to publish this when your comment popped into my inbox! Gorgeous, vibrant colours, patterned and punctuating a patriotic day!! LOVE the cloth flag!


Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Love your use of color! Your home always looks so happy and carefree to me. And I love that you included the use of yellow, too. Thanks for sharing this at Summer Inspiration!!

Vicky Hunt said...

Love the title of your post! You my friend are an inspiration to me! I am so in love with your home...:) I feel a person's home is a reflection of the people living in it and as bright and cheery as your house is, I know you are as well! I love, love, love everything you share in and around your house. I am really wanting to brighten up my house and you are the reason why! Have a blessed Sunday evening my friend!

Life On Willie Mae Lane

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love mixing Americana designs with nautical decor! It works so well! I get so many ideas from you and other talented blog buddies! Enjoy your evening my friend!

Dawn said...

Everything looks so pretty. I love all the pops of color. Looks like retirement is keeping you busy.

Kadee Willow said...

Well, you really brought out my patriotic spirit! It's all in the details and you really thought it all out. Hurray for the red, white and blue! Thanks for sharing!

Junkchiccottage said...

You so have the touch and the perfect beach cottage for all your color. I want your little piece of heaven!!!! I love the porch so cute for the 4th.

Anne said...

Sweet! Love it all!!

Linda H said...

Very patriotic! Love all the bright color! It screams SUMMER!!

Red Rose Alley said...

Your front porch is delightful! I love all the color here - red, white, and blue with a splash of yellow. That flag table is too cute.

I hope you are enjoying the summer days.


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

It is all cute, cute, cute.

My Garden Diaries said...

Oh I am loving your 4th of July vignettes! Inspiration indeed!!! You have inspired me to get some projects rocking with the beans! Have a lovely week friend! Did I mention how much I dig your door! It is awesome!!!

Leslie Harris said...

Your house is so cheerful and happy looking. I love it. I want to live on the beach too. And I really love all the vignettes you do, you've got such a knack. Me, I still can't believe the fourth is around the corner!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Hi, Carol! Glad to me you! Thanks for stopping by and admiring my pot holder valance. I just love *your* colorful home! ♥

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love the jug with the colourful stars!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

That flag table is such a cute idea and your door is so perfect with the blue trim around it! Everything looks great!

I always love seeing what you're up to!

Ann said...

Not only because it is patriotic. . .but because someone uses color! I love it!! These are my favorite colors.

Jann Olson said...

Lovin the red, white, and blue with the pop of yellow! I started putting away my bird décor and pulling out my Americana. Raises the spirit, don't you think?

Suzan Sweatman said...

This Canadian girl is in awe of how patriotic our neighbors are!!!
Love all of it!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Your adorable little vignettes always make me smile...they're so colorful and cheerful. I love the quilted flag in the star pitcher. I'm decorating for Independence Day today and I can't wait to get started!


Jennifer said...

Love the colors! Makes me want to run to the beach right now. Beautiful!

Marcia Pilar said... of my favorite words, and I love to look up and research the meaning of words. I agree, so little time.
Love all your ideas.
Enjoy your summer, Carol.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

You have the perfect house to add a little red, white, & blue for the summer! Although, I think Old Glory looks festive decorating any house.

Isn't it funny how fast your days are filled with creative things to do?

Kim M said...

Your house is always so festive! I know I have said it before, but I just adore all the color! How can you not be happy in that house! Love it! :)

must love junk said...

Such happy colors! Love all your vignettes! :)

Jenna LaFevor said...

I love all the Americana! Great job! Would love it if you would link this up to Give Me The Goods Monday: 1 Party, 4 Blogs!
Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

Robin Buster said...

I love how festive you have made your home. Thanks for stopping by and linking up to Fluster Buster's Creative Muster Party! Looking forward to seeing what you're going to link up next week.

Robin @ Fluster Buster