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Red, White and Blue Patio Accessories
While it seems justifiable to invest quite a bit of time and money in home accessories for the winter holidays, such as the Christmas season, it's harder to find the energy and budget to decorate for one day. Luckily, the Fourth of July can easily be celebrated with some simple color swap-outs, and the addition of a few carefully selected accessories that can be used elsewhere and for different purposes after the fireworks are over.
Accessories that are red, white and blue--or covered in flags... for that matter--are harder to disguise as anything but July Fourth decorations come August. However, by mixing and matching items in each of the different colors to achieve a collected patriotic palette, you can re-use those items later.
For instance, blue and white together achieve a coastal look that's perfect for a patio all season long. With the addition of some red lanterns, or a few potted geraniums, you can easily create a festive look for the holiday. This blue and white pillow even has jute piping, achieving that nautical look. Paired with the red and blue star pillow, though, it has a decidedly patriotic feel. Choosing pillows with star or flag motifs on only one side is another smart move because you can turn them around when the holiday is over. The boxwood wreath would be pretty all year-round. Simply adding a navy bow with stars makes it work for Memorial Day or July Fourth. Finally, the sisal rug would look great on the patio all summer, or could be pressed into service in a three-seasons room for Christmas.Continue to 2 of 2 below.
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Red, White and Blue Tableware
Just like on a patio on porch, it's easy to pull together a festive look for July Fourth by mixing and matching tableware that isn't overtly patriotic on its own. While it's certainly fun to have lots of starred and striped serving pieces and accessories, it's not as practical as piling on pieces that could have other uses later on.
This jute table runner, for instance, would look fantastic piled with pumpkins and gourds on a table decorated for fall. The red placemats would work well... on Christmas or Valentine's Day. Likewise, the red tray could become a favorite way to serve breakfast in bed to your sweetie, or it could be used as a hot chocolate serving station during the holidays. The melamine plates could be stashed in a picnic basket for dining alfresco. Finally, the galvanized tiered tray is not patriotic on its own, but would look perfect piled with red, white and blue cupcakes, flowers, or bowls of blueberries and strawberries. After the party is over, this piece would look great in a farmhouse or industrial space, or as a stylish kitchen storage accessory.
Another trick for creating a practical but patriotic feel is to combine the right colors, but in trendy patterns that look chic anytime. These ikat cloth napkins earn style points in any season, but because they are blue, they can work for the Fourth. The same holds true for the aztec-patterned plates.
Clearly, you don't have to drape your patio or table with bunting--although that's fun, too--to achieve a look that's festive for the Fourth. Combining fresh patterns in a patriotic palette can create the same feel, and choosing pieces that have multiple uses is a great use of your time and money.