Welcome. I am so happy that you stopped by. My garden gate is always open for you to come in and sit and relax with a cup of tea while I share with you the inspirations for my art, garden, decorating and life in general. I am re-posting one of my most popular posts about Memorial Day traditions at my home and garden and updating with some new photos of my flowers arranged with flags to honor our brave Service Men and Women who died serving our country. Growing up in my family Memorial Day meant it was time to open my Grandparents beach cottage where we spent summers at Wrightsville Beach, N.C. . . raise the American flag . . . set up rockers and wicker furniture on the front porch, fill the mismatched blue and white china with flowers and get ready for a glorious summer.
All of the children at the beach cottage had little tasks to help out and my favorite was setting the table and gathering little bunches of flowers and arranging them in a jelly glass. My Grandmother kept miniature flags in a kitchen drawer to be used for special occasions on Memorial day and Fourth of July . . . AND . . . . I still love picking tiny bunches of flowers and arranging them with little flags . . ,. AND I still love getting out my flags on Memorial day and leaving them out until Fall.
Let's join Bentley, my Studio Assistant, and we will show you our flags.
This year I decided to fill my vintage market basket with flags.
Memorial Day for me means getting out my flag pillows and using them until Fall.
This year I pared the flag pillows with the blue and white toile in my dining room and love the contrast.
I also like paring the flag pillows with florals - guess I just plain ole like flags!!!
I hang a wooden vintage flag outside the living room window - you can just see a little of it in this photo.
My guest room becomes "The Nantucket" room on Memorial Day with the addition of a few flags and a painting with a flag and will stay that way until I warm it back up with some golds and yellows in the Fall.
"For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all." Titus 2:11
Even though Memorial Day is a time I like to switch over to a more casual style filled with flags, whimsy and more color - I always remember that Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrances for those who died in our nation's service. It is also a wonderful time to say thank you to our Service Men and Women who have given up so much to protect our freedoms both hear and abroad.
Thank you for stopping by. Wishing you and your family a Happy and Peaceful Memorial Day.