It’s an Independence Day Makeover!

July 1, 2015 | By | Comments (4)

Hello again. I am so excited to be back here with you at The Daily South! It was such fun sharing with you this spring the remodeling transformation of my little cottage, and I can’t wait to show you the latest. Hopefully you have already seen the feature about the remodel, but if you haven’t just click here to check it out.

I am doubly happy to be rejoining you in July, since this is my birth month [I was born on the 3rd, if you are wondering…almost a firecracker!] and, of course, of our great nation. As an enthusiastic patriot, I just love the 4th of July and all the fun celebrations with family and friends that go along with it. With that in mind, I thought I would give the house a little Independence Day makeover as a way to share the holiday with you!

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Green-leaf white begonias and boxwoods flank the entry gate to the front garden.

For the front garden, I went with a traditional theme of American flags and a patriotic banner that works well with the color of the house and with the green-and-white-planting scheme.

Hydrangea 'Endless Summer Blushing Bride' bloom in a shady corner of the front garden.

Hydrangea ‘Endless Summer Blushing Bride’ bloom in a shady corner of the front garden.

Boxwood topiaries, asparagus fern and miniature flags fill the large urns on either side of the front door.

Boxwood topiaries, asparagus fern and miniature flags fill the large urns on either side of the front door.

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Dark-leaf white begonias in wood window boxes anchor the front porch.

Dark-leaf white begonias in wood window boxes anchor the front porch.

Around back, the cabana and courtyard received their own celebratory embellishments, as well…

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Miniature flags and star-shaped sparklers are ready for visitors to join in on the celebration…

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Stars-and-stripes straws and cool beverages are ready for summertime sippin'.

…and stars-and-stripes straws and cool beverages are ready for summertime sippin’.

I also thought this would be the perfect time to introduce you to the interior of the cabana, since you haven’t gotten a good look at it before!

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A bold, striped outdoor rug softens the floor and a vintage flag makes for the perfect wall art.

A bold, striped outdoor rug softens the floor and a vintage flag makes for the perfect wall art. Denim covers the built-in daybed [what’s more American than blue-jeans, right?] and custom accent pillows in blue- and white-starred, outdoor fabric add comfort and subtle patriotic style.

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White hydrangea blossoms from the garden provide the finishing touch to this little garden getaway.

White hydrangea blossoms from the garden provide the finishing touch to this little garden getaway.

And there you have it…my little ‘Outdoor Ode to Independence Day’. I hope you enjoy your own 4th of July celebrations and remember my motto: “Live Outside the Box!”

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COMMENTS

  1. Outdoor Decorating for Fall and Thanksgiving | Southern Living Blog

    […] again and Happy Autumn! I hope you had a wonderful summer and back-to-school season since we last saw each other around Independence Day. Just as I was back then, I have been busy decorating around the garden, this time for fall and the […]

    November 12, 2015 at 7:30 am
  2. Susan

    Your cottage is beautiful and looks great decorated for the 4th.

    July 1, 2015 at 9:28 pm
  3. Michelle

    Beautiful, but it looks like the flags at the front door are touching the ground. Hope that’s not the case.

    July 1, 2015 at 3:07 pm
  4. Garrett Ann Dent

    My birthday is July 4th so I think it’s amazing and I love your cottage

    July 1, 2015 at 10:49 am

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