Farmhouse Finds for the 4th of July

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I have rounded up eight farmhouse finds for the 4th of July for all my vintage loving readers.  But, the truth is these ideas would work beautifully for Memorial Day, Veterans Day and any time you want to add a patriotic flair to your decorating.

You may even be surprised to discover that you already have some of these items on hand!

I like to work with colors and textures and a few subtle surprises to achieve a classic, finished look no matter what time of year. So, some of these items aren’t necessarily patriotic, per se.  I will show you what I mean.

Farmhouse Finds for the 4th of July

Blue and Red transferware with white ironstone soup tureens

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  1. French Lemonade bottles– I get these at World Market and carefully clean them out to reuse in my summer decorating, year after year.
  2. Transferware-  Always keep your eyes open when out thrifting for these dishes to use in your holiday decorating.  I specifically collect the blue, red and green (for Christmas and spring) dishes.
  3. Vintage Flags– This one is a given, use the small ones for your planters and to place in pitchers and the large ones are beautiful on a wall or porch.
  4. White Pitchers– Use these all together in a collection or place them separately in vignettes around your home.  They can be left empty or used to hold flags or flowers.
  5. Vintage Books- Grab these anytime you run across them, they make great filler pieces when decorating.  Use the blue and red books together.
  6. Paper Fans–  Can we say “Fireworks display on the wall”????  OH. my. goodness! These are so gorgeous grouped together, they would look especially good over a buffet table.
  7. Striped pillows- Grab all your striped pillows and display them together for the 4th.  Grainsack, ticking and even the ever classic pinstripe are perfect for this time of year!
  8. Vintage Tennis Rackets– These aren’t exactly patriotic, but they will give your decorating a great vintage vibe if you use them as wall hangings and behind your other displays.
Vintage tennis racket and french lemonade on shelf above coat rack

Vintage books and chalkboard vignette

Blue transfer ware plates with red and white tea cups

Watch this video to see exactly what I mean!

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Home of the Brave chalkboard, olive topiary and antique books

Vintage tennis racket and french lemonade on shelf

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Home of the Brave chalkboard, olive topiary and antique books

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  1. Kenetta Markelionis
    June 6, 2018 / 12:43 PM

    Sarah, Thank you for sharing. We have a World Market in town and I must check out the French Lemonade bottles!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      June 6, 2018 / 1:08 PM

      OH yay!! I think you will love them, isn’t fun to find things like that that make the best decorations later on???

  2. Tanya Hulbert
    June 6, 2018 / 8:10 PM

    If I could start any new collection I think it would be transferware. I have a couple plates I set out for the winter months because of the scene on them. I love how they add just the right amount of color you may be looking for for that holiday or season. Great thrift store finds!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      June 15, 2018 / 11:27 AM

      OOooo, new collection time! Hit those garage sales, girl!

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