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The 4th of July is my single favorite holiday. Have I told you I tried SO hard to get Mr. B to agree to a 4th (or 5th) of July wedding? And I quote, “Em, I want our anniversary to be a day for us. Not America.” Cute, right? He’s persuasive, and since I hit gold in the husband department, I figured I could settle on the wedding date. But that’s beside the point. I love the 4th. There’s no pressure – just eat some unhealthy food, take a dip in the pool, wear some red, white and blue and have fun.
I’ve always had grand plans in the decorating for the 4th department, but as you probably know by now, my plans and my ability to execute sometimes have a disconnect. Or, I just don’t get around to things. More that.
This year, I made an “America the Beautiful” print using Tagxedo and the lyrics to America the Beautiful – it’s basically Wordle but with shapes for the words – before we were moving. I like to procrastinate when I should be doing things like transferring our comcast service and packing, so I make art prints for holidays that are 3 months away. Whatevs. If you don’t want to make your own, you can download the one I put together here. And then I downloaded two free printables for the other side of the mirror on our mantle.
The God Bless America Printable is available here. And the proud printable is available here (I had issues getting it to print, took me some time and then I ended up resizing the 8×10 to fit in a 5×5 square frame I already had).
That’s it. Our simple but patriotic mantle.
You might have noticed that the 2 story family room – and especially this wall – is no longer 50 Shades of Brown. When I figure out the best time of day to photograph this room, I’ll show you all the changes – like our sectional, and kitchen counter stools.
I have big plans for this wall eventually. For now, I’m making it work, because you have to love something in the meantime,too. But let’s just visualize for a second: Centering the fireplace (which peeks into the office behind this room) will be too costly, so instead we’ll just draw attention to the fireplace with molding and new tile surround, and change the cutouts into built-ins. Something like this. Or this. I just don’t love the drywall for a mantle look. Or the gigantic cutout that dwarfs what I originally considered to be a pretty substantial mirror. Or the cutout for a TV they stopped making in 1995. Why were they still designing houses for those TVs in 2001? But all of that is years down the road – when the other projects that are higher priorities have been done.
That’s our mantle as it stands today. With a little bit of 4th of July flair. Thoughts? Hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday week. I’m off to Minnesota tomorrow for a whirlwind trip for a sorority sister’s wedding (the sorority girls together sans husbands and boyfriends, things are sure to get out of hand), and next week I’m in one of my best friend since high school’s weddings, so blogging will be scarce until after the holidays.