5 Swoon-Worthy Patriotic Room Ideas: Wishlist for Summer Holidays

Patriotic Room Ideas: Red White and Blue or Neutrals for July 4th?

Independence Day on July 4th is fast upon us! What are you doing for your summer decor? Do you decorate for this patriotic holiday? If so, do you use the traditional red, white and blue or something more neutral?

It’s a hard thing for traditionalists like me to accept that primary colors, except for maybe navy blue, are not the “in thing” right now. With neutrals, white, beige and gray still dominating the decor landscape, it makes it difficult to decorate for holidays that have traditionally included red. I had a hard time getting rid of red when it started to fade in popularity. That’s why I think it’s perfect for holidays!

American Flag

Red is such a powerful color and therefore, creates swoon-worthy vignettes. I love the saying, “Free, because of the brave!” Old Glory’s stars and stripes are a great starting point for all patriotic decor throughout the year. From Martin Luther King Day to Veterans Day, red, white and blue shout freedom better than any other color combination. Don’t you agree?

If like me, you love a more traditional style of decor, then there’s no holiday – other than maybe Christmas – that opens up so many opportunities for a fun and festive vignette! Here are a few patriotic room ideas to inspire you to bring out the red, white and blue.

For a Vintage Mantel

French Laundry is a blogger with lovely French, vintage style. Her mantel shows her love of country, home and of course, antiques. A lovely combination of red, white and blue with vintage mirrors, ironstone and kerosene lanterns conjure of images of Betsy Ross sewing Old Glory by candlelight. The eagle placed center-stage makes my heart soar with love for the USA!

July 4 Mantel

“Land that I Love” – the Dining Room

Desiree G on Hometalk shows how to pull together a vintage chic centerpiece for our dining room table. She used simple vases with greenery and flags atop a blue and white striped tablecloth to showcase the stars and stripes.

patriotic dining room

A Simple Addition in the Bathroom

Kirsten with Home by KMB adds these lovely hand towels to her powder room for a touch of patriotism that’s not over the top. It’s perfect!

patriotic room ideas

Outdoor Patriotic Room Ideas

Her porch is adorable, too! Outdoor spaces are a perfect spot to show your patriotism.

patriotic porch

Decorate Your Mailbox for the 4th, too!

Chloe with Celebrate and Decorate shares how to make a shining example of patriotism by adding mailbox decor.

patriotic mailbox

I absolutely love patriotic decor. My most poignant memories include the days after 9/11 when flags were flying all over our country. Even during such an unsettled, sad time in our country’s history, it felt good to wave a flag. Our flag symbolized unity, courage and support of all military and first responders.

One of my favorite images is the one the firemen raised at Ground Zero while still searching for survivors. Other images include the flag raised over Iwo Jima during WWII and the Cambridge Cemetery of US soldiers in England. We are indeed free because of the brave and the fact that God shed His grace on us.

Cambridge Cemetery


Thank you to all who have given so much for our freedom!

Bring on the red, white and blue! 

For a great choice of patriotic, vintage decor, be sure to visit my booth at Southern Antiques & Accents. 254 S Greeno Road, Booth #115; Fairhope, AL 36532. There are lots of vendors who also have patriotic decor.

Call the store at 251-517-7047 for all your red, white and blue needs!

Happy 4th of July to all!

8 Cute Before and After Thrifting Updates

Last month CoziNest was busy doing lots of thrifting updates. I decided to set up a work table in a bedroom and do several projects at one time. It was like a fun little assembly line of treasures. I absolutely love giving a little extra love to something someone else has decided has seen its best days. Enjoy these before and after thrifting updates. 

Before and After Thrifting Updates

thrifting updates

Here are a few of the projects. From left to right, a set of three green glass canisters, a French Cafe Clock in aqua, a sign that wasn’t selling in my booth and another little blank sign I picked up. Here’s what I did to each one. Let me know your thoughts.

Green Glass Canisters

I’m a YouTube addict now that my sister shared with me some of the channels she follows. After watching a DIYer use spackling to update some old glass vases, I thought I would try it on these glass canisters. I love how they turned out. What do you think?

set of 3 green canisters

Here are the three canisters with their lids.

Greased Lightning

First thing I did was lightly sand the glass, wipe off dust and then clean thoroughly with Greased Lightning.

DryDex Spackling

Next I applied spackling to the glass where I wanted to add texture. I allowed it to dry overnight. I then lightly sanded it again to smooth out any uneven places.

pink spackle on glass

Then I painted them with Valspar Paint and Primer. I stuffed the inside with plastic bags to prevent leakage of paint inside the jars. I wanted to keep the inside safe for food. Then I painted them with Dixie Belle White Mineral Paint.

three canisters after dixie belle paint

Dixie Belle Thrifting Update

I sealed them with Polyacrylic. And they are now in the booth, ready for someone else to love them.

white canisters


Small Stenciled Signs, Wall Hooks and Clock

Bath Wall Decor

Bath Decor

I think these turned out so cute! I simply painted them with primer and then black Dixie Belle paint. I picked up the stencil at Hobby Lobby and used white acrylic paint from my craft supplies.

wall hooks before

Here are the wall hooks before I painted and added a Silhouette vinyl to each.

his and her wall hooks
His and Her wall hooks


White tabletop clock

It won’t hurt my feelings if I have to bring this clock back home! I painted it white and lightly distressed the edges. 

I got word that my corner curio sold, so I needed something to replace it in the booth. I picked up a crescent shaped desk from Waterfront Mission in Foley and got to work on it pronto. I don’t like things sitting in the floor of my booth! And I fell in love with the shape of this desk.

Crescent Shaped Desk

desk front before painting

Someone had painted the legs in a shabby chic method and left the top in natural wood. I sanded the whole thing, cleaned the hardware, primed and then painted with Valspar Paint and Primer in one. I sealed with Polyacrylic. The hardware was not very pretty, so I spray painted it in an antique brass. I love how it turned out!

Backside of Desk

White Desk for Sale
White desk with gold handles.

For now it is loaded with great finds for my Valentine’s shoppers. Let me know what you like the best. There were two other candlesticks that somehow I didn’t get the before picture of, but here is how they turned out. They had a sticky residue on them in rusty red. After I cleaned them, the sticky went away. ;). So, I was pleased with the outcome. I loved the modern shape. I think they will fit in any decor, from Farmhouse to Modern.


white modern candlesticks

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I refurbished these few items. I hope it inspires you to save something from a landfill. If you like these ideas, please invite me back to your inbox. I only visit your inbox when I have some really fun updates, news or tips to share, about once per month. Thanks for reading today. Be blessed!

9 Romantic Tablescapes for Valentines

Romantic Tablescape

Table for Two Blog Hop

What is romance to you? Is it snuggling by the fire? Hiking through nature with the person of your dreams? Or is it the definition given by Merriam-Webster?

“A feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love.”

I am a “romantic” at heart and love all things related to adventure, imagination and just about anything that creates an escape from the everyday routines of life. So, when approached by Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate to join a group of extremely talented ladies in this tablescape bloghop, I was quick to “hop” on board. It is an honor and a pleasure to be a part of this group of bloggers.

In addition, I decided to add a few tablescapes from across the web to share ideas for using vintage and antique pieces. Let me know your thoughts.

Preparing the Table

A dear friend of the family cleaned out some of her china recently and gave me several pieces from her collection. It’s a double honor today, to use some of her treasures.


Lenox Pinafore

The floral salad plate is part of her Lenox, Pinafore pattern.  It’s such a delicate pattern of pinks and greens, I thought it perfect for a romantic tablescape.

Cakeplate in Tablescape

The depression glass bell was a gift from my sweet sister. I found the crystal and brass votives at a local flea market. Pulling it all together for a romantic dinner with my hubby, was the most fun of all. Yes, it’s a bit fru-fru for a man, but he loves me regardless!

A Feeling of Excitement



Nothing more fitting to scatter across the table than a few SweetTarts. My daughter and I LOVE them! It was a challenge to arrange them on the table without eating them.


a toast on Valentine's

My mother-in-love gifted these champagne flutes to us one Christmas. They are pink stemmed from the Breast Cancer Awareness Shop for a Cure.


Scattered hearts
Scattered hearts also represent our families that live in different places all over the country.
paper rose napkin rings


A Little Mystery

As the sun begins to set, I plug in the lights beneath the table for a little extra ambiance.

crystal votive


sneak peak


gold and crystal votive


Cupcakes for Two

The French chairs are his and her antiques. How fun that he has his chair with elevated arms and I have mine… with more relaxed arms. It’s like the chair has been pulled out for me by more than one gentleman….my man and the creator of this chair from generations ago.


A couple of gifts for the man who is the absolute love of my life. He is a server, provider, giver and wonderful father.  I am blessed to be his wife.


valentine presents


gold and crystal votive

Light the candles…




The cupcakes for the cupcake stands are on the way…


Candlelit dinner



Romantic Tablescapes from Across the Web

romantic tablescape for Valentine's

You can find vases like these in antique malls, like Southern Antiques & Accents ;), thrift stores or big box stores. If you run across crystal or glass candlesticks pick them up. Then if you find discarded votives or pendant lights, glue them together for a custom look on your table.

Valentine Lantern Table

Look for a beautiful old lantern like this and add red or white candles with flower petals. Set your table with white dishes, add red and crystal glassware for a quick and sweet table.

Valentines Ornament Centerpiece

What a simple centerpiece! Fill a large bowl with red ornaments, beads and heart garland, a hurricane glass and candle.

rose tree centerpiece

This centerpiece would be super easy to make with a floral foam cone and a whole bunch of Dollar Tree roses. Check your local antique mall for red glasses, vintage tablecloth and runner.

set of three rose bouquets

The tablecloth, dishes and rose bouquets on the table are striking. Look for square vases at antique malls or thrift stores, purchase red twine, a Quick Water Floral Kit and a faux rose bouquet to make your own centerpieces.

hearts and roses centerpiece

This whole centerpiece could be purchased from the Dollar Tree or a thrift store. So pretty!

dramatic valentines table

I saved these two examples for last because they are my absolute favorite. I am in love with the rose balls. These could be scaled down for a dinner for two or used for a wedding reception in any color.

luxurious valentines table

Ready for a nice evening at home. If only the weather would cooperate! Snuggling by the fire is my favorite.

For more inspiration for your romantic tablescape, visit these talented and adventurous bloggers.


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Cozy Game-Day Decor for Two

My husband, 007, enjoys watching football from the comfort of his recliner. No crowds. His favorite foods and our favorite things surround him. I’m not that huge of a pro football fan. Pro football is his hobby. Mine is making it an event for both of us. That’s why I like to add a little cozy game-day decor to his man-cave in mid January. Decorating the table, preparing a few finger foods and wearing team colors make it an event for the two of us. He watches the game and I watch the commercials and halftime show. Fun for both of us! If you aren’t that big a fan either, here are a few vignettes to help you cozy up to gameday.

GameDay Decor – Centerpiece

cozy gameday decor

Paula Deen magazine shows us how to make these adorable centerpieces and napkin rings. Tweak this vignette with your own team colors for a fun day. Should it be the Ravens, black placemats with purple napkins and yellow flowers support your team in high fashion.


Football Field Green Tablecloth for Game-Day Decor

grass tablecloth

Using a green “grass” tablecloth adds texture and lays a perfect foundation for your team colors. Add a colorful runner, food and beverages of your choice.

Playbook Table Decor


playbook table cover

This butcher-paper playbook table cover is an easy starting place for your gameday decor. Adding flowers, napkins and favorite foods make this an easy clean-up option after the game.

There’s one recipe that we love every year. It’s easy, tasty and a tradition for Super Bowl Sunday. So, once you have your table set, add this platter of wings. For the two of us, we keep it simple with wings, celery, dipping sauce, a variety of chips and a cheese ring with crackers.

Crispy Baked Wings


For the Wings:

  • 4 lb (1.8 kg) chicken wings, cut into wingettes and drumettes
  • 2 tablespoons aluminum free baking powder (NOT BAKING SODA) (21g)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Nonstick cooking spray

For the Buffalo Sauce:

  • ½ cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce (120ml)
  • ½ cup butter (4oz, 113g)

Celery sticks, for serving


For the wings:

  • Preheat oven to 250F. Adjust oven racks to upper-middle and lower-middle positions.
  • Dry the wings thoroughly with paper towels.
  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, then place a rack on the foil. Spray the rack with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Toss the wings with baking powder and salt.
  • Place the wings on the baking tray in a single layer. They don’t have to be very spaced out because they will shrink while cooking.
  • Place wings on the lower-middle oven rack and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Move wings up to the upper-middle rack and increase the oven temperature to 425 F. Bake for 40 – 50 minutes, using tongs to flip the wings halfway through.
  • Remove from the oven.
  • Toss with Buffalo Sauce or serve sauce on the side.
  • Serve with your favorite Ranch Dip and celery sticks.

For the Buffalo Sauce:

  • Heat butter and hot sauce in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat, whisking until combined.


The Moody Blues of Wanderlust-Mykonos

My Moody Blues

I want to go back to there!  One of my favorite stops on our Mediterranean cruise was Mykonos. The blue and white landscape reminded me why I have always loved blue and white in home decor. It is fresh, clean and cheerful. Stroll through the moody blues of Mykonos throughout homes across the world.

Blue and White Photos

Everywhere you look, there is blue and white with the majestic sky as a backdrop. It was truly a rhapsody in blue.

This vintage sign advertising their daily cruises caught my attention as we walked the shore. The deep blue sea stretched before us.

A white chapel against a blue sky with natural stone walls along the driveway.  Blue heaven.

Blue water, white boat and houses had me searching for my suede shoes.

The wild blue yonder.

We may visit Mykonos only once in a blue moon, but the colors inspire us all around the house. Enjoy these gorgeous designs from across the world.

Design Chic from North Carolina offer this beautiful blue and white dining room.

Blue and White Dining Room

A Blissful Nest shares 15 different kitchens with shades of blue.

Blue and White Galley Kitchen

Emily Henderson Bedrooms… need I say more?

Emily Henderson Blue and White Bedroom

Welcome to our home! Foyers say it best with Freshome.

Blue Accent Ceiling in Foyer

Boys Bedrooms are easy. Just ask DecorPad.

Boys Blue Twin Beds

Priority Window Valances highlight the moody blues of 5 different designers. This sweet girls room makes me wish I was a little girl again.

Girls Blue and White Canopy Bed

For a calm and spa-like bathroom, visit Houspire, This bathtub is on my list!

Blue and White Bath with Clawfoot Tub

And finally feast your baby blues on this lovely porch, ready for spring!

Lavin Label helps us bring a touch of moody blues outside to our front porch.


Blue and White Spring Porch

My moody blues are softened with accents of green, gray and of course, white. From the front porch to the bath, blue and white are colors that Mother Nature herself approves. What do you think of blue and white in decor?

But, these accents unfortunately have not softened my desire to go back to there! I want to watch the flags wave against a blue sky and white boats rock on the deep blue sea, or green or both. Better yet, I want to ride the blue waves while waving goodbye to the shore onto our next adventure.

Sailing in Mykonos


CoziNest Antiques and Decor – We are Moving!

CoziNest Antiques and Decor has Moved

It is a bittersweet time at CoziNest Antiques and Decor. We are closing the “proverbial” doors to our booth at Daphne Antique Galleria. I’m sad to be leaving all the great people at the place I’ve lovingly called “DAG” for the last 3 years. I’ve had great times, made great friends and met so many wonderful customers. But, it is time to consolidate to one location instead of two, so I’m happy to announce my one and only shop. Please visit me at:

Southern Antiques & Accents

Booth #115

254 Greeno Road

Fairhope, AL 36532

Our next Ladies Night Out, will be Tuesday March 19, 2019 from 6 – 8 pm. I hope you can stop by for a fun night with door prizes and a 10% discount throughout the mall.

Just so you know what you’ve missed at previous Ladies Nights:

One month in the Heart for Dixie booth, I served biscuits and gravy with sweet tea, y’all.

Last month in my new location, I served peach cobbler with whipped cream.

For March, how about mini cheesecakes with cherry topping? This will be delicious with a glass of wine while you shop!

CoziNest Antiques & Decor

Send me an email if you plan to visit soon and I’ll let them know how special you are! New friends who comment below or send an email will get 10% off any purchase over $100.

I will always cherish my days in Daphne. I’ve had great fun writing about the fabulous finds in this mall. You can read about them below. I encourage all my readers to stop by regularly. You will never be disappointed.


Don’t Forget the New Location!

CoziNest Antiques and Decor

Please stop by Booth #115 and say hello!