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Stripes Forever

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Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays. It's great because the occasion brings everyone together: eating blueberries, grilling dinner, and watching fireworks.

I often carry my patriotism into decorating the house. Stripes are such a classic... a uniquely American design that looks fresh all-year round.

And you certainly aren't limited to red and white. Stripes of any color and width look great in the summer months...

Take a look at some of my favorite striped wonders...

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A red, white, and blue sheet set that's perfect for July 4th. 
(landofnod.com)

1 A red, white, and blue sheet set that's perfect for July 4th. (landofnod.com)

Highball glasses with a sophisticated gold stripe.
(conranusa.com)

2 Highball glasses with a sophisticated gold stripe. (conranusa.com)

Red stripes will make this rug a show stopper in your home. 
(macys.com)

3 Red stripes will make this rug a show stopper in your home. (macys.com)

A busy household is always in need of extra dish towels. I would love to have a few of these thin-striped towels. 
(potterybarn.com)

4 A busy household is always in need of extra dish towels. I would love to have a few of these thin-striped towels. (potterybarn.com)

This bench is such a sleek way to add stripes.
(williams-sonoma.com)

5 This bench is such a sleek way to add stripes. (williams-sonoma.com)

Who says stripes need to be colorful? A simple and subtle way to add stripes is with a detailed wallpaper like this bead board version from the Martha Stewart Collection at the Home Depot. (homedepot.com)

6 Who says stripes need to be colorful? A simple and subtle way to add stripes is with a detailed wallpaper like this bead board version from the Martha Stewart Collection at the Home Depot. (homedepot.com)

This classic piece says summer.
(potterybarn.com)

7 This classic piece says summer. (potterybarn.com)

I love stripes in fun colors. 
(urbanoutfitters.com)

8 I love stripes in fun colors. (urbanoutfitters.com)

This tablecloth will get a lot of love this summer. Use it for picnics or outdoor dinners. (anthropologie.com)

9 This tablecloth will get a lot of love this summer. Use it for picnics or outdoor dinners. (anthropologie.com)

The light blue stripes on this pillow remind me of a summer sky. 
(cb2.com)

10 The light blue stripes on this pillow remind me of a summer sky. (cb2.com)

Summer is about simplicity and this tablecloth is the epitome of relaxed entertaining. 
(conranusa.com)

11 Summer is about simplicity and this tablecloth is the epitome of relaxed entertaining. (conranusa.com)

The thin salmon stripes intensify the blue on this beautiful rug.
(potterybarn.com)

12 The thin salmon stripes intensify the blue on this beautiful rug. (potterybarn.com)

The creaminess of this pillow is so gorgeous and it looks so comfy. 
(ikea.com)

13 The creaminess of this pillow is so gorgeous and it looks so comfy. (ikea.com)

These would make ideal runners for a Independence Day table. (brookfarmgeneralstore.com)

14 These would make ideal runners for a Independence Day table. (brookfarmgeneralstore.com)

I like the imperfect lines on this pitcher. 
 (anthropologie.com)

15 I like the imperfect lines on this pitcher. (anthropologie.com)

The neutral stripes on this bed are unobtrusive and elegant. 
(macys.com)

16 The neutral stripes on this bed are unobtrusive and elegant. (macys.com)

Order your magazines in these bold organizers from the Conran Shop. 
(conranusa.com)

17 Order your magazines in these bold organizers from the Conran Shop. (conranusa.com)

These striped pillows remind me of boat pillows.  (potterybarn.com)

18 These striped pillows remind me of boat pillows. (potterybarn.com)

These napkins are a wonderful addition to your 4th of July party. 
(williams-sonoma.com)

19 These napkins are a wonderful addition to your 4th of July party. (williams-sonoma.com)

The stripes on this pillow make it look great, and the outdoor material makes it durable. (crateandbarrel.com)

20 The stripes on this pillow make it look great, and the outdoor material makes it durable. (crateandbarrel.com)

Thinking of making a souffle for the 4th of July? Make sure your ramekins are patriotic.
(crateandbarrel.com)

21 Thinking of making a souffle for the 4th of July? Make sure your ramekins are patriotic. (crateandbarrel.com)

Fill your home with these beachy striped towels. (potterybarn.com)

22 Fill your home with these beachy striped towels. (potterybarn.com)

These are graphic in a great way. (westelm.com)

23 These are graphic in a great way. (westelm.com)

These striped shades come in so many great colors. 
(potterybarn.com)

24 These striped shades come in so many great colors. (potterybarn.com)

These wash cloths look so soft. They'd be great to use, and display next to the sink. 
(shopterrain.com)

25 These wash cloths look so soft. They'd be great to use, and display next to the sink. (shopterrain.com)

This understated tablecloth combines unexpected colors in a beautiful way.
(shopterrain.com)

26 This understated tablecloth combines unexpected colors in a beautiful way. (shopterrain.com)

Rugs are a subtle, practical way to add stripes to your home. (horchow.com)

27 Rugs are a subtle, practical way to add stripes to your home. (horchow.com)

I like that the stripes on these trays look like fabric.  
(brookfarmgeneralstore.com)

28 I like that the stripes on these trays look like fabric. (brookfarmgeneralstore.com)

A rug with bright stripes can enliven a space.
(madelinewinerib.com)

29 A rug with bright stripes can enliven a space. (madelinewinerib.com)

Another subtle nod to patriotic stripes. (shopterrain.com)

30 Another subtle nod to patriotic stripes. (shopterrain.com)

These jugs can be used for lemonade or as a vase for summer arrangements.
(suebinnspottery.co.uk)

31 These jugs can be used for lemonade or as a vase for summer arrangements. (suebinnspottery.co.uk)

This denim rug is a less-obvious way to use stripes. 
(anthropologie.com)

32 This denim rug is a less-obvious way to use stripes. (anthropologie.com)

Stools are necessary for any outdoor bar. Decorate yours with these rustic striped stools. (abchome.com)

33 Stools are necessary for any outdoor bar. Decorate yours with these rustic striped stools. (abchome.com)

This pretty striped chest can double as a vanity.
(homedecorators.com)

34 This pretty striped chest can double as a vanity. (homedecorators.com)

Blue stripes are the classic bedspread choice for beach homes. Martha Stewart Collection. (macys.com)

35 Blue stripes are the classic bedspread choice for beach homes. Martha Stewart Collection. (macys.com)

For a DIY alternative, look no further than Martha Stewart Living's striped crafts and recipes.

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Dress up outdoor furniture by making your own striped pillows and daybed cover.
 (marthastewart.com/how-to/striped-rug-pillows) 
(marthastewart.com/how-to/striped-daybed_cover)

1 Dress up outdoor furniture by making your own striped pillows and daybed cover. (marthastewart.com/how-to/striped-rug-pillows) (marthastewart.com/how-to/striped-daybed_cover)

The striped palette on these delicious ice pops is gorgeous. 
(marthastewart.com/349919/striped-ice-pops)

2 The striped palette on these delicious ice pops is gorgeous. (marthastewart.com/349919/striped-ice-pops)

There are so many uses for these chic striped baskets.
(marthastewart.com/how-to/striped-rope-baskets)

3 There are so many uses for these chic striped baskets. (marthastewart.com/how-to/striped-rope-baskets)

Perfect for a summer dinner party, these striped hurricane lanterns are an easy-to-make centerpiece. 
(marthastewart.com/how-to/hurricane-lantern)

4 Perfect for a summer dinner party, these striped hurricane lanterns are an easy-to-make centerpiece. (marthastewart.com/how-to/hurricane-lantern)

Update your patio with this subtle addition of stripes.
(marthastewart.com/269527/painted-floors)

5 Update your patio with this subtle addition of stripes. (marthastewart.com/269527/painted-floors)

Make your stairs pop with the fun painted runner. 
(marthastewart.com/273423/a-runner-thats-one-with-the-stairs)

6 Make your stairs pop with the fun painted runner. (marthastewart.com/273423/a-runner-thats-one-with-the-stairs)

These easy-breezy striped curtains are a perfect fixture for summer. 
(marthastewart.com/273650/ribbon-striped-sheer-curtains)

7 These easy-breezy striped curtains are a perfect fixture for summer. (marthastewart.com/273650/ribbon-striped-sheer-curtains)

Bring stripes into your kitchen with this cute shelving project.
(marthastewart.com/photogallery/stripe-craft-and-decorating-projects?lpgStart=1&currentslide=12)

8 Bring stripes into your kitchen with this cute shelving project. (marthastewart.com/photogallery/stripe-craft-and-decorating-projects?lpgStart=1¤tslide=12)

Decorate a plain food tray for a customized addition to your summer picnic.
(marthastewart.com/272222/stripes-tray)

9 Decorate a plain food tray for a customized addition to your summer picnic. (marthastewart.com/272222/stripes-tray)

Striped make lampshades stand-out in this all-white kitchen. 
(marthastewart.com/how-to/striped-desk-lamp)

10 Striped make lampshades stand-out in this all-white kitchen. (marthastewart.com/how-to/striped-desk-lamp)

These striped cookies won't just taste good, they'll look good stacked and striped. 
(marthastewart.com/332855/striped-butter-cookies)

11 These striped cookies won't just taste good, they'll look good stacked and striped. (marthastewart.com/332855/striped-butter-cookies)

There are many layers of taste in this striped ice-cream cake. 
(marthastewart.com/314399/angel-food-sheet-cake)

12 There are many layers of taste in this striped ice-cream cake. (marthastewart.com/314399/angel-food-sheet-cake)

The colors on these would be great for a Fourth of July party. 
(marthastewartweddings.com/goodthings/sophisticated-stripes)

13 The colors on these would be great for a Fourth of July party. (marthastewartweddings.com/goodthings/sophisticated-stripes)

Get cozy in the backyard with this DIY striped beanbag chair. 
(marthastewart.com/269842/beanbag-makeover)

14 Get cozy in the backyard with this DIY striped beanbag chair. (marthastewart.com/269842/beanbag-makeover)

Add a striped touch to your outdoor space with these customized planters. 
(marthastewart.com/273367/pots-of-all-stripes)

15 Add a striped touch to your outdoor space with these customized planters. (marthastewart.com/273367/pots-of-all-stripes)

Here's to a fabulous Fourth of July! (check back Monday for even more Independence Day inspiration.)

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Comments (1)

  • Hi Kevin, Happy forth of July! Great images.
    I voted for the Schumacher & Co an alternative for the mirror. Love the Martha Stewart Precious Metals paint collection. Best of luck and success.
    PS I bought some antique furniture for Beirut apt, paintings and antique christle chandeliers will send you pics when I put finish.
    Have a wonderful week

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