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Inspiration: Flag Day

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Happy Flag Day!

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Here are some tips to make sure your tribute is a respectful one:

* Display the flag only between sunrise and sunset on buildings and stationary flagstaffs.

* The flag may be displayed for twenty-four hours if illuminated in darkness.

* Do not display the flag in inclement weather.

* Whether displaying the flag vertically or horizontally, make sure the canton of stars is visible on the upper left-hand side.

* Do not let the flag touch the ground.

* The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.

* Before flying a flag at half-staff, hoist to its peak for an instant before lowering it.

* When displayed against a wall with another flag, their staffs crossed, the American flag should be on the right of the other flag (on the viewer's left), with its staff on top of that of the other flag.

* When flags of states, cities, or localities are flown on the same halyard with the United States flag, the national flag should always be at the top. No other flag should be placed above, or if on the same level, to the flag's right.

* When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they should be flown from separate staffs of equal height. The flags should be of approximately equal size.

* When the flag is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle, the canton should be placed at the peak of the staff.

* An unusable flag that is damaged and worn and can no longer be displayed should be destroyed in a dignified way by burning.

* When not on display, the flag should be respectfully folded into a triangle, symbolizing the tricorn hats worn by colonial soldiers in the Revolutionary War.

Here are some stylish ways to celebrate Flag Day...

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I love how the bunting looks on this porch. (Martha Stewart Living)

1 I love how the bunting looks on this porch. (Martha Stewart Living)

More festive flag bunting. (Martha Stewart Living)

2 More festive flag bunting. (Martha Stewart Living)

The repetition pattern is so great around a white door.  (Martha Stewart Living)

3 The repetition pattern is so great around a white door. (Martha Stewart Living)

Two American classics: White Picket fence and the flag. (marthastewart.com/271536/flag-patterned-fence-swag)

4 Two American classics: White Picket fence and the flag. (marthastewart.com/271536/flag-patterned-fence-swag)

Simple and so pretty. (Martha Stewart Living)

5 Simple and so pretty. (Martha Stewart Living)

Why not top off some cupcakes with with some red, white, and blue? (Martha Stewart Living)

6 Why not top off some cupcakes with with some red, white, and blue? (Martha Stewart Living)

Yum! A patriotic cupcake. (marthastewart.com/271328/flag-cupcakes)

7 Yum! A patriotic cupcake. (marthastewart.com/271328/flag-cupcakes)

This tart is amazing looking. Almost too gorgeous to eat.  (marthastewart.com/342186/american-flag-tart)

8 This tart is amazing looking. Almost too gorgeous to eat. (marthastewart.com/342186/american-flag-tart)

Another more sophisticated style of flag bunting. (Martha Stewart Living)

9 Another more sophisticated style of flag bunting. (Martha Stewart Living)

Decorating with flags need not be literal. Just use the colors and patterns as a jumping off point. (marthastewart.com/269195/stars-and-stripes-gazebo-trim)

10 Decorating with flags need not be literal. Just use the colors and patterns as a jumping off point. (marthastewart.com/269195/stars-and-stripes-gazebo-trim)

Stars make fun tabletop decor.  (marthastewart.com/272712/starry-tabletop-runner)

11 Stars make fun tabletop decor. (marthastewart.com/272712/starry-tabletop-runner)

These stars have charming red, white, and blue patterns. They are so great all mixed together. (marthastewart.com/how-to/star-medallion)

12 These stars have charming red, white, and blue patterns. They are so great all mixed together. (marthastewart.com/how-to/star-medallion)

Crisp blue napkins get their own patriotic medals. (marthastewart.com/273698/patriotic-napkin-rings)

13 Crisp blue napkins get their own patriotic medals. (marthastewart.com/273698/patriotic-napkin-rings)

Another simple and festive garland for Flag Day. (marthastewart.com/273295/red-white-and-blue-ribbon-stars)

14 Another simple and festive garland for Flag Day. (marthastewart.com/273295/red-white-and-blue-ribbon-stars)

Don't forget the kids' badminton set. (Martha Stewart Living)

15 Don't forget the kids' badminton set. (Martha Stewart Living)

The stars and stripes (not to mention red, white, and blue) have served as inspiration for many a designer.

Here are my favorite design accents that take their cue from our nation's famous flag...

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1960's Stamped

1 1960's Stamped "Defiance" Co. framed in white-washed wood. (lizashermanantiques.com)

This Baccarat three stars paperweight is chic any time of year. (saksfifthavenue.com)

2 This Baccarat three stars paperweight is chic any time of year. (saksfifthavenue.com)

This striped SOFIA fabric would make a great tablecloth. (ikea.com)

3 This striped SOFIA fabric would make a great tablecloth. (ikea.com)

A great take on the classic stars on a blue background. (burkedecor.com)

4 A great take on the classic stars on a blue background. (burkedecor.com)

Welcome summer guests with crisp, red, white, and blue bed linens. (landofnod.com)

5 Welcome summer guests with crisp, red, white, and blue bed linens. (landofnod.com)

Even your barbecue trash can be patriotic (alicesupplyco.com)

6 Even your barbecue trash can be patriotic (alicesupplyco.com)

These white porcelain plates are rimmed with a bright blue. Pair them with bright red napkins. Martha Stewart Collection (macys.com)

7 These white porcelain plates are rimmed with a bright blue. Pair them with bright red napkins. Martha Stewart Collection (macys.com)

You can't get more American than this bed. (ralphlauren.com)

8 You can't get more American than this bed. (ralphlauren.com)

Love these red-and-white striped utensils. (laterrinedirect.com)

9 Love these red-and-white striped utensils. (laterrinedirect.com)

You can use this striped tote all season for picnics and beach trips. (etsy.com)

10 You can use this striped tote all season for picnics and beach trips. (etsy.com)

Cool blues and crisp whites are a classic American statement. (ralphlauren.com)

11 Cool blues and crisp whites are a classic American statement. (ralphlauren.com)

I love that you can monogram these smart-looking pails (chasing-fireflies.com)

12 I love that you can monogram these smart-looking pails (chasing-fireflies.com)

Buy plenty of these napkins for Fourth of July and Labor Day. (williams-sonoma.com)

13 Buy plenty of these napkins for Fourth of July and Labor Day. (williams-sonoma.com)

Does this rug remind you of anything? (madelineweinrib.com)

14 Does this rug remind you of anything? (madelineweinrib.com)

You can place this pillow on a porch or an entryway bench for when patriotism strikes you. (williams-sonoma.com)

15 You can place this pillow on a porch or an entryway bench for when patriotism strikes you. (williams-sonoma.com)

The classic Adirondack chair in a flag-inspired red. (llbean.com)

16 The classic Adirondack chair in a flag-inspired red. (llbean.com)

A flag-inspired fabric makes this hammock even more inviting.(llbean.com)

17 A flag-inspired fabric makes this hammock even more inviting.(llbean.com)

The real thing. (homedepot.com)

18 The real thing. (homedepot.com)

Incorporate these little flags into your table settings. (homedepot.com)

19 Incorporate these little flags into your table settings. (homedepot.com)

Handmade Bespoke Cards

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Recently, the decorating department received a special delivery...

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Each of us was sent a handmade, bespoke card from our spring decorating intern, Ciara.

While we knew that Ciara was a talented and diligent writer and researcher, we had no idea that her artistic talent was just as great.

Take a look at the cards in detail.

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Ciara really captured the personality of each person. My card seemed to be a nod to the Albers prints in my home.

1 Ciara really captured the personality of each person. My card seemed to be a nod to the Albers prints in my home.

Yvette's card was lush and full of color.

2 Yvette's card was lush and full of color.

Chavo's card was a mix of romantic hue against of a graphic, urban silhouette. Like New York at dawn.

3 Chavo's card was a mix of romantic hue against of a graphic, urban silhouette. Like New York at dawn.

The palette on Kerstin's card is so strong -- and included her favorite color, gray.

4 The palette on Kerstin's card is so strong -- and included her favorite color, gray.

Paige's card reminded us of smears of bright and cheerful lipstick shades.

5 Paige's card reminded us of smears of bright and cheerful lipstick shades.

The letters on Anthony's card are the strongest element with an ombre effect in the background.

6 The letters on Anthony's card are the strongest element with an ombre effect in the background.

Doesn't Scott's card look like a cluster of gems?

7 Doesn't Scott's card look like a cluster of gems?

Rebecca's note was highlighted with detailed, punchy flowers.

8 Rebecca's note was highlighted with detailed, punchy flowers.

Mirror, Mirror On The...

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Anyone who reads my blog on a regular basis and followed my apartment renovation knows that I love to use mirrors to bring in light and to add interest to a space.  The proof is in the many places I have installed mirrors throughout the apartment.

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The mirror that started it all.  I worked with Desiron (desiron.com) to create this custom Klar floor mirror that I had mounted on the wall outside my closet.   I loved it so much that I decided to have more made for other areas in the apartment.  You can see my blue painter's tape outline in the background for the one I wanted above by my desk.

1 The mirror that started it all. I worked with Desiron (desiron.com) to create this custom Klar floor mirror that I had mounted on the wall outside my closet. I loved it so much that I decided to have more made for other areas in the apartment. You can see my blue painter's tape outline in the background for the one I wanted above by my desk.

Inside the closet, in the corners on each side, I had Junior from Narcissus Mirror and Glass install strips of mirror to open up the space and give the feeling that it goes on forever.

2 Inside the closet, in the corners on each side, I had Junior from Narcissus Mirror and Glass install strips of mirror to open up the space and give the feeling that it goes on forever.

I also mirrored the back of the lowest shelves on each side of the closet.  They bring so much extra light to the space.

3 I also mirrored the back of the lowest shelves on each side of the closet. They bring so much extra light to the space.

Another custom size Klar floor mirror from Desiron in my dining room.  Just beautiful.

4 Another custom size Klar floor mirror from Desiron in my dining room. Just beautiful.

The finished product.  What was once a tape outline is now a reality.  I love how it reflects the river outside.

5 The finished product. What was once a tape outline is now a reality. I love how it reflects the river outside.

I did a series of custom Klar floor mirrors above and below the wall mounted cabinet in my living room.

6 I did a series of custom Klar floor mirrors above and below the wall mounted cabinet in my living room.

The mirrors in this tear sheet, space designed by Karl Lagerfeld and shot by Francois Baudot, were my inspiration for the living room mirrors.

7 The mirrors in this tear sheet, space designed by Karl Lagerfeld and shot by Francois Baudot, were my inspiration for the living room mirrors.

In my powder room, I decided to remove the standard, installed medicine cabinet and replace it will a floor to ceiling mirror behind the sink.

8 In my powder room, I decided to remove the standard, installed medicine cabinet and replace it will a floor to ceiling mirror behind the sink.

In my main bathroom, mirror installed under the sink and below the shelf helps to brighten up the space and dark floor.

9 In my main bathroom, mirror installed under the sink and below the shelf helps to brighten up the space and dark floor.

Another great trick is to back the inside of a medicine cabinet with mirror.  It's an easy project with a big impact.

10 Another great trick is to back the inside of a medicine cabinet with mirror. It's an easy project with a big impact.

I did the same in my bath supply cabinet.

11 I did the same in my bath supply cabinet.

Even utilitarian spaces can benefit from mirror.  The dark closet where my washer and dryer are located is now a bright workspace.

12 Even utilitarian spaces can benefit from mirror. The dark closet where my washer and dryer are located is now a bright workspace.

I needed a smaller size mirror for my entryway to fit the space between the sconce and floating shelf and found a great option with the Infinity mirror from Room & Board (roomandboard.com)

13 I needed a smaller size mirror for my entryway to fit the space between the sconce and floating shelf and found a great option with the Infinity mirror from Room & Board (roomandboard.com)

A while back, I was in my office looking through a book on Jacques Émile Rhulmann, one of the most celebrated Art Deco interior and furniture designers of the twentieth century.  An image in the book really caught my eye and got me thinking about a new project for my apartment.  The image shows a indoor pool.  The water is so still and reflective that I thought it was actually mirror installed on the floor until I read the photo's caption.

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This is the image from the Florence Camard book, Ruhlmann, that got me thinking about installing mirror in the cove ceiling in my living room.

1 This is the image from the Florence Camard book, Ruhlmann, that got me thinking about installing mirror in the cove ceiling in my living room.

For some time now, I've been trying to think of something interesting that I could do in that space.  What about installing mirror there?  I contacted Junior, my friend at Narcissus Mirror and Glass, to come down to the apartment and talk about my idea and take some inital measurements.  A few questions came up during the visit.  Would the mirror reflect into the open space between the cove and ceiling?  If so, that wouldn't too be pretty.  Was there lighting originally installed in the cove?  That's a question I have for my contractor, Bob Tobin of BC Interiors, Ltd.  If there is wiring for lighting up there, it would be great to reconnect it to illuminate the ceiling.

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The cove ceiling in my living room.  It would be a great opportunity to do something really interesting in this space.

1 The cove ceiling in my living room. It would be a great opportunity to do something really interesting in this space.

This is the view from the front windows.  As you can see, it's a substantially sized space.

2 This is the view from the front windows. As you can see, it's a substantially sized space.

Another angle.  Whatever I decide to do is really going to change the look of the space.

3 Another angle. Whatever I decide to do is really going to change the look of the space.

I scheduled a visit with Junior to come in and have a look at the ceiling.

4 I scheduled a visit with Junior to come in and have a look at the ceiling.

One great point that he brought up was that if there is mirror on the ceiling, it would reflect whatever appeared in the cove.

5 One great point that he brought up was that if there is mirror on the ceiling, it would reflect whatever appeared in the cove.

I had to get up and see for myself what was in there.  Definitely not so pretty in there.

6 I had to get up and see for myself what was in there. Definitely not so pretty in there.

During my renovation, I think I remember that there may have been lighting that was installed in the cove but I'm not sure.  I need to ask Bob, my contractor.

7 During my renovation, I think I remember that there may have been lighting that was installed in the cove but I'm not sure. I need to ask Bob, my contractor.

A flashback of my entry hall.  The hall has certainly come a long way since this picture was taken.  This was the lighting that existed.  I hoping that's  the case for the cove in the living room.

8 A flashback of my entry hall. The hall has certainly come a long way since this picture was taken. This was the lighting that existed. I hoping that's the case for the cove in the living room.

Junior begins taking measurements to get an idea of the size of the space.

9 Junior begins taking measurements to get an idea of the size of the space.

Junior did a quick sketch of the space.

10 Junior did a quick sketch of the space.

Another important point to consider is that any irregularity in the space where the ceiling meets the wall will be highlighted once the mirror is in place.  Maybe the mirror is not the best option.   We'll see.

11 Another important point to consider is that any irregularity in the space where the ceiling meets the wall will be highlighted once the mirror is in place. Maybe the mirror is not the best option. We'll see.

In additional to installing mirror in the cove, what other options do I have?  We recently launched a new line of specialty paint finishes at The Home Depot.  One of the finishes is called Precious Metals and has a beautiful decorative sheen.  That could be really beautiful painted in the space .  I am also researching some metallic and reflective wallpapers that could also be another great option.

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This is the palette from our new specialty finishes project paint at Home Depot.  Painting the ceiling in either Mirror Glass or Tin would be a good solution.  It would add a beautiful sheen to the space without reflecting everything like the mirror will.

1 This is the palette from our new specialty finishes project paint at Home Depot. Painting the ceiling in either Mirror Glass or Tin would be a good solution. It would add a beautiful sheen to the space without reflecting everything like the mirror will.

So, what do you think?  I would love to hear your thoughts on what you think I should do?  Please comment and stay tuned in the coming weeks to see what I decide to do in the space.