Inspired by the red, white and blue decor from last week’s blog, this past weekend I decided to create an American Flag Coffee Table.

American Flag Coffee Table LogoUsing an old brown table that we picked up at a flea market for $5 (you know, those ones that were mass-produced in the 70’s and are at every flea market and yard sale throughout the land…)

American Flag Coffee Table BeforeI transformed it from a drab brown circle to a colorful Americana coffee table! Here is the how-I-did-it:

1. I painted the base legs with a couple of coats of Heritage Blue Stain by General Finishes.

General Finished Hertiage Blue Water Based StainLove this stuff. It is water-based, has very little odor, dries quickly, can go on any surface and leaves a beautiful, satin finish.

2. Sanded the scratched and worn top…I am not sure what the finish was, but it certainly made a powdery white mess! Thank goodness it is finally warm enough to use my mouse sander outdoors!

American Flag Coffee Table Sanded3. Once it was sanded and wiped clean, I taped it off. The American Flag is probably one of the simplest designs you can use-stars and stripes. Easy to do with painter’s tape and a stencil. The table was just the right size to have 13 2″ stripes, so I doubled up my rows of 1″ painter’s tape from top to bottom.

American Flag Coffee Table Taped StripesThen I blocked off the area that would be the star field, and used the Heritage Blue to paint that area as well.

3. Painted the red stripes first, then allowed to dry completely…actually overnight. Because I knew I would be taping right on them and didn’t want to risk pulling the red paint off if it wasn’t completely dry. I used some homemade red chalk paint…need the recipe? Click here…

American Flag Coffee Table Red Stripes4. Re-taped along the edges of the red stripes and painted with white (also used some homemade custom chalk paint).

American Flag Coffee Table White Stripes5. Using the same white from the stripes, I stenciled the stars onto the blue field. You could also use a star-shaped stamp as well. I just happened to have a whole bunch of different style star stencils…

American Flag Star StencilI knew I would not be able to fit 50 stars, so I just went with a pleasing arrangement using a simple star pattern.

American Flag Coffee Table Stars and Stripes6. Sanded down the entire piece to distress it just a bit.

American Flag Coffee Table Sanded and DistressedTIP: when you are sanding red alongside white, keep the sanders separate. The red builds up on the sanding bar and can smear onto the white.

Red Tinted Sanding SpongeIn which case you end up with pink stripes. Which is cute, but not necessarily  all-american.

7. Finished with 2 coats of General Finishes Natural Stain. 

General Finishes Water Based Wood Stain NaturalIt is clear and works as a nice satin finish for any surface where you don’t want to add color.

8. Voila! A Red, white and blue table-perfect for a nautical or Americana theme for your red, white and blue porch or family room!

American Flag Coffee Table CompleteSo where is the table now? At the Barn at Todd Farm! Since I already have an American Flag Whale Table,

This Old House Whale Tableit only seems right that someone else has this beauty for their home. Wow-it’s Thursday again already, everyone!! Hope it is memorable! Susan


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With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, I did a little online searching for some inspired red, white & blue home decorating ideas.  These interiors are not all dotted with American flags, but they are just beautifully furnished spaces with a nod to our nation’s favorite color scheme…all photos via

Oh, this kitchen…if I ever have the chance to design another kitchen, this is the one…

Beach Style Kitchen by Woodinville Architects & Building Designers eric gedney | ARCHITECT

and for my adjacent family room…

Traditional Living Room by New York Interior Designers & Decorators James McAdam Design

This room is simple and sweet with the American flag taking center stage.

Traditional Living Room by Glendale Artists & Artisans Holly Anderson Fine Art

This bedroom sitting area is the perfect spot for kicking back and picking up a good book over the long weekend…

Eclectic Bedroom by Los Angeles Photographers Alex Amend Photography

What child wouldn’t delight in calling this home?

Contemporary Kids by Brooklyn Furniture & Accessories Gloss NY

Nothing more American than patchwork and denim!

Transitional Kids by St. John’s Photographers Becki Peckham

Sometimes you just need a few throw pillows…

Traditional Living Room by Santa Ana Interior Designers & Decorators Darci Goodman Design

In this kitchen the red, white and blue is a bit more subtle, using a softer gray-blue for the accent piece.

Traditional Kitchen by Minneapolis Design-Build Firms TreHus Architects+Interior Designers+Builders

Keeping it simple and sweet with a painted fireplace mantel as headboard and some red throw pillows.

Traditional Bedroom by Jersey City Design-Build Firms Brunelleschi Construction

A fresh, modern take on an iconic color palette-switch up your royal blues with some aquas for a softer nautical feel.

Traditional Living Room by Little Rock Interior Designers & Decorators Tobi Fairley Interior Design

Loving this red, white and blue bunk room for a cottage or cabin. Sweet dreams!

Rustic Bedroom by Wayzata Interior Designers & Decorators Market of fleas

And finally, this simple rustic loft space…one oversized piece serves as the artwork and color palette inspiration.

Contemporary Living Room

For more inspired red, white and blue design, click on the link. But, wait! I couldn’t feature all of these inspired design photos without our very own porch featuring my red, white & blue whale table! Whale Porch Table
If  you are contemplating making a design change in your home, consider the American flag colors for your decor. It has served as our country’s inspiration for generations, and will for years to come. Have a safe and memorable Memorial Day weekend everyone! Susan

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This past weekend, we had the great pleasure of attending the grand opening of One Ocean, One Love Shop in Rockport, Mass.

One Ocean One Love ShopOne Ocean Arts, the brainchild of our super-talented and artistic niece Jamie, is a retail shop in the heart of Bearskin Neck in Rockport. For those of you who do not know about Rockport, it is an iconic little seaside town about 50 minutes north of Boston, most famous for its “Motif #1” fishing shack.

Rockport Motif #1The entire downtown, including the enclave know as Bearskin Neck is dotted with art galleries, retail shops, ice cream parlors and candy shops with a spectacular ocean view-perfect for a Sunday summer stroll. A year ago, Jamie started her One Ocean Arts Etsy shop featuring sea-inspired block-printed clothing and accessories, then expanded to her website, One Ocean Arts, then offering her wares at local craft fairs and events. With the incredibly positive response (and repeat customers!) opening the shop with her business partner Erin

Jamie and Erin One Ocean Artswas the next step in spreading their “Once Ocean, One Love” mantra.

One Ocean Arts Shop WindowYou see, Jamie is not only a talented artist, she is also a marine mammal trainer at the NE Aquarium,

Jamie Mathison OneOceanArtsand her love of the sea and all of its creatures is most evident in her hand-carved blocks…

One Ocean Arts Octopus Blockthat she uses for printing her merchandise.

One Ocean Arts Whale PrintThe shop, although brand new, has a time-worn surf shop appearance

One Ocean Arts Short Boardwith natural planking and old weathered docking used to create the display fixtures throughout the shop.

One Ocean Arts WindowJamie is also an outstanding photographer, and many of her black and white ocean images dot the walls,

One Ocean Arts Dock Photographcreating the perfect backdrop for their vintage-washed clothing line.

One Ocean Arts PhotographyThis is the incredible view from the rear window…not sure how I would get any work done looking at this all day : )

One Ocean Arts rear windowOne of my personal favs…it’s all about saving our oceans…

One Ocean Arts T-ShirtThe clothing is super soft cotton, eco-friendly, hand block-printed and washing machine safe.

One Ocean Arts SurferThere are baby clothes…three little fishes!

One Ocean Arts Baby Capsand all sorts of sea-inspired accessories including tote bags

One Ocean Arts Tote Bagsand hand-crafted dog leashes…

One Ocean Arts Dog LeashesJamie’s love of animals extends to her own two dogs, Brooks and Parker, who you may find hanging around the shop when you stop in for a visit.

One Ocean Arts the dogsBy the end of the evening, as the party was drawing to a close…and the sangria was all but gone…

One Ocean Arts Partyit looked like everyone was wearing a bit of One Ocean Arts…

One Ocean Arts Apparelincluding surfer dude Coach…

Once Ocean Arts CoachSo if you happen to be in Rockport taking in the sights and sounds, make sure you look for the shop with the bright blue door…

One Ocean Arts Front Doorit’s the third one down on the left as you enter Bearskin Neck…#6…and tell Jamie and Erin that Auntie Sue sent you!! And if you can’t get to Rockport, be sure to check out the website @ Have a terrific Tuesday, everyone! Susan




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Have you been spotting all of those amazing DIY pieces of furniture and focal walls being featured in magazines and home decorating shows created with old tossed-out wood palettes? Palettes are essentially rough-hewn 4-foot pine planks that are nailed together and used primarily for shipping goods, perfect for creative DIY’ing.

Wood Palette by Uline


Once the goods are delivered, the palettes are no longer useful for the big (or small) box stores, but to an avid DIY’er, these piles of free planking are a gold mine! Here are a few palette projects being featured on, but you can also check out my Pinterest board…Pull Apart A Palette...for more inspiring ideas!!

This beautiful rustic headboard is the perfect style for a restful country retreat.

Other by Pelham Media & Bloggers Chris Hill

I love this entire wall of frames created from old palettes:

Eclectic Spaces by Columbus Photographers Julie Ranee Photography

Comfy indoor seating, perfect for a basement rec room

Beach Style Basement by Los Angeles Photographers Alex Amend Photography

DIY Adirondack Chairs for your rustic porch

Other by Other Metro Cabinets & Cabinetry Erwin Renovation LLC

This wall treatment isn’t made from palettes by this designer, but I am loving the green stain-easy to do with some old palettes!

Beach Style Bedroom by Alexandria Interior Designers & Decorators OUTinDesign

A perfect example of rustic planking on this bar that could be easily accomplished using old palette planking.

Eclectic Kitchen by Douglasville Photographers Ashley Anthony Studio

Just add some stain and some wheels and you’ve got yourself a rustic rolling coffee table!

Midcentury Living Room by Dc Metro Photographers Nicole Crowder Photography

Loving this plank cube coffee table with the colors of the ocean.

Modern Living Room by Solana Beach General Contractors Streamline Development

And finally, this amazing patchwork quilt of a reclaimed lumber wall. Gorgeous!

Contemporary Bathroom by Ponderay General Contractors Selle Valley Construction, Inc.

How about a complete outdoor seating area?

Rustic Patio by Seattle Photographers The Tiny Tack House

So, if you are inspired by what you see here, head to your nearest store and ask if they have any available palettes for the taking. The more weathered, the better! Hope you have a palatable Thursday, everyone! Susan

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As I have been going through the bathroom remodeling project, one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make was the wall color. Since there is white board and batten 3/4 of the way up, you wouldn’t think that a little bit of wall would have me stumped! Since I love color, all color, it was impossible to narrow it down to one choice…until I found the shower curtain and accessories from Target. That quickly focused my search to greens and blues until I found the perfect color for this room: Gossamer Blue by Benjamin Moore...ooooh..ahhh.
Benjamin Moore Gossamer Blue
A beautiful blend of of greens and blues with gray undertones that is dark enough to contrast nicely with the white trim, but not too dark to overpower the small room. But before I finally committed to it and put brush to wall, I went searching online for other rooms that were painted Gossamer Blue to seal the deal. All photos courtesy of

A vintage bath similar in feel to our new bath…

Traditional Bathroom by Calgary Interior Designers & Decorators Bilton Design Group

This beautiful laundry room would make me happy to fluff and fold…

Traditional Laundry Room by Calgary Interior Designers & Decorators Bilton Design Group

A restful retreat…

Traditional Bedroom by Rockford Interior Designers & Decorators Gallery Interiors and Rockford Kitchen Design

Spectacular bath with glass and dark wood contrasting with the Gossamer Blue and white walls and trim

Traditional Bathroom by Easton Interior Designers & Decorators Decorating Den Interiors- Corporate Headquarters

A soothing retreat…

Beach Style Bedroom by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Between the Sheets, LLC

A vintage vignette- this blue has a vintage hue to it and makes the wood tone really pop

Traditional Spaces by New York Architects & Building Designers Gary Brewer Robert A.M. Stern Architects

A small reading nook is restful and cozy painted in Gossamer Blue

Modern Living Room by Milwaukee Interior Designers & Decorators Suzan J Designs – Decorating Den Interiors

And finally, this laundry room painted with Gossamer Blue with a hand-painted trellis design-brilliant!

Traditional Laundry Room by Saratoga Springs Interior Designers & Decorators Starlily Design Studio LLC

After seeing all of the photos, I am certain that Gossamer Blue is the right color choice for our new little bathroom! It’s Thursday everyone…make some good choices today for you! xoxo Susan

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