While Independence Day celebrations may be different and more subtle this July, community members still can show off their patriotic spirit. Designer Kristy Mastrandonas of Kristy Mastrandonas Interior Design & Styling says that patriotism is more important than ever this year.
“While I love to show our American pride each year for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, it’s also my way to show appreciation to those that have sacrificed so much for our beautiful country,” Kristy says. “This year, I feel it’s equally important to include and show support and encouragement for our first responders and those on the front line during our current pandemic situation, as they are heroes too.”
Decorating the front porch is the perfect way to celebrate the season and honor those who have served our country, Kristy says.
“My patriotic porch is all about the red, white and blue, of course, but I also wanted to be able to reuse some of the items for the remainder of the summer and beyond,” she says. “A few items are mainstays, like the wicker rockers, French bench and accent tables, but I do switch out my hanging plants and flowers per season and add other decorative touches based on the occasion or season.
“To add that patriotic flair to the rockers and bench, I simply added some red, white and blue pillows, as well as some patriotic pillows (all found at Home Goods and Hobby Lobby). Of course a patriotic front porch needs the American flag, so I’ve added a few small ones to some potted plants. And the front doors showcase some quick and easy wreaths,” she says.
Wreaths are the welcome-wagon to the home. To make sure her wreaths can be seen from a distance, Kristy adds some bright summer flowers.
The American flags capture the attention of passersby and add the perfect patriotic flair. Kristy adds several small ones to potted plants and her front-door wreaths.
To soften the look and add patriotic touches, Kristy places red, white and blue and patriotic-themed throw pillows on her porch rockers and bench.
About the designer:
Kristy Mastrandonas is owner of Kristy Mastrandonas Interior Design & Styling. For more seasonal decorating inspiration, follow Kristy online at Instagram.com/kristy_mastrandonas/ and Pinterest.com/KMastrandonas/seasonal-food-home-décor-summer/.