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Independence Day Decor & A Summer Cocktail

June 16, 2015

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The best thing about Independence Day in The Pacific Northwest is that it is typically  reigning in our summer. As Interior Designers, we get asked for holiday decorating tips all the time and Fourth of July is no exception.   I’m going to share a few examples of the patriotic decor I’ve been admiring this year as well as my new favorite summer cocktail.  For more holiday decor ideas, follow Whitestone Design Group at our Pinterest Board where we are always collecting little gems! 

When decorating for any holiday, I’m a big fan of adding subtle touches that work all year round if you want them to.  I love this blog I found on Pinterest of a few simple touches that say, “Celebrating Independence Day,” without being overly committed to just one day of the year.  Simple fabrics and suggestive prints make for easy pillow covers that can be added and removed throughout the year, but the impact is pretty impressive!  This wooden flag is an easy weekend project that won’t break the bank and pulls it all together!  See the rest of this project on the Dear Lillie Blog here. 

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Because I am so crazy for my partner, Katie Cooper’s massively impressive chalkboards, the look below really speaks to me!  The best part about chalkboard decor is that it’s relatively inexpensive and can be customized to say anything you want.  In addition, you can always paint over your chalkboard and start all over again! What you see in this patriotic decor is low commitment and really easy to accomplish for your summer celebration!  You can see Katie’s chalkboard at her East to West Studios Etsy shop.  And to see more images from the project below, check out The Golden Sycamore’s Blog. 

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An easy way to set the tone for your Independence Day Party, a Welcome Wreath!  Go simple and make this a family project with the kids.  Holiday wreaths let the world know that you love the holidays and I’ve never made one that cost me over $50.  Below are a few that I’m loving this year.  Click on the following links for DIY recommendations on how to achieve the look.  1. Rag Rug Wreath  2. Ribbon Wreath  3. Twine Wreath 

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Onto my favorite part!!  Summer Time Cocktails!  I can’t quite nail down how I arrived at this concoction, but I’m so glad I did.  I find it to be refreshing and the flavors are so indicative of some of my favorite summer flavors!  Try it out at your next summer shindig and leave us a comment with your thoughts.  



1-1/2 cup sliced strawberries

1/8 cup finely chopped basil

3/4 liter lemonade

1 cup Vodka

1 cup Champagne

Prepare lemonade mixture and add lemonade, strawberries, and basil to a liter serving pitcher.  Allow mixture to infuse for about 4 hours.  Before serving, add vodka and champagne along with a little ice and cocktail is ready to serve! Enjoy and remember to drink responsibly! 

For more recommendations for summer entertaining, visit the Whitestone Design Group Pinterest Page or email us at

Happy Summer!



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