I love the 4th of July. And I love getting my classic 1767 Cape Cod/Saltbox all decked out for the holiday. But, it’s the first day of summer that inspires me to dig out my flag collection that I keep in the old wicker baskets at the far end of the living room. This collection of old and new flags keeps on growing. From miniature 4″x 6″ flags to grand vintage flags over 8’long! From banners to buntings, pennants to the traditional form, I absolutely adore them all. And it’s in the mixing of this variety that gives me loads of options.

The front of the house is my main projection of joyous American Connecticut Country House spirit, and all the other little spots around and inside my country house assume a supporting role. But I like that my home’s spirited summer style is consistent inside and out. Buntings from Flagandbanner.com, pennants from Brimfield are upcycled from old flags, and extremely long red, white, and blue vintage banners once adorned a federal building (also purchased at Brimfield) were hung with symmetry in mind. All I needed was a tall metal ladder, nails, hammer, and thumbtacks. Smaller flags on sticks adorn the kitchen garden, and potted plantings around the old house.

Connecticut Country House is ready for the 4th! And I plan to keep the spirit of that day going throughout the whole summer.

P.S. Flagandbanner.com is having a 30% off site wide sale right now! Use the code: FRESH30 (expires 6/25)

Happy decorating!

Love, Nora




  1. Virginia on June 24, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Beautiful!! Would love you to post history of your house… who are the people who lived there over the yrs, and are there “ghosts”???

  2. Ruth Gardner Lamere on June 24, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    My house here in Massachusetts was built in 1727 by man named Cornelius Drew, who was a ship builder in the nearby Jones River boat shed. He had six sons and they were all shipbuilders. The Jones River boat yard is the oldest boatyard in our country and named for the first mate/navigator of the Mayflower. My house is a Cape and very charming. I even have a RED AGA stove in my kitchen !!!

  3. Audrey Johnson on June 26, 2018 at 7:13 am

    Very nice. This time of year can be so inspiring to pull out things we have had put away for awhile. Thanks for sharing the photo. Beautiful home.

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