As we rush into July and we're furiously making plans for Independence Day, my attention turns to designs that are unmistakable American. I'm also just back from a week long stay on Martha's Vineyard, where the New England barns and homes all proudly flew Old Glory. There really is nothing like an American Summer.
with so many family and friends having served in the military, I consider myself to be quite patriotic. I was also at a fairly impressionable age when 9/11 happened. And being in the DC suburb, there was a considerable amount on the line for most everyone we knew. Many lost loved ones in the crashes.
During the summers in Virginia I remember my dad putting the American flag out in the mornings. It would flap and roll in the breeze and over the course of the season I would get used to it's rustle at the front door. The flag has always felt very summery to me. Though, it gives me pause to remember it's purpose and what it stands for. There is a cost to the freedoms and comforts which I have been given the opportunity to enjoy. And I always feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude for those who have fought and defended it. Not just for those who started the path for the rest of us to follow, but for those who keep their eye on this precious freedom we have today.
So, why is dear Old Glory really on my list of Design Crushes? While it may indeed be my patriotic blood and my nostalgic reveries, I also think that this red, white, and blue design happens to be one for the chicest elements of any home or storefront. I love when American flags are flown and displayed with great pride- it speaks to the character and values of the owner, and also is beautiful in both design and meaning. It's design, it's symbolism, it's vibrant color- there is nothing that could be more stylish to me than someone who values what this country is. So while this is no trend, it is great design, and beautiful architecture is enhanced by the Stars and Stripes!
The bigger the flag the better. #America