EVERYTHING RED, WHITE & BLUE
Compiled by Barbara Kuntz
Let the celebrations begin now for our country’s birthday with patriotic, decorative and even wearable salutes to these bold, brave and beautiful colors. We found the following selections to perfectly fit the spirited occasion. Happy shopping…and Happy Fourth of July!
Proudly fly our nation’s flag on the Fourth and year-round. Now’s the perfect time to purchase a new Stars and Stripes if yours needs replacing, as you’ll find Old Glory on sale everywhere. From hand-held, parade-waving sizes to grand, show-stopping giants, American flags are readily available. Go, U.S.A!
HOT DOG CONTAINER
Serve up that traditional holiday meal in this food-safe, galvanized iron basket with utilitarian chic. Add a festive — meaning red, white and blue — paper liner for soda-fountain pizzazz and the party’s on. The antique finish requires hand-wash only.
Available at Crate & Barrel, 4006 Westheimer Road, 713-490-6400, www.crateandbarrel.com
WATERMELON WELCOME MAT
Summer calls for ripe and juicy watermelon, so welcome guests with a bright slice in the form of a colorful, sturdy and all-natural coir doormat from Entryways. The mat is hand-stenciled with fade-resistant dyes, has a nonslip backing and measures 28 inches long and 17 inches wide.
Add star-spangled flair to barbecues, Fourth of July parties and more with this dinnerware collection bursting with fireworks. Made of lightweight and durable Melamine, the line of plates, serving platter, serving bowl and napkins is great for use inside and out. Melamine is top-rack dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. Available through Sur La Table, several locations, www.surlatable.com
Designed by textile artist John Robshaw, this red, white and blue cotton towel shows your Fourth spirit in an updated way with its block-print design. Pack it for the pool, lake, river or beach, as it’s machine washable and ready to go anywhere you are.
Available through Neiman Marcus, www.neimanmarcus.com, and Nordstrom,
multiple locations, www.shopnordstrom.com
EMBROIDERED “AMERICA” ACCENT PILLOW
From sea to shining sea, this accent pillow is entirely hand-embroidered on light tea-colored, 100-percent organic cotton canvas in about nine days by talented artisans. Imagine incorporating landmarks in 3.5 million-plus square miles of the continental United States onto 432 square inches! Check out CatStudio’s other geographic pillows, too.
Available though CatStudio, www.catstudio.com; 2 Lucy’s Antiques at Back Row Home, 8570 Katy Freeway, 713-304-0442, www.backrowhome.com; and Pinto Ranch Houston, 1717 Post Oak Blvd., 713-333-7900, www.pintoranch.com
NAUTICAL PICNIC BASKET
This classic willow basket has everything you need for a festive picnic: Four ceramic plates, four glasses, four sets of three-piece stainless steel flatware with wooden handles, ceramic salt and pepper shakers, one wine bottle opener and four crab claw openers. Oh! And no need for napkins. The basket comes complete with them, too.
Available through Pottery Barn, 4011 Westheimer Road, 713-627-8901; and 12850 Memorial Drive, 713-461-4057; www.potterybarn.com
FOURTH OF JULY TABLESCAPE
Kay Stephens at Cornelius Nursery on Voss Road assembled this
festive tablescape just for Houston House & Home, and it cheers “Happy Fourth of July!” The garden cart centerpiece anchors the setting. The rest of the table begged for bright Melamine plates, footed goblets, votives, placemats and a flag runner. Fun favors: Boxes of Cracker Jack to enjoy while watching fireworks.
Cornelius Nursery, 2233 S. Voss Road, 713-292-0898
Starting at $8.99
Fireworks, stars, flags and more patriotic flair come together in a wide variety of handcrafted, painted metal stakes for tabletop and the garden. Shop the entire Round Top Collection for your holiday decor.
Available at C&D Hardware and Gifts, 314 E. 11th St., 713-861-3551, www.canddhw.com