9.25.2011

Decorating with Vintage Flags

I had a nice surprise this morning.  Cheri from "It's So Very Cheri" emailed me to say that our son, Tommy's room was featured on her blog.  You can check it out here.
Thanks, Cheri!

Have you noticed a trend in decorating with vintage flags?
Here are some pillows made from sailing flags.  I suggested to my friend in England 
that she do something similar for her boat house's new décor 
(and her father is an avid sailor).
These photographs were taken at Juxtaposition Home in Newport Beach, CA.  
I love this store.
This flag pillow looks great on leather and with industrial style furniture.
How about making a pillow from a college pendant?
 Or a Girls Scout Troop flag?  Notice how they left the grommets.  Nice detail.

 Framed flags hung on a wall definitely make a statement.

Here are some rare antique flags that we saw on exhibit at the
Armory in New York earlier this year.
 And just last week, I saw this flag décor below at ABC Home in New York.
Looks good on the aged brick wall.  Notice more sailing flags on the right?

So, what do you think about decorating with
vintage flags?

46 comments:

  1. Love them, especially the neutral tones. Love anything to do with sailboats :).
    Have a nice Sunday, Mary Ann!
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  2. Wow what an amazing store and could not agree more..those pillows are incredible and what a great item to decorate a room around! LOVE IT!

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  3. I never met a pillow I didn't like and these are no exception. Love them all. I'm learning more about vintage fabrics and the old flags are really interesting. Thanks for sharing...great inspiration. Have a wonderful Sunday!

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  4. Mary Ann,

    I love Juxtapositon! And I love all the flag pillows and decor that seems to be everywhere. I missed the exhibit at The Armory last year...great photos! And what's a trip to NYC without ABC Carpet and Home? I have a vintage flag I have been wanting to frame, but don't really have a place to put it. Great post!

    xo annie

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  5. Happy to see a Canadian flag included in your pics! :) Fun post, Mary Ann - thanks for sharing!
    Have a lovely Sunday...
    ~ Wendi ~

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  6. Love them, especially the ones in the first picture! I bought a Union Jack pillow that I LOVE... you might be seeing it real soon :)

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  7. Yes please!!!!
    I feel head over heels for them when I saw them in March at Juxtaposition Home. I actually met Ginny who makes and sells them to Juxtaposition. She's so talented!!
    Gorgeous photos!!
    xo

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  8. Mary Ann I really love them all! Great for family rooms, guest rooms, boys etc!! Very fun with the bight colors and designs.

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  9. Mary Ann,

    Working with a client right now that has a world map on one wall and I am working on a flag concept for a duvet, pillows, or framed art concept to present his week. It's appearing all over. What fun!

    Bette

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  10. Love these flags! And that chair rocks!

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  11. I am in love with our beautiful flag, and with decorating with it in a non-Americana style that is fresh and pretty without dingy colors and that old "country" look. These photos prove it can be done beautifully!

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  12. I have always loved flags. Especially the older ones. I have my fathers from when he was in the service. The pillow are really cute! xo Diana

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  13. What a great themed room these could make!! The pillows and flags are awesome!!

    XO,
    Jane

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  14. I think they add a great masculine, clean element to a space. I like them! M.

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  15. I love the flags! I really want a framed vintage California State flag.

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  16. I really like the idea of using flags to decorate with. I have seen flag pillows and wall hangings but not and vintage flag decor items. Those I would REALLY be interested in.
    Thanks Mary Ann!
    xo~
    Karen

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  17. omg. i just toured your house. it is soooo gorgeous. you are so talented...it is just beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Joni

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  18. I love the idea. I have flag pillows and wall art in my twins boys' bedroom and I never get tired of it! These are beautiful examples. x Sharon

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  19. I love the flag pillows. All of your images are so yummy and so Ralph! I tried to get my girlfriend to make one out of an old flag we found for 5.00 but she was like "no way!". "You can't cut up a flag"....I said "really"....I can. Give it to me.

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  20. Love the idea! Your photos are gorgeous. I just bought a large flag canvas to go in my son's room.

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  21. I love anything and everything made with an American flag. I found an antique flag and priced it to be framed for my home. It is pretty pricey, even wholesale. It is still in my closet! One day it will be framed and hung on my wall.

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  22. Picture 5 shows a GIRL SCOUT flag, not a boy scout flag. It has the GS initials right on it. By the way, this year is the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts.
    Niki

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  23. So fun and fabulous! I'm checking the store's website now. I want a pillow like that! :-)

    Have a blessed week, Mary Ann!

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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  24. Such a great display of flags; I'm inspired!

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  25. i love the look of flags...framed, or made into a pillow. your collection of pictures is awesome! i especially loved the images from juxtaposition. what a store!

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  26. Love them! Especially the old nautical ones. They're my favorites. Great pics! Thanks for sharing.

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  27. I love them! I have been planning on using them in my son's room when I turn it into the vintage/Americana/Ralph Lauren creation that I have bouncing around in my head! Have a great day!
    -Shelley

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  28. That store looks amazing! I love the whole vibe of the place and will be sure to visit next time we head south.
    Camille

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  29. Mary Ann,

    I love those flag pillows that are stuffed in that basket! So many great colors, who says we have to stick with just the American flag?

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  30. I think in the right room and depending on the way the pillow is done, I'm a fan (no strings attached to that one, right??? (c:)...the examples you showed were definitely on the fabulous end! (c:

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  31. I absolutely adore the ones made from sails...another perfect item for my imaginary beach house!! And the pendant pillow is fabulous - would love this store.

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  32. I LOVE those vintage flags! They just look amazing! X

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  33. Gorgeous! Love that it gives a patriotic touch without sacrificing style. Enjoy the fabulous day, Kellie xx

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  34. Great shop! I love vintage flags - I have a union jack floor pillow that I love. The sail flags are great :)

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  35. Great images! Love the pillows made from flags. They are all so lively and colorful!

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  36. Isn't it amazing what a pillow can do! Vintage flag pillows- how cool is that!
    Thank you so very much for your comment on the book !!!
    Have a pretty day!!!
    Kristin

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  37. LOVE them! I don't have any in my own home, but maybe I should!

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  38. This is just.. brilliant!! MaryAnn your posts are so inspiring.. after reading each one, I want to redecorate my house (with your expert guidance of course!). This of course, may have to wait until I am no longer paying college tuition....

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  39. Hi Mary Ann, I love it. I had a picture framing business once upon a time and framed a few really interesting flags......an enormous vintage flag of Sweden comes to mind....really cool on the wall! And of course my golfing customers with the golf flags - really neat en masse.
    Great images - thanks for sharing and inspiring as usual!
    Have a wonderful weekend my friend!

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  40. I do love those old flags - especially red white & blue.

    Happy weekend!

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  41. What a fantastic idea - love any trend that combines bright colour and vintage items!

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  42. Love the idea of vintage flags...I know my husband does too! Very patriotic and bold. Do you live in Newport? I grew up there! :)

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  43. Awesome pillows. And I love the vintage flags framed. Great look.

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  44. Hi Mary Ann!
    I am beyond crazy for vintage American flags and vintage bunting and have literally boxes full of them in my guestroom closet and under the bed in there!

    I love that shop you featured also --- looks like my kind of shop! Thanks for sharing this great post.

    Loved your guest posting sharing your son's handsome bedroom too. Awesome!
    Love your style.


    xx
    Alison

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  45. I'm looking for a vintage American flag framed for my game room. Does anyone know where I can order one online? Thank you.

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  46. This is a great inspiring Article.I am pretty much pleased with your good Work.You put really very helpful information
    Curtain

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