Tuesday, June 12, 2007

spt

***edited to add: here is a link for the star garland. i bought two strands several years ago from terry's village. the stars are red, white & blue, with a "weathered" look to them.***

annalisa recently talked about having her *style* discovered. i was surprised to hear that the two choices were town or country. i typically don't fit into either category! i believe my *style* would probably be described as hip-suburban-cottage-eclectic. or something like that.

so as i set about taking spt photos this week, i was even a little shocked to find that i had so much americana in my home. i tend to think of americana in decor as a country look. however, i do live in the 4th of July capital of North Carolina, and i can't deny that my home becomes a little red, white & blue showcase from memorial day through july.


this is the wooden star garland that hangs from the eaves of my front porch. (the color is a little off in this picture.)

the chair and footstool that i salvaged and repainted. it has a place of honor by the front door.

a little uncle sam nestled among the photos on top of the piano.

and, perhaps the piece de resistance of my "americana" collection...


this elvis was a wedding gift from my sister, handcrafted by an atlanta artist. i love him! (i'm not a huge elvis fan, but i love this guy on my hearth.) he reminds me that one day i might just get in that airstream camper and travel route 66 from chicago to california!!

have a safe trip home, michelle!

25 comments:

Marie said...

The Elvis is very cool. What a funny wedding gift. I can picture you opening your gifts: Silverware, towels, a blender, a toaster, bed sheets, and an Elvis? I like your sister already!

Laurie said...

This was a fun SPT. I love the star garland!! I love that you have a cute porch to drape it across.

Kelly said...

Your Elvis is cracking me up! Fun to discover so much Americana around your home! Your porch looks great.

Rebekah said...

I never knew Uncle Sam was so flexible!

The Dye's said...

i love the chair and footstool... SO CUTE! :)

michelle said...

I am loving the stars on your porch! There is nothing more wonderful than a all American porch! What a fun SPT!

Anne said...

That elvis is AWESOME!!

Jenny said...

You can't get more amercian than Elvis right? Your porch looks so charming! I love that Southern look.

Elizabeth said...

Wow that chair is very cool. Perfect to watch the parade from. I guess this spt was made for you.:) I love how you came up with your own category. I don't think I fit in town or country either.

Jill said...

That Elvis is crazy, what a funny gift. I'm going to have to wander around my house and see if I have any Americana, I'm at a loss for this one.

Kelly A. said...

I like the star garland, what is its real color? The Elvis guy is great too. Says a lot about how cool your sister must be.

We did an Americana family vacation a few years ago. We took an Amtrak train to the midwest so our kids could have the experience of sleeping on a train, then we traveled Route 66 for all its nostalgia (no airstream though, just rental car. Hertz is pretty American though isn't it?)

donna said...

The Elvis is great!!!! I also love the Uncle Sam and of course the wooden star :)

Rachel said...

I love that star garland! I mean, I really love it! Very cool! And a nice paint job on the chair and stool. Hmmm...I think I better find my wreath hook and get some of my Americana on display!

michelle said...

I love it! So jealous of your porch... I had no idea that NC was the 4th of July capital, I'll have to inform my sister who is moving there next month!

Cynthia said...

what's better than stars.......a star like Elvis of course. Love it!

Angie said...

Stars are the best. Love the ones on your porch. Great photos. Crazy Elvis!!

Hannah said...

A front porch is the best- that garland is so cute. Love the Elvis- who would have thought?

Jen said...

i laughed so hard when i saw elvis! :) true americana.

kristi brooke said...

have you ever been to graceland? it is so worth the time.

does that artist do other famous people, the style is pretty cool.

great challenge as always thanks.

Barb said...

Like everyone else, I love the Elvis. I'm a sucker for the offbeat and unusual.

Michelle A. said...

Great stuff and fun SPT! Good time of year for it too.

Lucy said...

I love your description of your style. I think it works!

I didn't get to do one today but loved looking at yours. Very patriotic! Even the Elvis!

Liz said...

Hmmm, you are VERY American! I have to confess, I cannot stand red and blue together, so I guess this was not the challenge for me. Bummer. Waiting for the next one!

Lindsay said...

Love the stars garland.

I also participated in my very first SPT today. Looking forward to doing more in the future.

Amy said...

Elvis is indeed the perfect bit of americana. Definitely not a doubled wedding gift, I'm sure.

Funny, I totally picture your town, your you as all-American. Perhaps because of your current community involvement?... Anyhow, today's post have me very excited about the 4th...coming soon!