Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Red, White and Blue...

It's that time of year again...

July is here!  And with it brings the hottest weather of the year, cook outs, baseball games, pool parties and who can forget that it's National Ice Cream Month?

But the absolute best day of the month is...

JULY 4th!

This is the day that celebrates the thirteen colonies Independence from Great Britain, but did you know that we were actually legally separated from Great Britain on July 2, 1776?  Here's a little letter that John Adams wrote to Abigail Adams concerning the matter:

"The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.  It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.  It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more."

Of course, John was off by two days, mostly due to the fact that the Declaration of Independence was being revised and wasn't approved until July 4th, 1776.  He was right, though; for the past 239 years we've been celebrating this monumental day with the "bells, bonfires, and illuminations" fitting of the occasion.  

While we prepare our homes, gardens, and backyards to receive our guests for July 4th, let's indulge in a bit of inspiration from a classic American Icon... Ralph Lauren!

Relaxed and cool... We love the traditional look mixed with fun pieces like the guitar, camera, and American Flag!

Gorgeous red, white and blue textiles from Ralph Lauren

Some favorite pieces based off of 18th and 19th century designs available from Ralph Lauren Home:

Scrubbed Farm Pine Table with Barn Red Base

18th Century Dining Arm Chair

Cane Back Settee


Whatever your plans may be for July 4th this year, have a safe and fun holiday!

“I begin to think, that a calm is not desirable in any situation in life. Man was made for action and for bustle too, I believe.” 
― Abigail Adams