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Patriotic decorating with vintage enamelware is festive and fun!

You know that smell of summer? Like, when you walk outside on a warm, sunny day, there is a very distinct smell in the air that can only be described as ‘it smells like summer today’.  It’s one of my favorite smells, ushering in the long, beautiful days of summer. Is there a candle that is scented like that?! Anyways, today’s post is something that is quintessentially summer because I’m sharing simple patriotic decorating with vintage enamelware!

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. That simply means I earn a small commission on any clicked links at no cost to you. As an Amazon Associate, I earn on qualifying purchases. Thank you for supporting my small business!

For this vintage summer theme, I’m collaborating once again with my friend Anna from Sky Lark House! Anna has an amazing blog full of vintage goodness and I am so grateful for her. She is sharing a vintage summer tablescape using red transferware dishes and it’s incredible. Be sure to pop on over to read her post and say hello!

a patriotic tablescape with red transerware dishes from Sky Lark House blog
Photo courtesy of skylarkhouse.com

The red, white and blue colors that you see so often this time of year, along with the patriotic holidays, evoke a special kind of summer nostalgia. Picnics, barbecues, fireworks and time at the lake are all things that come to mind when thinking about using enamelware during the summer season. Vintage enamelware evokes the feeling of lazy summer days in the sun, feeling happy and free.

a vintage patriotic display with enamelware, books, and milk glass

Patriotic Decorating With Vintage Enamelware

Bold colors are normally not my jam when it comes to decorating my home. I’ve never really been into using red, white and blue themed decor before because it has never been aesthetically pleasing to me. But, this year, I decided to incorporate yellow into the mix and I absolutely love how it looks. For my patriotic themed decor, I kept it really simple and minimal. Here is the process and the elements that I used for my patriotic display!

The Base

a vintage patriotic vignette with enamelware, milk glass, and books

You know how much I adore vintage linens, so I started with a vintage white eyelet table runner and then placed two yellow and white gingham cloth napkins over the top of that. The softness of the eyelet paired with the bold checks helps create a solid foundation and draws your eyes in.

Height Elements

a wooden scoop used as a riser in a patriotic vignette

I didn’t want to buy anything new for this display so I shopped my house and picked from what I already had on hand. It’s always helpful to think outside the box when creating a display. I chose to use a vintage wooden scoop turned over so that the flat side was up, two vintage books in the themed colors and a thin wooden plaque. The wooden elements help to balance out all of the metal, creating a more uniform and pleasing display.

a small vintage red enamel teapot displayed with vintage milk glass in a patriotic display

Larger Pieces

a vintage white enamel pitcher filled with faux yellow stems and a flag

I grabbed taller pieces next and dispersed them throughout. The vintage lamp always lives on this cabinet so I can always count on that for height on the right side. The white enamel pitcher on the left side is the largest piece of enamelware that I have. It has such substance to it! My amazing mother-in-law gave me the vintage marshmallow tin years ago and think it is just the perfect summer-y accent to use as a statement piece alongside the enamelware.

a vintage marshmallow tin filled with faux greens displayed for the 4th of July

Then, I placed two of my medium sized enamel teapots on either side. As you start to add more pieces in, you can see how the display is taking shape and tweak or move things around accordingly.

Smaller Pieces

a blue vintage enamel teapot displayed on top a Jadeite saucer in a patriotic vignette

Once you have the larger pieces in place, you can then start to incorporate smaller, shorter pieces to fill in empty gaps. For this, I chose to use some of my cute enamel cups and small teapots as well as a hobnail milk glass cup. Apparently I love milk glass so much that I can’t create any type of display without it! I added in the Jadeite saucer on a whim for added color and I love how it looks.

a blue and white transferware plate displayed in a patriotic vignette

For one more added design element, I used a vintage blue and white transferware plate underneath the marshmallow tin. I love how the softness of those florals play with the toughness of the tin. It just works! Again, it’s okay to move things around and pull things in and out until you find the balanced and visually pleasing display that you are going for.

Textural Elements and Accents

vintage enamelware and a vintage tin displayed with faux stems for a patriotic vignette

Textural elements are my favorite things to add to a display to really make it come alive. For me, these are elements such as faux (or real) greenery or stems, florals, ribbon, themed accents, or small figurals. For this display in particular, I went to Michael’s and picked up a few stems of faux yellow Ranunculus and this really pretty trailing greenery! The yellow Billy Balls I had in my stash. The trailing greens remind me of a Willow tree, which is another quintessential summer thing for me. If you remember my door basket from the spring, which was also a collaboration with Anna, I had the faux white Wisteria trailing out of that basket. I have since disassembled that project so I grabbed a few of those Wisteria stems to incorporate with the yellow flowers. I played around with the stems until I was happy with how they looked.

a vintage patriotic display with yellow gingham checked linens

I loved how my display was looking but it was missing something. It dawned on me the next day that it was flags! Of course a patriotic display needs flags! I wanted to use some vintage looking flags throughout, not just the cheap looking ones from the dollar store. I was going to make some flags using ticking stripe fabric, but before I did, my sweet neighbor texted me a picture of some burlap flags that she had just stumbled across at Marshall’s of all places! I had her grab me a pack of them and they are perfect. The addition of the flags was exactly what I needed to tie the whole display together.

Vintage Patriotic Display

a vintage patriotic display with enamelware, milk glass, wooden elements and faux yellow florals

I truly love how this patriotic themed display came together. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on creating themed displays for your home. All of the pieces used in this vignette were things that I already had, minus the floral stems and the flags. The pops of yellow really helped me to love decorating with the traditional colors of red, white and blue. To me, it is the perfect balance of colors and textures paired with the enamelware, giving me that nostalgic summer feeling that I was going for.

a vintage inspired patriotic display with enamelware

Closing Tidbits

I hope these ideas for patriotic decorating with vintage enamelware are an encouragement for you! This was really fun for me to create because I always like to show you different ways of doing things. You can use yellow in the mix of patriotic decor. You can use a certain item intended for one purpose but use it in a completely different manner. You can decorate with enamelware in any way you choose. May you find the courage to roll your windows down, let your hair fly free and find that special summer nostalgia in whatever way that is for you.

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Don’t forget to check out Anna’s patriotic tablescape and other posts over at Sky Lark House!

a white and blue enamel pitcher sits on top a Jadeite plate for a patriotic centerpiece

P.S. A few days after I finished my display, I was going through my linens and came across this table runner that I completely forgot about!! I rescued it from the thrift store a few years ago for around $2. You guys…it’s red, white, blue AND yellow!! How could I not put this out somewhere?! It perfectly ties my dining table and the patriotic display together. Just adorable.

Other Summer Posts You Might Enjoy:

How To Make An Outdoor Rug

DIY Flower Pots

5 Creative Ways To Use Kitchen Canisters

Simple Summer Decorating

If you haven’t checked out The Antiqued Journey shop yet, I would love it if you would go poke around a bit! You will find items designed by Mr. Antiqued Journey such as t-shirts, mugs, hats and bags, perfect for you or as a gift for a loved one! Your support helps me to keep creating weekly content. Thank you!

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24 Comments. Leave new

  • Hi Rachel! The white enamelware pitcher is fabulous! I love how your display turned out. I also love that you added touches of yellow. (Yes you can!) Thank you for collaborating with me!

    Reply
  • LOVE all your enamelware, Rachel. Those little “tea-for-one” teapots are so adorable, and that marshmallow tin in iconic. Cute checked napkins just add to the summer fun!

    Reply
    • Rachel Granholm
      June 16, 2022 1:23 pm

      Hi Debra!
      Thanks SO much for your lovely comment!! I had a lot of fun styling this one. Thanks for stopping by the blog today…I do appreciate it!!

      Reply
  • Rachel, this was one of my favorite posts! I think I will put flags INSiDE my house!

    Paula

    Reply
  • Love the festive way these pieces all came together, Rachel, they’re totally fabulous. I can’t get over your campfire tin and those check napkins either. I love them so much! It’s hard to believe it’s almost time to celebrate the 4th of July. We’ve had a great summer so far so I’ll be ready. Hope your summer has been an amazing one too! Hugs, CoCo

    Reply
    • Rachel Granholm
      June 17, 2022 1:26 pm

      Hi!!
      Thank you SO much, CoCo!!! I really had fun with this one and I’m so happy you like it! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading today…I appreciate you SO much!

      Reply
  • meagan trento
    June 18, 2022 5:01 am

    Rachel
    Everything came out so sweet! Love all your vintage pieces. Perfect for 4th of July!

    Reply
  • Rachel,
    Wow, you have some very lovely enamel teapots. I really like this display. I have a few pieces and I love them. Congratulations, you are being features on Thursday Favorite Things. https://www.eclecticredbarn.com/2022/06/thursday-favorite-things-party_01679343881.html
    Hugs,
    Bev

    Reply
  • Theresa @ Shoestring Elegance
    June 23, 2022 2:28 am

    Thanks for sharing with us at the Thursdays Favorite Things party! I love it! I’m featuring you @ this week’s party. Congrats! ~Theresa

    Reply
  • Decor Craft Design
    June 24, 2022 11:15 am

    I just love how you presents Patriotic theme together with vintage summery look. Beautiful pieces! I’ll be featuring you on Happiness Is Homemade Link party this week!

    Mel
    Decor Craft Design

    Reply
  • Rachel, I love the way you assembled these enamelware pieces. The yellow teapot has me drooling 🙂 A summer candle would fit in perfectly with your collection. Happy summer!

    Reply
    • Rachel Granholm
      June 27, 2022 8:32 am

      Hi Rachelle!
      Thanks so much for your lovely comment and for stopping by the blog today! This was really fun for me to put together. I hope you have a lovely week ahead!

      Reply
  • Our Hopeful Home
    July 5, 2022 9:01 pm

    I love all your pieces and I am so jealous – I’ve always wanted one of those marshmallow tins! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

    Reply
  • Marie-Interior Frugalista
    July 8, 2022 4:44 pm

    I have to say while I appreciate your patriotic decorating tips (which are easily adaptable for our Canada Day), it was your campfire marshmallow tin and the enamel mugs that took me right back to my childhood summers at the lake. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

    Reply
    • Rachel Granholm
      July 8, 2022 4:58 pm

      Hi Marie!
      Thank you!! I’m happy I could create some nostalgia for you today…that makes me happy! Thanks for stopping by today!

      Reply
  • Visiting from Lora’s email. Your patriotic display is very cute! I love the book, Not so Big House too!

    Reply
    • Rachel Granholm
      July 30, 2022 7:53 pm

      Hi Michelle!!
      Thanks SO much for stopping by!! I appreciate it more than you know. I had fun creating that vignette…so glad you enjoyed it!!

      Reply

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    Patriotic decorating with vintage enamelware is festive and fun!

    You know that smell of summer? Like, when you walk outside on a warm, sunny day, there is a very distinct smell in the air that can only be described as ‘it smells like summer today’.  It’s one of my favorite smells, ushering in the long, beautiful days of summer. Is there a candle that is scented like that?! Anyways, today’s post is something that is quintessentially summer because I’m sharing simple patriotic decorating with vintage enamelware!

    Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. That simply means I earn a small commission on any clicked links at no cost to you. As an Amazon Associate, I earn on qualifying purchases. Thank you for supporting my small business!

    For this vintage summer theme, I’m collaborating once again with my friend Anna from Sky Lark House! Anna has an amazing blog full of vintage goodness and I am so grateful for her. She is sharing a vintage summer tablescape using red transferware dishes and it’s incredible. Be sure to pop on over to read her post and say hello!

    a patriotic tablescape with red transerware dishes from Sky Lark House blog
    Photo courtesy of skylarkhouse.com

    The red, white and blue colors that you see so often this time of year, along with the patriotic holidays, evoke a special kind of summer nostalgia. Picnics, barbecues, fireworks and time at the lake are all things that come to mind when thinking about using enamelware during the summer season. Vintage enamelware evokes the feeling of lazy summer days in the sun, feeling happy and free.

    a vintage patriotic display with enamelware, books, and milk glass

    Patriotic Decorating With Vintage Enamelware

    Bold colors are normally not my jam when it comes to decorating my home. I’ve never really been into using red, white and blue themed decor before because it has never been aesthetically pleasing to me. But, this year, I decided to incorporate yellow into the mix and I absolutely love how it looks. For my patriotic themed decor, I kept it really simple and minimal. Here is the process and the elements that I used for my patriotic display!

    The Base

    a vintage patriotic vignette with enamelware, milk glass, and books

    You know how much I adore vintage linens, so I started with a vintage white eyelet table runner and then placed two yellow and white gingham cloth napkins over the top of that. The softness of the eyelet paired with the bold checks helps create a solid foundation and draws your eyes in.

    Height Elements

    a wooden scoop used as a riser in a patriotic vignette

    I didn’t want to buy anything new for this display so I shopped my house and picked from what I already had on hand. It’s always helpful to think outside the box when creating a display. I chose to use a vintage wooden scoop turned over so that the flat side was up, two vintage books in the themed colors and a thin wooden plaque. The wooden elements help to balance out all of the metal, creating a more uniform and pleasing display.

    a small vintage red enamel teapot displayed with vintage milk glass in a patriotic display

    Larger Pieces

    a vintage white enamel pitcher filled with faux yellow stems and a flag

    I grabbed taller pieces next and dispersed them throughout. The vintage lamp always lives on this cabinet so I can always count on that for height on the right side. The white enamel pitcher on the left side is the largest piece of enamelware that I have. It has such substance to it! My amazing mother-in-law gave me the vintage marshmallow tin years ago and think it is just the perfect summer-y accent to use as a statement piece alongside the enamelware.

    a vintage marshmallow tin filled with faux greens displayed for the 4th of July

    Then, I placed two of my medium sized enamel teapots on either side. As you start to add more pieces in, you can see how the display is taking shape and tweak or move things around accordingly.

    Smaller Pieces

    a blue vintage enamel teapot displayed on top a Jadeite saucer in a patriotic vignette

    Once you have the larger pieces in place, you can then start to incorporate smaller, shorter pieces to fill in empty gaps. For this, I chose to use some of my cute enamel cups and small teapots as well as a hobnail milk glass cup. Apparently I love milk glass so much that I can’t create any type of display without it! I added in the Jadeite saucer on a whim for added color and I love how it looks.

    a blue and white transferware plate displayed in a patriotic vignette

    For one more added design element, I used a vintage blue and white transferware plate underneath the marshmallow tin. I love how the softness of those florals play with the toughness of the tin. It just works! Again, it’s okay to move things around and pull things in and out until you find the balanced and visually pleasing display that you are going for.

    Textural Elements and Accents

    vintage enamelware and a vintage tin displayed with faux stems for a patriotic vignette

    Textural elements are my favorite things to add to a display to really make it come alive. For me, these are elements such as faux (or real) greenery or stems, florals, ribbon, themed accents, or small figurals. For this display in particular, I went to Michael’s and picked up a few stems of faux yellow Ranunculus and this really pretty trailing greenery! The yellow Billy Balls I had in my stash. The trailing greens remind me of a Willow tree, which is another quintessential summer thing for me. If you remember my door basket from the spring, which was also a collaboration with Anna, I had the faux white Wisteria trailing out of that basket. I have since disassembled that project so I grabbed a few of those Wisteria stems to incorporate with the yellow flowers. I played around with the stems until I was happy with how they looked.

    a vintage patriotic display with yellow gingham checked linens

    I loved how my display was looking but it was missing something. It dawned on me the next day that it was flags! Of course a patriotic display needs flags! I wanted to use some vintage looking flags throughout, not just the cheap looking ones from the dollar store. I was going to make some flags using ticking stripe fabric, but before I did, my sweet neighbor texted me a picture of some burlap flags that she had just stumbled across at Marshall’s of all places! I had her grab me a pack of them and they are perfect. The addition of the flags was exactly what I needed to tie the whole display together.

    Vintage Patriotic Display

    a vintage patriotic display with enamelware, milk glass, wooden elements and faux yellow florals

    I truly love how this patriotic themed display came together. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on creating themed displays for your home. All of the pieces used in this vignette were things that I already had, minus the floral stems and the flags. The pops of yellow really helped me to love decorating with the traditional colors of red, white and blue. To me, it is the perfect balance of colors and textures paired with the enamelware, giving me that nostalgic summer feeling that I was going for.

    a vintage inspired patriotic display with enamelware

    Closing Tidbits

    I hope these ideas for patriotic decorating with vintage enamelware are an encouragement for you! This was really fun for me to create because I always like to show you different ways of doing things. You can use yellow in the mix of patriotic decor. You can use a certain item intended for one purpose but use it in a completely different manner. You can decorate with enamelware in any way you choose. May you find the courage to roll your windows down, let your hair fly free and find that special summer nostalgia in whatever way that is for you.

    signature from The Antiqued Journey

    Don’t forget to check out Anna’s patriotic tablescape and other posts over at Sky Lark House!

    a white and blue enamel pitcher sits on top a Jadeite plate for a patriotic centerpiece

    P.S. A few days after I finished my display, I was going through my linens and came across this table runner that I completely forgot about!! I rescued it from the thrift store a few years ago for around $2. You guys…it’s red, white, blue AND yellow!! How could I not put this out somewhere?! It perfectly ties my dining table and the patriotic display together. Just adorable.

    Other Summer Posts You Might Enjoy:

    How To Make An Outdoor Rug

    DIY Flower Pots

    5 Creative Ways To Use Kitchen Canisters

    Simple Summer Decorating

    If you haven’t checked out The Antiqued Journey shop yet, I would love it if you would go poke around a bit! You will find items designed by Mr. Antiqued Journey such as t-shirts, mugs, hats and bags, perfect for you or as a gift for a loved one! Your support helps me to keep creating weekly content. Thank you!

    If you are loving my content, please consider subscribing to my e-mail list. In return, you will receive a free digital download and weekly inspiration delivered straight to your inbox. I would love for you to be a part of The Antiqued Journey community!

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    24 Comments. Leave new

    • Hi Rachel! The white enamelware pitcher is fabulous! I love how your display turned out. I also love that you added touches of yellow. (Yes you can!) Thank you for collaborating with me!

      Reply
    • LOVE all your enamelware, Rachel. Those little “tea-for-one” teapots are so adorable, and that marshmallow tin in iconic. Cute checked napkins just add to the summer fun!

      Reply
      • Rachel Granholm
        June 16, 2022 1:23 pm

        Hi Debra!
        Thanks SO much for your lovely comment!! I had a lot of fun styling this one. Thanks for stopping by the blog today…I do appreciate it!!

        Reply
    • Rachel, this was one of my favorite posts! I think I will put flags INSiDE my house!

      Paula

      Reply
    • Love the festive way these pieces all came together, Rachel, they’re totally fabulous. I can’t get over your campfire tin and those check napkins either. I love them so much! It’s hard to believe it’s almost time to celebrate the 4th of July. We’ve had a great summer so far so I’ll be ready. Hope your summer has been an amazing one too! Hugs, CoCo

      Reply
      • Rachel Granholm
        June 17, 2022 1:26 pm

        Hi!!
        Thank you SO much, CoCo!!! I really had fun with this one and I’m so happy you like it! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading today…I appreciate you SO much!

        Reply
    • meagan trento
      June 18, 2022 5:01 am

      Rachel
      Everything came out so sweet! Love all your vintage pieces. Perfect for 4th of July!

      Reply
    • Rachel,
      Wow, you have some very lovely enamel teapots. I really like this display. I have a few pieces and I love them. Congratulations, you are being features on Thursday Favorite Things. https://www.eclecticredbarn.com/2022/06/thursday-favorite-things-party_01679343881.html
      Hugs,
      Bev

      Reply
    • Theresa @ Shoestring Elegance
      June 23, 2022 2:28 am

      Thanks for sharing with us at the Thursdays Favorite Things party! I love it! I’m featuring you @ this week’s party. Congrats! ~Theresa

      Reply
    • Decor Craft Design
      June 24, 2022 11:15 am

      I just love how you presents Patriotic theme together with vintage summery look. Beautiful pieces! I’ll be featuring you on Happiness Is Homemade Link party this week!

      Mel
      Decor Craft Design

      Reply
    • Rachel, I love the way you assembled these enamelware pieces. The yellow teapot has me drooling 🙂 A summer candle would fit in perfectly with your collection. Happy summer!

      Reply
      • Rachel Granholm
        June 27, 2022 8:32 am

        Hi Rachelle!
        Thanks so much for your lovely comment and for stopping by the blog today! This was really fun for me to put together. I hope you have a lovely week ahead!

        Reply
    • Our Hopeful Home
      July 5, 2022 9:01 pm

      I love all your pieces and I am so jealous – I’ve always wanted one of those marshmallow tins! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

      Reply
    • Marie-Interior Frugalista
      July 8, 2022 4:44 pm

      I have to say while I appreciate your patriotic decorating tips (which are easily adaptable for our Canada Day), it was your campfire marshmallow tin and the enamel mugs that took me right back to my childhood summers at the lake. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

      Reply
      • Rachel Granholm
        July 8, 2022 4:58 pm

        Hi Marie!
        Thank you!! I’m happy I could create some nostalgia for you today…that makes me happy! Thanks for stopping by today!

        Reply
    • Visiting from Lora’s email. Your patriotic display is very cute! I love the book, Not so Big House too!

      Reply
      • Rachel Granholm
        July 30, 2022 7:53 pm

        Hi Michelle!!
        Thanks SO much for stopping by!! I appreciate it more than you know. I had fun creating that vignette…so glad you enjoyed it!!

        Reply

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