Hooked on Red, White, & Blue

by hookedonhouses on July 2, 2009

Welcome to Hooked on Fridays, a party I host at the end of each week to celebrate the things that make us happy. I’d like to wish all of my American readers a Happy Independence Day. Thanks to the 4th of July, it just doesn’t seem like summer without some red, white and blue. I love this patriotic white house from Country Living, all decked out for the holiday.

Take a look at this festive table setting created by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. Hop on over to her blog to see the rest of the photos. I especially love what she did with those little red and blue chairs, turning them into cupcake holders:

Another blog friend, Kimba of A Soft Place to Land, shared this idea for casual red, white, and blue entertaining–filling Mason jars with bandanas and silverware:

This weekend is extra special in my family because we’re celebrating my Grandma Hazel’s birthday. She’s turning 93 this year! Here’s a recent photo of her with me and my son Jake, who she has always doted on:

Now it’s your turn to tell us what you’re hooked on today! If you have something to share with us on your blog, then add your link below. Just please be sure to:

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Melissa’s Beautiful Life party is in full swing today, too, so be sure to pay her a visit!

Hooked on Fridays Participants

1. Terry – Front Doors
2. Deana
3. DesignTies (Hooked on Michelle Morelan’s renderings)
4. Daly Essentials(Colorful Kitchens)
5. MissCaron (door knobs)
6. sue-in-sydney {hooked on my bedroom makeover}
7. Kristin Hooked on Eco friendly Uphlostery
8. Things That Inspire (a 4th of July House, Transformed)
9. Beach Cottage Love (1850s Guest House)
10. Your home, only better (improving hospital room decor)
11. ImagineCozy (Chairs)
12. Our Nifty Notebook (Zoo)
13. Beachbrights (Vegetable Gardens)
14. Kate @ Stolen Moments (triple chocolate cake & giveaway)
15. Linda@Restyled Home
16. A Simple Walk (photography)
17. Lindsay @ Likely Design (My 1-year homeowner anniversary!)
18. Mary Beth {Red, White & Blue}
19. JEN@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam(lots of 4th of July ideas)
20. m- tales from an oc cottage
21. Flower Patch Farmgirl (Yummy local food)
22. The Stylish House (Romantic Slipcovers!)
23. Heather (Happy Birthday USA)
24. Porch Days (Historic Properties)
25. Desiree@Lookiloos (4th table settings)
26. Edwina- HouseAHolic (Hooked on our wood stove!!)
27. Arleen @ Seasons for All at Home
28. Cass @ That Old House (Dishes & Dogs) — This One!
29. Amy @ Finer Things (Caramel Pretzel Sparklers)
30. The Shabby Chic Cottage (Pier 1 sale)
31. Amanda @ Serenity Now {“Fluffy” Books!}
32. Lylah – Hooked on Figs & Lavender
33. SuzyHomemaker (fireworks)
34. Trish@TheOldPostRoad (America!)
35. kirwin @ graceful creative (zen habits)
36. Michelle@Sweet Something
37. The Thrifty Home (Tie-Dye)
38. All Toile And No Reward (three new Hoots and a Catticus)
39. Styling by Coty Farquhar (Thistle flowers)
40. Struggling to be Stylish (Giveaway!)
41. Claudia @ DipityRoad (Arts Festival)
42. Alea @ Premeditated Leftovers (Cookbook holders with splash guards)
43. Candi @ Candace Rose
44. janice | Sharing the Journey (Greece, my home and my family)
45. Robin~All Things Heart and Home (Bodacious Blonde Brownies!)
46. Joan@anythinggoeshere: garden junk
47. Becky K (Longwood Garden)
48. Tracey @ Girls to Grow (New Desk Chair and Mini Boden)
49. Linda @ Lime in the Coconut(Beach home)
50. Puna – hooked on Oahu
51. Ashley @ AshleysBusy
52. Tara @ Feels like home (hooked on macaroni salad)
53. Bridget (Scanning & Tomatoes)
54. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality (fresh veggies)
55. Kelli(hooked on blessings)
56. Jasmine @ The Suburban Sentiment (Stationery)
57. Deidra @ jumping tandem
58. Ashley @ A Hasty Life (Antique sewing machines)
59. Deb@Ribbonwood(make felt strawberries)
60. Patio Magic (Patio Makeover)
61. Amy (recycled teabag clipboard)
62. RehabOrDie.com — Hooked on Brookies! Mmmmm!
63. Fifi Flowers & Lady Liberty
64. Britt @ A Penny Saved (Kitchen Remodel on a Budget)
65. Amy (No More Beige
66. Isa (seaside flower fields)
67. casaCARA (Victorian Farmhouse on Shelter Island)
68. Diane (Worth the Work)
69. Shell @ Pink & Green Acres (Strawberry Frutista’s)
70. janmary, n ireland (relaxing at the beach)
71. ~Really Rainey~ {Hooked on Massages}
72. cynthia@come sit awhile
73. Rose
74. Jamie (Hooked on Blue!)
75. Lara Jane (summer!)
76. Maria Berg, Sweden
77. Jillian@Housewears (interviewing Ramsin Khachi

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Terry Kearns July 2, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Best wishes to Grandma Hazel, her family, and everyone this Independence Day.

Terry Kearns’s last blog post..A few front doors in Atlanta

Daly Essentials July 2, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Happy Birthday to Grandma Hazel! I love red white and blue – it means summer is really here!

Daly Essentials’s last blog post..Colorful Kitchens

MissCaron July 2, 2009 at 8:57 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRANDMA HAZEL! Hope y’all have a wonderful holiday weekend! I loved that first picture of the pretty white house … goodness that is gorgeous! Have a safe and happy Independence Day! :-)

MissCaron’s last blog post..How I Broke My Hip

Things That Inspire July 2, 2009 at 9:04 pm

I love it when a family puts forth the effort into decorating a house for the 4th! That is patriotic spirit.

Happy birthday to your grandmother! Enjoy the 4th.

Things That Inspire’s last blog post..The 4th of July House

Susan July 2, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Happy Birthday Grandma Hazel!

Great post – I especially love the bandanas in the mason jars. Now this is really getting me in the spirit of the weekend! Have a great one!

Susan’s last blog post..Rx for Hospital Room Decor

DesignTies July 2, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Happy Birthday, Grandma Hazel!!

The little chair cupcake holders are too cute :-)

Happy July 4th!!


DesignTies’s last blog post..Thank you, Michelle!! A fantabulous rendering…

m July 2, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Patriotilicious!!! LOVE that house!!!

m ^..^

m’s last blog post..Pastel Skies…

Angela @ Imaginecozy July 2, 2009 at 9:13 pm

What a great picture of your family! I love the red white and blue on the porch. It really does get you in the mood.

Angela @ Imaginecozy’s last blog post..Add Chairs to the Mix

Jenny July 2, 2009 at 9:14 pm

Happy 93rd Grandma Hazel! She looks great!

I love the patriotic ideas posted here. I so wish I was creative.

Jenny’s last blog post..Picnic Table Talk: July 4th

Beachbrights July 2, 2009 at 9:14 pm

After reading your post…I am so in the mood for celebrating July 4th! Bring on the firecrackers….


Beachbrights’s last blog post..Scientific Method for Picking a Winner

Linda@ Restyled Home July 2, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Happy Birthday to Grandma Hazel…she’s so adorable! And Happy Fourth to you and your beautiful family! I will cross my fingers for sunny weather for you. We have been deluged with rain and fog here!! :(

Linda@ Restyled Home’s last blog post..Oh, I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want!!

Janeen July 2, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Happy Birthday, Grandma Hazel! You’re lovely!
Did you happen to catch “Samantha Who?” tonight? Sam’s mom was trying to sell Dena’s house against her wishes. The decor was delicious! I’d love to see some pictures, but couldn’t find any online. Any ideas?
Happy 4th of July!

Mary Beth July 2, 2009 at 9:36 pm

I came on over to link up and saw you had the same (almost) post title! Gorgeous pictures all and a very Happy Birthday to your Grandma Hazel-what a lovely lady. Have a wonderful Fourth of July.

Shannan July 2, 2009 at 9:50 pm

Have a wonderful Independence Day! I’m loving your inspirational photos – especially the mason jars with handkerchiefs!

Shannan’s last blog post..We’re More Than Buggies and Bonnets

Heather July 2, 2009 at 9:53 pm

Happy Birthday to Grandma Hazel! Hope you have a great time this weekend, and that you get a little break!

Heather’s last blog post..Happy Birthday USA

The Stylish House July 2, 2009 at 9:55 pm

Give your sweet Grandma an extra hug for me! Wishing you and your family a wonderful July 4th weekend. Thank you for hosting this fun Friday event.

The Stylish House’s last blog post..Romancing The Slipcover!

Lindsay @ Likely Design July 2, 2009 at 10:08 pm

What cute ideas! I love cute 4th of July decorations…maybe next year when the outside of our house is done I’ll focus on decorations!! Thanks for the blog party – I love these!!

Lindsay @ Likely Design’s last blog post..Happy Homeowner Anniversary to Us!!

Edwina- HouseAHolic July 2, 2009 at 10:32 pm

I’m not in the States, but happy Independence Day for all those of you who are. GReat family picture too!

Edwina- HouseAHolic’s last blog post..Hooked on our 1800s Stove

Arleen @ Seasons for All at Home July 2, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Hi Julia. Happy 4th to you, and Happy Birthday to your grandmother! Have a wonderful weekend. ~Arleen

Amy @ Finer Things July 2, 2009 at 10:57 pm

The RWB mason jars… so cute! I’ve got to remember that one (and need to collect some mason jars)!

Amy @ Finer Things’s last blog post..Finer Things Friday: Freedom

Amanda @ Serenity Now July 2, 2009 at 11:05 pm

I love all those flags on the porch from Country Home!! That says “4th of July” alright! Happy Birthday to Grandma Hazel!!! Glad to join the party again this week…thanks for hosting. :)

Amanda @ Serenity Now’s last blog post..Hooked On: "Fluffy" Books

Cass @ That Old House July 2, 2009 at 11:06 pm

Oh Happy Birthday to Grandma Hazel! 93 is a mighty fine achievement — she looks wonderful.
Love the idea of the Mason jars with bandanas and flatware; very clever. And I apologize for messing up putting up my post — I hit the wrong thingie first time, and got an old post up… so I’m on twice. If you can take off the first one, #29 … please do!
Happy 4th of July — Cass

Cass @ That Old House’s last blog post..Hooked on Beachy Tables, And a Foodie Friday for our Furry Friends!

Suzy July 2, 2009 at 11:24 pm

Happy Birthday Grandma Hazel! I especially love Kimba’s idea of the drink glass and everything together to just grab off the buffet.
Happy 4th Everyone!

Suzy’s last blog post..Fireworks, Boston Pops, and Special Guest…..

Trish@TheOldPostRoad July 2, 2009 at 11:31 pm

I’ve always loved that Country Living house with the bunting! I posted it at Memorial Day.

Jen July 2, 2009 at 11:46 pm

I visit “Between Naps on the Porch” often and love her table ideas. I only wish I had space in my kitchen for a table big enough to decorate. I really like the mason jars with the bandannas and silverware because it is simple enough that I could do it. Have a Happy 4th of July!

flickettysplits July 3, 2009 at 12:21 am

Those sunflowers are just lovely!

flickettysplits’s last blog post..A big thank you

Styling by Coty Farquhar July 3, 2009 at 12:42 am

Hi Julia,

Happy 4th of July, I hope you have a fantastic weekend with all you family, especially your Grandmother. It is my Father’s Birthday on the 4th of July and he’s turning 80.
I’m glad to be joining your fun party again after being away and working for a couple of months. I have been photographing Thistle Flowers this week and having lots of fun, come and have a look.

I would love to be in the USA over this weekend, it looks like you all have such fun with decorating your homes.

xx Coty Farquhar, Australia

Styling by Coty Farquhar’s last blog post..The Beauty of our Winter flowers – Thistle flowers for Outdoor Wednesday and Tablescape Thursday

Struggler July 3, 2009 at 12:49 am

Congratulations, Grandma Hazel, that’s wonderful.
Those table settings are very clever, and the top house is just gorgeous.

Struggler’s last blog post..Giveaway Day!

Janmary, N Ireland July 3, 2009 at 1:35 am

Happy Birthday to Grandma Hazel – love the photo

Wishing you a wonderful 4th July weekend from Ireland.

Janmary, N Ireland’s last blog post..Taking time to relax

janice | Sharing the Journey July 3, 2009 at 3:07 am

What a lovely photo! Happy birthday to Grandma Hazel and well done to you for raising a fine young man. Happy 4th July weekend!
(Oh, and I think the idea of the napkins in jars is great; it’s so adaptable.)

janice | Sharing the Journey’s last blog post..Holidaying at Home

Robin All Things Heart and Home July 3, 2009 at 3:39 am

Grandma Hazel…I’m happy you were born!
Love the red,white and blue photos…Susan’s tablescape was just beyond wonderful wasn’t it?
Happy 4th!
All Things Heart and Home
ps…what a cutie your son is!!!

Robin All Things Heart and Home’s last blog post..Big Bodacious Blondies!

Chie July 3, 2009 at 3:46 am

WoW! Grandma still looks gorgeous, isn’t she? Who thinks she’s 93? Wonderful age and I wish I reach the age when my time comes.

Have a fab 4th of July celebration, Julia. I can see that you’re ready to celebrate both BDAY & 4th of July celebration.

Have a fab w/end.

Your son is handsome young man, reckoned my 17th yr old daughter.

Chie’s last blog post..Goes FRUTIY on my FREAKY FRIDAY & LIVING A BEAUTIFUL LIFE

Joan@anythinggoeshere July 3, 2009 at 4:51 am

I love all your red, white and blue stuff. I am a huge fan of your hooked on houses blog!

Joan@anythinggoeshere’s last blog post..How to: A Picture Easel

'Aunt Amelia' July 3, 2009 at 5:55 am

A warm Happy Birthday to your Grandma Hazel!!!

What a great entry, of 4th of July showing of Red, White and Blue!

Aunt Amelia

‘Aunt Amelia’’s last blog post..Can’t seem to get………………………

The Summer Kitchen Girls July 3, 2009 at 5:55 am

That Country Living picture is one of my all-time favorites – not only for the 4th decorations, but for the house itself!! Cute ideas, as always – have a great 4th of July!!

The Summer Kitchen Girls’s last blog post..It’s A Grand Old Flag

Becky K. July 3, 2009 at 6:25 am

What a beautiful photo of the three of you!

I am joining for the first time.
Thank You for hosting this party.
I am soooo hooked on Longwood Gardens and taking pictures there.

Have a wonderful Fourth of July!

Becky K.’s last blog post..More Longwood Garden Photos

Kathy July 3, 2009 at 7:23 am

Happy birthday to Grandma Hazel – she looks fabulous!

Linda@Lime in the Coconut July 3, 2009 at 7:23 am

A BIG HAPPY 93 to Grandma!! Love the images in your post, Julia! Happy July 4th! Let the games begin!

Linda@Lime in the Coconut’s last blog post..Feelin’ Beachy…

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitalty July 3, 2009 at 7:47 am

Great pics, Julia! And Happy Birthday to your Grandma. have a great 4th of July weekend.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitalty’s last blog post..The neighbors can laugh

Michelle July 3, 2009 at 8:01 am

Happy Birthday Grandma Hazel!

Michelle’s last blog post..Hello

Jasmine @ The Suburban Sentiment July 3, 2009 at 8:24 am

Have a sensational long weekend, and a great birthday celebration with your grandma Hazel, Julia.

Jasmine @ The Suburban Sentiment’s last blog post..Hooked on: Stationery

Jamie July 3, 2009 at 8:40 am

Wonderful post! I love that photo of the white house with the great front porch decked for the 4th of July! It has alot in common with the front of our house and gives me hope that one day our might look just as lovely.

Jamie’s last blog post..So busy sewing!

Debbie July 3, 2009 at 9:03 am

Oh Julia, how precious! I wish your Grandma Hazel a very Happy Birthday. I just love that you are with her! Have a lovely weekend! Enjoyed your post as always!

Debbie’s last blog post..Make your own Strawberries!

Angela July 3, 2009 at 9:45 am

Mason Jars: Brilliant!! I love that banner on the top photo – how it flows from end to end….wonder if it was custom done?! SO beautiful! Thanks for this great patriotic post!
~angela @ peonypatch

Angela’s last blog post..I’ve been tagged!!

Misti England July 3, 2009 at 10:06 am

Wow! Beautiful pictures Julia! Happy Birthday to your grandmother as well. My post today is a tribute to my grandmother, who we are laying to rest in a few short hours. I can feel her dancing in Heaven already!


Misti England’s last blog post..A Beautiful Life

Marla in Columbus, OH July 3, 2009 at 10:07 am


This has absolutely nothing to do with today’s post rather it’s about a movie house. I just saw The Proposal (Sandra Bullock/Ryan Reynolds) last night and while the movie is OK, the house where Sam’s parents (Mary Steenburgen?/Craig T. Nelson) live in Alaska is spectacular, imho and the setting is equally beautiful. One to add to growing list.

Have a wonderful 4th.

Your fellow Buckeye,
Marla B.
Columbus, OH

Fifi Flowers July 3, 2009 at 10:53 am

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Hazel!!! ENJOY a FAB weekend! Fifi

Fifi Flowers’s last blog post..One VERY Fashionable Lady…

Amy Acevedo July 3, 2009 at 11:19 am

My first link up!

Isa July 3, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Happiest of Birthdays to Grandma Hazel! Cheers! What a festive weekend to celebrate a birthday on! Love the tablescapes!
Happy 4th, Happy weekend, Happy everything!
xo Isa

Isa’s last blog post..Home is Where the Ranunculus is… or Was…

Diane July 3, 2009 at 12:51 pm

This is a first for me to join in a “blog party”. Thanks Julia. Diane

Diane’s last blog post..Hooked on Fridays!

~Really Rainey~ July 3, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Thanks for having another Hooked on Friday’s party! I just love this one cause it reflects my mood for the week end!

~Really Rainey~’s last blog post..100 post winner! Foodie Friday & Hooked on Fridays 7/3/09

Eileen July 3, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Happy Birthday, Grandma Hazel!
Happy 4th of July!
Enjoy the weekend!
Enjoy the celebrations!
Most of all ~ enjoy your family!

Deana July 3, 2009 at 7:45 pm

What a gorgeous house! I love that patriotic banner haning from the porch. It looks so pretty hanging against the stark white house.

Deana’s last blog post..Hooked on Fireworks!

sue July 3, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Happy 4th July!!!
Celebrate hard ♥

sue’s last blog post..HOOKED ON MY BEDROOM MAKEOVER

Amy July 3, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Happy Birthday to Grandma Hazel!
I am new to the blogging world, and yours is one of my new faves! Beautiful!
Happy 4th to your family!

Amy’s last blog post..Christmas Jackpot and wounded pride!

Jamie Goldberg, AKBD, CAPS July 3, 2009 at 11:06 pm

Happy Birthday, Hazel and Happy Birthday, America. Really enjoyed the Red, White & Blue post. That was my theme this week, too!

Marcy Derby July 4, 2009 at 2:43 am

Happy 4th of July! Those photos are brilliant and the house looks gorgeous all done up for the holiday.

Marcy Derby’s last blog post..Bad Breath Remedies – How To Stop Bad Breath

Lara Jane July 4, 2009 at 3:40 am

Grandma Hazel, you are one pretty lady! Happy Birthday, and have a great 4th!
(I’m gonna have to catch up on all of these “Hooked On” posts on Sunday! :)

Lara Jane’s last blog post..summer is…

Amy @ Living Locurto July 4, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Hope Grandma Hazel has a wonderful day! Enjoy your 4th of July:-)

Amy @ Living Locurto’s last blog post..Happy 4th of July!

Jill@Housewears July 5, 2009 at 1:46 am

Grandma Hazel is a gem, my own Grandma Loretta passed away at 92, just before my first son was born, and she was wonderful. I’m sure she’s smiling down from Heaven looking watching all 3 of my boys grow! I love the bandannas in the mason jars!

Jill@Housewears’s last blog post..Design By 5: Housewears Interviews City TV’s Ramsin Khachi

montee July 5, 2009 at 12:08 pm

Happy Birthday Grandma Hazel! Hope your July 4th was a nice one.

Cristin July 6, 2009 at 10:14 pm

Happy bday Hazel! What a great post!

Sorry I missed the Hooked on Friday… I’ll be back later this week.

.-= Cristin´s last blog ..East Hampton Dream Kitchen by Phoebe Howard =-.

rue July 8, 2009 at 8:32 am

Happy Birthday to Grandma Hazel!!
I hope her birthday was wonderful as well as your 4th :)

.-= rue´s last blog ..I’m still here… =-.

Barbara May 17, 2011 at 8:42 am

Love the red, white and blue! My mother and I loved the “hotdog” holidays. No presents to buy, you can always serve the hotdog food, no headaches. We loved the red, white and blue on the porch. Thanks for posting those photos.

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