Brentwood house decorating contest to show true patriotic colors
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Hundreds of American flags of all sizes; an inflatable Uncle Sam; and nearly anything red, white and blue fill the front lawns of Brentwood homes for the Fourth of July.

Some homes even have music and flashing lights.

“People really have such a great feeling about the Fourth of July. You’ll see red, white and blue lights; some of them will have moving figures,” Fourth of July Committee chairman John Frombach said.

Brentwood residents show their patriotism on the Fourth of July not only by throwing neighborhood parties and lining the streets for borough festivities but also by decorating their homes with U.S. staples.

Thus started the Brentwood Fourth of July House Decorating contest, now in its fourth year.

Residents submit paperwork and $ 5 to participate, and the first-, second- and third-place winners are crowned at a July 3 celebration at the municipal building at 9 p.m. They receive $ 100, $ 75 and $ 50 respectively.

Signs are placed in the front yards of the homes selected by a committee of four, including a teenager, that travels through the borough selecting the winners each year, contest chairman Charlie Johnson said……………. continues on Tribune-Review

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For Your Home: How to decorate with flags
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As a designer I am always looking for ways to make our homes more appealing and a true representative of our own personal style. On this holiday weekend I should be sharing five ways to make your patio sparkle or offering tips on how to add a touch of the red, white and blue to your outdoor table setting. I don’t think that would be the best use of my skills.

I’ve always been thrilled by the sight of the American flag flying from flag poles, draping porches and being waived by small children as they watch a parade. It’s such a grand icon. Then it hit me like a flash from a holiday sparkler: I need to help decorate America. Sounds ambitious I know, but it is doable.

Here are my professional decorating tips for making your home sparkle this Independence Day.

Decorators help create environments that inspire and convey a message. No better way to proudly incorporate and display the American flag and the symbolic red, white and blue colors than to paint your neighborhood patriotic.

Never underestimate the power of curb appeal. If you don’t already own an American flag, I recommend that you get one. Surely we all can manage this simple decorating duty. You can find them for $ 1.69 at any Staples store or at most hardware locations. It doesn’t have to be a big flag mounted on a post. It can be small and stapled on a stick. I recommend spacing them 1…………… continues on News & Observer

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