Published June 21, 2012
Come on, you know it: We all have a secret soft spot for those kitschy red, white and blue decorations folks tend to resurface during the summer — especially around July 4th. But while we give a wink to plastic flags, what we truly love is some rustic, genuine American décor; from pieces that look straight out of Betsy Ross’s Philadelphia home to more desert-inspired styles reminiscent of the Westward Expansion. And hotels across the country are happy to oblige to these decor styles year round. Since Independence day is on the horizon, enjoy our favorite spots for all the plaid, wood and warmth that typical American décor is so famous for.
Warm wooden floors and cabinets evoke the feel of a fancy log cabin in the Appalachian mountains; the brick fireplace is a veritable centerpiece that was a staple of early American homes. These elements along with the classic-cool button tufted leather couch make us want to pose for a John Singer Sargent portrait — it’s cozy but refined.
Nautical design has a New England, patriotic feel — harkening back to the Mayflower, practically. The star accent pillow and striped bedskirt add touches a whimsy — and an overt reference to our own flag.
While plaid may be a staple of the hipster style scene, the pattern’s long been a staple within early American interiors. Though we originally proliferated it from the other side of the pond (Wanna wear a kilt?), it’s now uniquely ours. The homey fabric, paired with vertically-striped walls creates an eclectic all-American room in a subtly patriotic color scheme.
A hotel dedicated to one of our founding fathers can’t help but make our list, and with its old school American design touches, such as gilded frames displaying pastoral scenes and Persian rugs, it’s like staying in an American art museum. The Papa Bear chairs and shelves of books are suggestive of a vintage library, and are a testament to the American tradition of educational and cultural studies.
From the earthy, Southwestern-print rug to the sky-high lodge ceiling, this place has all the makings of a Western ranch from the American expansion in the nineteenth century. Even if taxidermy feels a little bit too “real” for you, you have to admit it adds to the free-wielding spirit of the place that is inherently American, as do the rustic, candle-lit chandeliers.
Doesn’t this suite scream Scarlett O’Hara? The ornate furniture has a Southern yet regal vibe that’s perfectly fit for a princess. The quaint, old fashioned prints found in the carpeting and sofa, respectively, add to the sophisticated atmosphere, as do the still-life oil paintings. Calling all Southern belles!