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Chris Covington in the dining area of her patriotic house in Hartselle.
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Chris Covington in the dining area of her patriotic house in Hartselle.

MY SPACE
Patriotic decor
Hartselle woman decorates home with red, white and blue

By Danielle Komis Palmer
dpalmer@decaturdaily.com · 340-2447

The only thing that is not red, white and blue in Chris Covington’s living room is her cream-colored cat named Nacho.

Chris Covington said her All-American cuckoo clock is her favorite item in the living room.
Chris Covington said her All-American cuckoo clock is her favorite item in the living room.
The Hartselle woman is surrounded by men serving her country — her husband in the Army, two sons in the Air Force, and her father an Army veteran. The least she can do is show her support, she said.

“It’s my tribute to all veterans,” she said. “I appreciate what they’ve done.”

While Independence Day is Covington’s favorite holiday — she usually dons a red, white and blue wig and patriotic lashes, too — Veterans Day is also a favorite, she said.

Covington started collecting patriotic items during the Gulf War. From there, her obsession ballooned. When she and her husband moved to Hartselle from New Mexico a year and a half ago, their new home’s large living room was perfect for all of her items. Her collection quickly invaded the room and has slowly crept outside into a small front garden. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Covington keeps red, white and blue lights on outside.

Where did you get the items in the room?

  • Bright blue ceiling fan — Lowe’s

  • Stars and stripes old-fashioned telephone — U.S. 127 “Longest Yard Sale.” After buying the broken telephone along the famous yard sale route, Covington sent it off to Illinois to get fixed. Now, it is a working phone.

  • Flag-painted dresser — furniture store in New Mexico

  • Glass “Statue of Liberty” bourbon container — a gift from her son that he bought in Germany

    What’s your favorite part of the room?

    Covington said her all-American cuckoo clock is her favorite item in the room. Her husband bought the clock for her from a restaurant in Germany where it hung on the wall. He finally talked the restaurant owner into letting them buy it, though she didn’t know that he had until the restaurant owner presented it to them and her husband told her “Happy Anniversary.”

    “I didn’t expect to go to Germany and find an American patriotic clock,” she said, laughing. What did you do yourself?

    Covington said she decorated her living room to show her support for all veterans.
    Covington said she decorated her living room to show her support for all veterans.
    Covington painted the long back wall of the living room in a stars and stripes pattern using tape and star stencils from Hobby Lobby. She painted the stars and stripes on with latex paint, then wiped off most of the paint to give it an antique look. The project took her about one week. Many people who come into the living room assume the paint job is wallpaper, she said. What are your future plans for the room?

    Finding a larger patriotic rug for the sitting area of the room would make Covington happy, she said. She also plans to hang photographs she took of her sons last year in front of the stars and stripes wall. And, of course, she’s open to new things.

    “If I found something really unique, I’d get it,” she said.

    NAME

    Chris Covington

    AGE

    51

    HOMETOWN

    Hartselle

    FAMILY

    Husband John Covington, sons James Covington, 27, Ian Covington, 22

    ROOM

    A patriotic living room complete with red, white and blue window sheers, hand-painted stars on the walls, and other spirit-filled decorations

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