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Incorporating Presidents, Pennies And Copper Into Your Home Decor

As it was Presidents' Day yesterday, I was inspired to feature home décor that incorporated presidents, pennies and copper to create a fabulous yet modern space. But before we dive into that, let's quickly learn about Presidents' Day.

Fun Facts About Presidents' Day You May Or May Not Have Known

  • Presidents' Day is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington
  • Presidents' Day is always celebrated on the third Monday of February
  • Washington's Birthday is commonly referred to as Presidents' Day
  • Presidents' Day was started by President Nixon, to honor all past presidents of the United States, and set on the day when Washington's Birthday was celebrated
  • Both Lincoln's  and Washington's birthdays are in February


After doing a little research on presidents that have been incorporated into interior design, I realized that Abraham Lincoln is the most commonly featured President, which is likely because he's on the copper penny. Houzz even had an article titled “Abraham Lincoln, the Hottest President in Home Decor?” where Houzz contributor, Becky Harris of Hatch said:

In this U.S. election year, the president who grabbed the most attention was not actually running for office. Historically, he was a great debater, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation and he gave one of the most powerful speeches of all time. Since then he has become one of our most revered presidents, with a massive memorial in Washington, D.C., to prove it. We see him every day on $5 bills and the penny… Lincoln has never been hotter.

Becky featured some great finds that embody Abraham Lincoln with a contemporary twist.



Pennies can be weaved into your interior design in an effortless way and can be seen in this Forma Design, where they emphasized the owners’ eclectic art collection and modernist furniture. The textured stone walls make the custom-made Peter Tunney Lincoln Penny pop in two-story atrium windowed condo in D.C.

Designing with penny mosaics

Penny Pincher…

After realizing that Abraham Lincoln is probably the most popular president featured in interior designs, it took me back to our La Vie Boheme room that we designed for Serving Up Style 2012. For those of you that don’t remember this room, it was designed around a college-age girl from India who moved to Paris with her American boyfriend. She had a flair for design, but didn’t have the budget to afford luxurious materials, so she used everyday objects in unpredictable ways to create a chevron Post-its wallpaper and pennies to create a penny mosaic floor.

Garrison hullinger, GHID, Serving up Style, Fall Better Home & Garden Show

As we had mentioned in our previous blog post about Serving Up Style 2012, we used pennies in an offset pattern, with Hardiebacker board and water-soluble glue to create this cheap. Although it turned out beautifully, it was time consuming! To show some additional appreciation for a rather tedious project - gluing.every.single.penny. - we had a penny cake made for our F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S interns. The entire GHID team enjoyed the cake together and were so happy to win the “Creativity Award” from Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus.

Our partnerships and teamwork truly are the foundation to creating our designs and we couldn't have created this award-winning look without the help of everyone involved.

Molly Fund Fighting Lupus, Creativity Award, GHID, Garrison Hullinger, Garrison Hullinger Interior Design

Copper interior design

Copper my space...

I love this fireplace - the copper fireplace demands the eyes attention and is so perfectly well-balanced with light colored walls, striped area rug, brick red cozy couch and modern glass coffee table and chair.

The copper range hood, countertops and farmhouse sink warm up this kitchen, leaving a lasting and dramatic feeling with the mixed-metals.


Via The Copper Design

According to the CopperDesign,

The benefit copper gives to lighting is the way the metal catches the light and adds its own unique and shimmering quality to the décor of the room.

Do you know what it is called when copper turns a different color?

Copper oxidizes over time and looks aged by a green or dark brown film, called patina. Patina isn't only specific to copper, but can also be seen on other similar metals.

Helpful Tip: You can use patina to give your copper interiors an aged and rustic feel.

Do you know how to clean copper?

Copper is relatively easy to clean and all you need  are everyday household items to clean it!

  • H2O - bring a pot of water to boil and drop your copper item into the pot and boil until the tarnish comes off
  • Ketchup - squirt your Heinz Ketchup onto your copper item and rub it until the tarnish comes off
  • Lime or lemon - squirt your lime or lemon onto your copper item and rub it until the tarnish comes off
Share some other fun presidential decorative accessories or creative ways to incorporate copper and pennies into your home decor.