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Betsy Ross: America’s First Lady of Interior Design

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This week we’re celebrating the 4th of July with red, white and blue parties, parades and fireworks. It’s only right that we acknowledge the legacy left by Betsy Ross. But not just for the American flag.

Betsy Ross is really America’s First Lady of interior design. How so? Well, upon closer scrutiny you’ll find that she  …

  • was a serious networker in her community. Her pew was next to George Washington’s pew at Christ Church in Philadelphia. Who else would they turn to whip up a fancy flag in a hurry?
  • owned her own upholstery company, which in the 18th century, was the equivalent of an interior designer today. She had drapery makers, furniture upholsterers, paper hangers and painters working for her.
  • brought many of her immediate family into the business with her as it grew.
  • all through her career she had it all (many times over) – three husbands and seven children

So when you go to salute the American flag on Thursday, remember that it was a woman interior designer who made it possible!

5 comments… add one
  • John Haigis July 3, 2013, 2:37 pm

    three times married and also three times buried. First in a Quaker burial ground, then in Mount Moriah, then at the Betsy Ross House.

  • Nilou Navab interiors July 3, 2013, 7:15 pm

    Despite my heritage I’m glad to live in this country , which is a melting pot of different nation with different back round . Happy 4 th of July to all

    • Tracy July 4, 2013, 3:50 pm

      Nilou, not despite your heritage, because of your heritage, we celebrate with you, your part of our heritage!

  • Narell July 6, 2013, 2:28 pm

    Thank you for sharing this ! Love her political move to ” sitting next to George ” ! Let alone knowing now she had her own business in Interiors… Pity it has taken so long to share her strong back bone !!

    Happy Fourth !!

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