Now that we’ve unpacked all the boxes in our our new apartment, we’re going to start decorating! We’ve lived in crumbling New York apartments for so long that we still have our old stuff—IKEA lamps, a ripped sofa, old yellow pillows. So I’m excited to get a few nicer things, hang some pretty art and make our home feel grown-up.

For artwork, one thing that packs a punch is using vintage flags as artwork. You can either frame them or just pin them up. It’s a way of looking at a flag as an object of art, like Jasper Johns, versus any sort of political statement. A giant flag over the sofa might look really cool, don’t you think?

(Photos by Mark Roper in Country Style Australia and Rachel Halvorson)