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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Southwestern Style...Not Just For Cowpokes

I have a soft spot for all things Southwestern.  I mean seriously.  From the old western movies to the decor and  fashion, I just love it all!  Here is a brief summary of how to bring some south west style to your environment.  

Colors: Traditional palette of cactus green, adobe red and desert-toned neutral hues are hallmark Southwest colors. Shots of bright yellow, dusty orange and turquoise are also indicative of Southwestern design.

Textiles: Sturdy woven fabrics, leather and suede are used for upholstery. Striped serapes (colorful wool shawls) can be used as pure decoration on walls.

Furniture: Leather is a common covering for sofas and chairs. Knotty pine is a popular choice for wood furniture, which may also feature a distressed finish embellished with burnished metal accents.

Accents: Talavera pottery, painted ceramic pieces with roots in 16th century Mexico, adds color and design interest to a desert home. Hand-painted tiles are used on walls, floors and countertops. Wrought iron is used for all types of accessories.

These arts include architecture, ceramics, drawing, filmmaking, painting, 
photography, sculpture, printmaking, and other media, ranging from the ancient past to the contemporary arts of the present day.

Southwestern home décor reflects the colors of the desert and the peoples who have carved out a living from it. Earth tones—browns, reds and oranges—dominate most Southwest home decoration. Traditional Native American Indian geometric designs and symbols, like Acoma’s parrot motif, Hopi Pueblo’s migration pattern and Zuni lizards adorn pottery, rugs and other collectible artwork.

Southwestern fashion tends to be a style that has always been there whenever people need comfort. It's all about warm colors/tones and simple designs but in a colorful chic way.  The classic dress silhouettes, zig-zag patterns, and printed feathers are just some of the elements incorporated with this style........and it's all kinds of awesome!

And so, hope now you can agree with me. Southwestern style is certainly not just for cowpokes!

Have a happy EASTER!


Momma Melly said...

Ooooooooooo, so pretty! You described everything wonderfully. I'd love to own some of that jewellery. -- I hope you and your family had a fantastic Easter.

Alicia said...

I like a few things that are Southwestern inspired: cowboy hats and tassels. Lots and lots of tassels!

Peaches Ledwidge said...

I just returned from the west coast and saw similar items. Fascinating.

Unknown said...

These are nice, especially the ceramic pieces. I love the sweater and some of the other clothing pieces. I don't own much southwestern inspired pieces, but would love to by the looks of the different items.

Cynthia @ Richly Middle Class said...

I love the sweater and he furniture. There is just something about the southwest style that gives you that extra.

Elizabeth H. said...

is the lamb photo yours? Can I use it in a board book I'm making for some kids? It would be an example for "Lamb of God"