Santa Fe Style Inspiration
There is a distinct mood that Santa Fe projects. The hot dry sun quickly transitions to dramatic storms that sweep through in minutes. And the landscape varies just as much as the weather, with brittle fauna scattered throughout dusty, rocky trails, while a multitude of looming, mighty mountains erect themselves from the same countryside.
When my family and I recently vacationed there I began to depend on this reliable uncertainty that the scenery provided in both nature, architecture and decor. I lusted after the simplicity of the low, molded faux-adobe homes, the natural beauty of the agate and other minerals used as art, and the scores of cacti and succulents found in open ranges as well as interiors. Yet, I continuously yearned for bolder, more vibrant surroundings. And I wasn't disappointed... I was continuously surprised when striking Navajo inspired textiles, bright Kilims shaped into pillows and wall hangings, and turquoise doors, shutters and furniture dramatically popped into view. Like the storms and the landscape, I learned to expect these gems to present themselves when I was doubting my surroundings.
Santa Fe reminded me to appreciate the beauty of restraint in design. But, it also emphasized that a flare of excitement in the home, whether it be through the use of color, pattern or interesting shapes, is necessary to keep things balanced.
I incorporated Santa Fe style in our our home by keeping the foundation clean and simple to allow for dramatic pops of color in the accessories (The Kilim pillows are souvenirs from the trip-if you are ever in Santa Fe, visit Sarets for the most beautiful textiles!)
Hope you enjoyed the snapshots-I'd love to see how you integrate Santa Fe style in your space!