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Southwestern decor has been popular for decades, and lately it's been enjoying an even greater resurgence in both fashion and home decor. But don't confuse today's take on the Navajo style with the silver and turquoise belt buckle motifs of the past. The latest interpretations feel fresh, clean, and contemporary—without so much as a hint of cowboy paraphernalia.
The decor style of the Southwest can be traced to three main sources: the region's natural resources such as red clay and pine; the Spanish influence of tiles and hand-painted ceramics; and the traditional woven patterns of the Native Americans. Today's version of Southwest style layers these elements using a more subdued approach to color and embellishment than we've seen in the past.
To get the Southwestern decor look, incorporate plenty of texture with materials like raw wood, leather, and animal hides. Patterned area rugs and colorful throw blankets provide vibrant accents. A cluster of cacti or succulents in a terracotta planter lends a cheerful presence that won't require as much maintenance as other indoor greenery. Lighting in natural materials and finishes brings in earthy texture. Most importantly, keep a casual vibe throughout. If you can sit back and imagine yourself relaxing around a desert campfire beneath the stars, you're on the right track!
Shopping Guide: 1. Distressed Wood Mirror 2. Yellow Table Lamp 3. Cow Hide Pillow 4. Landscape Wall Art 5. Exotic Floral Tapas Plates 6. Terra Cotta Cactus Garden 7. Red Kilim Area Rug
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Anne Sage is a design and lifestyle editor based in San Francisco. Her daily interiors and fashion blog The City Sage was named a must-read by Martha Stewart Living, and she was featured in the New York Times for her co-founding of the online shelter publication Rue Magazine. She also works as a stylist and art director for brands such as Target and Anthropologie.
In her spare time, Anne is most likely to be found color coding the books on her vintage Paul McCobb shelving unit.
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Yes, yes, YES! You were a style mind reader with this one Anne. You know I was looking for this and finding GOOD SW style was a really difficult task, but you gave me exactly what I was looking for. Brilliant and thank you!