One of the wonderful aspects about living in different locations is being exposed to new traditions, people, and experiences. While living and traveling in the West for a number of years, I became enamored with the architecture and culture of Taos, Santa Fe, and the Rocky Mountains. In this post, I'd like to share some Southwestern spirit with you.
It must be Christmas if the paths are lined with luminarias.
Thick wooden doors and adobe...quintessential Santa Fe...
...as are bright blue doors and adobe courtyard walls.
Ristras (chili pepper wreaths) are as much
a part of the Southwest as is spicy food.
To create Southwest themed holiday decorations,
start with traditional Southwest colors: turquoise and silver.
Go with decorations that look like jewelry.
Mix in pinecones, greens and silver bling.
Add in some turquoise pinecones,
if you're lucky enough to find them.
Or if silver and turquoise are to sedate for you,
go for the all-out festive color theme.
Mix in bright lights.
Add a ton of wrapped gifts and let the festivities begin!
The center piece of most holiday decorating is the Christmas tree. As in interior design, holiday design has been trending toward using natural elements (pine cones, dried fruit, grapevines, etc.) to add color, spirit and scent. Let's have a look...
Forgo the battle of the lights and opt for this simple pinecone tree.
Or, keep decorating to a minimum with just the basics.
Go for the gold with
shimmery decorations and gift boxes.
Full speed ahead with ribbon and clusters of decorations.
No lights needed, just a band of natural elements circling the tree.
Little houses and faux snow nestled into the branches...love it!
Pinecones and white decorations, simplistic beauty.
Every year forecasters in color industries predict what is known as "the color of the year." Pantone, a global authority on color for interior design, fashion, and beauty, has just announced it's trendsetting color for 2014...
Say hello to Radiant Orchid...
A combination of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones.
Look for this shade to start popping up in fabrics, paint, clothing and makeup.
Here's a little inspiration to get you thinking about this color palette...
The calming shade makes for a dreamy boudoir.
An enchanting fabric for stunning window treatments.
A kaleidoscope of color. Perfect for a statement fabric in any room.
A chair with purple pizzazz!
This traditional windowpane fab gets an updated pop of fuchsia.
A creamy backdrop makes for a great balance to this hue.
So, there you have it, Pantone's Color of the Year!