South of the Boarder..Southwest style

Living in California we have Spanish influence, but it can also Spanish can be also Southwestern. There are two types of southwestern style:

Territorial style was associated with New Mexico from the time it became a territory of the United States, in 1848, until about 1900. (New Mexico achieved statehood in 1912.) A one-story house built around a courtyard typically would have a flat roof with parapets and exterior walls of adobe coated with adobe plaster or stucco. Sidelights, a stack of small vertical windows, commonly flanked entry doors, and bricks trimmed doors and windows. Brick coping atop the exterior walls protected them from water damage, a constant worry with adobe construction. Pedimented lintels, or lintels with a triangular crown, recalled the Greek Revival style, as did the milled posts and beams that replaced the logs used as vigas and posts in Spanish Colonial homes.

The term Contemporary Southwest covers a broad range of styles reflecting regional influences. It can incorporate Pueblo style cues with modern surface treatments, larger volumes, and refined straight-lined geometry—for instance, a flat roof but squared parapets, earth-tone or vibrantly colored stucco finishes, extensive use of glass, wood or steel vigas, and deep portales. The masters of Contemporary Southwest architecture in New Mexico tend to emphasize design that responds to climate and site, uses materials honestly so they become design elements themselves, and breaks down the barriers between inside and out.(

Southwest style has always been around, working in the interior design business. I have seen southwest style come and gone, changed got trendy even more colorful. Taking patterns and re coloring them to keep up with times. The fabrics that are shown at the top of this entry are southwest patterns. You would not think they are because, they are not your typical style. I would use any of these patterns in my life.  Other southwestern styles are rugs and paint such as oranges, reds, and teal.

These are all Benjamin Moore paint- Orange = 2169-11 Red= 2007-30 and Teal = 742

Some southwest rugs- (images from google)092115_rugs_landingThese rugs are more of modern type of Southwest style. All natural with vegetable dye.

Most of my readers, know that I love love fashion and I always add fashion with interior design in my entries. This time i am doing something a little different I am putting Interior Design first and then adding Fashion into the mix.

Here are some of my favorite Southwest Fashion and Interiors: (images are from google and pinterest: southwest style)


etro milan runway show spring summer 2012



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Whatever style you would like to label this…Southwestern or Spanish, always find your inner colorful self





As it is January 1st, 2016..and a new patone color has arrived, this year it is 2 colors – Rose Quartz and Serenity. As to non patone followers – Pink and Blue! History repeats its! In the 80’s these colors were called Powder Blue and Mauve. Or you can define Pink and Blue as baby colors, they did not have general colors, such as grey or yellow.

Rose Quartz have been around for a very long time, in the spiritual word it means: Rose quartz is often called the “Love Stone.” It’s energetic hallmark is that of unconditional love that opens the heart chakra. This makes rose quartz a stone for every type of love: self-love, family, platonic, romantic, and unconditional. As a variety of quartz, rose quartz has high energy, and this strong energy can enhance love in  virtually any situation. This stone of unconditional love that opens the heart chakra to all forms of love: self-love, family love, platonic love, and romantic love. The high energy of quartz gives rose quartz the property of enhancing love in virtually any situation. Bringing love in to life and daily situations not only brings inner warmth, but it also lowers stress and soothes those around it. Rose quartz is a very happy and loving stone. In the psychic and spiritual realms, rose quartz is often used to attract love, for love spells and charms. It is also used to ease the process of transition in dying to make the transition gentle and surrounded by the unconditional love of the Divine. Rose quartz can also be helpful for dream recall and dream work. Rose quartz is used to raise self-esteem and a strong sense of self-worth. Its loving energies teach us to apply this love to ourselves and thereby find ourselves more worthy.(

Serenity means: noun, plural serenities for 2.1.the state or quality of being serene, calm, or tranquil; sereneness. 2.(usually initial capital letter) a title of honor, respect, or reverence,used in speaking of or to certain members of royalty (usually precededby his, your, etc.). (

Now that we have defined what Rose Quartz and Serenity mean here are some images that represent 2016 Pantone Colors: Rose Quartz and Serenity! Ranging from Nail Polish, Fashion, Interiors, and dish wear!

(all images are from google image)


Happy Rose Quartz and Serenity 2016!