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)These 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)


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