What is Southwest Style?

We are constantly asked what a Santa Fe or Southwestern home looks like.  Our view of this may be different than others but because we have been here for so long – this is what we see.

For centuries people have moved to the Southwest for many reasons – whether it be spiritual, health-related, or for some unexplainable reason that they feel compelled to call this area home.  As people arrived, they brought with them their prized possessions in furniture, objects, art and books from all over the world.

This continues to this day.

In our minds a Santa Fe home is one that brings your past into your present.  A Santa Fe or Southwestern home should not look as if Santa Fe exploded within it.  Instead it should reflect all that has made you who you are.  We combine various geographic regions’ style with antiquity, contemporary or modern design.  We always try and find elements in the home where your eye can rest naturally.  Not everything has to be a ‘show stopper’ – instead you need some elements that are simple and can calm and ground a space.

Photo Credit Wendy McEahern

Colors that are chosen can often bring the feel of the southwest into the home.  Quite honestly many work – look at the landscape of the southwest – nothing does it better than mother nature (sky, color of the soil, trees at various times of the year, sun, clouds, etc..).

bluepaintingPhoto Credit Wendy McEahern

When choosing patterns we prefer patterns in moderation that may offer a nod to the southwest without being cliché.  We are also huge fans of certain Navajo weavings which can be incorporated into very traditional or very contemporary environments.

Photo Credit Wendy McEahern

To sum up what Southwestern style is, to us, it’s natural. We don’t overthink or overwork spaces, let the colors and shapes of the spaces we work in speak for themselves. Of course, others may disagree with our interpretation of “Southwestern Style” but that’s OK! Style is fluid, it isn’t meant to be static – it changes with the season and the client.


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