A healthy obsession with Southwestern decor

Maybe it’s because I’m starting to feel a little homesick. Maybe it’s because I am nostalgic for my childhood. Maybe it’s just because I am in total nesting mode right now, but I find myself gravitating towards anything with a Southwestern décor feel.

Southwest modernI LOVE this modern Southwestern vignette via Shakadoo

brooke-baker-apt-via-need-supplyBrooke Baker’s apartment, photographed by Marissa Maharaj via SF Girl by Bay

TrendSpotted_Tribal2-600x800Amber Interiors via Modern Eve

I am also completely inspired by Modern Southwest, a visually-driven site created by my insanely talented friend Melissa McFarlin and her husband. Stalk—er, follow—them on Instagram for amazing imagery that will have you wanting to get something with a Southwestern vibe into your home. Now.

Modern Southwest InstagramA sampling from Modern Southwest’s Instagram feed.

And here are some of the items I would love to work into a design project.

Southwest items
1. I adore this painting ($21) and quickly fell in love with everything from the very talented Art and People owner Laura Garcia Serventi, whose botanical illustrations were inspired by a trip to Mexico, where the cacti and succulents wowed the illustrator and prop stylist.

2. While I like these cacti jewelry holders ($38), I would actually look for inexpensive cactus figurines, like this but even cheaper, and spray paint them white. I imagine a collection on a mantel or as a centerpiece at a dinner party.

3. I actually looked at this Southwestern diamond chevron fabric ($17.50/yard) to make a fitted crib sheet for the nursery but decided against it since I was getting a little carried away with diamond shapes.

4. I love this iron arrow ($59), but it’s a bit pricey, and I think that I could make something similar. I’m inspired by this fun gilded arrow design from the crafty Kristin of the Hunted Interior.

5. I found this photograph  of Arizona online. I love how it captures the beauty of the desert. The lighting is fantastic. Scott and I are heading to Sedona, AZ for a wedding in May, and I’m enlisting him to photograph the desert for our home.

6. I like this faux steer skull ($29), but I would add a bit of whimsy and wrap the horns with a Robin egg blue yarn or embroidery floss.

7. How fun is this arrow-print fabric ($17.50/yard)?

8. And the simplest way to get cacti in the house? A collection of succulents in mini pots on any ledge or windowsill.

What do you think of the Modern Southwestern style?