So, Let’s Get Started….
As you can imagine, one of the big questions I get is “How do you find inspiration or direction for a room when you first get started?” So, today I wanted to share with you the inspiration I’m using to design my space at ShowHouse Santa Fe.
Every year we designate a theme so that as the designers each work on individual spaces, the home still has a cohesive feel. It also gives the visitors a great idea of how different designers approach and interpret the home and our theme.
This year our theme is EVERY THING OLD Mexico is NEW Mexico Again.
Having grown up in El Paso on the border of Mexico and traveled often to Mexico this theme really excited me because of the vivid colors and easy living that it would mean for the space.
Of course you have to get a feel for the space, so it started with visiting the space…
Then the hunt begins for inspirational images…
Rather than just jumping online, I first took a walk in the neighborhoods near the house. The great thing was that it was the famous Canyon Road here in Santa Fe. It was a great reminder of what makes Santa Fe so unique. Often we start to just get accustomed to our surroundings and need to take a look at them with fresh eyes. I wanted to try and see Santa Fe from the view point of those that visit or have just moved here.
I came across this beautiful talavera tile and was really drawn to the colors.
I also started searching other things I love about my vacations
in Mexico to see what might pop out to me. One image I came across was this Tequilla Sunrise. What a great visual! This just instantly made me want to be laying on the beach in Mexico soaking up some sun. This image was an instant connection to being content and breathing easy, a feeling that I definitely wanted for the room.
Armed with this unique combination of colors from the tile and the ombre effect of the cocktail, I knew I was ready to pull out my paint deck and locate some colors to pull into the room. Here’s what I put together.
Benjamin Moore – Semolina, Tropical Orange & Venezuelan Sea
Well, my space is a sun room with big bright windows, I started thinking I might be onto something so I started searching for Mexican folk art and the word Sol or Sun. That’s when I found these two beautiful illustrations from the Etsy store of Illustrated Ink.
A private bright place to connect your outer & inner world. Greet the day and soak in the warmth el Sol (Sun) brings or close out the evening under the gaze of stars & la Luna (Moon). A bright yellow envelope arising from deep red surrounds you in this room with large windows to a quiet garden corner. A deep seating area calls you to relax and unwind as you contemplate the world outside. A quaint writing desk implores you to connect to your inner world and those that matter to you most.
If you are in the Santa Fe area and would like to tour ShowHouse Santa Fe 2016, I’d love to see you. The Home Tour is the first two weekends in October (8th – 9th and 15th – 16th) You can get your tickets HERE.