One thing I do adore about living in the Southwest is the style. I grew up in the DC area and I was never a navy or tweed kinda gal.
I'm thrilled to see that a sort of Bohemian Southwest style is the hottest craze now.
It's something that seems born out of Burning Man events and the digital nomad generation of 20-somethings cruising around in Skoolies and modified vans and crashing in the desert for some warmth and lots of sky. Perhaps sparked by the minimalist look with white walls and houseplants in terra cotta pots....
Even a touch of Southwest to your wardrobe or home is as American as you can get -
(Their stuff is expensive, so use the styles in the catalog as a guideline for elements to find cheaper at Goodwill, Old Navy, and Amazon. Simply type in "Southwest Shirts" or whatever in Amazon and you find some great buys!
Southwest decorating style vibe -
Rough textures, Native patterns, precious metals and gemstones, stucco, rugs, pottery, khaki, terra cotta, turquoise, mango yellow, black, tan, sage green, deep burnished red, burnt orange....
You can go with anything from steer skulls and cowboy art to minimalist white walls, dark wood beams, and succulents in pots. You can take it to the textural zenith with wool rugs and Native patterns to sheepskin and pottery.
If you want to absorb the ambiance, try some Southwest-vibe music -
Kings of Leon
The Teskey Brothers
It's great to see the Southwest vibe hitting fashion and decorating, as well as music. Consider adding a bit of Southwest flavor too. Much of the foods of the Southwest are influenced by corn and squash of the Native chefs, but also things like prickly pear paddles and fruit, hot chiles, Masa harana, mesquite flour, wolfberries (aka Goji berries), beans, avocadoes, spices.
Southwest Spice Recipe - LINK
My go-to for the best spices for cooking Southwest or barbecue and fish is Cowboy Spice Company. I have made numerous amazing dishes and everything is better with these blends. This place knows their SW tastes!!
Cowboy Coconut Mango Pineapple is killer on fish!
Sweet Heat is my standard on everything!!!
Fajita Seasoning is a dream on Mexican food
and there's plenty of super hot mixes as well as rubs for ribs, steaks... you name it!
Probably the hottest place right now is Joshua Tree, CA, considered the fast getaway for the LA folk. AirBNBs, boondocking, camping are the thing out in this desolate but gorgeous place.
And, always an artist's favorite is Santa Fe and Taos, NM where you find artisans and Earth ships -
If you crave shopping and culture, as well as golfing, Paradise Valley, AZ and Camelback Mountain might be your thing.
If you're a geology buff, consider the Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Meteor Crater, and Painted Desert of Northern, Arizona
For otherworldly geology that is not like anything you've ever experienced, consider the Moab, Utah area.
Want to experience the old west and cowboy and prospector (as well as saloon girl) vibe? Tombstone, AZ is your place!
How about renting a houseboat? Lake Powell, AZ!
Go forth and enjoy Southwest style and flavor!