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10 Ways to Give Your Home Southwestern Style

By: Amanda Lecky
February 15, 2017

The Arizona desert setting of HGTV Smart Home 2017 inspired its desert modern look. But if your tastes tend more toward traditional, there’s still plenty to love about Southwestern style.

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From: Lori Carroll

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To give this luxurious master bath a sense of close connection its natural surroundings, designer Lori Carroll chose a mix of natural materials that mimic the colors just outside the windows. “In this large master bath the warm glow and luminous reflection of sunrises and sunsets outside became a divine guidance for the design, says Carroll.

Design by Lori Carroll, Lori Carroll Design; 

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Photo: Bill Stengel Photography

Bright and Beautiful

“We aimed to create a lively powder room that's in harmony with the rest of the hacienda-style home,” says designer Chandler Prewitt. “I wanted to use an 18th-century bird bath as a sink, but it wasn't going to be easy to repurpose—so we had one made for us. I wanted everything to feel hand hewn, so we chose Tabarka tile for the wainscoting, wrought iron lights, and a mirror made from carved bone. Then, to add a touch of glam and drama, we painted the wall a bright turquoise blue.” 

Design by Chandler Prewitt, Chandler Prewitt Design;; Photography by Bill Stengel  

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Not-So-Secret Ingredient

You don’t have to go overboard to create a strong Southwestern theme in your space—adding a single bold design element can do the job. Case in point: This simple bedroom designed by Kathy Rogers of Sogno Design Group. The room’s strong Southwest flavor relies entirely on the graphic coverlet. You can use this technique in any room by adding a distinctive pattern on pillows, a throw, or a rug and effectively transforming the entire style.

Design by Kathy Rogers, Sogno Design Group,; Photography by Langdon Clay

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Custom Creation

To give the entry of her clients’ home a bold look—and a subtle nod to their past home in Austin, Texas—designer JC Riccoboni designed and fabricated a bench using Southwestern fabric and hairpin legs from “The entry is a super-important part of a home because it’s where visitors get their first impression of their surroundings,” says Riccoboni. “This bench helps convey the warmth, enthusiasm, and welcoming sensibility of the homeowners.”

Design by JC Riccoboni, RICCO STYLE Interior Design, LLC,; Photography by Daniel Blue,

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