Austin’s got a reputation that’s pretty much testament to the laid-back and creative vibe we love so much. There’s something about the near-perfect weather, world-famous barbecue, music festivals, rooftop happy hours and city-meets-natural landscape that makes us eager to visit and sad to leave. We’ve broken down some of the key elements of the biggest little Texas town that are sure to inspire your space. Then you can shop our picks while you watch the sunset or wait in line for barbecue–which is totally worth it, by the way.
When it comes to your foundational color palette, think in terms of the great Southwest: soft sandy neutrals, turquoise, terra cotta and adobe clay. If it makes you feel like you’re being wrapped up in a desert sunset, you’re doing it right.
We love how the clean lines and metallic hardware of Mid Century Modern pieces pair with the vivid, abstract and earthy, natural Southwestern colors, patterns and textures.
Textiles are an amazing way to deliver a pop of color and texture into your design story — we love the geometric patterns and vivid hues of Aztec and Navajo designs. Try mixing and layering vintage rugs in your space, displaying them as wall hangings, or draping them over furniture.
Here’s the thing about rattan: it’s a little bohemian, a little modern, and looks incredible atop a great cowhide or under a fluffy sheepskin. Plus, it’s durable enough to sit on and light enough to move based on your mood, or the position of the sun!
Beautiful clay or ceramic pottery is another way to introduce the warm organic Southwest style into a space. Take your time hunting for vintage terra cotta or handmade vases, pots and dishes from the region. Then drop a succulent or cacti into them for instant life, use them as bookends, or on their own as décor.
Speaking of texture, not only is the warm and naturally worn leather of a vintage leather sofa a great contrast to the modern lines of your mid-century accents, but it’s in the perfect color scheme of things. Also, a sheepskin looks amazing on it. A ton of Southwestern throw cushions look amazing on it. Your dog looks amazing on it. You look amazing on it.
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