Spanish traditional houses are commonplace in Los Angeles, but when my parents and I stumbled on one with charming features, yet modern amenities, we knew we had found not just a beamed structure with a roof, but a home. With hand-painted domed ceilings, ornamental iron-paned windows, and warm-toned wooden built-ins surrounding the mantel of a working fireplace, I thought long and hard on what style décor would best suit something so special.
While always drawn to the cool and collected energy of a bohemian home, I wanted to stay true to the house’s Spanish background. After pinteresting like crazy for about two years, I finally honed in on a style that captured my love for Mid-Century modern, anything West Elm-y featuring clean lines and functionality while blending a nomadic eclectic narrative, filled with earthy, colorful textiles and desert plants. I’ve coined this style “Eclectic Southwestern Modern.” Here, the dynamic exuberance of a bohemian home with its shag rugs, rainbow-hued throws and collections of oddities mixes seamlessly with classic modern design. Below you will find some of (but not all of because that would be a VERY long post) my inspiration in this aesthetic as well as some pictures of my own home, which is still a work in progress. I hope you enjoy!
My Own Home: