Posted by Lauran

Last week, Jill was in Hayes Valley and stopped by Birch (one of our favorite SF florists). They had a book called Georgia O’Keeffe and Her Houses featured in the window display, and Jill was inspired to buy it.

o'keeffe book

The book includes some interior shots of O’Keeffe in her two homes, Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu (both in New Mexico). While paging through, we were struck by how much of these homes’ Southwestern decor is still on-trend today. In fact, we’ve been seeing a resurgence of the Southwest influence in interior design—but not like it appeared in the 1980’s. Today’s Southwest design is more fresh, clean and modern—just like O’Keeffe did it.

This photo shows O’Keeffe with her beloved dogs in the sitting room of her Abiquiu house in 1962. Note the white slipcovered furniture, the gray-and-white textile, and the Barwa lounge chair.

O'Keefe white furn copy

The image below, found recently via Guia Para Decorar, strikes a similar Southwestern note due to the colors, the rug, and—of course—the cactus.

cactus white sofa

In fact, cactus seems to have replaced echeveria as the succulent of choice among the design community.

cactus chalk

Image via craftifair

The very hip and tasteful Social Studies boutique in Berkeley is also displaying a Southwest vibe right now, greeting customers with potted cactus and featuring a mini-adobe mission incense holder by the cash wrap.

social studies ss 2

The next shot shows O’Keeffe’s Abiquiu Dining Room via 1965. The raw plywood dining room table, wicker stools and Navajo rug could just as easily be found in a design aficionado’s home today.

O'Keefe DR copy

And the Japanese lantern, Navajo rug, Eames chair, patterned textiles, baskets and pots in O’Keeffe’s Indian Room (circa 1965) still seem modern and fresh.

O'Keefe LR copy

Here are photos of today’s version of Southwest interior style . . . pretty hard to tell the difference!

SW rug and cactus

Image via Apartment Therapy


Image via designsponge

Of course, the ubiquitous skull that seems to hang in hipster’s houses everywhere was no doubt inspired by O’Keeffe herself, as seen here in her Ghost Ranch studio.

O'Keefe skull copy

We suggest a more humane alternative, like this one created by etsy seller White Faux Taxidermy.


Skull via White Faux Taxidermy

In addition, the trend toward handmade pottery in earthern tones . . .

NY Times vases

image via NY Times Style Magazine

. . . and even the revival of dreamcatchers . . .


Image via domino

. . . also are inspired by the Southwest. I guess this all goes to prove that the old adage “good design never goes out of style” is absolutely true.

All photos of Georgia O’Keeffe’s homes from Georgia O’Keeffe and Her Houses, Lynes and Lopez, Abrams New York.

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