My New Inspiration: Western Textures

One of the unexpected pleasures of moving to Texas has been the rich and varied landscape here. Having lived in the Northeast most of my life, I’m accustomed to the lush green countryside of New England and its seaside villages. Yet in Texas I’m greeted by a much more rugged, open scenery, brimming with earthy tones and textures.

It’s these textures that seem to be drawing me lately as inspiration for upcoming projects both here and in other parts of the country. I love the combination of the desert’s cracked earth and layered stone juxtaposed against vibrant plant and animal life.  The textures are rich, but I also love that everywhere I turn there is some interesting combination of neutral colors—whether tone on tone, like local stone walls, or the contrast of chocolate brown and white cotton against the blue sky.  If you know my work, you know I love neutral tones. Not only have I had fun exploring the new design resources here, but the landscape has been a compelling inspiration as well.

Below is just a sampling of the textures and colors I’m loving lately, including a few images I took this weekend while visiting Dinosaur Valley National Park, outside of Fort Worth:



Petrified wood and rock glass



Longhorn via Fine Art America


Prickly pear cactus


Tortoise shells




Leathered  marble

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From Dinosaur National Park


Wild turkey feathers

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Also from Dinosaur Valley National Park


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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by design and the subtle impact of our surroundings. Some of my earliest influences still resonate – I think of the dark woods and textured lodens of my father’s shooting club, the smell of fresh paint on a new canvas, and the bold symmetry of the Philip Johnson Glass house just down the street. For me, it was a natural path to become an Interior Designer. I love what I do. I’ve created this Journal to share my thoughts, finds and design inspirations. I hope you enjoy it!

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