Monday! It's a Southwestern Surrealist Party!

Last summer when we did a Pacific Northwest road trip we got to stay in an awesome hipsterlicious adobe in Portland, Oregon. The adobe was like Dalí meets the Southwest which immediately brought to mind Georgia O'Keeffe. So this week, I bring you décor ideas for a fabulous Southwest Surrealist Party. I have to add that I love surrealism. I think it harkens back to my days studying Spanish Language & Literature in university and spending as much time absorbing all things about the Spanish culture while studying abroad there, and then of course the few years I spent teaching Spanish. Something about this kind of art thrills me in the same way I was thrilled by it back then, when it was so new and so representative of this exotic, intriguing culture. Enjoy! Or should I say, "¡Disfruta!"

From top to bottom:

1. This party has it all. Amazing rugs, that fantastic orange vintage couch, and awesome poufs. If you can't find all that, at least find yourself a nice cow/steer skull for that ultimate Southwest Surrealist look. Here is one on Etsy.

2. Terra cotta pots, turquoise pots, pots painted turquoise...all would look fantastic scattered all around with some succulents or cacti. These DIY ikat pots are so fun.

3. Do this fun DIY and paint an old horseshoe to decorate tables. (Photo above is unlinked but originally came from HGTV Blog). I personally would paint the horseshoe pink with some cacti, some other fun southwestern pattern, or just some stripes in your fun southwest color palette (like in this watercolor painting).

4. I just adore Southwestern textile rugs. This one is from Etsy. I would hang it as a backdrop, as a runner on a table, or even use it as a rug (what a novel idea!). :)

5. Okay, this fabric is just so funky I had to include it. It is the most "surreal" décor piece on here. Southwestern animal carousel fabric? So awesome! With the colors I might change the color palette of the party a bit. Go with turquoise and pink. And the fabric could be used as a backdrop as seen here, or put into frames to hang or for tables. Even stencil some table numbers onto it for functional use.


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