New Desert Casual Design

Succulents and their use in interiors have been hot for a few years now and I don’t think they are going anywhere any time soon.  More recently we’ve seen the additional surge of the use of cacti and other desert plants in high end homes.  They are being paired with warm woods, and light pastel hues for a light and ethereal look that’s an alternative to the more traditional heavy, desert southwest look.  I don’t know that this look has an actual name but I’m calling it “new desert casual.”  This light and airy look can lean a bit bohemian or a little more modern.  First, a few examples and then a few ideas for how to achieve the look yourself!

Amber Interior Design was able to even mix the desert look with some beachy prints to complete this relaxed desert boho inspired look below.
















Not sure of the original designers of these that follow but they are desert casual at it’s finest… and fairly easy to recreate yourself!



























































Create New Desert Casual Yourself!

A few ideas for achieving a similar look yourself and where to find some desert casual items.  (My eyes have now been awoken to the splendors of faux large cacti – who knew – and they look so real on the computer!)  List below has clickable links to all items.















  1. Artificial cactus    $214
  2. JELD-WEN 41.5 in. x 41.5 in. V-4500 Series Single Hung Vinyl Window with Grids – Black    $589 
  3. Behr Pink Elephant
  4. Round Pot Planter by Cyan Design   $65
  5. Volta Fabric Arm Chair   $425
  6. Oversized Blush Mongolian Faux Fur Lumbar Pillow     $25
  7. Marine Madonna Throw Pillow by Catherine Holcombe, Society6    $20
  8. Seagrass Basket with Handles   $32
  9. Houndstooth Design Throw Blanket    $39

What to Wear Wednesday: Modern Rustic

You never know where you’re going to get inspiration from.  I saw this room that was showcased as one of Williams Sonoma Home’s curated interior looks for their website.  I really like the look (because let’s face it, those wood windows, floors and beams are killer) but I also thought you could get this same “Modern Rustic” feel in an outfit too. Here’s their interior and my take on a fall modern rustic ensemble:





















  1. Joie Airlan Tank
  2. Michael Kors Elyse Large Suede Shoulder Bag
  3. Paolo Shoes Annie Dark Brown “Moro” Nappa Leather Zipper-in-the-Back with Snap Tall Riding Boots 
  4. Isabel Marant Etoile Anna Suede Skirt
  5. Kenneth Jay Lane Mixed-Shape Wood Bangles 
  6. Theory Milano Knit Cape
  7. Horseshoe Stud Earrings