Santa Fe for Travel and Inspiration

Earlier this Fall, I had the opportunity to travel to Santa Fe, New Mexico for an inspiration trip for my interior design work.  You'll probably notice that many times the design elements of my jewelry lines as well as the interior design work that I do cross over.  I love the bright colors, interesting textures and rich history of vintage jewelry pieces as well as design elements.


Here are just a few highlights from our trip: 


Santa Fe Travel Highlights from Jewelry Designer Perspective


This is a performing arts center and concert hall near the historic square.  I love the terra cotta roof, shell detailing at the entrance and the gorgeous carvings along the roof line.  This was truly a beautiful building.


Santa Fe Travel Highlights from Jewelry Designer Perspective


We spent a lot of time in the arts district and stopped in many local shops like this textile store to source rugs, accessories, jewelry, clothing, and other home items.  I love all the colors and textures found in stores like this one!


Santa Fe Travel Highlights from Jewelry Designer Perspective


These hand-painted bowls boast many bright color combinations, which I love to translate into both jewelry and interior design work.  We found these bowls at Casa Nova Gallery.


Santa Fe Travel Highlights from Jewelry Designer Perspective


And how fun is this beaded turtle?  I enjoy finding just a little bit of whimsy each day to keep life exciting.  I think this turtle would be a fun, unexpected touch in just the right room.



We walked up and down Canyon Road, a beautiful walk-able street lined with art galleries in little houses and cottages.  Each gallery was brimming with inspiration.  The one shown above had colorful art hanging outside, and low doorways with painted lintels. 



And how amazing is this door?!  I was drooling as we passed by, and had to snap a quick picture.  The color palette and motif were perfection.


And of course, the sunrises and sunsets were stunning.  This was my view every morning from my balcony: 



I came back from Santa Fe this fall recharged and inspired, ready to begin working on new collections as unique as the items we found on this trip.  Be sure and shop our new Peruvian Spike necklaces that would fit right in to the shops in Santa Fe!


Enjoying these travel posts?  Check out my trips to San Diego and Fredericksburg and also my Travel Necessities.


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