Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Finding Inspiration In Architecture

The husband and I have been traveling A LOT.  I'm starting to get used to living out of a suitcase.  While it means that getting projects done takes a little bit longer I have certainly been enjoying myself and yes, even finding inspiration all around me.

One such trip found us in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  It's not much to look upon at first sight, at least the whole ride over.  However there are some really unique elements.  After going to an art museum we decided we wanted to walk around Old Town Downtown.  There were so many colors and I loved all the texture.  There is something about history and architecture no matter where it is that just fascinates me.

Let's start with the doors.  I was having a hard time not stopping at every single door to take a photo.  In the photo above I loved the contrast of the bricks and the teal doors.  I loved the rustic look of the peeling paint and the variations of the wrought iron.  Do you notice the different patterns?

Texture.  By now you might be realizing that I am a total tactile person.  When we came up to this fountain I was intrigued.  I love how some of the grout is deeper than others.

Does this remind anyone of our Color of the Year?  Ya me too.  I think one of the elements of Southwestern design that gets me excited is there use of bold colors.

Finally I love the attention to detail.  To think that this door was made way before all of our technological advances just baffles me.  So much love and work went into this one door.  Love it!


  1. Such a fun adventure! Looks like you guys had a great time and I'm LOVING that picture of you in front of those bright blue doors. How cute is that? Can't wait to partay this weekend :)

  2. How neat that you get to travel with your husband! I'd love to go to New Mexico some day. I love the colors and textures too. You made me smile when you mentioned the doors. Shannon Grissom feels the same way about doors and has painted quite few. We went to Moss Landing, CA and she stopped at every colorful door. :)

    1. I have a feeling we would all get along just splendidly :) Not that I was doubting that before.