Southwest Style

I like to think we have plenty of cowboy and country style back home, but when we’re here in Arizona I really look forward to a day or two of southwest shopping. One of our favorite places is only a few minutes away in the quaint western town of Cave Creek, where, over the past three years, I’ve come to be drawn to a few favorite places. Such as Valerie’s Furniture where an eclectic selection of cowboy culture to western chic can be found.

You’ll find a strong influence of a southern style essential – the cross – in this store.

Whether in jewellery or ornaments, crosses and turquoise just work together, don’t they?

Mexicana Rose is one of the newest shops on Cave Creek Road, and with weekly containers arriving from their factory location in Mexico, we’re now able to appreciate and see some of the best of Mexico style in this store.

Artwork, pottery, lamps and furniture, such as this reclaimed wood sideboard I fell in love with on our last trip, are staples of this store,which now sprawls over two buildings.

As, are accessories with Mexican detail. . . .

. . . and iron work and tapestries.

Mexican culture often expresses it’s artistry in religious elements. Among my latest obsession – the folk-art like retablos. These are small oil paintings or sculptures on tin, wood, or copper – traditionally displayed on home alters to express devotion to (often) Catholic saints. Nowadays, they are considered collectable pieces of art. I found this one at one of our favorite consignment store stops in Cave Creek – the Lazy Lizard. A wonderful store, filled with cowboy culture, Mexican and western style pieces and charming purveyors. Not to mention – great deals!

A few other favorites – pretty ceramic bird found at Valeries.

This blue chair, modern sleekness with western undertones in the stitching and leather, found at the recently expanded True West Design, now occupying a gorgeous building on Cave Creek Road.

And conveniently located across the street from the Dairy Queen, Wee would add. When she’s not devouring strawberry-marshmallow sundaes and a large order of fries, I can sometimes cajole her into modelling for me (mostly out of boredom, on her part).

This rather interesting armchair that Wee is settin’ upon would make most of my female friends recoil in horror, but I can think of a guy or two who just might treasure it. I would suggest it is very likely one of a kind and for a limited time, or perhaps even a very long time (smile), you can find it at the Red Truck Trading Company.

While still incorporating two man-cave essentials – hide and horn – I sense this bench might enjoy better odds of getting the nod from the opposite gender.

And what would a man-cave be without a guitar or two in the shadows?

We found these beautiful Spanish-style bottles at Valerie’s.

Vintage cowgirl graphics and motifs are resplendent in many items, such as this pillow. . .

. . . or, this Andy-Warhol inspired lampshade, paired with an industrial-type base.

Cowgirl humor, particularly when it pokes a bit of fun at the opposite gender, appears to be universally in style.

What about this western-inspired trash can, found at Big Bronco, a western store popular with tourists.

Or, this Navajo-patterned table runner and pot.

And, finally, I loved these bowls which embody the classic southwestern colors of turquoise, red and earthy browns.

So, I’m curious. What piece pictured in this post tweaked your fancy most? Let me know in the comment section below. Later this week, I’m pulling out two names from all of the comments, and sending each of them a Horse Savvy Annual Planner. These planners are one of the most useful equine record books you’ll ever handle, so be sure to have a chance to win one with your comment!

Spectacular Western Weddings Part I

Published in the January/ February 2012,  edition of the Western Horse Review.

BY DAIYNA SAPERGIA & DEANNA BECKLEY

Say the phrase “western wedding”, and many of us get mental images of lace-up Victorian boots and satin fringes. But there is a movement within the engaged couples of the contemporary western world to create a day that bears witness to that which brought them together – the horses that are so important in their everyday lives, the traditions of their western backgrounds and the great, wide open West. We feature three couples who took these elements and created a day burgeoning with western flair, a love for horses and warmth for each other. Here is part one of our Western Weddings feature.

Photos by TJ Photography.

Deanna Paulsen & Jesse Beckley: An old ranch barn served as the ideal backdrop to reflect the couples’ western lifestyle.

Wedding Invitation: Deanna wanted a rustic wedding invite that represented the laid back ranch wedding she was planning. She worked together with a designer on Etsy.com to put it together, and printed them herself.

Venue: Three Bars Ranch – Cranbrook, BC. Colour Scheme. The main color was turquoise – the western world signature color and Deanna’s favourite. The turquoise was adorned with orange and a splash of pink for a very bright and fun color palette.

Grooms Attire: Jesse wore a turquoise Cinch shirt, starched Cinch White Label jeans and Rios of Mercedes ostrich boots. His groomsmen wore black Cinch shirts and Cinch White Label jeans (also starched, of course!).

Wedding Gown: Deanna chose a strapless A-line gown from Mena’s Bridal Boutique, Calgary, Alberta. Shoes. These were Deanna’s “something borrowed”. She chose a cute pair of pink high heels she discovered in her mother’s closet.

Jewelry: Deanna kept it simple with a small bracelet and earrings, while her bridesmaids were adorned with chunky turquoise necklaces that she found online.

Bridesmaids: Deanna’s bridesmaids had the liberty of choosing their own dresses, so long as they were short and black.

Cake: The couple went non-traditional, opting for cupcakes from Craves Cupcakes in Calgary, Alberta.

Flowers: For the bride – a beautiful combination of orange and pink gerbera daisies and orange dahlias in her bouquet, adding a splash of turquoise in her centre pieces with the spider mums she chose.

Party Favors: Guests could choose from an array of sweets and take home goody bags full of all their favorites.

Centerpieces: Deanna used antique turquoise jars from Jesse’s grandmother’s personal collection and filled them with beautiful flowers. Each table was numbered on a chalkboard, using NRHA patterns 1 through 11 – adding a nice reining-related touch.

Wine: The Show, a California made Cabernet Sauvignon.

On each place-setting at the reception was a “Matchmaker” for each guest’s enjoyment, filled with questions and answers about the happy couple. Photo by TJ Photography

For more Western weddings ideas…Check out Western Weddings Part IIWestern Weddings Part IIIWedding Bliss  & Cowboy Weddings


Wedding Bliss