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Celebrating the States: The South (West of the Mississippi)

by Garrett Fleming

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As weve seen throughout the course of our Celebrating the States column, each region of America boasts unique points of view when it comes to decorating and design. And the area west of the Mississippi River is no different. Take it from me — I grew up in Texas, and I can wholeheartedly say the state has left a very permanent mark on my personal style.

Growing up there, I distinctly remember homes being heavily influenced by cowboy and Mexican culture. The first was all about fringe and leather, and natural elements like rocks and plants were king. The latter leaned more colorful, with patterns and layers of textiles that my childhood self found absolutely irresistible.

Nearly 10 years after leaving Texas, the two styles are still alive and well within me today, informing nearly all of my home decor choices. And I’m not the only one. The way of life in the region as well as its look and history have also wedged their way into the mindsets of many other artists, designers and business owners who live there. Scroll down to hear them speak about how living in the South (west of the Mississippi) has informed their individual styles. Enjoy! —

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LOUISIANA Sometimes, honoring a space’s heritage trumps its look. When renovating her shotgun house, KV wanted to respect its original features and make it a celebration of the city’s black history. This meant not removing the kitchen’s flooring, even though it isn’t necessarily her taste.

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, principal and founder of .

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LOUISIANA Karen Buck’s home – which was designed by Nomita Joshi – was built during a time greatly influenced by Neoclassical and Baroque furnishings, the City Beautiful movement of the 1920s. Columns – like the ones we see here on her front porch – are common amongst houses built in the style.

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, interior designer and founder of .

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LOUISIANA Artist southwestern-inspired artwork on the exterior of Matt & Beau’s vintage trailer nods to its heyday, when camping and hitting the road was one of America’s most popular pastimes.

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Matt and Beau of LGBTQ lifestyle blog .

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LOUISIANA When it comes to decorating, says, “Skip the matchy-matchy spaces, and go for a look that’s classic and collected with at least one fun conversation starter.”

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Interior decorator .

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OKLAHOMA Oftentimes, walking into an antique store in a major US market means one thing: sticker shock. Head to a city lesser-known for vintage goods, and you can snag a deal like this antique table in Ashley Palmer’s kitchen.

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Ashley Daly and Ashley Palmer of .

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TEXAS For many vintage dealers – like Courtney Madden – decorating on a dime is second nature. “I typically do not splurge on an item unless I absolutely cannot live without it. I am usually determined to find it for next to nothing,” she shares.

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Vintage dealer .

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TEXAS Living in Austin – the most alternative city in Texas – seems to give people the guts to go bold. Sometimes that means over-the-top wallpaper, like here in Kristin Laing’s bedroom.

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Houzz contributor and collector .

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TEXAS Painter Katie Sarokhanian’s dining room features two Texas staples: cacti and abundant sunlight.

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Painter .

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TEXAS The metallic color scheme in Drew Johnson’s lotfy bedroom is pulled together by a Novo acrylic folding table, Z Gallerie taxidermy, and Kidrobot toy.

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Interior design student .

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TEXAS Many southern homes are far from stuffy. Comfort and ease – as seen here in Judy Aldridge’s loft space – tend to get top billing.

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Judy Aldridge.

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TEXAS Oftentimes, rustic elements –like the shiplap in Avery Cox’s bungalow – find their way into southern homes, as nature and the great outdoors greatly influence trends.

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Interior stylist .

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ARKANSAS Ashley Kamara and her husband Sahid are an integral part of their community, giving back whenever they can. “Their spirit of altruism and gratitude for their richness of life is palpable throughout their home, a lively refuge of their own where creativity is encouraged.”

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Photographer and activist .

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ARKANSAS Brooks Tipton and his wife tell us Arkansas is all about bringing the outdoors in. The state’s love of fresh air and getting its hands dirty inspired their latest venture: a “plant lab” that let’s people pot there own greenery. It will soon be its own entity, but for now it’s situated in their print shop .

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Electric Ghost founders Brooks and Shannon Tipton.

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Comments

  • Why no Arkansas? We’re home to architect Fay Jones and one of the historically best architecture and writing programs in the country in northwest Arkansas. In the east we have native stone houses and civic buildings, in the central part of the state Little Rock boasts the heights, a lush dense neighborhood of beautifully manicured yards and houses with wide porches. In the south and next to Mississippi, we have farm houses and mansions alike left over from the reign of cotton. Arkansas is sandwiched west of the Mississippi (our border) and east of Oklahoma and Texas and north of Louisiana, all states featured in this column. Great work, just please don’t be part of the country that erases our state and our culture from your consciousness.

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