As we’ve seen throughout the course of our Celebrating the Statescolumn, 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! —Garrett