In this issue of Su Casa El Paso & Southern New Mexico, as in all of our issues, we present an incredible array of beautifully designed and built homes. These stunning creations were the results of inspired thinking. Whether with the help of a designer or a builder, a design concept sets the stage for the build out and design installation. I often encourage you to find a look and a design that satisfies your practical needs, aesthetic sensibilities, and personal statement.
How do you find design inspiration for a room or even an entire house? For many of us, this is the hardest—and most important—question. When I was rethinking my living and dining rooms, I thought about my interests. I had recently returned from a trip to Southeast Asia with a suitcase of treasures. I also had just completed my black belt in Tae Kwon Do and was strongly feeling the influence of Asian culture. With that in mind, I started delving deeper into the various Asian cultures, noting design elements, color schemes, and non-conflicting influences from other cultures. While I was shooting for an Asian feel, I live in the Southwest—another important element of my life—and I needed the two styles to blend.
Armed with this information and design concept, my interior designer expertly zeroed in on some color schemes, window coverings, and furniture suggestions. (Ironically, we were sitting in an Asian restaurant having this discussion.) Having that basic concept in my mind was a huge step forward in creating a cohesive look. The design concept is merely a starting point, in my mind. It points the direction, but we can deviate from it. While I have great deal of interest in Asian culture, it is not my whole life, and therefore my home needs to reflect some of the other facets of who I am.
Many of the homes and spaces seen in this issue are reflections of someone’s design inspiration—a Japanese bathroom, vintage-look kitchens, and the traditional elements of the El Paso/Las Cruces region. As in other issues, we feature the homes of families who have relocated to this area and want to either hold onto a piece of the place they left behind, or start completely fresh.
Inspiration can come from anywhere, but most likely it can be found within yourself. Hopefully the creations of others, seen in these pages, will inspire you. Have a fun journey.
Bruce Adams, Publisher