I realized that it too can provide great inspiration for home decorating in today's world too.
The architecture of Colonial Mexico had a great influence over the style of homes and buildings in California and continues to this day.
|A vintage California home across the lawn from Mission Santa Barbara.|
|Santa Barbara City Hall|
The mission was established as part of an effort of New Spain (Mexico) to occupy and conquer California. It was undertaken jointly by the State and the Church. Mission Santa Barbara was one of of twelve built in California. It's purpose was to Christianize and civilize the Native American population who lived there. It was founded in December 1786.
|The walkway around the courtyard is covered to shield from sun and rain.|
I am struck at how similar this porch looks like the passage way above at the mission.
The mission became the center of Christian Indian life serving the needs of all who lived nearby. It was a complete village assuming the economic, social and cultural burdens of mission life. Over the years it has has been a home for Franciscan friars, a seminary, a school, church, and a center for spiritual renewal.
|Sketches show the various stages of construction over the early years.|
|Interior view of a window in the church.|
Here is the same window! The first thing that stood out was the shape of the window. Can you see how this shape and the one of the doorway below could be used in designing a cornice for a window or a headboard on a bed? What do you think? What about painting a pattern around a door, window or even as a headboard painted on the wall?
|What a creative idea and so cost effective!|
|This is the perfect example of a painted design around a doorway and on a wall being used in the decorating a home today.|
|What a beautiful outdoor scene at the Pasadena CA showcase house. It reminds me of the inside of the mission church.|
|People today are finding ways to incorporate a space in their home for meditation and yoga.|
|This could be in the corner of a living room or bedroom.|
The ceiling in a passageway is painted in rich colors made from natural pigments. A pattern such as this could be reproduced in fabric or wallpaper.
I have seen similar desgns painted on the ceiling of a breakfast room, porch and foyer.
These ceilings are true reminders that a ceiling is another surface that can be incorporated into your decorating plan. They can be handpainted, stenciled, trimmed with molding or as this lounge shows, it can be a stunning work of art!
|Drapery photos client installation, Picture Pretty Interiors|
|A replica of the typical kitchen found at the mission.|
|Kitchens pictured above courtesy of Houzz.com|
I also love the whole color scheme of worn muted colors. The textures I see in this picture would give so much character in today's home decorating.
Now we use stained concrete for not only floors but countertops in our kitchen. It is beautiful when used appropriately.
|This interior with it's concrete floor has a bit of a Spanish mission feel, don't you think?|
Images of concrete floors courtesy of Houzz.com
|Concrete counters are perfect for outdoor kitchens!|
|I see a definite nod toward a Santa Barbara Mission style here.|
|A monk's shoe....platform shoes are not a new style after all!|
|The massive front doors to the church at the mission.|
Here in Florida our architecture is so similar in many ways. It was influenced by the designs of Spain as well.
This is The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach Florida. It was coincidentally built by Henry Flagler.
Did you enjoy this Queen of the Missions? Southwestern design was popular in the l980's but in a more contemporary way. This classic Southwest style when used with rich color and texture along with the authentic designs of handcrafted materials will never go out of style.
What do you think of the Southwestern style? Can you see how it could be used in either large or small doses to give character to your own home?
(Much thanks again to Houzz.com for most of the images used in today's post. My appologies also for the inconsistency in the sizes of the photos. There seems to be a formatting glitch in my blog site.)
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