Christmas Inspiration: Arizona Holiday

We had the most wonderful, restorative getaway in Sedona, Arizona this past weekend. We had a few hours before sunset when we first arrived, so we wandered around a charming shopping village called Tlaquepaque (Te-la-ka-pack-y).

I was immediately smitten by the unique southwestern-style Christmas decorations. There was some serious inspiration to be had, so of course I snapped some photos!

 Right when we walked into that arched entryway above, we came face to face with two huge doors decorated with massive, colorful wreaths.

Upon closer inspection, I saw that they had sliced up brightly colored serapes and made them into wired ribbon, intertwining them throughout the wreaths. These serapes were the common thread throughout the entire shopping plaza.

I have gourds just like those that I use for my autumn decor, but I would never have thought to incorporate them into my Christmas decorations. I love how well they mix with the pine needles and pine cones.

More serape ribbons adorned the lanterns and doorways. How amazing is that tile?

They took advantage of the empty fountains throughout the shops, filling them with festive greenery. I loved how the glossy red gourds popped against the blue pattern of the tile.

One of the shops had some particularly lush garland around its window display incorporating gourds, red chili lights, pine cones and other dried plants. It's nontraditional, but it totally works in the beautiful desert landscape of Sedona.

I fell hard for this display because I am a big fan of green apples. 

And then I told Scott I wanted him to make me a family sign just like this one!

If you want to see more photos from our trip, you can find me on Instagram. It's so darn scenic over there, I couldn't stop taking pictures!

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