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A Relaxed Tucson Home In Sun Kissed, Earthy Tones

Hej hej! I hope you had a fabulous weekend?! We've been busy renovating the kitchen at the cottage and I can't even lift my arms today. But Per and I did manage to sneak in a sail yesterday afternoon which was BLISS if not on the chilly side- brrrr! Perhaps that's why I was thinking we could head to balmy Tucson, Arizona today - whad'ya think? Emily of fabulous instagram feed @oursouthwestnest, shares her home with her partner and three little ones, and has taken inspiration from the scorched, earthy tones of the desert. Think minimalist furnishings in wood, rattan, stone and terracotta against a white backdrop for a relaxed and inviting home - as well as a cool respite from the Arizonian sun.

Bamboo pendant lights*, Smeg toaster*, wood stools*

This fabulous binga basket* is similar

 Art by Jan Skácelik

Someone asked the other day if any of the homes I show actually have TVs. Fair point! This one's for you! I think it's really inspiring how Emily has transformed the wall into a gallery space too. 

Art by Tucson photographer Emily Tartaglia, Bath from Wayfair, Bungalow pendant light

Absolutely love this home! 

Did you feel inspired too? Is there anything that stood out to you?

The white and wood tones works anywhere. It reminds me a little of this cabin in the woods, Serena and Mason's Topanga Canyon home and a Dutch home enthused with warmth and harmony

See more pics of Emily's home over at @oursouthwestnest

BTW, one of my daughter's 8-year-old friends said the other day "your mother loves wood, doesn't she?!" It made me look at my home in a new way - and she's right, I have a LOAD of furniture made from wood. But seriously, what a great material (as long as it's sustainably sourced, of course). Do you have a lot of wood in your home too?

I've got to run as I'm packing for a blogger trip to Transylvania with Tisca rugs. My flight leaves in a couple of hours and I'm nowhere near ready. EEEEEK! I'm super excited though, as we'll be visiting Dracula's castle! Keep an eye on my IG stories if you'd like to follow along!

Have you ever been to Transylvania? If so, I'd love to hear your thoughts. 

I'll be stopping by as usual with the daily post tomorrow! See you then!


Photography @oursouthwestnest
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  1. I really like this home, the contrast of the beautiful wood tones against the white walls is so wonderful. And I love the floors. Thanks for showing the television.

    1. Happy to hear this home inspired you too! I am going to make it my mission to show more TVs, after all, we all have them! :)

  2. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful home in Tucson! I find so many inspirations in your posts but this one especially as the floor plan is nearly the same as mine!! I have considered a very similar kitchen renovation and it is great to see that it would actually work-nice job Emily! Perhaps we had the same home builders-I only live about 1 1/2 hours from Tucson and am very familiar with that city. I highly encourage you to visit, Nikki! I will drive to meet you and fika is my treat:)

    1. What a coincidence,I wonder if it was the same architect?! Small world indeed if so! Fika? Now there's an offer I can't refuse. I'll definitely let you know if I ever make it your way - it's a part of the world I'd love to visit!

  3. I'm from Transylvania, leaving in Targu Mures. So happy to hear that you are visiting us, I admire your work, reading your blog every day, it's an inspiration to me to calm down for a few mins every day :)

    1. I absolutely love Transylvania, it's beautiful! Today we visited Sibiu which is so pretty. It's only a short visit, but I will certainly be coming back to discover more of the region! PS Thank you for your kind words about my blog, I'm so happy to hear it brings you inspiration each day.


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