With so many distinct elements poured into one isolated environment, it’s no wonder that Marfa has developed a design aesthetic all its own. Clean lines, natural materials, and simple construction are the hallmarks of what we deem desert-style — a look that blends utilitarianism with grace and a dash of whimsy.
We’ve rounded up eight products that will give any home a touch of Marfa’s playful simplicity — and possibly inspire the long trek westward. Seriously, the sunsets alone are worth the trip.
Everything gets thirsty, especially out West. Take care of the garden that you grow with a streamlined watering can by artist Paul Loebach. It’ll blend right in with the dirt’s dusty rose tone.
Paul Loebach Watering Can, $99, available at The Future Perfect.
Spun from silk charmeuse, Jilsu scarves are light, easy to pack, and suitable for the desert’s quick change of temperature. Designer Seble Maaza uses ropes to create completely unique patterns on each scarf, in shades of indigo, chartreuse, lime, and citron. All priced at $330.
Jilsu Silk Charmeuse Scarf, $300, available at Jilsu.
When the day is done, wash it all away with none other than all-natural Marfa Brand soap. Made with ingredients such as palm, sweet almond oils, and green tea, it’s the ultimate before-bed indulgence.
Marfa Brand Tea Tree Lemongrass Soap, $9, available at Marfa Brands.
The husband and wife duo behind Electric Love set out not to recreate Native American dream catchers, but to design their own form of good luck charms. Wrapped leather, quartz, and hand painted feathers keep your peace of mind.
Electric Love 12″ Lemuria Dream Catcher, $450, available at Totokaelo.
Oh Laszlo’s concrete planters are molded from recycled containers and dipped in metal leaf or enamel. Cluster a few together for a conversation-starting centerpiece that won’t break the bank. Priced from $25 to $40.
Oh, Laszlo Fine Handmage Goods, $25-40, available at Etsy.
For a splash of color on an otherwise muted desert palette, accent a room with a vibrant textile like a woven Oaxacan blanket. A nod towards the Southwest’s rich Hispanic heritage, they can be used as rugs in the summer or throws in the winter. Prices vary.
JM Dry Goods Striped Woven Throw, prices vary, available at JM Dry Goods.
Garza Furniture produces a range of chairs and ottomans made from saddle leather and powder-coated steel rods that beg to be placed on a patio littered with cacti and succulents. With vibrant green, orange, and white details, the pieces have sturdy legs to stand on but don’t take themselves too seriously. Prices available upon request.
Garza Furniture, price upon request, available at Garza Furniture Marfa Texas.
Bring the desert inside with an angular Ulimade glass terrarium, filled with a bit of sand or collection of rocks. If you’re yearning for some greenery but have a black thumb, add an air plant — a special little species that’s cleverly evolved to survive long periods of drought (somehow, we’ve still managed to kill one…). Priced between $88 and $109.
ULIMADE Handmade glass terrariums, $97, available at Etsy.
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