Sassy south of the border home decor

Cinco de Mayo is a highly anticipated day of celebration here in southern California.  I dare say we celebrate it more than our neighbors to the south!  Margaritas, guacamole, chips and salsa…all of these ingredients help turn an ordinary meal into a Cinco de Mayo celebration that sort of signals the beginning of summer for many of us.  But don’t limit your celebration to food and drink—add some of the fun colors of Mexico and Baja to your home’s decor and you can enjoy the spirit all summer long.


Otomi fabrics are one of my all-time favorites.  Their folk art designs and bright colors just make me happy.  And this season they can be found everywhere!  But first, a little history lesson–the Otomi are an indigenous group of people from central Mexico who have become known for their colorful embroidered fabrics.  Much like Native American weavings, designs usually depict images of the spirits they worship including animals, trees, the sun and other figures. These lively designs can be found on  wall hangings, table linens, pillows and even shoes and other clothing.

design otomi pillow from target

This amazingly affordable Otomi style pillow from Target may just make an appearance in my home this year.

These outdoor pillows from Pottery Barn are perfect for a south of the border look on your patio or deck, wouldn’t you agree?

design otomi pillow from pottery barn

Easy to spot figures such as bees, birds and burros are common in Otomi patterns.  Pillows Pottery Barn

Color, color and more color

Pick your favorite primary colors and mix them all together and you have a zesty color combination for the entire summer.  Reds, blues, greens and yellows can be applied to the wall or brought in via throws, dishes, artwork and other accessories.  These melamine dishes from PierI are the perfect size for a bit of guacamole and chips.

design mexican dishes from pier i

Appetize plates from Pier I


Now, about those souvenirs.  For some reason unknown to you now, you could not resist purchasing those paper flowers, sombreros or serapes as you ended your Mexican vacation.  But the good news is you can put them to good use in your summer decor.  A serape is a fun table covering or upholstery for a small bench, for example, and those paper flowers can be a summer centerpiece when fresh flowers are not available.  Sorry folks, I have no use for that sombrero! (maybe turn it upside down and serve chips and salsa in it)

Santa Fe Style Guest Bedroom Interior Design by Jennifer Ashton, Allied ASID
How do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo and do you decorate your home with a little salsa flavor?

About hayniedi

What about me? In a nutshell I am a middle-aged interior designer and freelance writer, mother of an amazing 27 year old daughter, wife to my semi-retired lawyer husband and step-grandma to two delicious babies. From my earliest memories I have been fascinated with interior decorating and love to share my passion for beautiful rooms with anyone who will listen. Join me on this blog as my husband and I enter our empty nest years and move back into the first home we bought when we were first married that has been a rental for the past 15 years. I will share our experience with remodeling as well as other ideas and thoughts that I hope will inspire you.
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