bedroom with plant and wall hanging nearby
credit: The Citizenry

The decor items we decide to bring into our spaces can be just as important as bigger elements like furniture and paint colors. After all, you want to make sure that the items you see around you make you feel inspired and joyful every day. And while it's easy to get everything at one big name retailer, there are so many independent and artisanal shops out there.

That's especially true when it comes to desert inspired spaces. With this style, it's all about greenery, earthy tones, rustic materials, and muted colors. Ceramics, wall hangings, baskets, and blankets also add to a sense of cozy, desert vibes.

If you're looking to bring more desert decor into your home, here are some shops we recommend checking out:

Morning Tide Shop was created to support local artisans, including those who create with ethical production practices in mind. The founders are influenced by their West Coast, Northern California roots when carefully selecting each object in the store.

Sculptor and potter Elizabeth Eisenstein creates her pieces out of Joshua Tree — an endless source of inspiration for creatives and interior designers. The handcrafted pieces are available in a range of glazes that mimic the earthy tones of a desert landscape.

The soy candles crafted by P.F. Candle Co. are vegan, cruelty-free, and phthalate-free. The brand just released a sunset collection featuring scents like Golden Hour. Other desert-esque scents include Sandalwood Rose and Western Red Cedar.

ceramic cactus sculptures
credit: General Store

We can spot quite a few items that would look right at home in a desert-inspired room when browsing through General Store. They have everything from ceramic sculptures to candles and hanging planters.

Tucson-based Ursula Basinger creates small-batch handmade ceramics inspired by her surroundings. Her minimal designs would look great in a room with neutral tones.

The Los Angeles-based museum Craft Contemporary focuses on contemporary art and craft. Its shop features the work of artisans and small businesses, many of which rotate often, so you can always find something new.

Husband-and-wife duo Melissa and Jonathan craft their pieces from a studio in Los Angeles. You can find candleholders, planters, mugs, and more — some of which are directly inspired by nature.

The Los Angeles-based shop Individual Medley features locally made goods but also pieces from artisans around the world. You can find baskets, wall hangings, ceramics, pillows, and more.

gold wall hanging
credit: Citizenry

The Citizenry works with artisan partners in different parts of the world; it also focuses on fair trade standards. You can browse through wall hangings, bedding, kitchenware, and more.

Native Goods

Desert style can oftentimes be conflated with Native American work. If you want to support Native makers, here are a few shops to browse:

Eighth Generation operates out of Seattle and features everything from blankets to handcrafted soaps. You can find work from a number of makers who offer a variety of styles.

credit: Autry Museum

The Autry Museum in Los Angeles displays Native American art and explores the cultures of the American West. Their shop is a great resource for finding exquisite handcrafted pieces.

Founded in 1976, Shuma Olowa Native Arts is owned and operated by the 19 Pueblo tribes of New Mexico. The shop carries fine art and handcrafted pieces, as well as travel mugs and Pendleton wool blankets.

The Cherokee Nation Gift Shop carries books, art, and more. There are a few brick-and-mortar locations in addition to the online shop.

credit: B. Yellowtail

Although B. Yellowtail is primarily a fashion line, we also found this stunning blanket created in collaboration with Eighth Generation. The blanket has an eye-catching pattern that comes with a deeper meaning; it symbolizes unity between two tribes that were once rivals.

Eva Recinos

Eva Recinos

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