We spent our second day in Arizona walking around Old Town Scottsdale. It’s the downtown area of Scottsdale that’s vibrant and fully embraces its southwestern roots and history. We wandered for a few hours and could not get enough of the beautiful colors, the architecture, and the landscaping in this historical part of the city.
As we strolled Old Town, we came upon the most beautiful courtyard dripping with brightly colored blooms. It felt like we’d escaped into a lush oasis in the desert! Merritt loved looking at all the plants and feeling the soft grass in her toes. The sculptures and colorful patterned tiles remained true to the history of the location. There was a small water feature right next to the courtyard that Merritt splashed around in to cool off from the heat.
Next we found The Mission which was originally a church built over 80 years ago that’s now a restaurant and lounge. The thick white adobe walls were a shining contrast to the rest of the colorful downtown. The architecture style is my favorite and the white linen jumpsuit I wore matched the building and made me feel as if I were home. I loved the simplicity of the smooth uncolored walls made beautiful with details like the massive arched doorway hung with a huge lantern overhead, stained glass windows, and native plants in the courtyard to add some color.
We kept wandering and marveling at all the interesting architecture around. Most of the buildings had historical significance, which we love to learn about and imagine all the lives and stories that have passed through the walls. One of those was the Cavalliere Blacksmith Shop. It was established over 100 years ago and amazingly still operates as a blacksmith shop today. What I truly love is how the structures are practical for the environment, using materials and landscaping drawn from the desert. There’s so much beauty in buildings that blend with and enhance the nature around.
As I mentioned in my post from the Desert Botanical Gardens, I packed lots of linen pieces for our time in Arizona. The fabric is incomparable for keeping cool in the heat. This white linen ruffle jumpsuit was easy to wear paired with the same flatform espadrilles that are so comfortable for walking. Merritt matched me in her own white bubble romper with an eyelet embroidered ruffle.
Seeing the sights in Old Town Scottsdale gave me so much inspiration for ideas I want to incorporate into my own home. I love the southwestern style more than any other! Since visiting Arizona I’ve been dreaming of a mostly white home furnished with colorful tiles and western style rugs. We did a bit of shopping while we strolled and came home with two Mexican Falsa blankets as souvenirs–one a deep magenta and the other a rich yellow gold color. They’re my starting points for beginning to incorporate the southwestern style that we were so inspired by into our home!
Shop the post: