Desert Dusk Style: Boho Chic and Southwest Home Decor


What exactly is “Boho-chic?” you might ask. Boho is style that draws influence from the bohemian and hippy fashion that developed in the 1960’s. Think eco activistism, embroidery, and fringe! In recent years, boho-chic has come to prominence as a lifestyle incorporating a wide range of stylistic influences.

Interior designer Sarah Barnard says “Boho-chic interiors are all about natural warmth, texture and pattern.” Mindful of healthy living and natural interiors, Sarah embraces the trends effortless blending of comfortable and chic furnishings with artisan accessories.

Curated from Amazon’s home collection, Sarah shares her top picks to bring desert decor, earthen tones and southwest-inspired patterns into your home on a DIY budget! From textural pillows and seagrass storage baskets to hanging glass planters and cactus wall art, these stylish and affordable pieces will add a touch of bohemian spirit to any space!

WE Furniture Coffee Table in Rustic Oak, $125.05


Sarah says: “This coffee table is simple and practical. It’s clean angular lines add subtle architectural form to the space.”

INK+IVY Embroidered Pillow, $38.99


Sarah says: “The embroidered abstract decorative pillow has warm gray and gold tones that provide a nice element of contrast in the space.”

Creative Co-op White Tribal Pillow, $72.02


Sarah says: “Combine pillows with rich patterns and textures, such as this white tribal cable-knit wool and fringe pillow by Co-Op Creative to add tactility and visual interest to your seating area.”

Kate and Laurel Sylvie Succulent Framed Canvas Wall Art, $49.99


Sarah says: “I love real plants. I also like representations of them. Bringing nature and healthy living to your interiors is one of my specialties, I find the Kate and Laurel Sylvie succulent print is fresh and fun in green and pink.”

Mandala Life ART Bohemian Floor Cushion, $99.99


Sarah says: “Floor cushions are perfect for casual living room seating. Featuring a mandala pattern and pom pom trim detailing these Bohemian floor cushions by Mandala Life ART add comfort and style.”

Thirstystone Round Coasters, $25


Sarah says: “The Thirstystone round marble coasters are simple and elegant. I’m always reminding my clients to protect their new furniture with coasters. It’s worth it!”

Mkono Glass Hanging Planters, $12.59 (37% off)


Sarah says: “Tillandsia, aka air plants are an excellent way to bring life into a space that might not be otherwise water friendly. Air plants don’t need soil and can be kept alive with a once weekly soak in the sink. The hanging planter terrariums could thrive in any sunny spot. I recommend air plants as an easy way to have a bit of nature in every room.”

RISEON Natural Seagrass Basket, $13.98


Sarah says: “The natural seagrass storage basket would make a great storage for laundry, a potted plant or anything else that needs a quick hideaway.”

Kardiel Lounge Chair, $416.99


Sarah says: “The plywood modern lounge chair has curves reminiscent of a bird in flight. I love how the light and bright white oak finish pairs perfectly with the rose pink textile.'The plywood modern lounge chair has curves reminiscent of a bird in flight. I love how the light and bright white oak finish pairs perfectly with the rose pink textile.”

Bloomingville Ceramic Barbara Bowl, $15


Sarah says: “I love ceramics because they add an artistic, earthen element. The Bloomingville Ceramic Barbara Bowl is both functional and beautiful.”

Cotton Craft Hand-Knitted Pouf Floor Ottoman, $61.99


Sarah says: “Poufs are both versatile and comfortable. They function as extra seating, a footrest, or place a tray on top for use as a side table. I like the chunky cable-knit design of this pouf floor ottoman by Cotton Craft.”

Zuo Como Accent Table Set, $182.16


Sarah says: “Unexpected details and unique accent pieces bring a room to life. I like the organic form of the ‘Zuo Como Accent Table Set’ with convenient nesting design, perfect for compact spaces.”

Ceramic Glazed Succulent Planters, $14.88


Sarah says: “Bring the desert indoors with a potted succulent. These ceramic succulent planters each have a unique glaze and are the perfect accent for small spaces.”


Sarah Barnard designs healthy, happy, personalized spaces that are deeply connected to nature and art. With a contemporary approach that employs traditional vocabulary, Barnard’s range of style is innovative yet time-honored.

The ideas most essential to her practice and design process are wellness, historic preservation, and the infinite ways in which design can enhance life. Barnard is intrigued by clients who have unusual requests and lives for a challenge. She hasn’t met one yet that she didn’t like. Barnard loves designing for anyone with pets! She adores people who are avid collectors of anything they love. Barnard is incredibly down to earth, and people love her for her frankness.

Barnard has been featured in publications internationally and was named a “Ones to Watch Scholar” by the American Society of Interior Designers. In 2018 Locale Magazine named Barnard “Los Angeles’ Favorite Interior Designer”. Barnard holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University as well as undergraduate degrees in Art and Interior Architectural Design.

Barnard is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), is certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), and is recognized by the International WELL Building Institute as a WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP), the International Institute for Bau-Biologie & Ecology as a Building Biology Practitioner (BBP) and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). She has served on the Santa Monica Conservancy's board of directors and has written several articles for important publications including the USGBC, United States Green Building Council.