Last week Dabito and I hopped on a plane headed south. We ended up in Las Cruces, New Mexico and Dallas, Texas to shoot two more amazing homes for the book. I had never been to either town/city and found myself quite enamored with Las Cruces. Both homes were very inspiring, full of color and flavors from all over the world–but the local flavors were present too. The Mexican vibe was in full force and I loved every minute of it. And I found that crayzee deer skull covered in turquoise at the Whoopie Bowl Antique Mall in El Paso, TX–quite the score, yes? You can’t imagine the looks I got taking that thing through security at the airport. I tried to hide it in my tote bag and they pulled me to the side to check my bag. Finally the security guy looks at me and nods “It’s a decorative skull, I get it.” and he let me go through. It was pretty hilarious. I think he reads Elle Decor when he’s not digging through people’s luggage.