Dreaming of Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree is one of my favorite places to visit. Its 2 hours east from the urban congestion of LA, maybe 30 minutes north of the glamour and bustle of Palm Springs, and once you get there it feels like a million miles away from earth. A moonscape. The National Park itself is a natural wonder, but the general atmosphere of the tiny town is a little magical. Earthy, artistic, relaxed, and inspired.

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I have been eyeing a few AirBNB getaways that capture the spirit of the locale: spartan, sun faded kilims, Western long horns, vintage 70's brass and macrame, found natural objects, nomad meets mystic, midentury meets rustic. They all seem wonderful and they are usually booked when I want to stay there. Lodging in Joshua Tree in general is pretty affordable like the Pionertown Motel or Spin and Margie's Desert Hideaway

Amber of Lasso Abode fame introduced me to the Joshua Tree House website that can show you where to buy the same items that they showcase in their Joshua Tree home. Including her gorgeous pillows (the Veneer shop sells a capsule collection of the entry level version). Brilliant. 

If you don't see yourself getting out to Joshua Tree any time in the near future, the Veneer shop carries stunning larger scale fine print photography prints by Amy Bartlam that will make your heart skip a beat and take you there.

They are all so so good, a series o 2 or 3 wouldn't hurt.

Family Friendly Design

Domino Magazine posted a feature today about family friendly design that they asked me to be a part of. The deadline was tight and in a pinch, my lovely design assistant Phoebe was able to run over and grab these delicious shots of my cuties playing in our home. I was honored as always to be tapped by Domino, and tickled pink to have these outtakes to share. Head on over to their site for a detailed read about how 7 different designing moms approach making their interiors kid friendly. 

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Its a Thing

You know what I have noticed lately - hanging a collection of your fashionable fedoras to create a gallery wall. Smart, chic, different. I like it. 

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This goes hand in hand with the natural texture, ethnic notes, and economical appeal of a basket gallery wall.

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So that leaves one obvious arrangement....hats + baskets! Brilliant by Mindy Gayer.

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Custom Live Edge Table

Along with the ridiculous cement tile fireplace for the Mar Vista home, I got the opportunity to design and oversee fabrication of a gorgeous live edge dining table. I went to House of Hardwood (where we found the mantel wood) and worked with David to create a true work of art. 

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The first step was choosing a one of kind slab of wood, Monkeypod to be exact. chose the slab first.

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Then I figured out the best sizing and created a simple plan for how to use the monkey pod slab as the table top and black walnut wood for the table legs and seamless benches. two to be exact.

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David estimated 2-3 weeks which I thought was optimistic. In fact, it took closer to 10 weeks which makes more sense to me given all the details and labor this table required. It was super worth the wait. Look at this beauty.

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Photography by Phoebe Chauson

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Yup, incredible. My client loves her table and the fact that it is a one of kind piece. It ended up costing about $3500 including materials and labor which is comparable to a pre-made showroom  live edge slab table. Not too bad price wise and super special.