Creating Spaces to Reset, Reflect and Create With The Joshua Tree House

The Joshua Tree House recently opened doors to their newly built inn in Tucson, AZ, Sara and Rich Combs, the design-savvy couple behind the desert-lifestyle brand and Airbnb. Surrounded by the breathtaking landscape of Saguaro National Park, Posada is the dream retreat of any desert-lover.

There is one thing in common with the Joshua Tree House spaces: they are each built to be placed to reset, reflect and make. We sat down to learn how to create that feeling in our own homes with the darling couple and achieve their carefully-healed desert look.

During your design process, your design mantras serve as reminders to make sure your spaces feel cozy and full of love. Are you willing to share with us your four mantras?

1. Blur Indoor and Outdoor Space A house in the sense of its surrounding setting becomes a home. At home in the desert, the natural world is embedded in our influences. The feelings all play a part, like light, color, and smell, how a space feels connected to its environment.

2. A home is not meant to be ideal. It is intended to be lived in! Curate a home that improves with use. To build spaces that honor age as the character and get better with service, we use this mantra as a reminder. We have discovered natural materials to refine over time, and we love to incorporate them into our projects.

3. Design for ordinary experiences: our daily routine as usual. It is our routine. It may not be fascinating, but inevitably it shapes our lives. Everyday moments draw us into what is now happening: making coffee in the morning, getting a friend’s chat, washing, sleeping, etc. This motto is a reminder that the way architecture can gently change ordinary experiences is worth considering.

4. Even the warmest conditions can feel sterile without plants. Always Add Plants, Real Ones- Plants not only attract our caring characteristics to the surface, but they also enhance air quality and add life to a home.

How did our furniture fit into how you approached Posada’s design?

We’ve considered Barnaby’s designs to be made of natural materials of the highest quality: wood and leather are two of our favorite materials to watch aging over time. When we connect with them in our home, the Barnaby bits we own also bring an affection for daily life: whether it’s reading a book in our lounge chair or tying our shoes on the bench.

Your never-failing palette of color?
Hot whites, ochres, and cactus greens are a definite go-to!

Your go-to palette of materials?
Natural materials, such as plaster, wood, ceramics, and leather.

Your soothing playlist at home?
At our place, our New Moon playlist is always playing.

Your favorite plant to give a desert vibe to a room?
For a desert vibe, euphorbias are a favorite indoor herb. They are their genus, even though they look like a cactus (and less pokey). In various sizes and colors, there are also so many variations.

Your best tip for dessert decorating?
We matched the color of our floor in our private home to the sand outside. It’s a little thing that has gone a long way in keeping our room calm, as the desert tends to get dusty!

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