Desert Inspirations

I’ve always had an affinity for the desert and most things South-Western (I love Tex-Mex). From the rich earthy tones to the minimalistic qualities, incorporating a mix-and-match, vintage and modern aesthetic. The Coyote House, an Airbnb located in Yucca Valley, CA, is my favorite example of how to achieve the look. The thing to take away from the cozy desert abode is how the white walls act as the backdrop and leave the dramatics and storytelling to the furnishings.

Another example of Mid-Century design with warm desert tones. Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

Growing up in the North East, I hadn’t had the pleasure of experiencing the power and beauty of the desert growing up. If you had asked me back in 2008 if I would consider living on such vast, dry land I would think you were crazy. But here we are, 10 years later, and I am looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the Tri-State area by creating my very own desert-inspired oasis at my house. Growing a cactus in the North-East can be tricky but finding inexpensive furniture to outfit a desert-inspired getaway doesn’t have to be. My current favorites brands for inexpensive furnishings are Target and Urban Outfitters. I’ve listed some current favorite pieces that I own or love below. Mid-century furniture acts as anchors and provides focal pieces in the room, while the neutral decor ties everything together. I can’t help but add a pop of color with the orange sofa.

Sourcing furniture from thrift shops or tag sales is a goldmine for unique pieces that are otherwise seen as outdated. I also look to my parents for inspiration, who are, for a lack of a better term, collectors of furniture older than I am. My dad calls it garbage so I’m glad to be taking it off their hands.

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