Turn your home into a calm respite from the crazy world by embracing the simple, nature-centric vibe of desert decorating. Natural materials, open windows and weather-beaten surfaces are giving us the calm we need. Here are some mantras of the lifestyle from At Home in Joshua Tree: A Field Guide to Desert Living, the new lifestyle book by Sara and Rich Combs. (And bonus: You can Airbnb their gorgeous house yourself.)
This Calming Interiors Trend Will Make Your Home as Peaceful as a Desert Sunset
Don't Bother With Curtains
Desert style is all about being simple, earthy and warm. So forgo any fabric getting between you and the great outdoors (but maybe hang simple blinds if the hills have eyes).
Install A Leather Couch
Available in a wide range of earthy hues, leather couches are a signature desert decor element. Practically indestructible, they look cooler the more worn-in they get.
Cover Something In Kilim
A colorful kilim rug used as upholstery on a bench or ottoman adds texture without looking too “done.” And, like leather, it’s way durable.
Built-in Furniture Makes Life Easy
An entry table, desk or banquette that’s attached to the wall is a design feature that bigwig mid-century architects loved for its usefulness and sleek lines. Today it’s just as practical and attractive to have fewer skinny legs breaking up a room’s visual flow.
Add A Hanging Chair (or Hammock)
An open-weave rattan swing chair or even a hammock in a quiet corner creates a focal point for the room that reminds you to chill out, even if you don’t have time for a full-on siesta.