Joshua Tree

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Dome in the Desert, Joshua Tree

29 Aug 2018 |  Travel

This month we escape to the beautifully rugged yet honest landscape of the Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. We chat to Kathrin Smirke, one half of the talented duo behind 'We are in your Element' who bring a little LA cool to the desert with their eclectic collection of unique abodes...

Tell us about your connection to the Joshua Tree National Park
We discovered the National Park during a trip we took for my birthday 6 years ago. We immediately fell in love with the serene landscape and stillness and knew that we wanted to have a desert escape from our busy lives in Los Angeles. We ended up finding the dome through an ad on a popular classifieds website and jumped on the opportunity to purchase it.

Describe your style…
I think our style has evolved a lot of the past 6 years. When we decorated our dome we were trying to use a lot of vintage and found objects so I would describe its style as “eclectic desert bohemian”. However, we’ve recently been leaning towards a more neutral colour palette with subtle modern bohemian accents.

Where do you find inspiration?
We get a lot of our inspiration from traveling, blogs/websites, and architectural home tours.

What does home mean to you?
Home is where we find our solace. It’s a place for inspiration and a place to be inspired. Home is a never-ending, evolving project. Home is our happy place.

A must do for any traveller visiting California?
We might be biased but definitely don’t skip visiting the desert especially if you are from a country or area that doesn’t have a desert. Also, the northern coast of California is stunning- blue lagoon style water on one side of The Pacific Coast Highway and lush forest filled with redwoods on the other.