Way Too Cool in Joshua Tree


Sometimes living in frenetic Southern California, you just need a little more space. If you don’t have a boat, you head to the desert. This is a small house artist/owner Blake Simpson rented to us this fall on his small compound just outside of Joshua Tree, California. Simpson, who is a sculptor and photographer originally from Los Angeles, has outfitted it with fabulous Mid-century and other desert-ana decor. (Blake also owns an equally groovy motel in downtown Joshua Tree called Mojave Sands.)




This is the coolest outside kitchen I have ever seen, which Blake built on this free-standing iron platform near the house. I think you can even bake a cake out here!



Guests can enjoy the hot tub, outdoor fireplace and the night sky all to themselves!



A long-view of the outdoor kitchen and a vintage trailer he has fixed up for guests.




The side patio of the studio rental house. Simpson made the iron gate/wall. Don’t you just want to kick back and pop a cold Corona?





Back patio–a work in progress.








Blake’s studio, built out of three shipping containers.




Oh yea, Joshua Tree is a tiny town in the Mojave Desert about two hours inland from Laguna Beach (Not too far from Palm Springs). The moonscape, rock-climbing mecca of Joshua Tree National Park is the biggest draw. Also, think U2 and Gram Parsons and Coachella and Burning Man and all that fun stuff!! In the last five or so years, a lot of artists, musicians, hippies, hipsters, bikers and cowboys, and other misfits have migrated from L.A. and New York, so there’s a growing progressive community out there.

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