Get the Look: Desert Vibes

Ever since my first visit to the Yucca Valley, I’ve been completely obsessed with the desert chic/Marfa Modern way of design. An abundance of natural materials combined with thoughtfully curated pieces that resemble a Pioneertown antique store find come together to create a look that is effortlessly assembled, without looking like you tried at all. The perfect balance between minimalist and maximalist, my favourite element about spaces designed in this style are the seemingly handmade items and lovingly scattered keepsakes reminiscent of personal travels or family inheritance. If you’re crafty enough, I’ve included a few links to DIY tutorials to help you put your own original spin on your urban desert cabin!

1. Incorporate natural materials.

From small accessories like earthenware pots to bigger pieces like a live edge wood dining table, natural materials that hover along the fine line of rustic and modern are the heart of any complete desert-chic space. If you’re not looking for a complete or to toss all your dishes in place of new ones, a few small touches here and there can easily bring this style to your dining room.

Save: Structube Reno Solid Acacia Wood Dining Table $599
Splurge: Wayfair Tiimbergirl Sold Wood Live Edge Dining Table  $1589.99


2. Take a seat.

What’s the point of having a beautiful desert retreat if you can’t share it with friends and family? Look for chairs made of rattan, wood and leather and avoid anything that looks TOO minimalist, even if your style is more on the simple side. Both the chairs below would look excellent in a dining area/kitchen, or as an occasional chair in a living room or entryway.

Save: Amazon Palangi Handmade Rattan Dining Chair $163.99
Splurge: Article Teaka Chair $339


3. Add a rug.

Nothing adds warmth and colour to a room quite like a rug. It’s pretty much artwork for your floors, and you can create a massive impact without putting any holes in the wall! Even if your furniture is geared more toward a different style, adding a rug that incorporates Moroccan or Mexican patterns can bring the desert vibes straight into your room. They’re also an excellent way create defined spaces in open-concept floor plans.

Save: Wayfair Lodge Hand Woven Area Rug $409.99 (5′ x 7.6′)
Splurge: CB2 Hudson Graphic Shag Rug $799.00 (5′ x 8′)


4. Create visual and textural interest.

Just like the point above, adding textured pieces to a space – like wall hangings, tapestries, even a small rug, will bring a unique kind of inviting warmth to your space. If you can buy one of a kind or vintage pieces, do it. There are tons of resources online, one of my favourites being this one. There’s something so special about creating a look that feels as if it was collected instead of bought all at once, so be sure to shop for pieces that look as if they came from a roadside artisanal market in Pioneer town…if you can’t make it there yourself of course.  If you aren’t looking to splurge, that’s okay too – you can find some extremely authentic looking pieces at larger retailers who are jumping on this trend.

Save: Indigo Chevron Macrame Wall Hanging $49.99
Splurge: Weaving My Story on Etsy Woven Wall Hanging $234.65


5. Change your view.

If you’re a city dweller like me, your living room window probably doesn’t provide moody high-desert sunset views. This is where oversized artwork comes into play! Not only a gorgeous focal point, a large print can help you accentuate aesthetic of your space, and maybe even trick you into thinking you really do live in a secluded Joshua Tree cabin. Bonus points if you can score a vintage wooden frame.

Save: Good Vibes Motel on Etsy Joshua Tree Print $9.06 (This one is a ‘print it yourself’ piece!)
Splurge: Girl and the Fox on Society6 Art Print $46.99 (28″ x 20″)


6. Store in style.

There’s something so satisfying about owning a piece of decor that’s functional AND gorgeous. I won’t go too in depth about all the ways a woven basket can hide clutter (TV remotes, pet toys, chargers, extra blankets…you get the picture), but they’re a great accessory to absolutely any room.

Save: All Modern Round Basket $89.00
Splurge: West Elm Handcrafted Graphic Woven Oversized Basket $159.00

Header image via Pop and Scott.
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