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Design & Inspiration

Stories: The Joshua Tree House

By Kali |

Design + Imagery: Sara Combs & Rich Combs 

The Joshua Tree House is a space that soothes and inspires. A hacienda located on the edge of Joshua Tree National Park, the house was renovated by Sara Combs and Rich Combs. It now serves as a rustic retreat for anyone seeking a restorative escape from the daily grind. Channeling the Combs’ appreciation for mindfulness, Mother Earth, and truth to materials, their Story reflects the earthy undertones and moody contrasts that surround their desert home. Whether you’re off the grid, in the city, or somewhere in-between, their picks offer reminders of nature’s abundant beauty. 

We're sharing more about the Combs, their home, style and what inspires them below, but if you want more of their desert digs, check out this Pinterest Board. You can sample Sara and Rich's desert-inspired picks HERE, each Sample Pack includes a color sample of TuskSalton SeaSunflowerSand DuneSorbetAntiqueNutmegNavy Blue.

Design tips from Sara and Rich: 

Natural Selection
Trying to come up with the perfect color palette? The outdoors are ripe with style inspiration for you to pick from.

Tile Shown: 6" Triangles in Milky Way and Sand Dune

Play with Texture
Incorporate accents with rough-hewn edges like exposed stone and vintage textiles into a streamlined layout to get a rustic modern look.

Tile Shown: Mini Star and Cross in Antique and Tusk

The Combs' loved our Mini Star and Cross in their own home, so they also incorporated this classic tile pattern at The Assembly as well: 

Tile Shown: Mini Star and Cross in Tusk

Function First
Use function to inform design. With thoughtful planning, practical elements like storage space can seamlessly coexist with decorative details.

The Combs also design spaces outside their home. A Mini Star and Cross backsplash welcomes members of The Assembly seeking extra refreshment: 

Tile Shown: Mini Star and Cross in Tusk 

Think About Grout
From the backsplash to floor tile, it's important to factor grout color into the design process. 

Tile Shown: Paseo in Feldspar and Sunflower 

To keep their home's backsplash from looking too busy, the Combs opted for a Snow White grout for the kitchen’s Mini Star & Cross tile.

Make It Home
A home is meant to be lived in, so choose items for your space that will only get better with time.

Tile Shown: 6" Triangles in Milky Way and Sand Dune

Always Add Plants
Bold blossoms, fresh herbs, charming succulents, lush greenery--no matter what you choose, plants will always breathe new life into your space. 

Bring the Outdoors In
To echo their home’s desert location, the Combs incorporated a palette rich with golden tones, terra cotta, dusky pinks, and faded greens.

Tile Shown: 6" Triangles in Milky Way and Sand Dune

Feeling these desert vibes? Make this Story yours by ordering a sample pack online now. Need some help? Simply call, chat or fill out our Design Assistance Form and one of our talented Design Consultants will get back to you shortly. 

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