Like almost every home, working on the kitchen is a high priority with the cabin. While it has some great features, there are a few projects here that I know I will need to put at the top of my 'to do' list.
I love old regional post cards, and this c. 1920 colored card is distinctive, with cacti that look alive with dancing, like something from Disney's Fantasia. It was at gardens like this one in Riverside, CA, that southern California began it's romance with all things cactus.
This easy to sew tote bag is a wonderful furoshiki inspired shape. Loosely termed an 'origami bag', it's made from one length of yardage and has endless looks, depending on the fabric and handle used to make it. Origami totes have become popular, but how to make them is something of a mystery.
The color's you'll see here are drawn from Pantone's 2016 color trend predictions. Blue in a tint called 'Serenity' is paired with a soft pink 'Rose Quartz'. For this year, a surprising set of two colors are emphasized, and while they are different, their soft tonality gives them similar visual weight when used inside the home.
North of Joshua Tree the high desert landscape opens up, falling away from the San Bernardino mountains towards distant dry arroyos and lake beds. In this area, small homestead cabins were built in the 1950's and 60's mostly by families on the other side of the mountains, 2 hours away in the Los Angeles basin.
This is were my cabin sits, out in the open desert with creosote bushes to soften the sandy landscape. The views that surround it make for an endless day of sky, sun and shadows, clouds and winds. The desert slope here washes gradually down, like a tilted table top you can't quite get even. Look for the light blue rooftop to find the cabin.