Ultimate Guide to the Desert: Posada by The Joshua Tree House

As the weather warms up, I dream about traveling and amazing get-aways. Writing the ultimate guide to the desert seems right up my alley.

Recently, my dreams came true when I had the opportunity to visit Posada in Arizona owned by my incredible friends Sara and Rich Combs of The Joshua Tree House.

It was such a pleasure meeting Sara and Rich for the first time! You know when you just feel something is meant to be?

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I have always been drawn to Sara and Rich’s desert aesthetics.  I’m also equally impressed with their conscientious commitment to the environment.

Their artful desert interior designs always grab my heart and I could stare at their designs for days!

Ultimate Guide to the Desert : A Time to Create Together

When Sara and Rich invited me to visit Posada, I was more than happy to book a flight to Tucson within minutes of getting off the phone with them.

Often times working independently leaves me a bit lonely. Don’t get me wrong, I am definitely not lonely. My family keeps me so busy every day there is hardly a moment for me to sit down.

However, creatively, I crave projects where I can be with like-minded artists and creatives.

Growing community while creating spectacular interior design is a long-term goal that I continue to embark on.

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Once I arrived, Sara mentioned that perhaps I could help give her some ideas about the West Elm Suite. Since they had been working on construction and design for nearly a year now, a fresh pair of eyes would really help them nail down the inviting, lived-in look for future guests.

It was such a lovely honor for Sara to ask. I was more than willing to give her my design eye for this wonderful space.

In the 110 degree heat, I got into my zone. Once I get into this zone, no one can stop me from styling a space. “Watch out, Anita is on her mission!” as Travis has said many times at home.

Walking through each of the five bedrooms at Posada, I felt like I was floating in a dream. Every space has its own personality and vibe. I was lucky enough to stay in the Cholla suite and I felt like I was cocooned in a desert sunset the whole time. The pink walls made me instantly feel high-frequency energy.

There were so many desert organic textiles, plants and colors for me to layer, I was in HEAVEN!

Whether they were vintage books related to Tucson and the desert, or the many Mexican textiles and patterns in ceramics and blankets, it made me feel like I could stay at Posada forever.

Ultimate Desert Suite: West Elm Suite

Once I gathered enough decor and textiles for the suite, I took a deep breath and surveyed the room.

This suite is incredible and I can’t wait to come back and perhaps stay here!

As you enter into the suite, the rustic yet modern kitchen, eat-in area and living room immediately beckons you to leave all your worries behind.

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Adobe textured walls and a wonderful fireplace offer a great focal point to invite reading and hanging out when the heat is too hot outside.

For early morning meditations or sunset dinners, the outdoor patio is beyond magical.

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The sectional sofa is perfect to lounge and relish in panoramic views of Saguaro National Park.

And, what a lovely dining area to drink Rose all day! I was so happy that a jute rug fit perfectly under the table as it added the perfect element of texture.  

The bedroom was another sanctuary for future guests. The linen bedding was soft and cool.  A burnt amber accent wall and crisp white surrounding walls give the room a very fresh, yet cozy vibe.

The  Moroccan rug was especially pretty to me. In fact, all the Moroccan rugs throughout the property made me happy! You know me and rugs! I love them so much!

Ultimate Desert Suite: Outdoor Scene

I have talked about this before, but I am obsessed with Fire Clay tile. And, to see so many beautiful tiles made by Fireclay at Posada was especially invigorating.

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Many times as I design, it is hard to visualize patterned tile even with a rendering. But, to see several of my favorites in a place like Posada, it gave me a great reference.

I am looking to design my kitchen soon and you can bet I am going to include Fire Clay tile!

Other outdoor spaces that beckoned me to stay longer are the rooftop space, the fire pit with the Ocotillo panels and yes, the Fireclay tiles up the steps to the West Elm suite.

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I am beyond happy for Sara and Rich as they get ready to open Posada’s doors by late summer. It is a no brainer that everyone will be wanting to visit!

I know for myself, I am planning to go back as soon as I can!

Happy day!

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  1. Sara wrote:

    It was so fun having you at the Posada Anita! We loved getting your fresh perspective on everything, and seeing the space through your eyes!

    Posted 6.19.19 Reply
    • Anita Yokota wrote:

      Just pure magic visiting you guys, I love you and Posada to the desert moon and back!

      Posted 6.20.19 Reply