We’ve been working diligently on (and living in) the Joshua Tree Hacienda, our newest project. To be quite honest, our life right now consists of dust, tripping over home depot bags while cooking dinner, and working on cleaning up one corner at a time so we have a place to sit and keep (some of) our sanity. It’s a whole different beast renovating while living full-time in the project, but we’re starting to see progress which gives us hope. Ultimately, we know it will be worth it.
Photo by Vanessa Mona Hellmann of the exterior of the Hacienda
We’ve made a lot of progress on the dining room lately (we’ll share more about that soon), but we’re currently in the planning stages of our bathroom. The aesthetic for the whole house is an earthy bohemian hacienda – lots of natural materials like wood, plaster, clay, brass, sheepskins, baskets and woven fixtures. The palette for the hacienda is earthy neutrals and warm peaches, mustard, and camel tones.
The bathroom will be especially neutral. We’ll be keeping the existing cast iron tub to save a little bit of money (plus, it’s vintage and we love that it has a few chips that add character). The Hacienda was built in 1958, so we want to walk that fine line between new and old. While we’re modernizing the space with new lighting and fixtures, we don’t want this place to become too ‘shiny’. We’ve chosen handmade Moroccan Zellige tiles and hexagon Saltillo tiles for just that reason.
In our dining room, we just built a built-in plaster bench which has inspired us to bring that look across the house. Our plan is to build something similar for our bathroom countertop. It will blend in with our walls which will be white plaster (with a moisture-proof finish). On the counter, we’ll have a vessel sink (similar) and brass wall mounted faucet. To bring the brass finishes across the room, we’ll also have a brass shower head and bath faucet.
We’ll also be adding a wooden ceiling to the bathroom, which has been one of our favorite room updates lately. I absolutely love the contrast of white and wood, and can’t wait to bring that aesthetic into this space.
We’re excited to share more with you as this space slowly but surely becomes reality.