We are Sara Combs and Rich Combs, high school sweethearts and creators of The Joshua Tree House. We currently live in the Mojave desert of Joshua Tree, CA designing experiences both physical and digital.
In the end of 2013, we both left our full-time jobs as web designers to pursue running our own design studio. As freelance designers we began to test the boundaries of a typical work environment, and took our work on the road. Throughout our travels, we explored many incredible places across the United States and Southeast Asia. Upon returning home, we followed a strong magnetic pull that led us to one very special 1949 hacienda in Joshua Tree, CA.
We shared our renovation progress on social media, and grew an engaged following even before putting our house up for rent on Airbnb. We were able to connect with those interested in a slow and deliberate desert lifestyle, with an appreciation for small details that celebrate everyday experiences.
It all began with a month long cross country road trip. We got in a routine of driving a few hours each morning, and spending the rest of the day hiking a National Park along the route. It was our first time to Joshua Tree, and it felt different than all the rest. Something about this place pulled us in and stayed in our thoughts. Exactly one year later, we found ourselves looking to buy a home in Joshua Tree. As soon as we stepped foot onto the property of the Joshua Tree House we knew it was special, and the perfect place to share with others who needed to reset, reflect, and create.
After sharing this place with others, we found it increasingly difficult to leave the desert and head back to the city ourselves. We eventually made the move to the Mojave desert full-time, a place that at first seems so barren but is truly full of life. In the silence of our new home we have heard feathers shuffle as a bird flies overhead, and in the darkness we have seen what feels like every star. It’s the desert that has guided us to a re-appreciation of the simplest moments, and the kind of happiness that can’t be taken away.