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Design Inspo: Joshua Tree Mid-Century Modern Dome House

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A few weekends ago, Joey and I wandered into the desert in Joshua Tree — a (relatively) nearby state park that is equal parts cactus mecca and all natural aesthetic wonderland. You’ve seen it on Instagram, you’ve seen it on Pinterest, and trust me, you need to go see it in person.

In between climbing rock formations and playing National Geographic photographer with the bountiful desert flora, we stayed at one of Joshua Tree’s defining manmade features: a geodesic dome home. These houses can be found across the country, but are common in the Southern California desert, probably for their extra efficient air circulation.

Designed with efficiency in mind, a geodesic dome uses 30% less material to cover the same volume of space as a typical, angular structure. This shape lends it more natural light, and, as mentioned above, more natural air flow as well. It also, to my interior designer’s eyes, lends a spectacularly unique decorating experience. Since the entire exterior of the home is rounded, the rooms are angular, with rare features like triangular windows. So cool!

This house, in particular, was an amazing showcase of mid-century furniture and style. There is a resurgence of the mid-century style happening in interior design right now, lead by a wave of replicas of staple era pieces like Eames chairs.

The natural textures of the mid-century style, like shag rugs, macrame, and tapestries on the walls, all also blend well with a modern Southwestern vibe that is popular in Southern California, especially near the desert.

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