LEAVELI // INTERVIEW



What made you consider moving to the desert?


We had been frequenting the high desert for a couple of years in a row and totally fell in love with the spacious landscape and mystical, otherworldly energy of this place. The universe felt as though it conspired to bring us here.  There were many moments of synchronicity that made it feel like we were meant to move here from Portland, OR.


Do you miss the ocean or the mountains at all? Do you feel the urge to escape from the Desert?


Of course we have our moments of missing water, but that problem is usually solved with a quick trip down the hill for a pool day in Palm Springs or a drive to LA or SD. As for the mountains, we have them as the backdrop so we don’t really miss those too much. I will say, having grown up in the Pacific Northwest I do miss the lush greenery and crisp air and I think Seth misses the autumn in Massachusetts.



What is a normal day like at your place in Joshua Tree?

There really is no normal day here. For me work ranges from styling clients, shooting merchandise, sourcing vintage, editing pictures, updating the website, doing site visits for interior design clients, furniture sourcing, social media management and on and on - you get the idea! Haha.


YOUR HOME SPACE


What cultures/styles inspired you at the time of decorating the space?


I would say our home is a mix of primitive, tribal, minimalist, wabi-sabi, with desert tones. Really just all of my favorite items thrown together. Seth and I both have definitely always gravitated towards Japanese zen/minimalism and recently I have this fixation on African elements. There is also a broad range of textiles from all over the world in here.


Did you fully planned the look and feel of your place or did you slowly build it?


It was a bit of a mix. I planned it out in a space planner but also have slowly added layers to the space. I feel like its going to be an ongoing work in progress, is your home ever really done?


What do you believe are the main essentials make a new property cozy and homie?


The number one essential for me is lighting. Having grown up in the dreary PNW, I am all to familiar with seasonal depression. To me, there is no such thing as cozy if the space is dark and gloomy. When we bought this house, the biggest factor for me was the triple glass sliding doors in the formal entry room. There is so much natural light in here at all hours of the day and nothing quite as magical as this room right at sunrise. I am also a total sucker for a fireplace and lots of sheepskins. I look forward to the weather cooling down and sitting in front of the fire on a sheepskin with a book, some tunes and a cup of tea.



YOUR ROUTINE IN JOSHUA TREE


Whats your morning routine like?


Wake up. Feed the dog. Make coffee/tea/cacao. Light incense and recite mantras on my mala beads. I usually then reply to work emails and try to get some content out on social media. Some days I will go with the dog on a hike. Other mornings (when I’m super motivated) I will go to barre or hot yoga.



Whats your night routine like?


Evenings are usually designated for family time. We are pretty traditional when it comes to our values. Seth and I typically cook dinner together and discuss our day at the dinner table. Then usually do a little bit more work, I clean up and then we curl up in front of the tv for a documentary or show. Evenings really are slow around here for us as we try to make sure to not take our work into the evening.


Whats your eating routine like?


Eating routine? Gah. This one is always changing - the one consistency is intermittent fasting. I really try not to eat after 8 pm or before 12 pm the following day. I strive to follow a 16:8 eating structure. There are tremendous benefits to fasting and I really don’t feel well when I am eating too frequently. I also limit sugar, dairy, gluten and grains whenever I can.

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