The couple behind Mini Inno turn a 1966 ranch home into a rejuvenating retreat that channels Moroccan influences. Fielding more than three million visitors a year, Joshua Tree National Park has become a hotbed for vacation homes.
To catch the wave, Elaine and Stanley Yang, the husband-and-wife team behind real estate and development firm Mini Inno, went out in search of a home that could serve as a weekend retreat and Airbnb.
“My husband and I fell in love with Joshua Tree after we moved to Los Angeles from the Bay Area about four years ago,” says Elaine. “We would find ourselves escaping there every chance we could get; there was something about the area that kept drawing us back, and we even got married in the park last year.”
While they were hoping to find a homestead cabin on a few acres, those types of properties had become rare. Instead, the couple fell in love with a 2,000-square-foot ranch home built in 1966. Sitting on 3.6 acres, it’s only 11 minutes from the park and six minutes from downtown.
The two-bed, two-bath home, however, had gone through various remodels over the years and needed a unifying refresh. “We felt the layout of the home already flowed well, so we saved money by not having to do any major reconfigurations or taking down any load-bearing walls,” says Elaine.
The kitchen cabinets are custom-made from 100-year-old wood purchased at Sliverado Salvage. There’s a breakfast nook and a nine-foot island finished in Tadelakt, a waterproof plaster often used in Moroccan architecture, creating a communal and open space that flows into the living room. “Tadelakt is such a beautiful material and provides an old-world, earthy feeling, but using it is very labor-intensive,” says Elaine.
The palette and furnishings are inspired by nature and the Japanese concept of wabi-sabi. “We wanted people to feel relaxed right when they walked in, so we kept the interiors noble and focused on texture and subtleties in design,” says Elaine. The living room features the Neva sofa by Sixpenny, a 19th-century Naga coffee table from India, and leather side chair from Restoration Hardware.
Because the garage was no longer needed, the space was transformed into a tea room with custom cushions and a bench from Restoration Hardware. “The tea room backs up against our boulder mountain, and from here you can watch the sunsets out to the West,” says Elaine. “It’s meant to be a reflective, meditative space.” By Lauren Jones – Dwell.com