In the hotel business these days, success can often rely on the Instagrammability of the place. That's something that husband-wife design team Sara and Rich Combs found out with their first Airbnb: The Joshua Tree House became ubiquitous on feeds everywhere thanks to its perfect interpretation of desert-boho decor.
The couple then brought their know-how to a property on the western edge of Saguaro National Park in Tucson, Arizona, opening the five-suite Posada by Joshua Tree House in 2018.
"The building had incredible bones: unique beehive-style fireplaces, reclaimed telephone pole and saguaro rib ceilings, and old Saltillo floors," says Sara. "During the renovation we were able to protect these features by resealing the ceilings and floors." Another act of preservation? The canyon pool, inspired by an Arizona canyon.
As for the decor, "We were highly influenced by the textures and colors we found out amidst the towering Saguaro cacti, during golden hour, and the warm red Arizona soil," says Sara. "We brought these elements indoors with natural materials, a desert-inspired palette, and lots of indoor plants. To choose the color palette, we set a fan deck of colors out in the sand and matched it to our surrounding environment." (Curious what the place looked like before its present state? Check out the reno process via these Instagram stories.)