Published on October 15, 2019

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Sara and Rich Combs, the couple behind two of the chicest desert properties on the planet—The Joshua Tree House in Southern California and the brand-new Posada in Arizona—know a thing or two about setting a scene with the right mix of design elements. After all, they’ve been doing it for years. 

“We’ve been together since we were 15, so we’ve developed our sense of style together,” Rich says. “Generally, we like the same things and have that gut instinct where we’ll be in a space, see how it feels, and know exactly what belongs there.” The pair’s intuitive approach favors neutral tones and natural textures, with a dash of the Wild West. Even though the high school sweethearts have been married for nine years, they know exactly how they’d fill their registry today. Here’s what tops their list.

A spot for produce

We’re always in favor of a hanging fruit basket in a kitchen. It adds texture and organic form to a space that’s typically full of hard angles.

Functional furniture

This side table is both minimal and charming with its carved-leg detail. We use a pair of them as nightstands!

Solid cookware

We’ve found this cast-iron Dutch oven to be not only beautiful but incredibly high-quality and at a much lower cost than similar styles.

An analog sound system

We’ve had this record player for years. It’s beautiful and gets us to slow down with some of our favorite albums.

Inspired titles

We wrote At Home In Joshua Tree as a guide to desert living and an appreciation of the simple moments. Inside you’ll find thoughts on design, entertaining as a natural extension of home, light recipes, gardening, and mindful everyday practices. And then there’s Georgia’s work—this one is the next best thing to a New Mexico road trip.

Cool canteens

We have a soft spot for the vintage-style Stanley bottles, and have a few that we use for bringing coffee or water on hikes and picnics.

A cozy landing pad

It’s not a surprise we love this rug because it’s designed by the amazing Justina Blakeney. It reminds us of a vintage Moroccan rug. The textures and colors would warm up any home.

Vessels for your greens

We have a bit of a planter obsession and have yet to find another one online for such a great price and aesthetic. The ceramic one can be used with or without the stand, which makes it super-easy to switch things up. And we’ll always say yes to anything terracotta, especially if it’s patterned—all it needs is a cactus!

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