This Seriously Cool Desert Hacienda Will Make You Want an Outdoor Shower



There's something truly magical about the desert. You feel it when you're there. It's a very distinct spiritual energy that's unlike anywhere else and it attracts us like moths to a flame. It's one of the reasons Melissa Young, founder and principal designer of , bought her 5000-square-foot hacienda, and she's never looked back. The casual yet sophisticated bohemian abode is located in Borrego Springs, California, at the foothills of the Anza-Borrego State Park.

The home was originally built in 1992 for Dennis Avery (heir to the Avery label company) by architect Richard Grenfell from New Mexico. Young spent $350,000 on various soft renovations and minor updates that included switching out all the lighting and ceiling fans, sandblasting all of the 42 interiors doors to the original roughhewn wood doors, changing all bathroom hardware, restoring the entry gates to the original metal, installing an outdoor kitchen, and landscaping the property.

The end result is a striking Santa Fe, New Mexico, hacienda-style adobe that feels true to the architecture yet infused with modernity. Maintaining the history of the home was also important for Young. The brick floors were laid using an old-school artistic style that involved using sand instead of grout, yet the furniture and décor feel more contemporary in nature. It's the blend of both worlds that truly make this home a special space.

Read on to hear more of Young's design process and how she turned this stunning property into a desert oasis.

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