this is the master suite where i’ll be discussing three different options. FULL SCREEN is recommended for this, i hope you enjoy!
i’m excited to bring you another piece of technology that i hope you’ll find interesting. i want to give readers an inside look at the design process and maybe this medium will help do that. so please sit back and watch this video introduction of a new project where i discuss the kitchen design. please make sure you select FULL SCREEN in the bottom right of the video frame as it reads pretty well, especially the enlarged plans.
we had a great time this past weekend at the los angeles home show. we enjoyed meeting lots of people and talking shop. we even had a visit from my wife and two boys which was a special treat! we’ll be exhibiting at this particular show again in april as well as the home show in pasadena in the beginning of april so come out and see us (we’ll post more information as the dates get closer).
we’d also like to welcome our new readers and home show attendees to the blog, we hope you keep coming back!
the home show is happening this weekend at the los angeles convention center! check out “home remodeling & decorating show“ for free passes and for info on getting to the los angeles convention center .
we’ll have some models (not the long leggy type, more the foamcore and chipboard type) on display as well as examples of our work and drawings, and of course, our charming personalities. be sure to visit us at booth #218!
ah, the desert, or is it dessert? one is sand, the other is chocolate. no matter, i love them both. joshua tree national park in southern california is one of my favorite places and a spectacular place to visit for the day or a whole week. now, don’t expect amusement rides here kiddos, this isn’t disneyland or disneyworld, kind of the exact opposite. what you will find is a desert environment unlike anywhere else in the world. Three ecosystems meet here, including the colorado desert, mojave desert, which is home to the famed joshua tree (yes, made infamous by u2′s joshua tree album), and the little san bernardino mountains.
joshua tree national park, or “jtree” as we-in-the-know like to refer to it, is located about 90 miles east of los angeles, california and lies within a 3 hour drive of some 18 million people. it is the kind of place to escape for a day or week and remove yourself from society for a little while. there are many activities within the park including hiking, backpacking, camping, and rockclimbing (my favorite activity and one i did quite often before the kiddos came along).
for the daytrippers, this is the perfect day getaway. i’ve made many trips on a saturday or sunday for rockclimbing. we’d leave los angeles at 7:00, arrive in the park and ready to climb by about 9:30 and start heading home around 4:00 and get home around 6:30. it’s also a great place for dayhiking as well, so you angelenos out there, if time is tight, just go out for the day, you’ll be glad you did.
for the campers, there are several great camping spots including hidden valley (hard to find a spot and filled with rock climbers), ryan campground (nice and should find a spot if you arrive by friday midday) or jumbo rocks, a little further in the park and more secluded (but bigger campground than others), are some of my favorites. there are no services within the park so you must bring all food and water with you (joshua tree, california is right outside the park and has all services) and ladies, there are no running toilets or restrooms, but pit toilets are the norm (they are what they sound like).
for the non-campers, there are several choices of places to stay. you’ll find mostly motel 6 type places located outside the park in joshua tree and nearby yucca valley. for a real weekend getaway, i recommend staying at the desert lily, a boutique bed and breakfast, located just outside the park (carrie yeager, the owner, was recently featured in the shout out!).
for the rockclimbers (did i metion i did this a lot before the kiddos?), there are over 5,000 routes in the park ranging from super easy to super hard. for those of you who always wanted to try rockclimbing, this is one of the best places to do it. contact the joshua tree rockclimbing school or vertical adventures for lessons. both outfits run very safe and fun operations. i recommend taking a saturday and sunday class and staying in the park overnight (motels are nearby if you’re not the camping type).
the best times to visit the park are october thru may. the summers get blistering hot (this is the desert afterall) and the winters are beautiful during the day but freezing cold at night (this is the high desert, elevation 3000′+). the desert wildflower season is almost upon us and you can get a pretty good show in the park.
so whether you want to go out to joshua tree national park for some peace and quiet, see an amazing display of stars amongst the dark skies, or you want to tell everyone how cool you are because you just got back from “jtree”, you should put it on your to-do-list. i assure you, you won’t be disappointed and you might even get a little dirty.
this month’s SHOUT OUT! goes out to carrie yeager of the desert lily bed & breakfast in joshua tree, california. carrie and her husband, bob, are dear friends of my wife and i. we’re very pleased to be giving them a well deserved SHOUT OUT!
carrie and bob became the proud owners of the rosebud ruby star ranch (not sure why they didn’t keep THAT name) on june 16, 2007. they had been looking around for the perfect b&b for a couple of years and looked as far north as oregon and as far east as vermont. BUT, thankfully for me and anyone reading this, they settled on joshua tree, california for their new home and b&b. when they took over, they spent the hot summer getting the b&b ready for the fall season as the ruby star already had its fair share of regulars.
the rosebud ruby star already had a decent track record, but carrie and bob really took it to the next level. they renamed it the desert lily and added on a modest two story addition (so her and bob didn’t have to live in one of the guest rooms) and re designed the living/dining area with a nice desert/southwestern feel and inviting fireplace. there are three guest rooms available and they usually book a month or so in advance especially during holidays. carrie also has a couple of guest type houses available for rent on the property as well.
carrie is truly the hostess with the mostess. she LOVES to cook breakfast and she does it very well. some of her favorites are double-stuffed triple berry french toast, crustless crab quiche with roasted red peppers and goat cheese, sweet potato waffles, eggs santa fe, and lemon ricotta pancakes with muddled fresh raspberries. she also always has homemade fresh chocolate chip cookies, a delicious private label wine aptly named the desert lily, and a selection of port.
now i’m going to be honest with you here. route 62 is the main road that runs through joshua tree. if carrie’s b&b was located right off the highway, i’d gladly stay there and enjoy her scrumptious breakfastses (yes i meant to do that) and gladly watch the cars go by. BUT, what makes this a real gem, is the desert lily is very close to the entrance of joshua tree national park (you can see my get outdoors! post here) and located on a dirt road (fine for 2 wheel drive vehicles) and in the mountains a bit so you will get some nice views of the mountains and surrounding valley. in other words, it’s in the perfect setting. to wake up in the morning and enjoy breakfast on the outdoor patio and take in the desert landscape is pure bliss.
carrie really understands customer service and will go out of her way to make sure her guests have a pleasurable & memorable experience. she can easily recommend things to do in joshua tree national park and joshua tree itself. so for those of you who already read the get outdoors! article featuring joshua tree national park, you have no excuse than to get your butts out to “jtree”. you’ll be glad you did and oh, they’ll leave the stars on for you.
we’ll be exhibiting at this month’s upcoming “home remodeling & decorating show“ at the los angeles convention center on saturday and sunday, february 21 & 22. we’ll have some models (not the long leggy type, more the foamcore and chipboard type) on display as well as examples of our work and drawings. be sure to visit us at booth #218!
i have 8 pairs of passes to give away, so if you would like a pair mailed to you, send me an email. you can also stop by the office and pick them up.