shout out! carrie yeager, desert lily bed & breakfast

photo: sandi wheaton
photo: sandi wheaton

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.

shout out! joelle reeder, moxie design studios

this is the first in the monthly series of my new SHOUT OUT! blog, in which I’ll be joellefeaturing individuals who have done something to deserve praise, such as vendors, subcontractors, clients, employess, or friends.

this month’s SHOUT OUT! goes out to joelle reader of moxie design studios (my wife is still wondering why she’s not my first SHOUT OUT!). without joelle’s  help, I wouldn’t be writing this now, nor would any of my website been  possible. she was an integral part in developing the new look of reside architecture, inc.

I hired joelle last may but because of her always-in-demand-business, I wasn’t able to begin working with her until october of last year. joelle and her partner, kathy, schedule their work 3 or 4 months out so there is almost always a wait list (well worth the wait, I might add).

when I began looking for a website designer I knew I wanted a clean, cool, modern, and hip look but I had no idea how to get there. I looked around on craigslist and quickly realized how many “part time” web designers  there are in the los angeles area. I’m not really a betting man (okay, sometimes i  go to vegas and put my home equity line of credit on 00 on the roulette wheel), but if I was, I would bet there are almost as many of these “part-time” web designers as there are actors here. I wanted somebody who was a real pro, who did this as their career.

moxie design studios is great at creating very chic-centric themed websites. when I showed one of my clients the moxie website and said that they would  be doing my website, his response was “I don’t see anything on their website that is your style of cool and modern architecture”. I told him I agreed, but there was something about the style or hipness or freshness that moxie design studios was creating that led me to believe they could really do something cool and modern for me. another thing I really liked about them is that, they are specialists at setting up blogs and that was a top consideration for me.

I searched through dozens of architects’ websites and most of them were poorly designed and didn’t show off the work. I saw some great work from other architects, but I either had to click through dante’s inferno to get there or wait longer than my patience would allow for some flash thing to load.

with that said, I was able to give joelle a whole bunch of website links to architects’ websites that i DID NOT want. through one phone conversation at the beginning and everything else being handled via the web and email, somehow she was able to read my mind enough to come up with a layout for my website that is everything I wanted. the orange and grey are hip cool colors, the navigation bar is super easy to use, and the website overall has a very clean, modern feel to it.

joelle reeder is a top notch professional in her field. she takes pride in what she does, has great ideas, and above all is great at servicing the customer. she was always able to respond quickly to my concerns. for the month and a half she was working on my website, I truly felt I was her only client as she really paid attention to everything. thank you joelle!