Thursday, May 1, 2014

This 'n That Thursdays: Organic Modern Joshua Tree House

I happen to love all things quirky, odd, and weird -- as long as they are not hurting anyone, I think that they keep life interesting.  A case in point is this delightfully unusual organic modern estate built among the boulders in Joshua Tree, California, which recently came on the market.  The starkly beautiful Mojave Desert property is owned by an artist couple, Jay and Bev Doolittle, who decided in the late 1980s that they wanted an organic house built among the boulders.  They hired Kendrick Bangs Kellogg, one of the pioneers of organic architecture, and let him have free rein designing the 4,643 square foot house.  The house was finished in 1993, and then interior designer John Vugrin set to work finishing the look of the inside.  The couple moved in during the early 2000s, but are ready to downsize now and are looking to sell their spectacular home.  If I had $3 million I would snatch this prize up immediately, but as it is I will have to be satisfied just gazing at the lovely videos and photos of this amazing property and dreaming about what it would be like to live there.  If anyone out there decides to buy it, could you please invite me for a visit?

BTW, one of the artist owners, Bev Doolittle, is quite well known for her beautiful and unique art depicting the American West (one of her best known paintings is shown below, and you can certainly see the influence of the landscape around her in this piece).  I wonder if she would be willing to throw in an original work to sweeten the deal?

From Artodyssey

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