Just a few years ago, Kelsey Coppetti was producing digital marketing campaigns for companies like Netflix, Uber, and Toyota. But she pivoted her career to interior design when she and her husband Dustyn, who conveniently has a construction background, decided to convert an abandoned 1950s home in the Mojave Desert into a tranquil getaway for short-term renters. The dramatic transformation (which took two years, thanks to pandemic delays) served as a perfect proof of concept for Studio Marrant, the duo’s Los Angeles-based design practice. Now, prospective clients have a prime example of the studio’s work.
More importantly, travelers visiting nearby Joshua Tree National Park can book a stay at the newly remodeled Twentynine Palms, California abode, which sits on 10 acres of mesquite-covered sand dunes. (To book, head to Airbnb.) Kelsey and Dustyn completely overhauled the stucco structure for their guests, replacing the (likely) asbestos floor tiles with engineered white oak planks, covering the walls in an earthy greige lime wash by Portola Paints, and restoring the original wood beams. They also maintained the historic brick fireplace in the center of the house.
The couple’s most impressive feat? Building a functional, eye-catching kitchen and dining zone in such a compact area. “It was a little tricky because when we walked in we were just like, where is the dining room? There was nowhere to sit, really,” Kelsey remembers. “We demoed a pantry and built in this bench in an effort to have more of a sitting space. And the kitchen layout was so small, so we wanted to keep everything as open as possible, so it feels bright and not so squished.”
Aesthetically, Kelsey and Dustyn were inspired by the dusty, arid surrounds, so they opted for a neutral color palette of beiges, browns, and terracottas. They also employed natural materials and incorporated vintage objects wherever possible, creating a cookspace that looks like it could have always been there.
Let’s take a tour.
Then, the duo crafted an L-shaped countertop and lower cupboards using tadelakt, an ancient Moroccan plaster that’s known for its waterproof quality. “It’s a little bit finicky as a surface, but it works for us,” Kelsey says. “We wanted that molded, organic look in here, with open cabinets, so it just was the perfect substance for us.”
“We don’t have insulation because we don’t have a built-in roof, and we have exposed beams, so we can’t fit any can lights inside the ceiling,” says Kelsey. Instead, the duo hung industrial pendants from the wall and swagged them over ceiling hooks for overhead illumination.
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Frequently asked questions
What is the name of the Airbnb in Joshua Tree?
The Airbnb is called Studio Marrant.
Where is Studio Marrant located?
Studio Marrant is located in Joshua Tree, California.
What is unique about the kitchen at Studio Marrant?
The kitchen at Studio Marrant is designed with custom cabinetry and features a vintage range.
Does Studio Marrant have a dining area?
Yes, Studio Marrant has a dining table with seating for four people.
Are kitchen utensils and appliances provided at Studio Marrant?
Yes, Studio Marrant provides basic kitchen utensils and appliances for guest use.
Does Studio Marrant have a refrigerator?
Yes, Studio Marrant is equipped with a refrigerator for guest convenience.
Are there grocery stores nearby?
Yes, there are grocery stores located within a short drive from Studio Marrant.
Is there a coffee maker in the kitchen?
Yes, Studio Marrant provides a coffee maker for guests to enjoy their morning coffee.
Are pets allowed at Studio Marrant?
Studio Marrant does not allow pets on the premises.
Can guests use the outdoor space at Studio Marrant?
Yes, guests are welcome to use the outdoor space at Studio Marrant, which includes a patio and seating area.