THE WANDERESS | DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO
MOVE THROUGH THE WORLD WITH LIGHT FEET,
OPEN HEARTS & PURPOSEFUL ACTIONS. Summer travel can be hard when it’s high season in the dreamiest of destinations and you can’t really write off “jaunt to Positano” as a work expense. But don’t get down! This time around The Wanderess takes you for a spectacular architectural experience on a budget. Just two hours shy of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree is a destination loved by groovy gypsets, rockstars seeking salvation, and healers living their truths — and among them are friends of Vérité Niko and Tienlyn. You may remember The Wanderess’s stay at their ever-popular Cactus Mountain Airbnb, but now I want to transport you to their newest hacienda, an affordable Airbnb for architecture aficionados, The Geodome.When I was but a little Wanderess with tree sap on the bottoms of my bare feet I was taken by the planetarium I visited as a child. Its structure was one I couldn’t fathom existing within the world of straight, conservative lines. Further, it was home to the stars, and that amazed me. Fast forward to a month ago, me still barefoot and chasing the stars, needing a blast of creative inspiration, but not having the funds to go very far. We packed up the pick-up truck and sought out nature as our muse. Into the desert, we went. You can only imagine my delight to spend a night in the quaint geodesic structure that is The Geodome. An aesthetic sanctuary amongst the yucca trees — this is the Joshua Tree locale you’ve been waiting for: still off the beaten path, and right in your budget. Displaying that eye for design and style Tienlyn is so well known for, the accommodation is stocked with everything you could want from cozy kitchen to outdoor lounge-space and even a bocce ball court. The A.C. is on high when you need a hideout from the heat. Joshua Tree holds so much mystic for so many already, and this addition is a diamond in the rough desert terrain. Book the Geodome here on Airbnb, and you can finally tick “sleep in a geodesic structure” off your bucket list.
THE WANDERESS | DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO MOVE THROUGH
THE WORLD WITH LIGHT FEET, OPEN HEARTS
& PURPOSEFUL ACTIONS.
There’s a vibration here that unhinges ones creativity and, in the quiet, in the space, you can flourish. The air smells of palo santo, thick and humid it carries across the open plains of cacti, and rugged landscape. Cactus Mountain is the passion project of owners Tienlyn & Nikko, which was built by hand and now available as a dream getaway via Airbnb. A perfect mix of desert rustic, and minimal sensibility — The Wanderess finds this the perfect creative cleanse for a stagnant case of writers block, and a much needed escape from the city.
Eat / Drink | La Copine Kitchen: New to the neighborhood and with a mouth-watering selection of California cuisine, it’s the must hit spot for cool kids passing through the Yucca Valley. Joshua Tree Saloon: If you want to get really integrated into true JT life, this is the place. A rack of ribs, and a Wednesday eve of karaoke is just what the doctor ordered. Papi & Harriett’s: What one can only hope for as refuge on a long cross-country road trip, this is the roadside dream. Burgers and live music — need we say more.
See | Sunrise over Cactus Mountain: The Wanderess treats herself to a sunrise everywhere she travels. This one however was magically memorable. The End:This vintage shop is exactly what The Wanderess dreamed of in terms of stumbling upon hidden gems in the desert. Brimming with good finds, it’s insanely well-curated. Indian Cove: This is where serious desert terrain comes to life. Massive, time-carved stones, and vast scenes leave lots of space for Insta-worthy shots.
What is it about power couples that entrance us? We want to know their dynamics, what fuels two people’s abilities to collaborate both romantically, and professionally? Husband and wife Nikko and Tienlyn Detranquilli are kindred creative spirits — the poster kids for #RelationshipGoals. It all started with music, which lead to a photographer/muse dynamic for her blog Thoughtful Misfit (just take a gander at these photos and you’ll understand why). Their latest endeavor, transforming three plots of land in Joshua Tree, CA into pure Airbnb heaven (take a deeper look at our stay). We took a break from shooting our travel guide to interview these two on all things holistic living, married life, and what’s to come! VÉRITÉ: The two of you packed up your stuff and moved to Joshua Tree to build beautiful getaways that can be reached by Airbnb. What stemmed this big move?
Tienlyn & Nikko: We visited Joshua Tree about a year and a half ago to do a photoshoot for a jewelry company, and just fell in love with the landscape. It was like there was a magnetic pull drawing us here! At first we thought we would just have a vacation home here, but before we knew it, we were packing the car and moving our things down for good. This area has an insane amount of creative energy both in the community and in the natural landscape. There is space to think here. And that really lets you listen to what’s most important to you.
V: You two believe strongly in wellness, and natural living — how have you implemented this into Cactus Mountain?
T&N: Well being and natural living are definitely a huge part of why we moved down here, actually. You can really tune into both yourself and your environment, which is what inspired a lot of our design choices with Cactus Mountain. The house itself is a renovated mid century homesteader and we love that we got to bring it back to life. It’s also on a gray water system, so any water used in the house is reused for the plants. Because the water goes to the plants, we only use organic, all natural products — from our cleaning supplies to the shampoo and conditioner, etc. It’s kind of its own ecosystem in many ways. V: Speaking of natural living, Tienlyn can you share some of your secrets to your daily routine?
Tienlyn: I find that a routine is the only way I can stay on track! Some things that I do religiously are to drink 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with 1 teaspoon of honey in 8 oz of water every morning, before anything else. After coffee, we usually juice, using as many veggies and fruits from our own garden, which is just starting to thrive!
I’m also a big fan of dry brushing. I try to dry brush before every shower and I love the results. Because we’re in the desert, there’s not a lot of moisture in the air. I feel like dry brushing before showering and then applying coconut oil (Kapuluan Coconut is my favorite) after leaves my skin incredibly soft and smooth
V: Did you ever think your blog would transform into this kind of lifestyle platform?
Tienlyn: I didn’t but I did always hope it would! I just adore fashion, which is where I started, and am now starting to really build out more of the lifestyle side. In my opinion, fashion can feel vacant if you don’t take your entire lifestyle into consideration. Aesthetically and stylistically speaking, the things I am inspired by are things that align with my perspective of the world. I also think that style is holistic. It’s not just the clothes you wear. It’s the things you do, the products you use, the foods you choose, the culture you consume.
V: What do you hope to share with women across the world through your personal style, and through sharing your workouts, diet, beauty routine, etc.?
Tienlyn: Especially in this day and age, I really believe that you have to create your own world, but in order to do this you need to have confidence. There’s nothing that bothers me more than a woman who doesn’t realize her worth and I really want to inspire women on some level to be the best version of themselves. There’s nothing wrong with taking care of yourself because it’s one of the highest forms of self respect. We all deserve that.
I also want to show that there are alternative ways to take care of ourselves – that don’t necessarily hurt the world around us. And of course, I’m not perfect at this either, but I’m constantly trying to improve. So hopefully that comes across as well.
V: Can you two tell us a bit about how you met? And how you’ve managed to collaborate romantically, and professionally on so many levels?
Tienlyn: Nikko was living in Toronto and I was living in San Francisco. We were introduced by a mutual acquaintance because we were both working on music at the time. It was an instant connection. We decided to collaborate on a song and ended up spending more time talking than working on the song. Nikko moved from Toronto to San Francisco, and six months later we eloped.
Having our relationship start on a creative and collaborative level really set a good foundation for continuing to work together. Our values and life goals are basically identical, and we’re lucky enough that our aesthetics, talents and interests complement each other as well.
V: You both have killer personal styles, what would you want to share about how you’ve come to curate such strong styles?
Tienlyn: There has been a lot of trial and error along the way. I remember looking back on photos of us from our earlier years together and joking with Nikko that we’ve loved each other regardless of a lot of bad hair choices. And I mean a lot. That’s true love right there.
It’s funny because our styles really complement each other, but that was never intentional. I think we both like to take risks but we both also pare it back a bit to make it work with our lifestyle. We definitely adjust our personal style to our surroundings. For instance we’ve both been big denim fans for years, but since moving to the desert, this has become even more prevalent in our wardrobes.
These days, we both like to look at the story behind a brand – it’s a big part of our choice to wear something. Are they creating their products in a responsible way? Are their designs thoughtful? Do they have a strong point of view? These are the things that really inspire us.
V: Tienlyn you are such a wonderful example of women who are carving out niche areas for their careers that fully embody all things they take interest in — what can you tell others about pursuing their creative endeavors?
Tienlyn: I don’t have a lot of regrets in life, but the one thing I wish I understood at an earlier age is that if you really love doing something, you can make a living at it — even if no one has managed to do it successfully before you! You just have to work incredibly hard and keep your end goal in mind, but also be open-minded along the way. There are new opportunities that will arise and feel like a curve ball, but they could end up being the best thing that ever happened to you. For me, that has been working on properties with Nikko. It’s not where I thought I would end up, but it’s actually way better. It can be stressful, but trust me — we are having the time of our lives!
Tienlyn: The Diary of Anais Nin (all of them, but the second volume holds a special place in my heart. I’ve read it so many times. At this point, the cover has ripped off and the pages are covered in notes written to myself over the years.) The Steppenwolf — maybe my favorite book. I can relate to a lot of Harry Howler’s perspective of having one foot in society and a more reclusive one in the wild. I think the book is often misunderstood as being angsty, but I see it as an incredible story of coming to terms and hope. To me, it’s an inspirational book. But actually, everything I’ve ever read by Herman Hesse has been pretty life changing.
V: What’s on the horizon for your collaborative building projects, and for your blog? Tienlyn: At the beginning of this year, we bought a geodesic home in Joshua Tree on about 5 acres of land, which we named the Buckminster House, aka The Bucky, after Buckminster Fuller, who was a visionary, and an architect among other things, but also the inventor of the Geodesic Dome. We have a lot of ideas for this property, and I can’t wait to get started!
As for the blog, I’m really trying to refocus on the the concept of doing things in a way that is both thoughtful and entirely one’s own. I want to highlight brands, people, and products that provide real value to the world. I’m also actively working to highlight incredible designers that are totally unique and that aren’t household names, hopefully through a boutique that should go live soon. When my readers come to Thoughtful Misfit, I want them to discover things they don’t see everywhere else. Much like Cactus Mountain, it’s about the full experience.