The Psychedelic Desert, According to April Seelbach

One of the countless reasons I’m happy to be back home in Southern California is because of its proximity to one of my favorite natural landscapes–the desert!

I grew up exploring various deserts throughout the West with my parents. As I’ve mentioned in another post, my dad spent his youth in Saudi Arabia, dirt biking amongst the dunes and native bedouins surrounding the American oil towns there. So naturally, I spent a lot of time there as a kid. It was easiest to travel to Anza Borrego within San Diego county…and after all, SoCal is a desert. It feels like my natural habitat. So coming home to warm nights and unbearably hot days here in San Diego (that I actually can bear…I love hot weather) has been wonderful!

It’s interesting to see how the desert has become so romanticized over the years. Full disclosure, I’ve never been to Joshua Tree, but areas pretty close–but the idea of just going there has blown up (and honestly I’m pretty interested), and I’ve witnessed Instagram account after Instagram account filled with JT images or houses that people have taken up residence in. And to my friends who actually rock climb there, who scoff at the “glampers” and folks just in it for the trend, there’s a sense of ownership. The desert, whether it’s Joshua Tree or not, is a special place. It will always feel like that for me too.

So when I found April Seelbach’s account as I wandered down another rabbit hole (Instagram is a trip), it brought back that feeling. April layers digital patterns over her own photos of the desert from road trips she’s taken, and her work is decidedly retro. Her artwork reminds me of how the desert and nostalgia are somehow inherently connected (or maybe that’s just the romantic in me):

A psychedelic saguaro.

A self portrait.

Dusk? With some digital sun flare.

April also has a separate Instagram account filled with her beautiful, totally retro road trip photos here!

Thoughts on the desert?

7 Insta Bedrooms to Dream About

I follow several beloved designers, stylists, and shopkeepers on Instagram who have serious vintage and boho style cred. They grace my feed daily with stacks of Moroccan boucherouite pillows, found rattan baskets and peacock chairs, and plenty of bold color and patterns. I’m a fool for their impeccable styling and am constantly finding inspiration in their vignettes of different interiors. Some of these spaces are used to market the treasures they find for their shops, and some are real spaces that either belong to or were designed by them.

Bedrooms are typically on my radar when I look through blogs or shops….naturally, as my bedroom is my only true personal space and is always a work in progress. And let me say, with Instagram’s new feature that allows you to save posts, Insta has become my new Pinterest and I’ve found myself collecting plenty of bedroom (and home) inspiration. It’s been like reading a miniature blog, but in a more practical format for a gal who’s frequently on the go but wants a quick design fix. So on that note, here are a few dreamy bedrooms I love, that I’ve found on my ‘Instapades’, from designers you seriously need to follow:

@DKRenewal:

I was drawn to this space for a few reasons: the collage of baskets (a trend I love!) that pop perfectly against the navy walls, the intense color, and the peach throw pillows hiding behind the other cushions. Those had me jonesing for peach velvet and I looked everywhere online for a similar fabric to make my own–so far I haven’t found a match.

@refoundvintagenewyork:

The bold wall thing has been a major trend for a while, and dark rooms are not only chic (and elegantly moody), but artwork, textiles, and natural surfaces stand out beautifully against them.

@thejoshuatreehouse:

I grew up visiting the desert multiple times a year, and also with parents who loved Mexican equipale chairs (and all things Mexico). The resort we’d visit (boughie I know) was filled with southwestern flair, with a few hints of Mexico. This space obviously leans toward Moroccan style, but the wood ceiling and hanging bookshelf, equipale chair, and crisp white walls remind me of that resort. The space feels cool and open–perfect for the surrounding Joshua Tree.

@leahhofff:

The home of Leah Hoffman–a modern hippie of sorts, Insta celeb, and Nashville beauty (can you tell she’s my woman crush?)–feels right out of the 70s, especially her bedroom where you’ll find a custom triangular wooden headboard and stripes running across her wall and bedding. Seriously a retro retreat.

@shopballandclawvintage:

Remember my falsa blanket rant? Well, this particular space is always being styled in different ways by Ball and Claw Vintage, but I couldn’t resist the falsa pillow and kitsch desert blanket combo!

@arteboheme:

The petite peacock chair in the corner is really what got me about this bedroom. I’m not a minimalist, but at second glance, this space feels so calming in crisp white walls and natural woven pieces.

@fleamarketfab:

It’s no news that Jennifer Harrison of Flea Market Fab is a queen of styling with vintage and found pieces. There are so many of her spaces I adore, and though she’s styled this particular bed frame in different ways, I loved the contrast between the bedding and frame, and the chic, unkempt look of the space.

Who are your favorite Insta designers or shops?.