5 Minutes With… Sasha from Moonlight Mesa Hacienda
You might of seen on our stories in America one of our shoots was shot at the most insane 70s pad in Joshua Tree called Moonlight Mesa Hacienda. No doubt one of the most perfect spots we have ever seen with genuine 70s everything. It gave me all the inspiration for my future pad and is absolute decor goals. We just had to interview Sasha the owner about the place and find out more…
How long have you had the Hacienda?
I actually bought the Moonlight Mesa Hacienda house fairly recently. In January of 2016. After the success and popularity of my Time Machine house I was sort of on the look out for another place in the Joshua Tree area with some of the same qualities. So when the Hacienda popped up on the market I jumped on it, basically sight unseen, just based on a google earth image I knew it was a really great and special house and location. But the house actually turned out to be even better than I had thought when I finally saw it in person a few days after making my initial offer.
What made you decide on the 70s theme?
Two things made me go with the 70’s decor. First of all the house was built in 1970 and has that great one-story, big open room layout that really lends to this feeling. But most of all the house had this great Yellow semi-shag carpet throughout the entire place. The realtor was saying to me, “well of course you’ll need to tear all this carpet out and go with something more updated” and I was like “ahh surely you jest… I’d have almost paid more for the house if I’d known how cool this carpet was!” Its next to impossible to find any colors like this in modern carpeting, or any colors of any kind for that mater.. everything is always grey or Taupe, which I hate, so I was certainly not going to “update” this awesome carpet with that boring stuff. So… I decided to make everything that I put into the house in terms of all the decor, match the style and vibe of that yellow 70’s carpet! That was my inspiration and jumping off point.
What was the hardest thing to source and where did you find it?
The #1 hardest thing to find was the authentic 1970’s wallpaper that I have used in many of the rooms in the house. I really wanted to recreate some of the motels and hotels that I can remember staying in as a kid with my parents back in the 70’s and I realized wallpaper was going to be key to really doing that. And eventually I found a great company out of Germany that makes new stuff based on original 70s patterns and its just awesome the way some of these wallpapers can completely transform your space. Im going to be super nice to you guys and reluctantly share this link with you all… which is worth its weight in 70’s Gold ! Here you go.. link – https://www.wallpaperfromthe70s.com/wallpaper-patterns/i-love-the-70s-/
Go crazy on this stuff you wont regret it!
What’s your favourite piece of decor in the Hacienda?
My favorite piece of decor in the Hacienda is hard to say.. but I really have a thing for Mexican Black Velvet Paintings of the 70’s and scoured Ebay for good ones with Desert Scenes, not your typical crying Elvis or Jesus ones, but really special Trippy Desert scenes with bright psych colors etc, so basically my entire collect of Mexican Black Velvet is my favorite pieces in terms of decor, with some of the lamps in the house running a very close second.
We love your record collection, what’s your favourite record?
Im glad you guys enjoyed all my vinyl. Honestly I keep a special stash locked away of my real vinyl gems, and its mostly all weird Exotica stuff that most people probably wouldn’t even care to listen too. But I have a lot of great Arthur Lyman records like Hawaiian Sunset, Taboo, and Bahia to name a few. And some Les Baxter ones too. And then I have a really rare Surf movie sound track double-record by Denis Dragon and alot of the other Dragon brothers are on it too. Its called A Sea for Yourself, and this record is just so good, its shocking how good it is in fact, and how little known Denis Dragon and the rest of his family are. Its bliss to listen to these records in the living room of the Hacienda in low glow of all those 70’s colored lamps.
Any updates on the horizon for the Hacienda?
There is one fairly big update not he horizon for the Moonlight Mesa Hacienda. I am going to open up the back bedroom by putting in a big 10 foot double sliding glass door in that back bedroom wall. So that bedroom will open up straight out on to the big back patio where the Fire Hot tub is etc. I think that is going to make a huge difference actually and turn that back bedroom into the best room in the house. Its also going to get some great blue-green Palm Frown pattern wallpaper throughout the entire room which I think is going to just round out the entire trip very nicely!
Any advice for our readers looking to decorate there places in a vintage retro way?
There are alot of companies now that do ok retro-inspired designs with furniture and such, but for me I dont care for retro-inspired modern stuff really, I much prefer the real deal. And so I spent alot of time on Craigslist searching and searching for many of the pieces in the house. I also study old magazines and even old “found” photographs from the period and such to see just what people really had in the 1970s house, not some bullshit Austin Powers version of the 70’s, but like real deal authentic stuff, and that is a much more subtle thing to get right, but thats just what I happen to like personally, because at the end of the day I am trying to go back to my childhood with all of this essentially. These houses really are a true Time Machine for me… Cheers, and happy Retro Decor hunting!
Stay at Moonlight Mesa Hacienda in Joshua Tree, California HERE
Follow Sasha and see his other amazing Airbnb’s on Instagram @thetimemachinesjoshuatree
See our editorial ‘Catching The Drift’’ on Cake Magazine HERE
Photography: Casie Wendel @casiewndl
Model: Marissa Vickery @donkeysalami
H&M: Breana O’Connor @breoc_beauty
Stylist: Naomi Hession @naomihession
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