La Chacuel brings minimalism to California’s Yucca Valley

An Instagramable idyll in the desert

If the glistening white volumes and minimalist interiors of this California retreat on the edge of the Yucca Mesa look familiar, it’s because this recently renovated ranch is already establishing itself as a sought-after location for editorials and photoshoots.

La Chacuel – meaning ‘The Each of Her’ – is the brainchild of architectural designer Mila Morris and her furniture-designer partner Jøna Maaryn. The couple has transformed the ranch property into a modernist idyll in the heart of the Yucca Valley.

Part refurb, part new built, the 2,800 sq ft stucco-fronted property sits on 7.5 acres of stunning desert terrain, overlooking Pipes Canyon Wash.

Furniture is designed bespoke by Maaryn for the space to maximise light flow through its muted volumes, whose natural tones pay homage to the landscape.

Archways lead sight-lines through the whitewashed home
Photography: Airbnb

‘The idea was to create rigid and minimal architectural lines with steel and combine those lines with organic materials such as wood, concrete and leather,’ Morris told Vogue.

An aquamarine swimming pool is sunken into the grounds of the walled, cactus-dotted compound, where there’s also a hot tub and a tiny home. The couple is renting the Instagramable three-bedroom property as a photo location and a holiday home via Airbnb.

A table and bench by Jøna Maaryn inside the home
Photography: Julia Saltzman
Bespoke kitchen cabinetry
Photography: Julia Saltzman
Le Chacuel sits on 7.5 acres of desert terrain in the Yucca Valley
Photography: Airbnb
A view of Le Chacuel
Photography: Meir Schonbrun

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