VENUE TYPE: Barn / Farm / Ranch

Block Printing Worksop
Block Shop Hosts Block Printing Workshops at This Mojave Desert Homestead
Alyssa Brown
by Alyssa Brown

Design fans, you’ll love the photos from this workshop that took place in Joshua Tree last fall. Block Shop, an LA-based textile company, brought together a group of creatives to teach them the Indian tradition of hand block printing using carved wooden blocks and naturally made dyes. Gathering with a group of like-minded makers and soaking up some sunshine at a homestead out in the Mojave Desert while designing scarves sounds like the perfect way to spend a Sunday.

We recently had a little chit-chat with Lily and Hopie, the sister duo behind Block Shop, and they filled us in on how they got started with their business and the inspiration behind their workshops. Stay tuned for more workshops from this crew, as they’re always adding new gatherings to their calendar. Make sure to sign up for notifications of upcoming workshops here. 

 

Words by Hopie and Lily of Block Shop

 

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Real Women Report
Real Women Report: Two Girl Bosses Share About Their Life In The Creative Industry And More
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Stargazing Desert Retreat

Pioneertown, CA, United States

 

We are driving right into the month that celebrates women at full speed with trailblazers, adventurers and girl bosses alike! It's Women's History Month and we're not only honoring the many strong and powerful women that came before us but it is our duty to empower, encourage and highlight the many inspirational women of today's society. We are so excited to kick off this month with the #RealWomenReport. A series that embraces woman of all backgrounds and their talents in every genre of the workplace. 

To jump start this series, we recently caught up with Philadelphia Photographer, Sarah Kunst and California Makeup Artist, Dominique Lerma on the way to Joshua Tree while en route for Timberland's Spring Launch Photoshoot at our very own venue and desert oasis, Stargazing Desert Retreat. These two power houses inspired us with their creativity and drive throughout the shoot, but we were desperate to get personal and chat a little bit more about their life in the creative industry. As many know, the creative route can be competitive and while it may come across as a competition to some, these two have a different perspective and shared with us in detail why that is. Don't worry, we caught every moment on film with GoPro.

 

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Farm Wedding
Get A Look At This Old Llama Farm That’s Now A Wedding Venue
Alyssa Brown
by Alyssa Brown
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Walnut Hill Farm

800 Lee Bryant Rd NE, Dalton, GA, United States



Pastures couldn’t be much greener than those at this old llama farm in Dalton, Georgia. With sprawling lawns, rose gardens, vineyards, mountain views, orchards, and a gorgeous stone fireplace to cozy up to outside, it’s easy to take the grounds at Walnut Hill Farm and make them home base for an awesome indoor/outdoor fete. And that’s just what this cute couple decided to do.

With a ceremony on the perfectly manicured lawns, guests were able to soak up that good southern sky as the pair exchanged wedding vows. Taking advantage of the property’s modern, bright barn as a reception spot, the night lit up with family love, unforgettable speeches, and plenty of dancing to boot. Heath of Jac & Heath Photography captured these gorgeous shots while his usual counterpart, Jac, played bridesmaid. We had a little chat with him to get the low down on the behind-the-scenes below.

Words and photography by Heath Bennett of Jac & Heath Photography

 

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History Lesson
This Family Ranch Has Been Lovingly Tended to for Decades, and Now It’s a Beloved Wedding Venue
Jake Kilroy
by Jake Kilroy
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Historic Seven Sycamores

32985 Rd 164, Ivanhoe, California, United States



In 1927, seven sycamore trees were planted in Ivanhoe, California, and the rest is history. The story doesn’t end there—in fact, it only gets better. That’s because, decades later, the orchard and farmland would become one of Central Valley’ premiere wedding venues. We're of course talking about Historic Seven Sycamores Ranch.

See, long before there were pergolas, brick paths, and ivy-laden trellises, there sat a warm and inviting homestead. Settled in the shadows of sequoias and surrounded by orange trees, the homestead remains gorgeously surrounded by its 120-acre ranch. History has remained a key component of the property, with its World War II observation tower and the barn's vintage windows being taken from a local school. New life has been no stranger either. Everything from olives to camellia flowers have popped up over the years. What may be most magical, though, is that current ranch owner Bob McKellar was raised on the property. His parents planted those iconic sycamore trees.


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Galentine's Ideas
This Open Heart Yoga Sequence Is Just What The Doctor Ordered For Your Galentine's Night In
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Stargazing Desert Retreat

Pioneertown, CA, United States

 

Namaste, ladies it's time to celebrate those special gals in your life and take some time to revel in sisterhood. What better way to celebrate Galentine’s day than to gather your bests while being active and laughing over trying to nail yoga poses with wine in hand. We ventured to Stargazing Desert Retreat to embrace the full experience. 

Pregaming for International Women's Month with one of our women crushes and Philadelphia Yoga Instructor, Sarah Kunst. Sarah has been inspiring us for years as this Girl Boss not only leads women into being the best versions of themselves through discovering their inner peace alongside an active lifestyle, but she is also incredibly talented. After years of marketing experience in the fashion industry, Sarah transitioned into the world of freelance and continues to crush it as a photographer, teacher and candle maker! Lucky for you, she's sharing one of her very own Valentine's Day Open Heart Yoga Sequences. Grab the wine, ladies - Let's do this!


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