The arid desert isn’t your typical landscape for a white picket fence, but these aren’t your typical family homes. These magnificent examples of modern architecture carve something special into these wide and wild landscapes, something that transforms the desolate and inhospitable country into a place that dreams are made of. Check out this series of four exceptional home tours that feature blissful outdoor pools to wash away the desert dust, and unique interiors that will wow. Would you choose an embedded mansion amongst the tent rock, a linear LA abode with cacti laden terraces, an arcing lair of elegance in the wilderness, or a brutalist feat of desert architecture?

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There is an assuring calm that comes in living the Japanese wabi-sabi ethos. Once we accept the transience and imperfection of life, we can come to appreciate unexpected beauty in weathered objects and raw materials we discover around us. In order to gently harness this peaceful aesthetic, we must shed ourselves of a perfectionist skin-deep society and instead embrace authenticity. This translates to interior design through furniture built from bare knotted timber, floors of rustic stone, pitted concrete walls and surfaces, woven rugs, and intriguing hand-made textiles. A lived-in look is nurtured rather than show-home chic, and a reassuring sense of peace and tranquility through simplicity.

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