We sat down with Geneva Karwoski, known as Cosmic American on Instagram, to learn about her home in Joshua Tree, CA and the recent redesign of her backyard to make it an outdoor oasis. Check out what she had to say below!
Geneva Karwoski started her Instagram Cosmic American when she was at a crossroads. She had recently moved to Joshua Tree, CA and wanted to document life with a new child while also connecting with other mothers experiencing the same things she was. When she saw her follower counts rise, she saw it as an opportunity to create a space filled with things that inspire creativity with her.
One of Geneva’s biggest sources of inspiration is her home in Joshua Tree. The desert has really inspired her in many different ways, but it has mostly inspired her design aesthetic. She is drawn to a lot of warm neutral colors and the natural beauty that comes with artisanal, sustainably-made products. So when she decided to spruce up her backyard, she wanted to keep those inspirations in mind.
Geneva and her husband fell in love with their home and property as soon as they saw it (and honestly, with that majestic saguaro cactus, who wouldn’t?). They spend a lot of time as a family outside, and after settling into their indoor space, they knew it was time to make their outdoor space their own as well.
“We wanted the outdoor area to be a comfortable extension to our indoor space so that our days can flow back and forth between the spaces.” – Geneva Karwoski
Unlike an indoor redesign, the great outdoors is (sometimes) much easier to handle, but it does take a little bit more planning. For Geneva, they needed to find a way to fit everything they wanted, dining area, lounge area, play area, cowboy tub pool, and an outdoor bathtub, within the space they had. To do that, she created landscaping to mark designated zones for everything in her backyard.
For furniture, Geneva opted to get several pieces from Joybird, including the Scout Outdoor Convertible Sofa-Lounge and the Scout Outdoor Convertible Chair-Ottoman. Geneva and her family knew Joybird was a good fit for their outdoor project because they already own Joybird pieces, and love the quality of them.
“Joybird is pretty much my dream brand to partner with, as I really admire both the aesthetic of the pieces as well as the thought behind them. Our outdoor pieces bring a feeling of airiness and comfort and have made our yard so inviting!” – Geneva Karwoski
The finished product is a comfortable and stylish outdoor oasis that fits perfectly in the desert. We loved how this turned out and so did Geneva. We asked her what advice she would give to anyone looking to redo their outdoor space and she said this: