Welcome to Terracasa: An Inside Look at Dayna’s Desert Oasis

Our founder Dayna Mance and her husband Vince have been long-time Joshua Tree lovers, and decided to create a space of their own - a challenging undertaking for most but an exciting project for them. The result is Terracasa, a peaceful oasis surrounded by all the restorative beauty the high desert has to offer. Filled with an earthy color palette, desert-inspired aromas, and one-of-a-kind art and vintage furnishings, once you step into their thoughtfully-curated space, you feel instantly at ease.

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The house was originally built in 1956 and remodeled in 1985 - but it didn’t look like much had been done since then. It was dated, dirty, and in pretty bad condition. Aftering hiring a contractor, they quickly realized it was going to be a bigger job than they imagined. “Basically the house needed to be stripped down and everything had to go. The footprint of the house was great, fortunately, but it needed a lot of work,” says Dayna. They had to tear down an unpermitted structure (which turned out to be a blessing in disguise since without it, the views really opened up); the walls needed retexturing; and they added all new floors, drywall, electrical, paint, fixtures, doors, recessed lighting, and more. In the kitchen, maybe one of the coolest spots in the house, they added all new appliances, custom checkered tiling and floating shelves, cement countertops, and lighting. 

With so much to take on, why that house? “The 360 degree views! It was within our budget and we knew we could make it amazing. It’s down a dirt road and feels really secluded but also easily accessible and close to Old Town Yucca Valley, Pioneertown, and downtown Joshua Tree. The location was perfect,” says Dayna. Perched atop 2.7 acres, the desert views are an other-worldly experience you’ll never forget. Another plus of removing the unpermitted structure? They were able to turn that space into a deck complete with a cedar hot tub - the perfect place to watch the sunset every evening. 

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When it came time to start designing the interiors, Dayna stayed true to the aesthetic she’s created at Prism. Using pieces made by local artists, rare and one-of-a-kind vintage finds, and favorites from small brands she loves, each item in the house was thoughtfully hand selected. “I felt that a lot of houses in the Joshua Tree have the same decor style so I switched it up by mixing in several 1980’s showstopper statement pieces, like the travertine dining table and white leather Italian curved sofa. I became obsessed with sourcing vintage furnishings from Instagram dealers I follow.”

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From cozy Turkish cotton robes to handmade ceramic mugs and small-batch soaps, Dayna has thought of every little detail. Featuring products by local artists, including our friends LOREM, and favorites from brands we carry at the boutique, most of the items in the house are shoppable at Prism Boutique

Dayna and Vince have worked tirelessly to create a place of solace for all who stay at their vacation rental. Dayna says, “I want people to be inspired by the aesthetic and to enjoy the awe of the desert around them. I want our guests to feel at home and comfortable so they can slow down and unwind.” That shouldn’t be hard to do in a place like Terracasa.

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Ready to head out to the high desert? Book your stay at this one-of-a-kind vacation rental. And shop all the products hand-picked for the house and bring a little Terracasa home with you.

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