Bohemian Dome in the Desert

Geodesic domes had their heyday a few decades ago, but the style and quirky details of this dome in Joshua Tree brings the design back to today. Owned by Kathrin and Bryan Smirke, the Dome in the Desert has recently been featured in several magazines and books including “The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes” by Justina Blakeney.


The couple found the (small, not tiny) house by placing an ad on Craigslist. The owner of the dome contacted them and they snatched it up before it went on the market. Kathrin and Bryan removed the popcorn ceiling, knocked down some walls, (see the before photos) and plastered the walls in bright white. They needed to replace the roof, so they decided to add in the five skylights for additional light.




The house has two bedrooms, a loft hangout space, a tiny kitchen and a living area with a retro wood burning stove. The couple designed the interior and also made some of the furniture including a few wood stump side tables. The inside is eclectic and textural, but remains light and airy while still bringing in elements of the desert.


The couple have tackled a few more more down-and-out structures including a rundown shed. The Dome in the Desert is currently available for rent on Airbnb.

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Photos by Kathrin and Bryan Smirke

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]


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