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Spring 2018

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127 Home and Hearth Shop on the Mesa owners Thao Ngyuen and Anthony Angelicola are filling homes with the simple and the good. Thao Nguyen and Anthony Angelicola, partners in both life and work, have long collaborated, designing and crafting deceptively simple furniture for the last seven years. Drawn to Joshua Tree's casual, mid-century design, they left the east coast behind to set up in a 50s-style building of their own. Now, on an unassuming stretch of Twentynine Palms Highway their store, Shop on the Mesa, has become the Yucca Valley's go to for aspirational desert living. Inside, Ngyuen and Angelicola's hand-hewn oak and walnut side tables and leather-slung safari chairs from their own line (Fire on the Mesa) nod to the best of mid-century ease in materials built for everyday durability. For every other corner, cabinet, closet and countertop in the home, the couple also offers an artisan apothecary, vintage clothing and ceramics and textiles sourced from around the world. "People come to the desert to get away and re-set," says Nguyen. "When visitors walk into our store, they always stay a while; they just sit down, and hang out and take it all in." More often than not, they take it all home, too.

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