driving into the desert

A good adventure is nothing without the proper means of transportation.  If that happens to come in the form of a Lexus RC 350 coupe then it’s already an adventure before you even leave home.  This slick coupe was a blast to drive through the desert roads.

The first stop on my journey was to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West which was a home to one of American’s most influential architects.  It now serves as the headquarters for the Taliesin Fellowship where its many students and apprentices work on honing their architectural skills.

Lexus RC 350Lexus RC 350 Lexus RC 350 interior Taliesin West Scottsdale | allyson in wonderland

This is the entrance to design paradise… aka the entrance of Taliesin West.

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Taliesin West Scottsdale | allyson in wonderland

The structure was architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and the location of his school in the desert.  He lived there from when it was constructed in 1937 until his death at age 91 in 1959.

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The student drafting room is located underneath the left section of the building.

Taliesin West Scottsdale | allyson in wonderland living room at Taliesin West | Frank Lloyd WrightThe view from his living room where he spent most of his time entertaining guests.

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The moon gate leads to a private patio off of Mr. and Mrs. Wright’s bedroom wing.

Taliesin West bedroomMrs. Wright’s bedroom opened up completely to the moon gate garden.  This is a view of her desk with the bed located to the left.

Taliesin West | Frank's bedroom

Frank’s bedroom, books, and desk.

Taliesin West bathroom

His bathroom still looks remarkably modern even by today’s standards.


Taliesin West Scottsdale | allyson in wonderlandThe bell tower and dining hall.Taliesin West Scottsdale | allyson in wonderlandThe grounds are beautifully manicured with cactus and desert flowers.

Taliesin West Scottsdale | allyson in wonderland Taliesin West Scottsdale | allyson in wonderland Taliesin West sculpture gardenThe sculpture garden consists of art on permanent display from artist Heloise Crista who came to study in 1949 to work and live there.

Taliesin West teepeeStudents are encouraged to create and build their own home on the grounds.  Off in the distance is presumably one of the student’s teepee structures.

Taliesin West Laotse quote

A quote painted on the wall of the performance hall.

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Keeping my outfit easy and breezy for my desert design journey.

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I had never been to any of Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings before so this was a dream come true for me.  In college, for a brief moment I wanted to major in architecture.  My plans were derailed when I found out how many math classes were required.  I’m an artist, not a mathematician.  That being said, I will continue to appreciate the beauty of a well designed structure and not put anyone in jeopardy by designing one!

I would like to give a very big thank you to Lexus for allowing me to drive this gorgeous car during my stay.  I currently have an IS 250 which I completely adore but dream of upgrading to this someday.


Outfit details are listed here or click on the images above /// Splendid Kaftan Shirt Dress c/o /// River Island black fringed duffle handbag c/o /// ILY Couture MAYA CHAIN NECKLACE c/o /// CASTAÑER Carina espadrille wedges c/o Matches Fashion /// Theirry Lasry Flirty sunglasses from Black Optical

I was compensated by the Scottsdale CVB for my stay.  Opinions are my own.