Modernita Living

Modern White Office

Our House

Welcome to Modernita Living. On this site, you can follow along as our family rehabs a 1954 midcentury ranch house. We’re undoing a boring ’90s-style remodel, and turning our home into cosy, elegant, sustainable retreat.


We will also feature things to do in our home town of Tucson, Arizona, and provide tips about traveling and weekend getaways in the Southwest. You can also find recipes for healthy dishes inspired by Paleo, Whole 30, and vegetarian diets.


Inspired by Mediterranean, Australian, and cottage gardens, we're striving to bring the essence of those styles to the Southwest, using as many native plants as possible.
Landscape & Hardscape

DIY projects around our yard and garden

Natives for Nature

Incorporating bioregional native flora

Water Wisdom

How we catch, conserve and utilize water in our landscape


Gardening for dinner



Day trips, weekend getaways, and our favorite places around the Southwest

I spent the first half of my career in the tourism industry marketing cities, towns, and events in Arizona and Colorado. There are many things I miss about working in tourism, and I can’t wait to share my favorite places with you.


Our Blog

All our posts in one place

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Thanks for following our journey!

Modernita Margaritas
I like my margaritas icy–like a lime slushie with a kick. This recipe uses a little more than a serving of tequila in each margarita, so please be aware and use caution!  Servings: 2…
Pumpkin Chocolate Pecan Muffins
This recipe was one of the first paleo baking experiments that succeeded for me many years ago when I first encountered the paleo diet and decided to try it. The recipe was inspired by…
Irrigating with Ollas
While an olla irrigation system takes a little effort up front to set up, it is a remarkably simple system with little maintenance required.

Our team.

Meet the Modernita Family

Chief Instigator


Strategic Cuddle Officer

Mr. Modernita

Lead Developer


Creative Director & Writer



Reflections on life in the 21st century


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Desert Flower Garden Primroses


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Everything else

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