Credit: Studio 5800
Credit: Studio 5800

Creative Director and Graphic Designer Shauna Haider Draws Up Her Ideal Day in the Desert

Day by Design

Name: Shauna Haider | @nubbytwiglet 

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Job Title: Creative Director and Graphic Designer of We Are Branch
Resident of: Palm Springs
Local Living: 3 years

Shauna Haider

Life by Design

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I carved out my dream career, and I get to run my business from my favorite place on the planet, Palm Springs, which I’m endlessly inspired by.



More than anything, I love crafting one-of-a-kind brands for small businesses who want to bypass the “sea of same” for a unique, ownable look. A sense of timelessness balanced with unique details, including a stand-out color palette, is the key to being memorable.

Shauna Haider

Veggin’ Out

Chef Tanya’s Kitchen offers the best vegan food in the desert, hands down! I keep it simple and order the grilled cheese sandwich and Caesar salad. The Palm Springs location is constantly packed, so it’s worth the drive to visit the new Palm Desert location to avoid the crowds.



Mid Mod Frenzy

The 330 homes in the Vista Las Palmas neighborhood are total midcentury eye candy. Architect William Krisel’s iconic butterfly-roof homes mix with the “Swiss Miss” A-frame homes by Charles Dubois. It’s also home to the famous “House of Tomorrow,” where Elvis and Priscilla Presley spent their 1967 honeymoon!

Shauna Haider

Total Gem

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Crystal Fantasy on Palm Canyon Dr. has the best selection of gemstones and one-of-a-kind gifts that you won’t find anywhere else. I bought a huge chunk of citrine from here to keep near my desk for an added boost of creative energy!


Moroccan Escape

The Sands Hotel and Spa in Indian Wells is the ultimate boutique hotel. The pink facade is packed with Moroccan-inspired design details that interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard incorporated. It’s stylish and peaceful—truly the perfect hideaway! Plus, it’s located next to The Nest, the best place in town to grab dinner and drinks and people-watch. Bonus: the walls are packed with portraits of celebrity visitors!

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