House Visit

May 31st, 2010

The Boy and I took a little trip out to the high desert this weekend to meet up with Jill and T.K. Smith to check out their a-to the-mazing home as well as wander around Joshua Tree. We haven’t spent a ton of time that far up into the Southern California desert, but with each trip I’m falling a little more in love with the great modern architecture, Mad Max vibe and spectacular craggy desert landscape.

Jill and T.K. have been DIYing the crap out of their mid century pad for the past six years and while it’s still a work in progress (isn’t everything, always) this place takes getting crafty on a budget to a whole other level. I must say that I was floored by the care and craftsmanship (and maybe a little ashamed of our own little Brick House’s amateur status) that went into the many, many, MANY handmade touches throughout their home. Luckily for Jill, T.K. is good with his hands and spends his days fabricating a whole gamut of items ranging from cutting boards to credenzas to entire kitchens. See that rad shade screen? Yeah – he totally made it along with tons of custom cabinetry, furniture and other tasty bits throughout.

Less talk, more pictures.

Love this little woven screen.

T.K. built all the cabinetry and counter tops in their kitchen. Seriously beautiful.

We had a great time hanging out with Jill and T.K. and I even learned a new skill to apply around our own place. I’ve caught the fabricating bug after T.K. gave me my first ever lesson in welding so that I can DIY all those fancy hot rolled steel planters and landscaping edging I keep obsessing about. I totally (seriously, for reals) welded stuff and nothing horrible happened. It was really fun and easier than I imagined. The Brick House is going to get some major steel treatment in the near future…

If you want to get a hold of T.K. to fabricate something amazing or just to see some of the other inspiring projects check out T.K. Smith Design here.

The Boy and I had so much fun, learned something new, hit some sales, ate great BLT’s and got to snoop around a fabu home taking way too many pictures. The problem is, now I am in love with Joshua Tree and all I want to do is build a little modern house out in the rocky hills from scratch…

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  1. Fat Cat on 05/31/2010:

    I am so moving to the Californian desert AND I am so marrying a carpenter ! This is awesome !!!

  2. Brismod on 05/31/2010:

    OMG! I feel very jealous. What a great home.

  3. Caroline, No. on 05/31/2010:

    My mind is blown.

  4. Fiona on 05/31/2010:


  5. Sue on 05/31/2010:

    their home is awesome

    and you do great work in your own home

  6. Jean on 05/31/2010:

    Love the way they put the handles on the kitchen cabinets. I’d never think of that in a million years. Oh, right. That’s why I look at blogs–to steal other people’s fabulous ideas!

  7. Anna @ D16 on 05/31/2010:

    Wow, I feel like SUCH a hack now. This is completely awesome.

  8. ModFruGal on 05/31/2010:

    Wow…very cool place…they are very talented…and you, missy better post a LOT of details on your new welding skills for those of us wanting in on that DIY…jealous of your mentor/class!

  9. akemi on 05/31/2010:

    seething with jealousy!

  10. Summer on 05/31/2010:

    You know your interior shots are becoming the best on the web, right? Is it because you have that giant thingy on the end of your lens? Should I get one?
    But really, maybe you should shoot interiors for dollars?

  11. erin@designcrisis on 05/31/2010:

    I will never again post pics of my humble, hacked together and duct taped abode. Thanks.

    Just kidding (not).

    But seriously, this place is breathtaking.

  12. THE BRICK HOUSE on 05/31/2010:

    I know – that place is seriously awesome. More so since they did so much of it themselves.

    Summer, your obsessed with that thing! It helps – but photoshop helps more.

    Yeah, I’m available now for hire. Pay me to shoot awesome houses…that would be like a dream gig.

  13. amy t on 05/31/2010:

    i love the fireplace wall in the living room – the offset chimney and that woodgrain soffit are amazing. Makes me want to pack up and head to the desert!

  14. Tyler (plastolux) on 05/31/2010:

    Killer Digs!

  15. Jenny on 05/31/2010:

    It sure would be rad if the owners adopted me and moved me out West to live in their fabulous home.

  16. tx Sarah on 05/31/2010:

    Psst, I still like your house better.

  17. Coletta on 05/31/2010:

    man..i knew i should have married a carpenter/contractor/welder/plumber/jack-of-all-trades man instead of a computer geek!
    my house will never come close to looking like this..there is only so much DIY I can do!

  18. Summer on 06/01/2010:

    I can’t help it…maybe it’s a phallic or penis envy thing? I want mine to be longer.

  19. spinsLPs on 06/01/2010:

    God damn-it!

  20. Barb F (Australia) on 06/01/2010:

    I am seriously and desperately in love with their place! Also their dedication to renovating it with such love. I really need to replace my husband with someone much handier.

  21. Tonia on 06/01/2010:

    Simple Fabulousness.

    The kitchen is awesome. G

  22. Suzy8track on 06/01/2010:

    I’m totally in love with this home!

  23. Ragnhild on 06/03/2010:

    I believe this is my dreamhouse!!!
    Love it!!!
    Great and inspiring blog with beautiful pictures.

  24. MIKI (Canada) on 06/04/2010:

    I think I may actually die if i don’t find those exact blue chairs, and that awesome credenza under the tv OMG beautiful. Seriously though i think those chairs may be my soul mate.

  25. Sue on 06/04/2010:

    morgan – do you know what kind of lights we’re hanging over their kitchen table? they are so cool.

  26. Great photos and what a great house!

  27. Max on 08/11/2010:

    I creamed when I looked at that rad shade screen in the front of the house. George Jetson meet Fred Flinstone in Bedrock City at the Voodoo Lounge!

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