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House Visit

Monday, 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…

House Visit

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

While in San Diego for Mod Swap the fabulous folks from Le Boeuf invited us to come over and check out their modern remodel.


This place has had a full blown transformation in a few short months with a number of projects still in the works. It is incredibly well edited, thoughtful and uses thrifty tricks and finishes to pull together a pad that screams high end while making use of a lot of DIY. They make the most of this 850 sq. ft cube of modern, highlighting amazing views and a great exterior entertaining space – which in beach side SD it must be a city ordinance that you are just required to take advantage of and enjoy.

Of course I love their Lindsey Adelman You Make It chandelier and that gorgeous dining table? Just another project they tackled themselves. Love it. Oh, and those floors? They are the exact same vintage white oak hardwood floors that we have here at TBH, but the whitewashed matte finish was stunning and makes me Hulk angry at my yellow bastard of a floor.

They were incredibly gracious, showed us around and answered all my questions about those nitty gritty construction details I’m always curious about while letting me snap snap snap away with the camera. Justin is like the sourcing king of dent and ding, ebay, ikea, craigslist, remnants and returns – if someones got what he needs he will find it for a deal.

Plastolux did a great post about the project (with lots of before and after pictures) in which Justin addresses the issues faced during the remodel process.

Check out the blog for all the details and to see whats to come. I bet it’s going to be motherfucking radpants.

Modern Trends

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Big trends at Palm Springs Modernism…

1. Black walls.

2. White floors.

3. Super pricey furniture.

4. Drinking cocktails before noon.

5. Super hot gay guys.