What started as a renovation of a 1951 foreclosed brick house
in Hemet, California has turned into a blog, The Brick House, about products, great finds and design inspiration. Morgan Satterfield and her boyfriend Jeremy Chlebik started the remodeling back in 2008 and it's still a work in progress. For Morgan it seems like it'll probably never end — and that's a good thing!. “I'm going to be tweaking the house forever. We do almost everything ourselves with help from family and friends on lucky occasions. I'm typically in charge of the overall design and make all the decisions. I look for inspiration in thrift stores, in movies, books, on other blogs, from friends, etc”, she says.
THE LIVING ROOM
To furnish the whole house could have been very costly if it wasn't for their $100 rule. “It's pretty simple: just focus on not spending over $100 on any one item. I will barter, trade, sell other things (and do what I can to get bigger pieces like sofas) in order not to spend over $100 out-of-pocket. It's actually pretty easy to stick to if you get creative”, affirms Morgan. Her favorite room is the living room as it's their “fancy grown ups room”.
Her low-cost DIY projects are genius. Morgan built the frame for this cool wall unit out of steel plumbing pipes that she painted black — and added wood shelves to display some of her precious finds. I love her way of mixing the different accessories with the artwork.
THE DINING ROOM
To keep the cost down, they installed black vinyl tiles on their kitchen floor and refinished the metal cabinets with automotive Bondo. Genius idea!
THE MASTER BEDROOM
THE GUEST BEDROOM
They find most of their Midcentury Modern furniture and accessories in thrift stores, craigslist and flea markets. Morgan's bargain hunting skills are so impressive that she was able to get her hands on this vintage Eames 670 Lounge Chair (my dream chair) for a mere $50 in a thrift shop. Now, that's an amazing steal. Kudos to you, Morgan!
I know what it's like to embark in a full house renovation. It takes time and lots of focus and dedication to get to the point where you're pleased with the results. I take my hat off to them for doing such an outstanding job on this ongoing project as they're not even close to the finish line. “We still have a ton of stuff to do and I change things around pretty frequently”, says Morgan.
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