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The Brick House Project

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.


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.



To keep the cost down, they installed black vinyl tiles on their kitchen floor and refinished the metal cabinets with automotive Bondo. Genius idea!




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!

Images by Morgan Satterfield

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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Reader Comments (11)

the brick house blog is one of my favorite "home" blogs! i am ALWAYS amazed by the ideas, photos and finds! almost makes me want to relocate to the west coast. am sure you already know it, but a really good east coast alternative is


Dec 6, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertina

Awesome. Back in my 20s I used to pride myself on furnishing my apartments solely from garage sales, but you've outdone my best efforts.

Also, I used to have one of those checkerboard kitchen floors. It was hell to keep clean. Great idea on the black vinyl floor covering.

Dec 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChip

Thank you for sharing the information with us. I am really interested in the house renovation. Your pictures are so attractive for me.

Dec 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteropg

Fantastic post, thank you. I have analyze the post carefully and they are so beautiful. I really want to know how you can do that.

Dec 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterspray paint gun

Thank you for sharing the experience with us. The pictures above are so fantastic that it really attract me to follow you in the future.

Dec 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersydney locksmiths

Pretty cool house! One complaint - holy ANIMAL HIDES! It's like a carnival of carnage in there. Yuck.

Jan 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterebeth
Home renovation is a huge task, but the result is worth it.
Oct 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterplumbing
What color/stain did you use on the brick fire place? I really like it!
Mar 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermickey
I love the home renovations and make-over that was done to the home. I especially liked the master bedroom and the living room. The design of both are simple but classy at the same time.
Mar 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie McPoyle
Great job in making that living room more elegant. Great place for a chitchats with family and friends. :)
Apr 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaula M
planning for design or renovation for our house is important specially when we have a big family and also we need to think for our security we have some tips for security or service to secure our house even when we are away.
Feb 26, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjohn

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