Brick Led Me To This Fabulous Architect

I love brick. Always have, always will. This weekend I was in “cyberland” for more brick inspiration when I came across this home. Holy Cannoli! This home has my name on it! Two fab houses connected into one! One white more modern main house and one “newtrad” brick house to host cars and perhaps a work loft. And both buildings are connected! I am vibrating at the spot over here.

And would you believe that another image I have saved on a stunning brick wall I just realized comes from the very same architect – Hugh Jefferson Randolph. I love a brilliant man who talks brick!

A little bit of exposed brick in the foyer.

Another stunning home by Mr. Randolph. I sure would like to see more of that kitchen I spy to the right.

For all of you following my blog you know that gray kitchens always get my attention but I also have to say that I have seen zillions of gray kitchens that are just plain cold. You can’t fool me with just color, people. A kitchen (or any room for that matter) must be foremost inviting (and functional).

This kitchen has made its rounds in blogosphere — and rightfully so. What a nice & inviting room! And what do I see in the very back? White brick… I am just saying..!

Designer: Nam Dang-Mitchell, Photographer: Colin Way

I read that Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects of Austin, TX received Houzz’s 2012 ‘Best Of Remodeling’ Award.

Imagine my surprise when I was contacted by Houzz, a while ago and learned that I had received Houzz’ 2012 “Best Makeover” Award – for “creative, beautiful and intelligent residential spaces.” It was William’s big boy bedroom makeover that apparently had gotten some attention. Who would have thought!

I am deeply honored, judges over at Houzz! Thank you for the nice recognition.

Houzz (www.houzz.com) is the leading online platform for home remodeling. Houzz features the largest residential design database in the world and has 3.5 million monthly unique users.

What else? Well I have to say (and it always comes with so much guilt) that I have had to step away from blog land (or at least the networking) for a while because I am busy, busy with so many things right now. So to all my blog friends — don’t for a second think that you are not special. You are. I have absolutely not forgotten you — I just need a little time to focus right now. I will check in as soon as I can.

Hugs to you all and Hi & Welcome to all new subscribers!

Images: 1-4 via Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects, no. 5 via House & Home., 6-7 via Splendid Willow.


  • Jo says:

    The foyer is divine!

  • Greet says:

    Oh dear!! Congratulations fot this featuring!! Of couse you deserve this! The bedroom is fabulous, I have always known!!
    And thank you for the introduction to this architec!! I am off to his website!
    Mon, don’t worry about us! We all love you and we do know that you are a busy lady!

  • Charlotta says:

    Grattis grattis grattis! Så roligt att du uppmärksammades för Williams fina rum. Och det blev ju jätte fint!
    Hur går det för honom – kan han sova själv där inne?
    Sedan vi flyttade till Sverige har jag båda barnen i mitt sovrum. En på varje sida och jag myser! :) Snart är dom för stora och då vill dom inte sova med sin mamma längre.. jag kramar dom nära och hårt så länge jag kan.

    Jätte fint hus du visade. Tegelstenar är fantastiska. Särskilt dom som inte är perfekta. Såg ett underbart reportage på ‘Grand Designs’ (Engelskt arktekt reality program) nyligen där man förespråkade andra sortiment av tegel för att dom hade skavanker och därmed gav mer liv och struktur. Billigare och bättre helt enkelt!

    Nej nu ska jag jobba på här. Har översättnings jobb från en kund och måste komma vidare.


  • Congrats on the Houzz recognition. That IS a wonderful room.

    Love that first house too.

  • Beautiful designs and I too love brick, also love seeing exposed brick in an interior when done right which it definitely was above. Congrats on your wonderful award…so well deserved! The room looks amazing, your whole house looks amazing and I would love to see more!
    I hear you on the busy part….take your time, such is the ebb and flow of life, we will all be here waiting with open arms when you come back:) Have a great day Mon.

  • Congratulations Mon on your recognition and it’s well deserved. I’m with you loving Hugh’s design, that foyer above is stunning and so soothing. I hope whatever is keeping you busy is also making you happy. Enjoy!


  • Franki Parde says:

    KUDOS on the award and your wonderful way of sharing. franki p.s. I have a brick backsplash in my kitchen and love it still after forty years!

  • Congratulations, my sweet friend! I am so happy for you. It was well deserved.
    I love brick to, Monica. SO, so warm!
    Beautiful images. Pin pin>
    Happy Monday.

  • hot diggity damn, i am so happy about your win!!!

    i share your love of exposed brick, painted brick, any brick at all except that faux stuff i vaguely recall in the 70s when everyone was stoned (no pun intended!).

    i will never measure my friendships by how many hits my blog gets or the quantity of comments! live your offline life fully and no need to ever apologize!!!

    love to you.


  • Joe Clarke says:

    What a beautiful post! I share your love of brick.

    Congrats on the award. You are on a roll Ms. Splendid!

    Happy new week.


  • Mmmm nothing like some classy brick work! Congrats on the recognition, Mon. Such an amazing thing to be able to say! :) Have a lovely blog break!

    Nook & Sea

  • Diane says:

    You make brick…the new stone!!

  • Karen says:

    Hi Monika,
    Great images and the best part…my oldest son and his lovely wife live in Austin. I’ve saved the name of this architect for future reference.

    Congratulations on your notice by Houzz…you so deserve it.

    Never worry, as a loyal reader, I am sure everyone understands when “life” interferes with fun.


  • Victoria Athens says:

    Congratulations, Mon, on the well-deserved recognition. Price William’s room has always been one of my favorites. As for taking time for other things, I totally understand and hope you enjoy what you will be doing.

  • Kimberly says:

    Brick is one of the things I miss most about the East coast. All this putty colored wood! LOL!

  • I love this contrast of the traditional brick with the clean lines on that first home – I can see why it totally drew you in! And WOW – congratulations on the award – so well deserved! Sorry I wasn’t free to get together last week – we have had a lot of family coming by for visits now that we are sort of local (at least compared to Germany!). Anyway, would love to see you soon if you are free. :)

  • LiveLikeYou says:

    Monika!!!!! Jag ringer idag. Usch jag har varit sa overwhelmed och busy med design jobb har inte hunnit med nagit annat an att jobba tidigt och sent. Ser fram emot att prata. CONGRATULATIONS on Houzz award, you so deserve it. His room is not only beautiful it has your cool,unique and imaginative vibe!!

  • liza says:

    Congratulations!! And that top home is definitely beautiful. I agree!! It seems they must have worked around and saved some existing big trees. Yay!

  • classiq says:

    Monika, I know exactly what you mean about brick. I go crazy when I a house with brick walls and if there is a white brick kitchen or bedroom wall too, I’m completely sold. Congratulations on the award! You did an incredible job with William’s room. :)

  • Meera says:

    I’m so happy you got that award, Mon! I LOVED William’s room when you showed us the makeover, and when I have kids, you can be sure I’ll be borrowing your ideas. :-) You’re always an inspiration xxx

  • casey says:

    Well-deserved, Monika! That room is one of my all-time favorite kid’s rooms!

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