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Living In Our Element...

 
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About Us

 

We created this site to offer a glimpse into our life and creative process – through our various design projects - past/present/future - or through thoughts, ideas, people, and places that inspire us.

 

Our Desire to Create...

 

We have always had a deep seated desire to create – Kathrin, moving to Los Angeles to formally study and pursue a career in acting, and Brian, relocating shortly after graduating college to pursue a music writing career. Of course, with any journey, our path wasn’t pre-determined and diverging from our original intent moved us in different creative directions. Today, Kathrin is a stained glass artist (www.bandsofcolor.com) and Brian is an active full-time real estate developer, designer, and part-time musician (current solo piano music project here: www.templerising.com).

Our combined experience has led us to collaborate with each other in a variety of ways. Kathrin has extensive experience in both motion picture production and social media marketing/branding. Kathrin also founded and operated the bohemian clothing line Gypsan, and has a great visual eye for interior design. Brian has continued to bridge the gap between the creative aspects of design and a more practical approach to affordable real estate development. Holding a B.S. in Business Administration, a California Real Estate License, and California General Contractors License, Brian has a versatile skill set. 

Follow us on Instagram

@kathrinsmirke / @briansmirke 

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Press

 

press list below

 

Modern Sanctuary, "A Dome in the Desert"

Desert Magazine, "High Desert Weekend Getaway", February 2017

Condé Nast Traveller, "Meet Your Makers", November 2016

Almanac of Style, "The Sexiest Places to Stay in Joshua Tree", March 2017

Modern Sanctuary, "A Cool Cabin in the Desert"

Far & Wide Paris, "Dome in the Desert, L’ Airbnb le plus cool de Joshua Tree"

Condé Nast Traveller, "Joshua Tree: The New Bohemian Hideaway"

Dot & Bo, "The 3 Secrets to Designing a Modern Homestead"

Goop, "The Airbnb Edit Joshua Tree"

Bohemian Home Magazine, "Under the Dome", Summer 2016

Dot & Bo, "This Modern Homestead Cabin in Joshua Tree is Your Rustic Dream Home"

Dot & Bo, "Dream House Series: A Bohemian Cabin in Joshua Tree"

HonestlyWTF, "Cabin Cabin Cabin"

Lonny Magazine, "The 10 Most Incredible Airbnbs in Joshua Tree"

Design Sponge, "A Revived Cabin in California's High Desert"

The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes, Justina Blakeney

Esquire Magazine (China), January 2015

Ray Li Magazine (China), November 2014

Refinery 29, "18 Airbnb Rentals That Have Us Trippin'"

Veter Magazine (Russia), October 2015

Apartment Therapy, "Kathrin and Brian's Dome in the Desert"

Dot & Bo, "Dream House Series: Dome in the Desert"

Dot & Bo, "Dome in the Desert: Escape to Joshua Tree"

Free People, "Dome in the Desert"

Free People, "Dome Sweet Dome"

Strada 2.0, "Bohemian Glamping in California's Mojave Desert"

Tiny House Blog "Bohemian Dome in the Desert"

Eventbrite, "The Ultimate Joshua Tree Getaway Guide"

The Jungalow by Justina Blakeney, "Gypsan"

Live Fast Magazine, "On Our Radar: Kelley Ash x Gypsan"

Paste Magazine, "California Dreaming: Boho-Chic End of Summer Essentials"

Bohemian Collective Magazine, Spring/Summer 2015

It's Beautiful Here, "Spotlight Series: Kathrin Smirke"

The Naked Fig Blog, "Travel: Joshua Tree"

Moon to Moon Blog, "Dome in the Desert"

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Contact

 

Just to say hi!

Feel free to contact us anytime...we love when people write just to say Hi!

Interested in contacting us for a development or design project?

Although we primarily design and build our own projects, we are always interested in connecting with people to share ideas and experiences. We are also open to consulting and contracting work if the project is a good fit.

 

 

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