Living In Our Element...



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 founder and creative director of Gypsan, a desert inspired bohemian clothing line for women, 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 as well as a great visual eye for interior design. Brian has continued to bridge that fine line between the creative aspects of design and a more practical approach to 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.

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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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