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When Mandy Lehman was looking for a house, she knew she wanted something that was big enough to house the community she’s created while remaining in a creative, down-to-earth neighborhood.
She got all of that and more when she found a Victorian home she calls The 1890 Bricky House.
“The 1890 Bricky House is our house and studio,” explains Lehman. “I run Manman Studios out of it, which includes interior design, graphic design, photography, and a music studio. We also rent it out for events and photoshoots and have an Airbnb space in it that we rent out for overnights.”
When Lehman found the house and announced she’d be remodeling it, she said a lot of people told her she was crazy.
“It was pretty dilapidated to be honest,” she says. “Early on, we named it The 1890 ‘Bricky’ House. Bricky Vicki, for short, because the word ‘bricky’ was slang for ‘fearless’ in the Victorian era, when this house was built, and we felt like that’s what we were doing by taking on this big of a renovation. We had to go into it with on fear and embrace the process.”
Much of the inspiration for the home’s renovation came from places that Lehman enjoys spending time in, like restaurants, bars, and creative spaces.
“We thought ‘why do we all go outside of our homes to hang out in cool places? Why don’t we make our own houses feel that inspiring to be in?,'” she says. “So that’s what we did! Not that we never like to go out anywhere, but it has made our house the place our friends and us like hanging out in the most, which is really fun!”
Lehman, who lives in the home alongside her husband Aaron, says that people have shown interest in renting The 1890 Bricky House for events, photoshoots, and overnights, so they decided to give it a try. “It’s been a fun way to have community with others and meet new people, and I’m always changing the decor around so I think that makes it fun for our guests,” she adds.
The house serves a plethora of purposes, including the home base for Manman Studios, her husband’s music studio Dark Sun Recording. “This house is a culmination of both of our tastes, which is what makes it home for us,” says Lehman. “It’s a constant work in progress and it’ll probably never be finished, as any old house homeowner will tell you.”
Anywhere in the house can be rented out, even the master bedroom and ensuite, for events or photoshoots. “A quarter of the house can be rented out for overnights/Airbnb stays as the apartment has its own entrance, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and living room,” says Lehman. “You can also rent out Dark Sun Recording’s music studios for rehearsals or recording.”
Lehman says that what makes The 1890 Bricky House unique is that it offers so much.
“It’s layered, artistic, eclectic and ever-changing,” she says. “It encompasses so many local and independent artists and craftsmen in one space. Everywhere you turn and every corner, even little tiny spaces you may not immediately notice have been paid attention to and thought out. It has a warm, welcoming vibe and we try to accommodate our guests however we can, whether that means moving furniture around to better suit their needs, connecting them to decorators or event planners or if that means giving them space to themselves, we love getting to share something we’ve worked so hard on to create and seeing others enjoy it too makes us feel it was all worth it!”
With a new season upon us, Lehman says that for 2021 they are planning to add a large indoor/outdoor space with glass garage doors to open up to the backyard. They’re also hoping to finish the front and back landscaping, which includes a tiled patio and plenty of greenery.