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sneak peek: rachel thurston

by Amy Azzarito

newlyweds rachel thurston and grant porter have set up house in this 520 sq. foot bungalow nestled in los angeles county nestled between sony studios and downtown culver city. rachel is a photographer who takes some seriously gorgeous photographs – lovely wedding and portraits and absolutely amazing birth images! even though it’s not their dream house, the couple loves the location – they are within walking distance of some great restaurants and two movie theaters, and have a backyard, front yard and driveway – huge pluses for L.A. and all reasons to make this tiny rental home work. {thanks rachel and grant!} -amy

[We’ve been told that the little blue house we are renting near downtown Culver City, is one of the oldest houses in the area. At a whopping 520 sq ft, it’s crammed full and still standing – but barely. Although we love the blue bungalow, it’s not anywhere near our dream living situation. With our tastes leaning more in the direction of mid-century modern design and vintage/sentimental pieces – our current living situation has a slight “farmhouse” feel due to chicken wire enclosed shelves and one closet the size of a shoe box. So for now, we are a little country in the big city.]

[photo above: For our wedding we used old glass bottles as table decoration and after the fact, thought they would be a perfect addition to our yellow sun porch. We bought most of the bottles at the Rose Bowl Flea Market. I couldn’t for the life of me tell you where the stand is that sold these, but if you every want to go with me I could probably use the force to get us there.]

[photo above: My favorite piece of furniture in our living room is my orange Knoll Pollock Chair. I bought it years ago at the Green Ant in Salt Lake City. I think I paid 50 bucks for it. The lamp, stool and green medicine cabinet end table were all bought while I was living in Salt Lake City at Elemente, which is an amazing vintage consignment store. I have this thing for globes and someday want to own a lot more.]

CLICK HERE for more of Rachel’s home (and all the images on one page!)

[photo above: I think I got the idea to hang some wire on my walls from an old Sunset magazine. We randomly change what we hang based on mood. Since we are on a healthy food kick, some delicious eye candy adorns the wire. Some are my images and some inspiration from favorite foodie magazines. We just signed up for a CSA farming program, where we pick up a box of organic fruits and veggies every other week from a local farm. [editor’s note: for more about CSAs, read Small Measures with Ashley English] I also just finished reading “Eating Animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer. It’s a must read for anyone who eats food – so I guess that’s everyone. The table and chairs are from Ikea.]

[photo above: Awww…the chicken wire enclosed shelves – they are growing on me more and more. The yellow Copco porcelain-enameled, cast iron pans were given to us by an uncle.]

[photo above: I store some of my old camera on their own little boxes. The upper right one is a old Nikon rangefinder that my grandpa bought in Japan in the 1950s. The middle top is a Polaroid 330 land camera with a beautiful glass lens that my sister snagged for me at a garage sale for a couple of dollars. I’ve found that you can shoot anything or anyone you want if you are shooting with a bellows polaroid camera. It’s like a golden ticket – they are too busy checking out the gear to tell you “no”. Three of the cameras I bought at a fun Antiques store in Seattle WA, Seattle’s Antique Market.

[photo above: Our bed fits into the only spot it can. We decided to keep it simple and comfy with white linens, pillows and a fluffy down comforter.]

[photo above: Our bathroom isn’t much to speak of – although it does boast the best light in the house (and I have been know to shoot portraits of clients in the tub, FULLY CLOTHED).  Above the toilet hang vintage music sheets I bought at a store in Anchorage, AK.]

[photo above: Office table and printer cart were purchased at Elemente. I recently bought a Zody Hayworth chair and it has literally changed my life. Not only is it super comfortable but it is ergonomically and environmentally friendly.]

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