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A Backyard Studio in Oakland

by Amy Azzarito

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One of my favorite things about California bungalows are the little detached garages that you often find in the backyards of these homes. I’ve long thought that if I had a setup like that, I’d turn that garage into the ultimate workspace. I’m not alone in this vision, because when Alison Yin and Adm Golub bought their 1927 bungalow in Oakland’s Rose Garden neighborhood, their very first project was turning their own detached garage into the perfect workspace. After years of running their wedding photography business out of apartments and coffee shops, having a separate workspace that’s just steps from their house was a true luxury. Creating the perfect studio was a challenge due to how long and narrow the garage was, and the couple needed to find a way to create space for client meetings, equipment storage and two work stations. They wanted it to feel bright and cheery without being overwhelmed by computers. Now it’s the ideal spot to meet clients and edit photos while watching Kiki play in the backyard. -Amy

Photography by Alison Yin Weddings and styled by Leila Nichols

Image above: “We love that our studio has its own entrance, totally separate from the house, plus it’s Alison’s sunny morning coffee spot.”

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Image above: “We love how bright and cheery our studio feels and the glass table, where we meet with clients, keeps the space feeling open and airy.
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Image above: “Who can resist that face? Kiki, our rescue Shiba Inu, loves to come to the windows and visit. It’s adorable!”

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Image above: “Our color scheme for the office was white with pops of bright color. I asked Adm to make me a cute shelf, and this is what he did.”

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Image above: “Our custom walnut desk by Jared Rusten is by far our favorite piece in the office. Jared is an incredible woodworker, and he used a beautiful piece of salvaged walnut to make our desk. The desk fits the small space perfectly while still being large enough to fit two workstations, one of which had to be standing since Adm has a bad back. Jared managed to bring the outdoors inside just the way we wanted.”

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Image above: “This is my (Alison’s) desk corner. Part of our plan to bring the outside in was to include lots of plants. My favorite is the fish throwing up the air plant (a memento from a vacation in Mexico).”

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Image above: “We don’t believe in drinking at work. Just kidding.”

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Image above: “These succulents are a great centerpiece for the table – especially since they’ve lasted way longer than any flower arrangement we’ve ever had.”

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Image above: “I knew I wanted that bird wallpaper by Julia Rothman the moment I set eyes on it. It’s such a fun surprise for clients when they open the door.”

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Alison and Adm Office
Image above: “Here we are, obviously hard at work.”

Glass meeting table: CB2
Wooden walnut desk and standing station: custom designed, built and installed by Jared Rusten
Office cabinets: Ikea
Bathroom sink, faucet and cabinet: Ikea
Bathroom wallpaper: Julia Rothman for Hygge and West
Orange side table: One Kings Lane
Upholstered desk chairs: West Elm
Meeting chairs: Overstock.com
Chair pillows: CB2
Most of the plants: East Bay Nursery
Doormat: Flowerland Nursery
Copper boxes holding succulents: Lawson Fenning
Bathroom light fixture: West Elm
Bathroom rug: Anthropologie
Fox Print: Sharon Montrose
Stools by Charlie Bengs
Shades from the Shade Store
Leaf print by Inaluxe
Adm’s diamond shelf was inspired by Chiaozza in Brooklyn

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