Marcia Prentice

Marcia is an interior, portrait, and travel photographer and has photographed over 50 homes of creatives. Her photographic style is capturing her subject in the most natural state and creating an emotional response.
Rachel & Kevin’s Los Feliz Love Shack
Name: Rachel Pally (the designer) & Kevin Circosta (the musician) Location: Los Feliz – Los Angeles, California Size: 2500 square feet Years lived in: 7 years Rachel and Kevin’s love story is right out of a movie. They met in preschool, lost contact after high school, and reconnected again after college and fell in love. Their parents are close friends and both families have similar values.
Mar 11, 2020
Mara & Alex’s First Home as a Married Couple
Name: Mara Roszak and Alex PolilloLocation: Silver Lake – Los Angeles, CaliforniaSize: 1400 square feetYears lived in: 2 1/2 years Taking the leap and purchasing your very first home can be very nerve-racking. Mara did her homework and looked for the perfect place for a number of years without any luck.
Mar 11, 2020
Three Men & a Home Filled with Photography
Name: Russell Brown, acupuncturist & owner of Poke Acupuncture, John Arsenault, fine art & commercial photographer & John Ruggiero, hair stylist Location: Hollywood — Los Angeles, California Size: 2,500 square feet — 4 bedrooms, 2½ baths Years lived in: 6 months You asked and we delivered. Russell Brown’s Poke Acupuncture post intrigued a few readers who wanted an inside look into Russell’s personal residence.
Mar 11, 2020
Sleeping Together for the First Time
Whether you’ve just moved in with your significant other or have decided to have a date spend the night, sleeping in the same bed with someone else can sometimes be a real compromise. When I imagine sleeping in the same bed with someone, I first think about the romantic ideals and completely forget about any issues such as snoring, stealing covers, and alarm clocks.
Mar 11, 2020
How to Negotiate Apartment Leases
When we enter into an apartment lease, we don’t initially consider negotiating as we would with a new home purchase. Especially in the current economic situation, most landlords are willing to negotiate at least on some of the terms. Landlords need renters as much as the renters need a new place. In most cases, landlords won’t approach the rental agreement as negotiable, but with a few tips the contract can be open to negotiation.
Dec 30, 2019
Faith’s Magical Bohemian Treehouse
Name: Faith Blakeney Location: The Treehouse – Los Angeles, California Size: 750 square feet Years lived in: 2 years I spent a warm Sunday hanging out with Faith at her bohemian treehouse. She is one stylish lady (and, yes, she is the sister of Justina Blakeney). When Faith moved from New York a few years back, she looked at place after place on Craigslist only to get frustrated because she had her heart set on lving in Venice.
Dec 19, 2019
Rachel & Jonathan’s Cozy Angelino Heights Home
Name: Rachel Craven & Jonathan CravenLocation: Angelino Heights – Los Angeles, CaliforniaSize: 1700 square feetYears lived in: 1 year Rachel invited me over to her beautiful home in Angelino Heights. I was so excited because Angelino Heights is the second oldest district in Los Angeles; therefore, there are so many stunning old homes with a lot character. Another treat was the Echo Park Craft Fair that was being held at her home later in the day.
Dec 19, 2019
Steve & Glen’s Joshua Tree Retreat
Name: Steve Halterman and Glen SteigelmanLocation: Joshua Tree, CaliforniaSize: 1,800 square feet on 5 acresYears lived in: 4 The jealousy is kicking in! Steve and Glen’s incredible Joshua Tree home, surrounding environment and pool make for a relaxed weekend getaway, just a few hours from the city. Steve is a set designer, underground filmmaker and stained glass artist and I am fairly certain this remarkable desert location plays a role in his daily inspirations.
Dec 19, 2019
Aubin & Florice’s Curiosity Fueled Home
Name: Aubin Crowell of Rebuilt Inc., Florice Houde, and Monkey, Shy Girl, Lil’ Pi, and Ninja Location: Silver Lake – Los Angeles, California Size: 2,200 square feet Years lived in: 4 1/2 years Aubin and Florice’s modern loft is an interesting study of mixing elements to create a successful interior design.
Dec 19, 2019
Past & Present Styles Mix in a San Francisco Home
Name: Janel Holiday Huff, Interior Designer and Principal of Janel Holiday Interior Design, and Jim, Freelance Maverick Design Curator and Captain of soon to be opened Blu Dot Showroom in San Francisco Location: San Francisco, California Size: 1,350 square feet Years lived in: 6 1/2 years Janel and Jim’s home is feminine, or maybe it’s eclectic, and/or Mid-Century modern — I would say it really can’t be defined by one particular style.
Jun 5, 2019
A Heritage of Harmony Home
Location: Echo Park – Los Angeles, California Size: 2200 square feet Years lived in: 8 months Kathleen and Bradford live at the top of the hill in Echo Park. You drive up and up and up and then when you get to the very top you walk down a set of stairs to reach their front door. Their house is very private with an incredible view. I will admit I am a bit (ok a lot) jealous.
Jun 4, 2019
Amy & David Butler’s Creative Textile Lab of a Home
Name: Amy & David Butler Location: Granville, Ohio Size: 4,500 square feet – Post & Beam Modern Circa 1969 Years lived in: 8 Years What a wonderful treat! We’re thrilled to be able to share this peek inside the home and studio of textile designer, Amy Butler and her husband, David.
Jun 3, 2019
Setting Boundaries & Rules with Neighbors
I used to have an older neighbor who was charming and friendly at first, but became very needy and intrusive later. Because at first I saw his frequent visits as friendly behavior, I never set boundaries for what is acceptable. I paid the price later and he got into a routine of invading my privacy in every way possible. Everyone has a different definition of privacy and appropriate neighbor relations.I learned my lesson with my unfortunate neighbor experience.
May 7, 2019
Charlie & Henry’s Shared Bedroom
Name: Charlie and Henry Age: Charlie: 8 Henry: 10 Location: Los Angeles, CA Room Size: 15′ x 15′ Bunk bed love! Charlie and Henry share a room, but each have their own area in the shared space. Designer Kristen Panitch designed built-in bunk beds and a bookcase/desk, which helped maximize the space and keep the room organized. The design of the room is definitely all-boy, but check back in tomorrow for their sister’s (Jane) pink bedroom.
May 6, 2019
Jane’s Pink & Black Room
Name: JaneAge: 8 (she’s Charlie’s twin)Location: Los Angeles, CARoom Size: 15′ x 15′ When Jane moved into her brother’s room (her brothers now share a room), she wanted to have a say about decorating her new bedroom. Interior designer, Kristin Panitch, helped her realize her dream space. The chalkboard wall was left over from when it was her brother’s room. Like many girls, she wanted light pink walls and all the artwork in her room is her own.
May 6, 2019
Mila’s Fun, Music Inspired Nursery
Name: Mila (6 weeks)Location: Glendora, CaliforniaRoom Size: 9 1/2′ x 14′ Designing the perfect nursery can be a little overwhelming. Alex and Jackie decided to let interior designer Jenika Kurtz take over the process. Jenika has experience designing nurseries for friends, so they were really excited to get her help and advice on their special room.How would you define the style of the nursery design?Parents: Contemporary and super cool!
May 6, 2019
Aiden’s “Modern Preppy” Nursery
Name: Aiden (14 months)Location: Stevenson Ranch, CaliforniaRoom Size: 11′ x 11 1/2′ Interior designer, Jennifer Hsu, recently finished a project for a very special client – her son. I have heard many interior designers say that they are their toughest client. Jennifer and her husband put in the extra care to make sure everything was just perfect for their little man. I am in love with the results; so calming and so perfect!
May 6, 2019
Cameron’s Contemporary Room with Graphic Wallpaper
Name: Cameron (5)Location: Sherman Oaks, CARoom Size: 16′ x 16′ Now that Cameron is five years old, he wanted a cool, big boy room. The room is definitely all boy and the graphic wallpaper and bold colors give it a more modern aesthetic. The space is pretty large for child’s room, so his parents were faced with the challenge of dividing up the room into different play areas. Designer Shirry Dolgin helped bring the design together to create a special room for Cameron.
May 6, 2019
Charlie’s Cheerful & Colorful Room
Name: Charlie Location: Echo Park – Los Angeles, California Room Size: 120 square feet Charlie was just a baby when she made her first Apartment Therapy debut in her family’s house tour. Her itty-bitty room barely fit a crib and a small play area and I was very curious how her room would transform as she grew older.
May 5, 2019
Caitlin and Levi’s Youthful Loft with His and Hers Offices
Name: Caitlin McCarthy and Levi OgnerLocation: Haas Building — Downtown Los Angeles, CaliforniaSize: 875 Square FeetYears lived in: 1½ years Caitlin and Levi are a fun young couple who have learned how to truly share a small open plan loft, even figuring out a set up that allows for two separate home offices.
Apr 14, 2019
Michael’s “Comfortable Modern” Rowan Building Loft
Name: Michael FrancesconiLocation: Downtown — Los Angeles, CaliforniaSize: 1,000 square feetYears lived in: 2 years Michael’s home is not just another run-of the mill downtown space. While It is common to find concrete floors and industrial modern style furnishings in lofts, Michael has balanced out his space by incorporating color, built-ins, and unexpected furniture choices.
Apr 14, 2019
Matt Makes His Tiny Rental into a Home
Name: Matt DeLeva Location: Silver Lake neighborhood, Los Angeles, California Size: 400 square feet Years lived in: 1 1/2 years, renting When Matt measured his home to give me the exact square footage, we both couldn’t believe that his place was only 400 square feet. Even though his house is small and a rental, he took the time to customize it to fit his needs. He is so proud of his small home and it shows!
Feb 20, 2019
Jennifer’s Modern Mini Live/Work Space
Name: Jennifer Chong – Designer & Photographer Location: Belmont Heights – Long Beach, California Size: Around 400 square feet Years lived in: 3 years Jennifer’s small space proves that you can be happy living with just what you need. She loves to travel, so she would much rather have experiences than expensive stuff. Still, with all the fun artwork, graphics, and small accessories, her live/work space is very lively and inviting.
Feb 20, 2019
A “Modern Natural” California Home
Name: Scotti Sitz, creator of GARDE (lifestyle, gift, and home accessories shop) Location: Hancock Park; Los Angeles, California Size: 2,600 square feet Years lived in: 4 months Scotti’s home reminds me of the classic California Spanish-style interiors you find in Malibu or Santa Barbara. The home (and its inhabitant) carry such elegance and beauty without being overly fussy.
Feb 20, 2019
Peggy & Chris’ Los Angeles Modern
Name: Peggy Hsu and Chris McCullough — architects and co-founders and owners of Hsu McCullough, an architecture practice based in Los Angeles. Location: Los Angeles, California Size: 1,130 square feet (house) + 350 square feet (detached garage) on 5,700 square foot lot Years lived in: 7 years Husband and wife architects Chris and Peggy founded a firm together, and they also collaborated on the remodel of their Los Angeles home.
Jun 16, 2014
Kathrin & Brian’s Desert Dome Home
Name: Kathrin Smirke and Brian Smirke Location: Joshua Tree, California Size: 1,000 square feet Years lived in: A little over 1 year (part-time) Kathrin and Brian put an ad on Craigslist looking for a cabin in Joshua Tree. They were so surprised when they received an e-mail from someone with a geodesic dome in the desert. Before the dome was even put on the market, Kathrin and Brian were in escrow to buy it. They often say it was fate; the dome found them!
Jun 9, 2014
Chris & Damian’s Updated 1898 Echo Park Home
Name: Christopher Rodriguez, Entertainment Attorney, and Damian Pelliccione, Host/Producer/Event Coordinator, New Media Vault & Boys in Tech Location: Echo Park; Los Angeles, California Size: 1,350 square feet Years lived in: 1 1/2 years Chris and Damian had been living in a loft and wanted to move into a house, so they purchased this small home as a fixer-upper.
May 15, 2014
Naomi & Anthony’s Collected Craftsman Home
Name: Gallerist Anthony Cran and fashion stylist Naomi Wilding, owners of Wilding Cran Gallery Location: West Adams; Los Angeles, California Size: 1,400 square feet Years lived in: 5 years It’s no surprise that Naomi Wilding and Anthony Cran have so much style, considering that Naomi’s grandmother is Elizabeth Taylor and Anthony’s father is a prolific painter. Anthony’s father, Chris Cran, has his work represented at the Wilding Cran Gallery.
May 8, 2014
John & Erin’s Mid-Century Modern Ranch Home
Name: John Conneely, general contractor/owner of California Modern, and Erin Sheehan Location: Eagle Rock; Los Angeles, California Size: 1,100 square feet Years lived in: 3 1/2 years John immediately fell in love with this Eagle Rock Mid-Century house, and during its remodel he found a letter in the wall saying that the house was built with lots of love. He felt that good energy when he first walked into the house. Erin knew John for over a year before she saw his home.
May 8, 2014
Robert’s Mid-Century Modern Architectural Home
Name: Robert Harbour Location: Eagle Rock; Los Angeles, California Size: 1,500 square feet Years lived in: Less than 6 months You may remember Robert’s previous home from his house tour 2 years ago. He emailed me a few months ago, saying he purchased a beautiful new midcentury home and was in the process of restoring it. Robert has used a handful of the same furnishings in his new place, while making a few new purchases.
Apr 25, 2014
Jason’s Highland Park Home
Name: Jason Stein – Senior Specialist, Design at Paddle8 Location: Highland Park; Los Angeles, California Size: 972 square feet Years lived in: 4 years Jason was a first time home buyer and was just not finding a house that really spoke to him. When he told his realtor to expand his East Los Angeles search to Highland Park, they discovered this Spanish house up in the hills. It’s Jason’s perfect combination of cozy and modern.
Apr 23, 2014
Vahan’s “California Confused” Small Home
Name: Vahan Petrossian Location: Melrose District; Los Angeles, California Size: 700 square feet Years lived in: 8 months Vahan is like many Angelenos who prefer to live in a small home or bungalow instead of a typical apartment building. He found his place by mistake, but all it took was walking through the living room and Vahan was sold. An added bonus was all the windows and the greenery seen through the windows. I don’t know that you can really put a name on Vahan’s style.
Mar 19, 2014
Peggy’s Bohemian Beach Home
Name: Peggy North, party designer and owner of Fire and Creme Kids Location: Venice; Los Angeles, California Size: 3,200 square feet Years lived in: 11 years We fell in love with Peggy’s home because it is an inspirational example of how to combine Craftsman architecture with a beach aesthetic, while adding in in your own personal artistic and bohemian flair. Peggy moved from Paris, so of course there is also a European vibe happening as well.
Feb 21, 2014
Lucie & Chris’ Spanish Colonial in the Hollywood Hills
Name: Lucie Ayres, interior designer at 22 Interiors & Chris Ayres, author & journalist Location: Hollywood Hills; Los Angeles, California Size: 2,750 square feet Years lived in: 7 years Lucie and her husband Chris bought their house after falling in love with the dramatic living room and the history of the home. The 1927 Spanish Colonial was previously owned by Hollywood developer Charles C. Toberman, known as “Mr.
Feb 7, 2014
Drew & Ceara’s Hollywood Hills Home
Name: Drew Fuller, actor, and Ceara McAuliffe, of Middle Sister General Vintage Location: Hollywood Hills; Los Angeles, California Size: 950 square feet Years lived in: 1 1/2 years Drew grew up at the beach in Orange Country and Ceara was raised in Venice, so they wanted their Hollywood Hills home design to have a connection to the coastal lifestyle.
Sep 16, 2013
Ara and Chris’ Abbot Kinney Loft
Name: Ara Katz and Chris Ovitz Location: Abbot Kinney Boulevard; Venice, California Size: 1,700 square feet Years lived in: 1 1/2 years Ara and Chris decided to move in together and looked endlessly for a loft, but couldn’t find the right space. They kept coming back to a loft building on Abbot Kinney as the model for their dream home, but every unit was already occupied. Ara constantly kept her eye on the building and after a long wait, a unit was finally available.
Aug 23, 2013