Rachel's Historic Family Home (and Yurt Workspace)

Rachel's Historic Family Home (and Yurt Workspace)

Marcia Prentice
Apr 15, 2013

Name: Rachel Loren — jewelry designer/co-owner at Loren Stewart
Location: Mount Washington; Los Angeles, California
Size: 2,500 square feet (19,000 square feet - lot)
Years lived in: 3 years

I originally saw Rachel Loren's yurt workspace on Tomboy Style and contacted her to get a tour of the rest of her home. I was not surprised to find that her house was just as awesome! It's up in the hills of Mount Washington, and has a very interesting history. 

Rachel and her family didn't think they wanted to move from Silver Lake, but they fell in love with this 1910 house in Mount Washington, originally built for the governor of Nevada as a summer home. Another prior owner was a palm tree enthusiast and planted many palms on the property. In total there have been only four prior owners. 

There is a definite focus on family and play here. Rachel's husband is in the process of building a treehouse in the backyard — could this house get any cooler? Adding up all the unique features on the property, they have: a yurt for a home office, a trampoline, a chicken coop, a mediation area, and a future treehouse. When can we move in? 

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style:  My style is kind of eclectic –  preppy, but a little renegade.

Inspiration: The house is a Craftsman built in 1910, so the inspiration comes in honoring that history, but updating it with a fresh point of view and making it comfortable for our family.  

Favorite Element: The clawfoot bathtub and stove — we think both are original to the home.

Biggest Challenge: Being on a tight budget, but this forces me to be resourceful. I'm into restoring and recovering pieces. I'm working on two new stools — it's so satisfying. 

What Friends Say: Your kids must love it!

Biggest Embarrassment: The drawers and closets are kind of a mess.

Proudest DIY: My husband built a totally new kitchen — it was a complete remodel. He opened up the walls, making two windows, so there is a flow between the other rooms. It really helps the whole house breathe.

Biggest Indulgence: I can never have too many pillows. It's such an innocent indulgence and it's instant gratification. Most are from vintage fabrics I've collected over the years. Some were dresses, blouses or jackets that I never wore, but loved the fabric, so transforming them into pillows is a practical way I can incorporate these patterns into my daily life. 

Best Advice: Declutter. I need to do it more!

Dream Sources: Lawson-fenning, The Sniveling Sibling, 1stdibs, and flea markets. 

Resources of Note:


  • Dining room - Darkest Navy (Behr)
    Living Room - Cottage White and Sesame Eggshell (this is room with the couch filled with pillows) (Behr)
    Exterior - Yacht Club Blue (Behr)



  • Timothy Oulton Chesterfield sofa from H.D. Buttercup

    Side table, I was told it is a Gustav Stickley c1900 Arts&Crafts or late Victorian

    Art Deco club chairs 70s revival

    Bench I had reupholstered in a tweed fabric, Spanish colonial revival

    Blue velvet ottoman - I designed this and had it made

    White cowhide rug - United Leather

    Vintage Persian rugs –family heirlooms


  • Dining Room Table is vintage, Colonial revival/rustic (maybe 1940s or 1960s) – we had it refinished

    Benches - Pier 1 Imports

    Ikea kids table and art drawers


  • Ikea cabinets

    Carrara white marble countertops

    Robert Shaw stove

    Turkish towels from Casbah Café


  • Red velvet Victoria parlor chairs

    Bed – vintage headboard

Thanks, Rachel!

(Images: Marcia Prentice)

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