That One Time in Europe

Dear Travel Diary, Since graduating school I haven’t done a lot of world travel. I’ve never had the time and the money (at the same time) to go on extravagant world adventures. And honestly I haven’t really missed it. I’ve gotten to travel around the US and that has been wonderful and felt luxurious. Because of how I was raised, where I went to school, and professional luck, I graduated into a class of people who seem to take international travel for granted, as if not going abroad is some kind of hardship. I guess this has always kind of irked for a…

Simple Flower Arrangements for Brunch

Photography by Daniel Collopy Dear Los Angeles, Now that everyone has gotten over their outrage over the time change (“Spring Forward” always makes me want to gouge my eyes out so I was elated to be abroad when it happened so my equilibrium could be destroyed by glamorous jetlag and not mundane GOD-I-HAVE-TO-WAKE-UP-AN-HOUR-EARLY anger). Driving home from the airport last week I had the urge to put on swim trunks and run around drinking rose outside in the sun. In some areas of the country, it’s still winter. But here, we’ve given into the drought apocalypse and it’s summer time. Being…

Help! I Need an Intern!

You Guys! My previous assistant has moved up and is now Homepolish photographer so I need a new assistant/intern. Help!!! The position has a stipend and is a great opportunity for someone who’s interested in learning about the interior design/startup/photoshoot world. A small caveat: it’s my job to make things look fun and easy, but schlepping furniture around and working long hours on design projects and photoshoots isn’t for the faint of heart, so liking to fluff pillows and stare at pretty pictures doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be into this job. It’s gonna involve lots of fun tasks like working on…

Behind the Scenes at the Scout Sixteen Makeover

Photographs by Claire Esparros Courtesy Homepolish Dear Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, One of my favorite parts of my jobs is meeting creative people and asking them endless questions about how they work, what they do all day, and what types of foods are there favorites. I’m kind of like a third grader in that respect. I could literally ask people “what’s your favorite color?” all day and be perfectly content. Justin Livingston, whose blog Scout Sixteen has been one my favorites for years, is one of those creatives I’ve been lucky enough to meet. So I was stoked that he…

Hosting An Oscarparty The Lazy Way

Photographs by Daniel Collopy You Guys, It’s that time of year again. You know. That time of year when traffic is super bad because Hollywood Boulevard is shut down because they’re setting up for the Oscars and it’s super annoying but also kind of exciting because it’s so glamorous to be stuck in traffic thinking about all those fancy ladies wearing fancy dresses and all those dudes wearing totally boring suits (sidenote: formalwear for guys is snoozeville, will someone please do something about this? In my dreamworld every man would show up to the Oscars wearing this amazing Mr Turk Suit:…

Jack Be Quick: A Boy’s Room Makeover

Photograph by Tessa Neustadt Courtesy Homepolish You Guys! I did it again! I decorated a room for kids! Well, one kid specifically. I’m not going to tell you his name, but it MIGHT be somewhere in the photo above. If you look hard enough you might be able to find it. Wanna learn more? Check out the full post on Emily Henderson’s site. But hurry. Childhood is fleeting, and beautiful, and doesn’t last forever. Love, Orlando FULL POST HERE >>>

Whut Glamour: Anna Ullman’s Beautiful Art Studio

Photographs by Orlando Soria Dear Art Peepers, You know how sometimes you wanna go to a party but no one invites you so you just invite yourself and go anyway? I basically did that over the weekend when I invited myself to Anna Ullman’s studio, where I spent over an hour ogling all her crazy beautiful work and chatting with her about her life. She was incredibly welcoming and told me all about her life and work. Sometimes people who meet me are taken aback by my 200-questions approach to talking. I ask a lot of questions because I’m interested…

Homepolish Highlights: David Hopkins’ Enormous Glamourmansionapartment

Design by David Hopkins, Photographs by Dustin Halleck courtesy Homepolish Dear Reader, As a Creative Director for Homepolish, I am exposed to brilliant work by talented designers on a daily basis. This week I’m featuring the work of Homepolish Chicago’s David Hopkins, who transformed his one bedroom Chicago apartment into a six-bedroom glamormansionapartment. I’ve lived in one bedroom apartments in different cities for my whole adult life, so I can’t imagine what you’d do with all that space. Not a problem for David, who has like 47 living rooms and the biggest dining room you’ve ever seen in your life. Read on!…

Pop of Gold! A Girl’s Room Makeover!

Portrait by Sean Gin Photographs by Tessa Neustadt courtesy Homepolish Dear You Guys, I’ve done it! I’ve written another guest post for my secretwife Emily Henderson. In it, I describe the harrowing transformation of one little girl’s bedroom from terrorizing to terrific and tell the earth-shattering story of one kitten who saved a family from doom and damnation. CHECK OUT THESE PREVIEW PICS YO: Check out the full story on Style by Emily Henderson! But hurry, a small kitten’s life depends on you! Love, Orlando CLICK HERE FOR FULL STORY>>> PS: But wait! There’s more! Check out even more photos…

Pottery by P. Lyn Middleton

Photographs by P Lyn Middleton & Orlando Soria Dear Travel Diary, It’s been a whirlwind year so far, which has left little time for writing (sorry!) but I had a magical discovery over the weekend that I just can’t keep to myself. I went to Ojai with my boyfriend and some of his homies and one of the first shops we wandered into was the wonderful studio of P Lyn Middleton, a ceramicist who makes the most amazing avant pottery and runs P Space Pottery on Ojai Avenue. Growing up, my best friend’s mother was a potter who made (and makes)…