What Would You Frame?

  Dear Person With Naked Art, My mother went to Japan six months ago and brought me back a glamorous Japanese screen. It’s a beautiful, mysterious scene painted delicately on paper. When I got it it was mounted on this silk scroll, which is a traditional way of displaying this type of painting. It looked like this: Turns out I’m not a big scroll guy. I don’t know why, I’m just more a fan of art that’s in a simple frame. Especially as I’m getting ready to move into Orcondo, which is very minimal and very modern. I’ve always been…

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Orcondo Update!

Dear Renovation Diary, Curious what’s happening at Orcondo? ME TOO! Well, quench your lil thirst with a visit to Emily Henderson’s site today, where you’ll find my latest guest post about the condo I’m renovating with my boyfriend. You can see dramatic construction shots like these: And these: And these:   To see the full story, head on over to Emily Henderson’s blog and get ready for your eyeballs to explode. Love, Orlando FULL STORY THIS WAY >>>>>

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DesignMilk Gets A Homepolish Makeover

Photograph by Tessa Neustadt Courtesy Homepolish Dear Lil Kitties Thirsty for DesignMilk, Did you know I did a totally exciting bedroom makeover for Jaime Derringer? The founder of DesignMilk? And that it’s featured today on Emily Henderson? And Homepolish? And the full list of resources are on DesignMilk? Well now you do! Hurry your lil body and read all them posts! Love, Orlando FULL STORY: EMILY HENDERSON, HOMEPOLISH, DESIGNMILK

Behind-The-Scenes at Park Studio

Photographs by Tessa Neustadt Courtesy Homepolish, With Additional Photography by Zeke Ruelas and Orlando Soria Dear Readers, Do you remember that one time I used the above lighting fixture at on my Beach House project? Also remember that one time I used a similar one in my dining room? And remember when my dining room looked like that? … ME NEITHER! But I have had a thing for these modern, industrial fixtures for a while now. But they can be hard to find, especially at a non-crazy price. But that’s where these adorable human beings come in: This is Jolene and Ben…

Homejoy’s More Spring Challenge: What Can You Do in Three Hours?

Photographs by Daniel Collopy, Book Photography by Paula Forbes courtesy Eater Dear My Dirty Apartment, I’m always on the lookout for startups/companies that are working in the same sphere as Homepolish, working to make life more enjoyable and making services accessible to people who might not otherwise be able to find them. So I was excited when Homejoy, a company that connects clients with excellent cleaning professionals, challenged me to participate in their More Spring campaign. Basically, the concept behind this campaign is what you can do with the extra few hours you gain from having someone clean your house….

You Guys! ORCONDO!

Dear World, The time has come! It’s time to say goodbye to my little mid-century West Hollywood apartment and life as I know it. I’m moving in with my boyfriend in Silver Lake. BUT FIRST: MEGA RENOVATION. He lives in an 80s building and his apartment is just begging for a makeover. I’m introducing the project today over on my lady Emily Henderson’s site. Right now, Orcondo looks like this: I know right. Eek. But don’t be afraid. Here’s my inspo for the update: Curious? Head on over to Emily’s Site to see the rest. TRUST ME YOU WON’T REGRET IT. Thanky,…

Am I Plotting My Own Demise?

In California, it always feels like a disaster is right around the corner. I know this from growing up in Yosemite, where I constantly wondered if a rockslide was going to cause granite slabs to fall on top of the house and smash us all. I know this from living in Los Angeles, where at any moment there could be an earthquake that causes the ceiling to fall. It is my belief that what makes California so beautiful is the subconscious understanding that it could fall apart at any moment. In a wildfire, in an earthquake, in a tsunami, in a tragic…

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…