Orlando’s Obsessions: Pedestal Side Tables

My mother always used to tell me, “Don’t put other people on a pedestal. You’re just as great as anyone else.” But she never said anything about putting drinks or stacks of books on a pedestal, which is why I’m obsessed with pedestal side tables! Today we’re talking about these sculptural, lovely pieces of furniture that can add va-voom to any room. Continue reading >>>

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A Light Makeover with Legrand

Dear Detail-Obsessed People, If you asked me the most pressing issues I faced while designing Orcondo, light switches and outlets would likely not be among them. However, after moving in, I started thinking it might be a good idea to add light switches and outlets that jive more with the condo’s modern vibe. So when I came across Legrand, a company that produces beautiful, modern switches and outlets, I was like “GET IN MY HOUSE.” What I’ve noticed over the years designing is that it’s sometimes the smallest details that people notice. Most commonly, it’s things they touch. Like faucets in…

Spooky & Sophisticated Halloween Decorating

Dear Guys and Ghouls, I grew up in an area where Halloween was a pretty big deal. In the small community of Yosemite Village where I was raised, trick-or-treating was acceptable until you were well into your teenage years, locals built terrifying haunted houses and covered their yards in spooky corpses, witches, and spider webs. Every year, months before Halloween started, my sister and I would start figuring out what we wanted our costumes to be and start pestering my mother about making them (my older brother was less high-maintenance and always did some variation on the “scary-mask-with-regular-clothes” costume). We weren’t…

Orlando’s Obsessions: Wild for Wallpaper

Dear Wanters of Wallcoverings, Do you find yourself hating your naked walls, wish they were covered in glamorous, warm wallpaper? Do you feel like your life lacks meaning because your home isn’t interesting enough? Do you wish there was a material on your wall that took tons of labor to install? If so, you should think about adding some wallpaper to your life. I’ve gathered up some of my favorite wallpapers from Homepolish projects and shared some tips for installation on Homepolish Magazine. Check it out immediately! CONTINUE READING >>>

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LA Needs to Stop Tearing Down Its History to Build Garbage

Dear Architecture Lovers, When I moved to Los Angeles eight years ago, I lived in the area of Hollywood very close to West Hollywood. I remained in that neighborhood for the next seven years, until last year when I moved to Silver Lake to live in a condo overlooking the Silver Lake Reservoir with my boyfriend. Over the years I noticed West Hollywood started to explode with construction. That explosion has extended all over town, from the crazy expensive homes being built in Venice to the amazing (and insane) transformation of the Arts District downtown (which is literally nothing but bulldozers these days)….

Hommemaker Guide to Nice, France

Dear Travel Diary, It’s kind of impossible to talk about my beautiful trip to Nice without talking about the mass murders on Bastille Day. Edouard and I went to Nice only a few weeks after the tragic/disgusting/outraging attack on July 14th that killed eighty-six people. We went back and forth as to whether we should go to a place that so recently suffered such an overwhelming tragedy. Was it safe? Was it appropriate? But we ended up erring on the side of not allowing murderers to determine where we go and what we see. Edouard is from Paris, and I get the sense…

In The Studio: Goula Figuera

Dear Design Diary, I’m not exactly sure how I came across the sublime work of Goula/Figuera. Maybe it was Instagram. Maybe it was somewhere online. But I remember immediately losing my mind over it. The Barcelona-based team of Álvaro Goula and Pablo Figuera are doing something that I think is unprecendented and unparalleled in today’s world of lighting. They’re making works of art that have a functional illuminating purpose. Their pieces are playful and sophisticated at once and it’s impossible for me to look at them without thinking of one of my favorite artists, Joan Miró. Their work isn’t derivative,…

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A Dining Room Makeover for Gray Malin

Dear Lovers of Gorgeous Colorful Photography (i.e. Gray Malin’s gorgeous work), I met Gray Malin a few years ago when we worked on his living room and outdoor space. He and his husband Jeff were a joy to work with, so I was excited when they called me up to re-imagine their dining room, which they’d never been stoked about. Previously, it was filled with furniture they had from their previous homes. As is often the case when adjusting old furnishings to a new space, the pieces in the room didn’t feel quite cohesive. The size, finish, and style of their furniture didn’t…

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Studio Tour: The Ethereal Paintings of Beth Winterburn

Dear People With Naked Walls, I was wandering around a big box store yesterday, eyeing all the new stuff they have, really enjoying myself, when I came across something that irked me a little bit. Giant, gross photographic prints stretched onto canvases and sold as filler art. You see this type of filler art everywhere, sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad. There are definitely great online resources for beautiful reproductions by real artists (Minted Art is one of my favorites). But there’s also a lot of junk out there. So when I saw these nasty fake art reproductions yesterday all…

The Modern Furniture I Need for Fall

Dear The End of Summer, Even though it hasn’t rained in LA since 2007, it’s been cloudy and romantic here all week. Most people would find this depressing. For me, it’s the greatest blessing I could ever hope for. Since I live in a land that hasn’t had weather in years, where it feels like we’ve been living on the edge of apocalypse as long as I can remember, I love anything even remotely resembling atmospheric drama. What’s so great about cold, rainy weather, you ask? Well mostly I like it because it forces you to stay indoors. And what’s…