One Room Challenge: Week One

Header Photo by Bethany Nauert Courtesy Homepolish Dear Reader, One time I went to summer camp. My mother had this idea that it would be super fun for my sister and I to go to art camp. She’d always wanted to go to camp as a kid but never had the chance. In the grand tradition of mothers trying to do nice things for their kids, of course summer camp was the worst experience of our young lives. Unbeknownst to us, the camp was run by religious zealots and all the campers were rabidly insane. A few memories are kids…

Whitney Port Gets a New Screening Room

Photographs by Tessa Neustadt Dear Readers, PUT ON YOUR EATIN’ DRESS AND GET READY TO CHOW DOWN. Because the Homepolish project I just wrapped up with Whitney Port is finally online for you to peruse. No longer will you be forced to wonder how I transformed her screening room from sad to glad in just seven minutes (jk it was a bit longer). Here’s a few preview pics of the space: And here’s Whitney being totally cute and being being a gross weirdo: To see all the pics and get all the resources, check out my write up in Homepolish Magazine….

Modern Window Treatments at Orcondo

Photographs by Orlando Soria Dear El Niño, We here in California have had a thirsty few years. Everyone has been freaking out, ripping out their lawns, and waiting anxiously for El Niño rains to come save us from this misery. But then, NOTHING. We waited for months and we’ve had a few rainstorms, but nothing to write home about. What we’ve had in place of rain and actual winter is a 90 degree February in which all of us have looked up to the sky, cursing our lives, screaming about how hot it is. Something to note about me is that…

Orlando’s Obsession: Shingled Homes

Photography by William Waldron Courtesy Ike Kligerman Barkley Dear Reader, There’s a common misconception that modern design is all about blank white walls, poured concrete, stone, and other cold materials. We think of warm wood, bespoke details, and shingles as something reserved for older homes. Cape Cod, Colonial, Cottage, basically any architectural style that begins with a “C” is something where you’d expect to find those types of details. But, HARK! Don’t give up! There’s a new book out called The New Shingled House that shatters all your preconceived notions of how materials are used in modern design. A lot of people think…

Golden V-Day: Setting A Non-Pink Romantic Dinner Table

Photography by Tessa Neustadt Dear Loverz, What are your Valentines plans? Do you plan on going to a fancy restaurant where it’s going to be super loud and all the other couples will be canoodling all over each other, making you feel weird about the fact that you and your boyfriend don’t really do public affection? Or will you be at home cooking a nice meal, staring into the eyes of your loved one? Or, better yet, are you single, and planning on hosting a Spite Dinner, an anti-Valentines Day celebration that will leave all your single friends feeling validated…

Stop Squashing Everyone Else’s New Years Resolutions

Photography by Daniel Collopy with additional Photography by Orlando Soria Dear Hommemakers, It’s been a while since we corresponded. Don’t worry, I’m not going to be one of those bloggers who shows up after months and makes excuses for why I was gone. I know that ultimately that always ends up sounding like when you run into your friend and she talks about how she’s so busy and hasn’t had time to respond to your texts and in your head you’re like “BUT I’M BUSY TOO! DO YOU JUST THINK I’M SITTING AROUND TEXTING YOU AND LIKING EVERY SINGLE ONE OF…

Orcondo Dining Room Gets Dinner-Party Ready with a Rug from Loloi

Photography by Daniel Collopy YOU GUYS! IMPORTANT: Okay, so this post is actually part of a really fun collaboration I did with Loloi and to promote their gorgeous Anastasia Collection. Before you do ANYTHING, I need you to to to the Contest Site and vote for my submission to this blogger challenge (which I explain at the end of the post). If I don’t win I’m coming to each and every one of your houses to blame you personally.  Dear Orcondoers, The last six months have been a whirlwind of home renovation in which every day has brought new adventures…

Designing With Homepolish

Photography by Bethany Nauert, Tessa Neustadt, and Zeke Ruelas, Courtesy Homepolish Dear Aspiring Designers, People are constantly asking me what my relationship to Homepolish is. “Did you start that company?” “Do you work there full-time?” “Do you take on non-Homepolish clients?” (The answers are “No, I wish!” ” yes,” and “no.”). Most people in my life, including my closest friends, have no idea what I do. They see me playing with throw blankets and fluffing pillows online and assume that’s what I’m up to every day. Since my relationship to Homepolish is shrouded in mystery, I thought I’d write a bit…

Orcondo Update: What These Modern Windows

Photography by Tessa Neustadt and Erika Berg Dear Orcondoners, Edouard and I have reached a very exciting moment in our condo remodel: window treatments. But it’s not always easy to figure out what type of window coverings to use in such a modern space. Curious to find out how we’re going to maintain privacy without losing our dignity? Check out Emily Henderson’s blog today to find out what what type of window treatments we chose for each room, and who this beautiful woman is: FULL STORY HERE >>> Love, Orlando

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One Bathroom Four Ways

 Photography by Tessa Neustadt courtesy Homepolish Dear Shame Diary, I have to tell you a terrible secret about myself that I’ve never told anyone, not even myself until now. I hate showering. I hate it a lot. It involves so much wetness, and that part where you get out and you’re all cold and clammy and your mom is all ARE YOU DONE YET IT’S TIME FOR SCHOOL. And you’re like MOM LEAVE ME ALONE NO ONE UNDERSTANDS ME. And then you wake up from that nightmare where you’re still in high school (Sidenote: I have a game I play…