Homepolish Highlights: Tropicaltimez in Noa Santos’ Living Room

24 October 2014

Photos by Claire Esparros Courtesy Homepolish


Dear Design Dorks,

As you know I’m the West Coast Creative Director of Homepolish. Thus, I’ve decided to start a series highlighting my favorite projects from the company’s roster of crazy talented designers. Who better to start with than Noa Santos, the designer who started it all with his cofounder Will Nathan just a few years ago.


As soon as I saw the banana palm tree in the corner, I knew Noa and his boyfriend Ross had great style. Before that I was like “That’s a lot of asymmetrical ironic flowing sweaters and male jeggings for one couple.” JUST KIDDING I’M JUST JEALOUS BECAUSE THEY’RE SO SKINNY. They were drawn to their Gramercy Park apartment for its crisp white walls and dramatic black floors. They used this as a great jumping off point to create a graphic, elegant apartment filled with light.


Both Noa and Ross are from Hawaii so, like me, they have a tropical fascination. But don’t let their island upbringing fool you. These are city boys, so they wanted an apartment that felt chic and urban. Ross is a PR exec and Noa runs Homepolish  so they also needed a space where they could hobnob glamorous guests and laugh about how fun their lives are.



I’m obsessed with these chairs and want them for myself. I’d sit on them every day and be like “Don’t you like me *so* much more than Noa and Ross?” and they’d be all “THANK YOU FOR GETTING US OUT OF THERE YOU ARE A TREASURE.”


Ross does PR for a lot of different alcohol brands. That’s why they have all this luxurious liquor in their home. Not because they have totally fun parties I’m never invited to all the time where they laugh about how they thought about inviting me but then were all “GROSS NO!”



I’ve always been a fan of trunk coffee tables. Also a fan of: trunks FILLED with gold. Or something even more precious: Kate Moss books.


These candle holders are a serious steal and everyone needs them. And they make great gifts. You should stop what you’re doing right now and buy some for everyone you know and then  hope that someone buys them for you. And if no one buys them for you, time for new friends!

Noa-18Ross and Noa being cute, canoodling.


Personal note to Noa: I’d love to be invited over for dinner next time I’m in town. And by “dinner” I mean “I’d like to live underneath your sofa, in secrecy, eavesdropping on your conversations, from now until the day I die.” Thank you.

For resources and more images of this project, check out the full story on Homepolish Magazine.



4 Comment

  1. Elisa says:

    I love the huge plant is such a small space.

  2. jen says:

    You ARE a treasure Orlando! I love your blog posts. 🙂

  3. Ash B says:

    Nice space and a very fun post… Especially the use of my favourite word: “canoodling”.

    And what Jen said.

  4. Karen says:

    A.) you are a very talented designer, I really love your style.
    B.) the man in the first picture looks like a mannequin, he’s so perfect.
    C.) how do you get chairs to talk to you? mine never say anything.

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