Christmas at Chateaulando!

Photography by Zeke Ruelas Dear People Unsure About Whether to Decorate for the Holidays, If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, it’s not major news that I like decorating for Christmas (read posts from last year, 2015, and 2014 for evidence). I’m not sure why, but I’ve maintained the enthusiasm orMOMdo instilled in me for holiday decorating well into my adult life. Growing up, we went totally crazy decorating the cabin/house I grew up in in Yosemite. To this day, I see winter as a fun time of the year when you get to re-imagine your home and…

Jen Gotch Gets a Super Fun Parachute Makeover!

Photography by Carley Rudd Dear Diary, One of my favorite current projects is the web series I’m working on with Parachute. The videos are a chance to do a fun makeover and play while we shoot the video. I had so much fun on the first one, where I designed a nursery for Foujan. When I got the chance to work with Jen Gotch (founder of Bando) I was stoked because she is A) a friend of mine B) one of my favorite people to follow on Insta and C) my actual friend from real life. It helps that Jen…

Hark! A New Webseries with Parachute!

Photography by Nicole Lamotte, Video by Propeller Media Dear Diary, There’s been all sorts of fun developments in my career lately. Work with clients is plugging along (I have about eight right now, including some regular people clients and some celeb/press projects). And all sorts of fun partnerships and brand collaborations have been coming to me. One of the most exciting is my current partnership with Parachute . We’ve started a super fun web series and for the first episode I did an incredibly fun/cute makeover for couple (pictured below) who are about to have a baby. Foujan and Jeremy…

Holy Bertazzoni! I’m Renovating My Parent’s Ugly Kitchen!

Dear Design Diary, Literally the best thing ever is happening! Since my parents moved into their house I’ve been itching to redo their kitchen and now it’s finally happening. A little backstory: my parents moved out of my childhood home in Yosemite about three years ago and relocated to an area on the outskirts of Santa Rosa in Sonoma County. They found a great house where we can all hang out. An added bonus: my brother, his wife, and their kids live in a neighboring wine town called Windsor. It’s very cute up here and my parents love it. They…

Eight Signs You’ve Outgrown Your Apartment

Photograph by Tessa Neustadt Courtesy Homepolish You guys! I’ve started a new series for Architectural Digest! Here’s my first story for them! I just counted on my fingers and I’ve moved 19 times in the 13 years since I graduated from college. I never really thought about it, but I guess I have a thing for moving. Most of my moves were brought on by job changes, going to grad school, because I was staying with friends and family while I had no job, or because I simply was over the place I was living and decided to move. Sometimes…

Chateaulando Master Bedroom Reveal!

Dear Design Diary, Since we last gabbed, there have been some MAJOR updates in the Haus of Orlando. My master bedroom is done and ready to chat with you guys about what I chose and why. It’s only been a few days since I blabbed about my plans, but if you need to refresh your memory check out my intro post AND check out my even blabbier post on Hommemaker which has before pics and my plan for the space. CONTINUE READING >>>

My New Guest Bedroom is Finally Done!

Photograph by Zeke Ruelas Dear Self, I kind of freaked out when I finally saw my guest bedroom in its fully finished state. Which was insane, because I’d literately been there the whole time putting it together, sweating my face off and screaming at the ceiling. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, it’s Orlando and today I am revealing my guest bedroom, which I intro’ed last week on the blog. But.. back to the room. It wasn’t until everything was in place that was like “HI WHAT IS THIS CAN I LIVE IN HERE?” Since I moved into Chateaulando, this room…

Planning my Guest Bedroom

Photography by Tessa Neustadt and Orlando Soria Dear Design Diary, You Guys! So much is happening you are going to FREAK OUT when I tell you. If you haven’t been following my shenanigans on Instagram, you have to start because my life is RIDICULOUS right now. To make a long story short, I’ve skipped town for a few months and am currently living at my parents’ house, writing my book, and running my design business remotely from Sonoma County (about an hour north of San Francisco, think wine, vineyards, and redwoods). I have a strict deadline for my book (which is…

A Semihandmade Kitchen Makeover

Photographs by Zeke Ruelas Dear Diary, The long, national nightmare that was my kitchen renovation has finally come to a close! If you’ve been reading about it here, you know it was a total comedy of errors. I made a ton of mistakes, wasted way too much money, and ended up feeling taken advantage of by my landlord. But now that it’s done I’m just gonna do my best to move on. Sometimes when I’m stressing about something money-related I ask myself “Take money out of the equation, would you still be stressing about this?” If the answer is “no”…

Chateualando: Planning the Living Room

Dear Design Diary, Looking for an apartment in LA these days is no simple task. When my ex broke up with me, the first thing I did (after staring into a mirror forever wondering why I’d gotten myself into the pattern of falling for people who would ultimately do nothing but disappoint and hurt me) was look for a new place. There were lots of good options and lots of terrible options and the good options kept getting snagged right before I could get to them. For every apartment there were multiple applications. And there were so many apartments in weird…