Monthly Archives: May 2011

LA Street Art: Destroy All Design

Dear LA Street Artists/Sticker Enthusiasts,
For some reason there’s tons of street art all over Los Angeles and I always find it a delightful surprise to come across a new piece. Recently, I saw this piece across the street from my (soon to be adorable) apartment:

Love,
Orlando

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Whut Glamour: HRC Benefit Sale & Auction

Dear HRC,

Thanks for hosting that glamorous auction/sale at LDC Home the other night. It was an honor to have my paintings shown alongside all the beautiful works selected for the exhibition. The night was filled with snobby designers, gay hotties, and a luxurious supply of appetizers and cocktails. Here are some of the things I saw:

This installation of great antique pieces by Adam Straus served as the entry to the event.

Who doesn’t love horse art?

This collection of small drawings was by far my favorite piece in the show. I found out later it was done by my friend Johnny. I think I’m going to buy one or two of these. They are filled with so much love, tenderness, and humor (kind of like me).

This photo/chandelier moment was too ridiculous to pass up.

I liked this artist a lot, but most of his work was too NSFW to post on this site, which I like to imagine is being read as bedtime stories to little tykes everywhere.

 

 

And here are a few of my contributions (I forgot to get installation pics).

It was a glamourous night, filled with some of my favorite people in Los Angeles. The evening raised thousands for HRC and served as a great get together for the LA design community. Fun.

Love,

Orlando

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Why ‘The Shining’ Is The Scariest Movie Ever (Hint: It Has Something To Do With Interior Design).

Dear Stanley Kubrick,

I went to a screening of your film The Shining at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery recently and it scared me. A lot. I’ve seen the movie a million times but it remains at the top of my list of scary movies. I think the main reason it scares me so much is that I grew up playing in a hotel just like the one in the film. The Ahwahnee Hotel (located in my hometown Yosemite National Park) served as the inspiration for many of the film’s interiors. Because I lived in the woods and there was little to do aside from playing in the forest, my friends and I would go to the Ahwahnee and play tricks on tourists. Our favorite trick was to dress up in preppy clothes and stand in the elevator pretending to be the elevator operator. Tourists always found this unnerving because we were clearly just weird 7 year olds but for us it was a hoot. You can imagine my horror when I saw the elevator scene in the Kubrick film:

Not exactly what I remember happening in the Ahwahnee’s elevator that I used to (and sometimes still do) play in:

Striking similarity, right? I’m scared.

This is Kubrick’s Overlook Hotel, which is actually The Timberline Hotel in Mt. Hood, Oregon.

The exterior of the Ahwahnee looks nothing like The Overlook and doesn’t get nearly as much snow.

The lounge from the film is strikingly reminiscent of the one I grew up with. Here’s the one from the movie:

And here’s the lobby at the Ahwahnee:

None of the fancy Ahwahnee parties I went to had scary ladies with baseball bats like The Overlook:


…MOMMY! The rest of the interiors from the film are pretty amazing. One of the reasons the film is so scary is that it is so stark and beautiful. Emptiness, apparently, is absolutely terrifying.

The hallways in ‘The Shining’ have carpet that is distractingly awesome.

The service corridors of the Ahwahnee (and most older hotels I’d imagine) look much like these from the Overlook hotel.

And the bathroom is so great. Totally designer, yet somehow totally lonely.

Anyway, I love ‘The Shining’ because it hits so close to home for me (literally, the Ahwahnee is about a mile from the house I grew up in). Someday, I want to get married (to Brad Goreski) there, and I’m sure throughout the whole ceremony I’ll be expecting some scary little girls to appear and ask me to play with them. AHHHHHH!

Love,
Orlando

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Fashiontimez: YSL Shoe Video

Dear Diary,

Check out this completely gorgeous video made to advertise the Yves Saint Laurent 2011 Spring/Summer Sneaker Collection. It kind of makes me want to be a shirtless 20-year-old boy with -3% body fat. Famished glamour.

Love,
Orlando

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Do It Yourself: Shadowbox Artwork

Dear Mr. Chris (My Colleague From SFAS),

You’re awesome, you can make anything, and that’s why we’re friends. You recently made this fun shadowbox for a recent episode and it turned out, like, totally cool.

Here’s how you make it:

1. Make a frame using 1″ x 2″ pine. Nail or screw together using wood glue.

2. Cut two pieces of plywood, one the size of the artwork to be mounted the other 16″ larger in both directions so that there is space around the image. This will leave an 8″ border on all sides (you can choose whatever border size you want).

3. Glue, nail, or screw the smaller piece of plywood to the larger one so that there is equal spacing on all sides.

4. Stain or paint the wood and allow it to dry.

5. Apply hanging hardware to back of frame.

6. Adhere the artwork to the smaller piece of plywood with spray glue or finishing nails.

7. Hang on wall and admire forever.

This is how ours turned out. Super pretty, right?


Love,
Orlando

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Glamourtimez: The Melrose Project

Dear Matthew Lanphier,
Thank you for inviting Emily and me to that glamourous opening at The Melrose Project over the weekend. The evening was filled with delightful designers, inspirational interiors, and ample appetizers. I especially liked all the great ideas I got from wandering around. Nothing better than a lovely design-filled night, a nice glass of wine on a spring evening, and the company of my talented friends. The event was in honor of the current exhibition of furniture, art, and objects at The Melrose Project. My favorite piece was this “Heaven” light sculpture.

It was a fun treat when Emily showed up. I posed with our new potteryhead friend (center).

This is my friend Ryan. Hi Ryan.

I love this lighting solution. Creates a great big impact with not a lot of money but still looks chic. Would look awesome over a big dining table.

Spools of thread make a super pretty (giant) piece of wall art.

This head makes me feel happy inside.

This little house would make the perfect home for my collection of 100 hamsters.

This wall collection is so pretty and SO Emily Henderson.

I have a soft spot for octopi. And octomoms. Not really.

My handsome friend Matthew, a talented interior designer who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

A pretty photo I liked.

Aerial view.

These fun painted out globes were everywhere. I’m totally going to try this at home with some of the globes I have lying around. It really only works with flat globes (no topography) but would be pretty to do with glossy acrylic paint.

I love this cute painted on carpet idea. I’m totally a sucker for floor painting.

Another pretty collection of art hung in a wonderful curvy stairway.

Totally fun wall sconce collection.

Emily and I getting totally inspired. (By you).

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Fake Joan Didion Quote of the Week: Merry Maid!

“I looked in the pantry and there wasn’t any peanut butter. So I fired the maid! And then we laughed and laughed and laughed together because it was such a ridiculous reason for someone to lose her job. But I fired her anyway.” – Joan Didion

* Joan Didion never said this. But she has probably fired a housekeeper for a dumb reason at some point in her life.

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