Whut Glamour: Robert Bingaman’s Night Pool Series

Photographs Courtesy Robert Bingaman’s Website


Dear Art Nerd,

Every once in a while I see paintings and wish I’d made them and it infuriates me and makes me want to punch the computer whilst screaming “WHYYYYYYYYYYYYY!” These amazing pool paintings by Robert Bingaman are the perfect example. I love how simple yet totally intoxicating they are. I just want to jump inside these paintings and live in them forever, saying goodbye to the worries of the real world where you have to do boring things like eat breakfast and dress yourself every day. Enjoy Robert’s Night Pool series here and check out the rest of his work on his website.








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From Nasty to Rhinoplasty: Upholstery Made Simple

Photograph by Sean Gin Courtesy Homepolish


Dear Sir or Madam,

Remember when you were applying to jobs and you used to write cover letters and you’d always have no idea how to address them? “Do I write ‘Dear Sir or Madam’? Do I write ‘Dear Hiring Manager’? Do I write ‘Hi There’?” It was so confusing, because whatever you wrote it sounded stupid and you felt like you’d never get the job and it seemed pointless and annoying because applying for jobs is the worst thing in the world. Well this post I wrote for Homepolish Magazine is nothing like that. Instead, it’s a simple tutorial about how to reupholster a chair. It features lots of pictures of me frowning, looking super contemplative, busy, and important. Check it out!




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Homepolishing The Beach House Great Room

Photography by Tessa Neustadt Courtesy Homepolish


Dear Diary,

I spend a lot of time wondering if the stuff I do is weird. Like is my love for peanut butter unclean? Is is wrong to drink so much coffee every morning that I start vibrating? Does it make sense to listen to NPR all day just so I can hear liberal voices murmuring things about foreign policy even if I don’t listen to what they are saying and I just use it as a substitute for being around actual humans?

When I’m not neurotically second guessing daily activities, I’m usually wishing that whatever room I’m in was brighter, that it had more natural elements in it, and that its beach view was a beach instead of Laurel Canyon Boulevard. This is why I filled the beach house with so many natural materials, muted colors, and bright whites. Speaking of bright, blinding white, my skin. I went to the dermatologist yesterday and he was like “With your skin and eyes you should never go in the sun ever again. In fact I’m outraged that you ever went outside in the first place.” So this basically dashes all my dreams of waddling out of my future beach dream house and laying in the sun all day, wondering what Mandy Moore is up to and if she ever sings “Candy” in the shower.

I know what you’re thinking. That’s so sad. But I got the short end of the latino stick (I’m half, in case you’re curious). I have a friend who has literally the same genetic makeup as me and he has brown eyes and coconut skin and he can wiggle around in the sun all day and never get sunburned. If I can’t have skin that looks like beautiful, oiled brown leather and I’m not allowed to go outside, it’s vital I make my interior space look like a dreamland. Thus, I hope my space someday looks like the beach house.


The great room (which is where the living, dining, and kitchen are located) is where the high-low elements of the project really shine. Those contemporary chairs were a steal from CB2, while the solid marble coffee table from Timothy Oulton was a splurge. [Resources listed at bottom of post].


That throw is really soft. I may or may not have nuzzled it, whispering romantic things to it, while I was styling this photograph.



The sofa is one of my favorite parts of the whole beach house. Mainly because I got a straight guy to go for it. Every time I propose a light-colored sofa to a straight guy (or any man in general) he’s all “Whut if I eat a pizza on it?” And it’s like THEN DON’T EAT A PIZZA ON YOUR SOFA. I mean, I understand the desire to eat pizza alone whilst crying and staring at the ocean, but this sofa is worth eating your pizza in the kitchen (or better yet, a dark, private, shame-ridden closet).


This succulent garden gets a fair amount of light on the coffee table, but the trick to keeping him happy is to move him into the full sun every few days to allow him to luxuriate and absorb some UV rays. Unlike me, he is genetically predisposed to sit in full sun all day without dying of sun poisoning.


I know, I know. You’ve seen crabs like this a million times. But I felt like the beach house wouldn’t be complete without one. In fact, is any house really complete without a vintage brass ash tray?


These side tables from Wisteria sold out. Which is pretty much the saddest thing that has ever happened because I think they are amazing (and they were $80) and I want everyone to have them.


I love these water glasses. Once, one exploded in my hand while I was washing it and my hand squirted blood everywhere and it looked like that scene in The Addams Family where Wednesday and Pugsley do that super gory play and blood is spraying all over everyone’s faces. My boyfriend was like “WE’RE THROWING THESE ALL AWAY NEVER AGAIN!” And then I went back and bought a few more the next day to replace them. I guess I just like the thin glass walls, feeling the chill of cold water before it hits my thirsty, quivering mouth (side note: how gross/amazing is “quivering mouth”? Use it in a sentence today). Also, I like to live in danger because I am hardcore and dangerous and will stop at nothing until I rule the streets.


These West Elm brass lamps make me lose my mind every time I look at them. They are so cool and chic looking and such a good deal. As you can tell, I love a good deal.


This built-in desk is one of my favorite moments at the beach house. You can sit at it, work on your laptop, and think about how nice it would be if you were allowed to go outside. Dreamz…



Sofa from Crate & Barrel, Marble Coffee Table from Timothy Oulton, Chairs from CB2, Geometric Sidetables from Wisteria, Chandelier from Park Collective, X-Benches from West Elm, Milo Baughman-Inspired Side Table from West Elm, Mid-Century Floor Lamps from Crate & Barrel, Wooden Tray from Crate & Barrel, Agate Coasters from West Elm, Accent Pillows from Crate & Barrel, Ivory Throw from Crate & Barrel, Sisal Rug from Rugs USA, Brass Mid-Century Lamps from West Elm, Custom Desk by Francis Capone, Desk Chair from Crate & Barrel.


Dining Table from HD Buttercup, Eames-Inspired Chairs from Amazon, Succulent Arrangements by Mickey Hargitay, Console Table from Crate & Barrel, Nelson Bubble Pendant from Modernica.

This project was completed as part of my work with Homepolish, a full service design company that is revolutionizing the interior design industry and making everything better for design-strarved clients nationwide. If you’d like to work with me or another Homepolish designer, please visit our website and sign up for a consultation. 


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Interior Design Magazine’s Designers to Follow on Instagram

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I’ve had a lot of luck in with my Instagram account lately. I’ve been added to a few fun “Design Instagramers to Watch” lists, including Buzzfeed and DesignSponge. The latest of these lists I’ve magically been included on is Interior Design Magazine’s list of 15 Inspiring Designers to Follow on Instagram. They created their list in collaboration with a mobile mood board creation app called Morpholio, so each designer was tasked with creating a mood board representing their brand (see mine above). Below is the list of Interior Design Magazine’s list, along with each designer’s mood board:


Kemble Interiors


Miles Redd

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Vicente Wolf

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Angela Kounnas


Kyla Bidgood

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Knibb Design

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Martyn Lawrence Bullard



Bonni Whyte Interiors


Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

Go check out all these Insta accounts immediately. Also, check out the @homepolish account, which is obviously another one of my faves.



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D.I.Why? Making a Headboard All Alone By Yourself in Silence

Photographs By Sean Gin Courtesy Homepolish

headboard-2Dear Slumberers,

Do you have a bed with no headboard? Do you yearn to make one alone, by yourself, in silence, whilst weeping? If so check out my latest post for Homepolish Magazine! In it, you’ll learn how to make the lovely headboard featured above. Also, you’ll see hair-raising action shots like this one:


Think you can handle it? Head over to Homepolish Magazine and check it out!




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Deck Design Challenge Reveal: Before & After at My Parents’ House!


Dear The Cast of Melrose Place (the original one, not the Ashlee Simpson one, which I cannot stop watching now that it’s on Netflix because the fashonz are so 90z and amazing),

As you may remember, I entered a design challenge recently and I’m thrilled to announce that I have won and that everyone else is a complete loser. Just kidding I don’t know if anyone is actually winning. But if one were to win, I’m hoping it would be me. Or one of the other bloggers who entered the challenge. Or better yet a random person on the street who has never heard of Del Mar, ceiling fans, or Hommemaking. Anyway, let’s all remind ourselves of how gross my parents’ deck was before the makeover:


The brown paint was all “Hey, I’m depressing. Wanna come be depressed me with? I don’t got no Zoloft.” It made the space so dark and boring that it fills me anger that anyone ever thought it was a good idea to paint it that color. If time travel existed, I would go back in time and tell that person’s mom not to get pregnant, just to avoid this design tragedy, which, in many ways, has ruined my whole life.


But don’t worry, I have a long held philosophy when it comes to disaster color situations. Paint it white! I know that sounds boring and safe, but white is the perfect neutral backdrop. I love beautiful, bold uses of color, but sometimes the simplicity of white wins out. It reminds me of being in a glamorous art museum, ogling original Warhols, wanting to steal one and cherish it for the rest of time.


Painting this outdoor space took days and days. Well two actually. I forced my mom to help me do it and it was fun because we did it together and laughed about how terrible we are at not dripping paint all over the place. Aside from painting, the main thing I did to change the space was rearrange it to be a welcoming outdoor dining area. This space sits right outside the kitchen so it’s a convenient place to host a dinner party or just to come sit outside and drink a glass of wine (it is Sonoma County after all, home of America’s most beloved wines).


I also invested in a lot of cute table top stuff to add color to the space. My mom loves blue just as much as I do so it wasn’t difficult figuring out which placemats and napkins to buy.


As you can see, painting that ugly brown corrugated metal roof white is completely life changing and totally solves world hunger and stuff. It really made the space look so much happier which allowed me to forgive the awful person who painted it brown and maybe take back the thing I said about going back in time to make sure he’d never be born. Just kidding I still stand by that. I hate that guy.


My fiddle leaf fig outgrew my living room (it’s like 7′ tall now HAY) so I brought it up to use on the deck up here. It’ll be much happier here, swinging in the breeze, staring at my parents as they sit on their deck talking about how #blessed they are to have such a dutiful son.


I also added some potted succulents. These are in a pot made by a family friend, the color matching perfectly with our succulent arrangement.




I’ve never been a huge fan person, but adding this fan (which, full disclosure, was sent by Del Mar Fans as part of this design challenge) really made the space feel breezy and vacationy.


I added as many pillows and throws as possible to make the space feel loungey and glamorous. You might recognize the waves pillow on the left. My mom made these and I have a few in my apartment. They are a hand-dyed Japanese fabric and I love them completely and with all my heart and sometimes I make out with them when my boyfriend is out of town and/or not looking.





My mother made this workbench in a woodworking class like 30 years ago and it was just sitting in the garage feeling lonely and sad and neglected. She also made this awesome pipe bench. As you might imagine I get most of my craftymakingstuff skills from my mother, who is literally most talented builder/fabricator/sewer/maker I know.


So there we go. That’s the makeover. I’m pretty happy with how it turned out and can’t wait to go back up there to hang out (sometimes I wish LA were in Northern California so I could get up there more often). I’ll sit out on that deck, fantasize about the future, and think about how happy I am that the deck is no longer the color of depressing mud.



Dining Table and Chairs from Pottery Barn (no longer available), Chesapeake Sectional Sofa from Pottery Barn, Jute Rug from World Market, Recycled Wood Hurricane from World Market, Blue Placemats and Napkins from World Market, Natural Fiber Table Runner from World MarketTribal Carved Accent Stool from World Market, Chunky Throw from West Elm, Blue & White Floral Pillow from Pottery Barn, Rhodes Blue Diamond Pillow from Ninespace, Large-Scale Lantern from Pottery Barn, Blue Garden Stool from One Kings LaneKichler White Ceiling Fan from Del Mar Fans.

From my mother’s vintage collection: Safari Napkin Rings, Pewter Water Pitcher, Japanese Appetizer Dishes, Planters.

Handmade by my mother: Martha Stewart DIY Pipe Bench, Work Table, Waves Pillow.

This post was done in collaboration with Del Mar Fans, who furnished the fan and subsidized a portion of the outdoor furnishings. I received no compensation for this post and the opinions expressed are my own and genuine.


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Fashiontimez: Eliran Nargassi’s Cool Clothes You Need to Covet


Dear Fashion Diary,

I was sitting at home alone the other night, minding my own business and fantasizing about the future, when I came across this exciting fashion designer on Etsy. His name is Eliran Nargassi and his work excites me because it’s interesting and unique and for dudes. Have you ever noticed how fashion for guys is always boring and disappointing? Meanwhile, women’s fashion is filled with creativity and fun. Don’t get me wrong, I love a classic suit and tie combo. But it’s always refreshing to see something kind of cool/weird out there in guys fashion.

Also, I kind of love that this guy comes from Israel and is making an effort to revitalize its fashion scene. I have been so frustrated lately with what’s going on over there. I can’t even listen to any news about it without getting outraged by how sad and destructive and pointless this conflict is. Like watching Israel and Palestine go at it just makes you realize how stupid and irrational war is and how it doesn’t make any sense and you just want to go over there and be like “DUDE. STOP.” Also, for some reason no one seems to be able to talk about it without citing some sort of biased information (either pro-Israel or pro-Palestine, always one-sided) so it’s impossible to feel like you’re ever getting the real story of what’s going on. All of this has nothing to do with this guy’s amazing fashion line or his credibility as a designer but my point is that I’m happy to see something positive coming out of this region since our perception is that it’s crazy and war torn and filled with conflict (which it obviously is but people are still living their lives, creating and that is reassuring).

I’ve sifted through the (amazingly priced) Eliran Nargassi Etsy Shop and here are my favorite pieces from his collection:




I just want to buy all these clothes and go to a party and stand in a corner looking aloof and scary and misunderstood.





If you are part of a couple, you definitely need to buy these matching outfits and wear them all over town, terrifying everyone.


Oh, and he also designed totally cool sandals and they’re $45. And this is important because I’ve been needing sandals lately but don’t feel like spending $200 on something I might hate in a month. You can see more of his stuff on the Eliran Nargassi Etsy Shop or check out his website. Have fun! Buy something!



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Homepolishing The Beach House Guest Rooms

Photographs by Tessa Neustadt courtesy Homepolish


Dear Diary,

The owner of the beach house is constantly hosting friends and thus wanted the two guest rooms there to be welcoming and comfortable. I had a great time designing them because there’s always less pressure with guest rooms than there is on bedrooms where people sleep every night, scrutinizing all of your design decisions each night before they go to sleep. I ended up loving the these two rooms, which have the same spare design of the rest of the home but feel a little more playful, more youthful. The goal with these spaces was to make them look sophisticated and chic without spending a billion dollars.

Thus, most of what is in these rooms is easily sourced and can be found at accessible stores like Crate & Barrel, West Elm, and Pottery Barn. You can recreate these looks pretty easily. Which you should. In your own beach house. Right now.




This bed was one of my favorite finds. If you’ve ever searched for an affordable modern wooden bed, you’ll know it’s not easy to find one that isn’t $150,000. And it kind of makes me want a new bed to replace my new one.


Another find: this crazy lamp from West Elm. They’ve been really killing it with their mid-century inspired pieces lately.


If you frequently have guests, it might be fun for you to invest in one of these little water carafes. I found this one at Lawson-Fenning. It’s unlikely that your guests will actually use these, but it makes them feel like you thought about them before they arrived, which will make them feel special and then maybe they’ll buy you something.




Art by Jurg Lehni is the clear star of the second guest bedroom. I love that work (which is made with spray paint, by machines programmed by Lehni). I tied it into the rest of the room by bringing in black side tables and these life-changing lamps from One Forty Three.



Someday, when I am a guest at the beach house, rolling around on those comfy white beds, I will thank myself for making them so bright,  happy, and inviting. You’re welcome beach house.


Bedroom 1 Resources

Bed from Crate & Barrel, Bench from West Elm, Bedside Tables from West Elm, Bedside Lamps from West Elm, White Bedding from West Elm, Blanket from Pottery Barn, Rug from West Elm, Chandelier from Schoolhouse Electric, Art by Jurg Lehni.

Bedroom 2 Resources

Bed from CB2, Rug from West Elm, Sisal Poufs from Lawson-Fenning, White Bedding from West Elm, Blanket from Pottery Barn, Accent Pillow from Ikea, Lamps from One Forty Three, Bedside Tables from Crate & Barrel, Art by Jurg Lehni.

This project was completed as part of my work with Homepolish, a full service design company that is revolutionizing the interior design industry and making everything better for design-strarved clients nationwide. If you’d like to work with me or another Homepolish designer, please visit our website and sign up for a consultation. 


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I Entered A Design Challenge And If I Don’t Win Everyone Will Die


Dear Reader,

Do you have a big outdoor space that is just DYING for a makeover? Me neither. Because I am a poor, apartment-dwelling fool and the closest thing I have to an outdoor space is the window ledge I sometimes stand upon because I am so upset about not having an outdoor space. Thus, you can imagine my confused outrage when I was approached by Del Mar to enter into their outdoor space design challenge. Now I know what you’re thinking. You’re all “GAG ME WITH A SPEWN THIS IS A TOTALLY LAME SPONSORED POST” but it’s totally not. I am not getting paid anything to do this challenge. I actually lost money on it so DEAL WITH IT LADIEZ. Del Mar furnished me (and two other Glamourbloggers) with a fan and $800 to buy stuff for the makeover. I ended up spending more because the space I chose to makeover is at my parents’ house and I am a REALLY GOOD SON (after you see the transformation you’ll wish you’d birthed me).

Okay so I lied. I am getting paid. PAID IN LOVE. There is nothing more fun than taking your mom shopping and buying her stuff so I guess that counts as payment.

The only rule in the challenge was that I had to use the fan outdoors. Which at first sounded difficult then I realized that outdoor fans are actually kind of glamorous and fun. This is what the fan looks like:


And here’s what my parents’ deck looks like. Before you get all grossed out by that wall color don’t blame them for it. They moved in recently to a flipped house and the flipper made some interesting (read: cheap ass and tacky) design decisions that they are slowly fixing. One of them was painting the outside of the house the color of really ugly Maybelline foundation.

IMG_0434And now I’d like to go on a little rant about flippers. You know, people who take cheap ugly foreclosures, fill them with builder grade garbage, and then finish everything off with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops and TRICK EVERYONE into thinking they did something sophisticated? Those people. I wish they would all die in a fire.

IMG_0430The outdoor space in question is right outside the kitchen. Previously, it was super dark and depressing because the flipper painted everything brown. The paint, mixed with the corrugated metal roofing, made the whole thing look trailery and gross.

My goal with the space was to make it look more unified with the bright, happy interior of the house.  The house itself has great lines, tall ceilings, and a ton of natural light. It sits up on a hill on the outskirts of Santa Rosa, in glorious Sonoma County and has a 1970s modern vibe (though some obnoxious neo traditional accents have been added to it over the years, slowly being removed).


3d3ca14276eb994f2277dc8cf3166ccbI love the casual, eclectic vibe of this image. Totally up my parents’ alley.


My mom probably would have liked something with this crazy color situation, but I hate orange so that was out of the question.


I liked this space because it seems to have the same “Wait are we inside or outside?” kind of conundrum my parents’ deck has.


This was my color inspiration. I just love how sophisticated and spare it is.

So yeah, that’s the situation. I have that ugly ass brown deck, a fan, and $800. Can I save my parents deck from being all dark and trailery? ONLY TIME WILL TELL.

Don’t be a deck. Come back next Friday to find out.



Inspiration Images Via: Whatever Forever, Toast & Nutella, Decor Com Gosto, The Colored Door, Paper Blog.


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A New Bedroom Gets Newer With Some New Newness!

Dear Everyone!

I made some changes to my bedroom and now they’re on the internet for you to put your googleyes on! Check out my new, improved, masc4masc bedroom on Emily’s blog!


Hurry! There’s not very much time left BEFORE THE APOCALYPSE ENGULFS US ALL IN FLAMES.





Check out the step-by-step instructions for how to get this look yourself, including where I bought everything, at Homepolish Magazine! Hurry!


Okay bye.


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