A Personal Art Moment in My Master Bedroom

Photographs by Orlando Soria


Dear Diary,

For some reason last night, I started thinking about my first apartment in LA. So I did some self-googling and found an old picture of it on this blog:


I moved into that place in 2007. What I love about looking at this picture is how creative and thrifty everything is. At this point in my life I had literally zero dollars. Everything in in the photograph is either a hand-me-down, handmade, or from Ikea. But I took pride in that space and I think it was really cozy and happy and homey. One of my core beliefs as a designer is that even if you don’t have a lot of money, creativity can get you a long way.


This was my next LA apartment, after a year where I moved to New York and then came back again, months being technically homeless and just staying with friends and family, and a few apartments that ended up being totally weird/unihabitable. That bedroom served me well, but after a breakup it felt weird that I was sleeping in the same bedroom I shared with my ex, so I gave it a little refresh in an attempt to it feel like a new place for me to start again:


I really loved that apartment, but when it came time to move in with Edouard, I jumped at the chance to redo his crazy 80s condo and turn it into the home of my dreams. The master bedroom is one of my favorite rooms in the condo because it is features the most saturated wall color (the rest of the condo is bright white). The bedroom obviously has a much more sophisticated flavor than my first place in LA, but I’d like to think the creativity that made my first grown up home so welcoming is still alive in my current bedroom.


The wall opposite the bed had a long, horizontal hole in it that was just begging for a panoramic piece of art. So I came up with the idea to create a large scale photograph of Yosemite (my hometown), so I could see it every morning when I woke up. I actually had to visit Yosemite a few times before the weather cooperated with me. The first time I went, Yosemite Falls was dry, my photo attempt was foiled, and everything was sad and depressing.


The biggest barrier was figuring out how I was going to print and frame this giant series. Luckily, I came across Livestock, which is an amazing online service the prints your large-scale (and small-scale) photographs, frames them, and then delivers them right to your door.


A strange-but-true fact about me is that I actually majored in photography in college. But I haven’t used my skills since then, aside from figuring out how to compose Instagram photos. So I didn’t have any local resources for printing large photos and I had no idea how the quality of these prints from Livestock would turn out. When the photos arrived, I was extremely pleased with the quality of the prints. No weird digital noise or fuzziness. They’re art quality prints and they look great.



The five prints each got a one inch mat, a decision I kind of regretted when they arrived. Part of me thinks they look a but more formal with the mat, another part of me thinks it chops up the continuity of the series, too many vertical lines. Thoughts?


West Elm made and sold these lamps for a while, but they stopped selling them. I kind of love and hate when big retailers stop making items after I buy them. I love it because then it means that I have something kind of special not a lot of people have. But I hate it as a blogger because it makes it harder for readers to find the items I’m sharing. West Elm has subsequently come out with another version of this lamp which I also love (and am considering for the living room).


The pottery is from my family friend Susanne French, who I’ve known my whole life. The Acoma Pueblo pottery was purchased from the gift shop at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite (a corporate takeover renamed the historic hotel “The Majestic” recently, but I’ll never call it that).


If you’ve been reading me a long time, you probably know I grew up in Yosemite National Park. If you’re new, the above photo shows the approximate location of the house I grew up in. You can’t actually see it in this picture, but it is nestled amongst those trees at the base of Yosemite Falls. People are often weirded out by this fact, because people living in National Parks is pretty rare, but it is a true fact about my past. I miss that place like crazy. My parents retired to Sonoma County (California’s wine region) and so now going home is more about waterfalls of wine than actual waterfalls.


This is the whole series together. Editing these bad boys was actually pretty challenging because each of these files is huge and kept crashing Photoshop (I know I probably should have been using another program, but that’s all I had on my computer). Luckily, Homepolish’s photo director Claire helped me figure out how to balance them all so they matched and looked their best. This is what each photo looks like on their own:






My parents left Yosemite about two years ago, and the first time I went back it was January. It was seventy degrees and there was no snow in sight. That was the first time I attempted to take this photo, but it came out as sad and depressing as the visit itself (Yosemite in winter without snow feels post-apocalyptic). So you can imagine my joy when I went back and there was snow everywhere.


An added benefit of the winter photographs is that the snow helps brighten up my dark and moody master bedroom (the wall color is Ralph Lauren Iron Blue btw). The series is purposefully disjointed, you’ll see certain elements repeat or be cut off. I wanted to add some rhythm to it by chopping up the image. I found that disjointedness a bit more exciting than just a straight up panoramic.


Having these photos in my room was a great way for me to bring a bit of my history into my home. I miss being able to go to Yosemite like I used to (it’s just not the same going there and staying in a hotel), so it’s nice to have a daily reminder that it’s still there. And it gets back to lessons I learned with my first LA bedroom, that making things yourself can be a great way to make your space beautiful, personal, and interesting.



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A Colorful Makeover for a Bright Youtube Star

Photographs by Tessa Neustadt Courtesy Homepolish


Dear Diary,

Wanna see the craziest, most colorful design I’ve done for a Homepolish influencer yet? Check out my makeover of Joey Graceffa’s office (and his boyfriends cute outdoor lounge) on Homepolish Mag!




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Orcondo Bedrooms & Common Areas


Dear Renovation Revelers,

My final Orcondo post for Emily Henderson went live today and it features some of my favorite spaces in the condo: the bedrooms. If you love transformations, you need to see this. Here is a preview of the type of before/after action you can expect:


Enticed? Head on over to Emily’s blog to read the rest.



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Before & After: Orcondo’s Kitchen & Bathrooms


Dear Lovers of Mega Makeovers,

As you know, Orcondo is all done with her plastic surgery and ready to face the world with her gorgeous new face! We’ve been revealing the condo step by step on Homepolish and Emily Henderson’s blog, so today we have some extra special updates to share with you. It’s time to chat about the kitchens and bathrooms. Which previously were the grossest spaces in the condo and now are the most delectable. Click on through to hear their courageous stories.



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Taking a Hollywood Hills House from Flab to Fab

Photographs by Tessa Neustadt Courtesy Homepolish


Dear Home Renovation Lovers,

One of my favorite projects was covered in some of my favorite publications (Architectural Digest and Homepolish Magazine!). But what you might not have seen in these publications is the SUPER DRAMATIC transformation this house underwent. I have to admit, Donnie and Ryan (the adorable couple featured above) had a great contractor who did the lion’s share of the work. But I was around to wave my Homepolish magic wand, making final decisions on finishes, wall-color, and obviously, furniture. Below is a mouth-watering collection of before and after pictures that will make you so happy to be alive.


Before, this living room was kinda crazayzay. I mean, normally I’m all for keeping spaces as open and free as possible, but the opening between the two rooms made them hard to layout and organize. Closing up the wall left us with the opportunity to create a cozy sitting space.


Donnie had this cute little navy blue sofa from a former apartment, along with the coffee table. The prints above the sofa are from Minted (as is much of the art in the home). This particular print is actually the same one repeated three times but rotated so it looks like three different prints. I did this because I loved the piece and I wanted to repeat a dot motif on that wall. The wall color in here is Dunn-Edwards Enchanting Ivy.


The accessories in the sitting room are mostly from flea markets. Donnie and Ryan are very close with their families and have family photos everywhere. Which made this room feel particularly cozy and homey. The redwood photograph by Kamala Nahas above the fireplace is a breath of fresh air and speaks to the forest green color palette in the room, which speaks to me, and now I’m speaking to you.


The powder room got a snazzy transformation with a custom vanity and THE WORLD’S MOST AMAZING WALLPAPER. I didn’t want to leave the vanity out of the fun, so I gave her a gorgeous accent color, Parisian Night from Dunn-Edwards.


Because the wallpaper has such a vintage vibe, I decided to add a modern twist to keep the whole space from feeling too old-timey. This gorgeous abstract print by Juniper Briggs did the trick. AND SO CAN YOU!


The formerly beige shower got a much-needed marble makeover.


The living room is my favorite part of this house. Previously, it was a muddy beige color (Also, somewhere an elephant is wandering around looking for his tusks. Not cool). The pretty light grey color used throughout much of the house is Dunn-Edwards Vapor. It’s so soft and beautiful. Like you. The sofa is from Restoration Hardware and the coffee table and console are from HD Buttercup.


We had beautiful custom drapery made by The Shade Shoppe and added a preppy stripe to make us feel like we’d been magically transported to a lovely Cape Cod cottage.


This beautiful print by Stephanie Nowotarski adds a little edge to this otherwise classic and cozy living room.


I kinda went crazy buying flowering branches at the Downtown LA flower market. If you’re ever trying to spruce up your home for guests or want your home to look particularly polished, adding branches will always do the trick. Branches are a surefire way to make people think you’re way more important than you actually are.


Accessories are a collection of stuff Donnie and Ryan already had, accented with vintage pieces and things I found at West Elm.


Anna Ullman, one of my favorite LA artists, created these incredible mono prints, which were the inspiration for the living room’s accent color.


Here’s the other one. I love it so much. I wish I were sitting on those little stools right now, staring at it.


These ceramic tower lamps from Wisteria add the perfect pop to this neutral wonderland.


Don’t you just want to smash your face into that sofa and scream into its down cushions about how much you love it?


The bedroom previously had a very contemporary vibe, with an open closet behind the bed. Closing off the wall and adding wood paneling to the ceiling gave the space a much stronger sense of architectural importance.


The bedroom also received custom drapery from The Shade Shoppe, as well as this gorgeous rug from Pottery Barn. My favorite thing in the room is this AMAZING CROCODILE from Mix Furniture. We wanted something sculptural and interesting to make the space feel as cool as my clients, and I think this guy fits the bill.



The striped linen duvet cover is one of the best things I’ve ever seen in my life and I’m so happy they have it. The bird pillows are vintage West Elm, from a photo shoot I did a few years ago. They’re exactly the right amount of dreamy.


The crescent window above the french doors provided a bit of a window treatment design challenge, so we had custom shutters made to block the bright sunshine.


The previously-contemporary fireplace got a traditionally-inspired makeover, accented by one of my favorite things on earth: BUILT-IN SHELVING. I accessorized the shelves with their collection of books and photographs, adding in my own flea market finds.


The beige-on-beige-on-brown-on-beige bathroom got a spectacular marble update. The whole space feels so much brighter and cleaner now.


The Matthew Sampson print adds come color and serenity to the already-soothing bathroom. Even just looking at it now makes me want to fall asleep. In a good way.


The upstairs guest bath got a sophisticated update, with a new custom vanity and marble tile throughout. We also added wood panel detailing to the walls to give it some architectural interest while keeping it white and minimal.


Kitchen styles go in and out, but one thing that seems to be classic is simple white cabinetry. Throughout the kitchen we added gray Caesarstone and white custom cabinetry. The island got a special accent color (Dunn-Edwards Porpoise) and marble countertop.


A little breakfast nook provides their dog with a cute place to relax whilst drinking a whole bottle of rosé alone, an activity I do most Monday mornings.


The backsplash tiles, which are from Atlas, add a subtle color that brings in some warmth while allowing the kitchen to stay soothing and neutral.


In Ryan’s office, we created a large-scale custom wallpaper by enlarging a photograph taken by one of his friends. It gives the otherwise gentlemanly, traditional space a bit of movement and frivolity.


We’re still working on the dining room, so we don’t have a lot of photos of it yet. But we did manage to install the world’s most lovely indigo grasscloth in there. It’s the kind of wall covering you just want to hug and squeeze forever.


Artwork by my friend Erika Gragg adds some color and cheer to the entry space. If you need more cheer, you can see more of this project on Homepolish Magazine. Check it out!



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Adding Warmth to a White Kitchen

Photograph by Tessa Neustadt


Diary Diary,

Are you curious how I got my white kitchen to feel warm and inviting? Just kidding, you’re just a diary, I doubt you’re curious about anything. For those HUMAN readers out there, feel free to check out my latest post for Homepolish Magazine, in which I give some tips on how to make your white kitchen as gorgeous and attractive as you are. Hurry!



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The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly at My Beach House Renovation

Photographs by Tessa Neustadt Courtesy Homepolish


Dear Diary,

If I had to make a list of my very favorite things to do in the entire world, looking at before and after pictures of houses would probably be near the top. There’s something insanely satisfying about looking at a gorgeous interior photograph and then looking at a totally ugly picture of what it used to look like. It’s like, no matter how pretty the after photo is, it’s always prettier in contrast to the revolting before picture. This is why when I meet people for the first time, I like to show them a hideous picture of myself in high school, obese with cystic acne and ugly hair. Then I pull that photo away to reveal my today-face. And people are like “OH MY GOD YOU’RE GORGEOUS! Especially compared with that disgusting troll doll photo you just showed me!”

The only thing better than looking at before and after photos of houses is looking at before and after photos of houses I designed. This has the added benefit of stroking my incredibly thirsty ego AND the same visual crunch that looking at regular before/afters. So you can imagine my joy when I remembered that, for once, I’d actually taken before photos at a client’s house. You may have seen this house written up on Lonny or Homepolish. But today I’m going to divulge all the nasty that came before this glorious rhinoplasty. GET READY!



A little history on this house: it was built in 1953 and was relatively untouched. It’s in San Clemente in a super cute, sleepy neighborhood that just happens to be across the street from the beach. My clients brought me on at the beginning of the renovation. Not because they needed me to coordinate anything (these people are wizards who basically always have a contractor on call – they live my dreamlife). I was brought on to give my design expertise and to make them feel more confident about knocking down, like, every wall that stood in the way of their freedom to live in glamour.


And, TA-DAH! Look at my new face! The room’s all “YOU HATED ME IN HIGH SCHOOL AND NOW I’M PRETTIER THAN YOUR DUMPSTERFACE!” In the living room, we kept many of the original features but ripped up the carpet to reveal (unexpectedly gorgeous) hardwood floors. And then (because interior design makes literally no sense) we covered those floors back up with a gorgeous sisal. We added in a 10′ wide accordion door, which opens up the front of the house to delicious, decadent sea breezes that remind anyone who visits that, yes, the world is a wonderful place.


There are lots of things about mid-century architecture that are charming, classic, and amazing. But that super weird half-wall plopped right in front of the door is not one of them. I’m not really sure what that guy was doing there, but he was a major buzzkill and had to be let go. We let him go as gently and tactfully as we could, yielding axes and screaming “WHYYYYY!!!” as we chopped him down and burned him in the fireplace.


What a difference a day make, huh? Here’s the same space without that disgusting carpet, which was for sure haunted and def filled with the misery and tears of a thousand ghosts. Also, HELLO. That chair (which I found at Lawson-Fenning and forced the clients to splurge on) is one of my favorite things on earth. After looking at before and after pics, obviez.


By the time my clients had finished spending a bajillion dollars on renovation (realistically about $200k), we were all basically like Oliver Twist. PLEASE SIR, CAN I HAVE SOME MORE? Except instead of soup we were hungry for art. My totally genius solution was to buy some gorgeous wallpaper from Black Crow Studio and have it framed at my cheap frame guy.


I learned a while ago that you can get away with doing furniture from big box stores if you find art and objects made by real artists. This spooky eyeball from Michele Quan Studio tells my clients “Hey, I’m watching you. If you move that pillow over there I’ll cut off your arms.” Also, since Michele Quan’s name is basically Michele Kwan, every time my clients look at this sculpture they can think back on a time where American figure skating really did Make America Great Again.

Living Room Resources: Sofa from Restoration Hardware, Painting Above Sofa from Black Crow Studio, Wicker Chair from Lawson-Fenning, Credenza from West Elm (no longer available), Eye Sculpture from MQuan Studio, Coffee Table from Crate & Barrel (no longer available), White Upholstered Arm Chairs from Wertz Brothers (vintage), Blue Throw Blankets from West Elm, Floor Lamp from West Elm, Painting Above Fireplace by Nick Bodimeade.  



A really good before picture should be as disgusting as possible, so I’d like to thank the person who sold this house for like two million dollars and didn’t bother to paint their disgusting walls. YOU GO GIRL! Without these scruffy walls, this would look like a normal room. A normal room with a haunted carpet filled with ghost tears, but a normal room nonetheless.


This room was a pretty simple one to makeover. Since this is a vacation home, the clients didn’t need a lot of storage. This cleared the way for me to use a cute little dresser under the TV.


That big window looks out directly over the ocean, so my clients can listen to waves crashing as they dream about how much they love me and wish I lived with them in their gorgeous newly renovated home. (I could sleep on that luxurious megabench at the end of the bed!)


Being that this room is very bright and open, I decided on a pretty muted color palette of greys punctuated with hits of indigo.


My friend Ben Medansky made this vase in collaboration with my other friend John Parot. LET THIS BE A LESSON TO ALL OF US THAT THOSE WHO BEFRIEND ARTISTS ARE THOSE WHO FIND THE BEST POTTERY AND ART. And those without artist friends are cursed to die alone, freezing like the Little Match Girl, without ANY pottery.


I’m obsessed with this photo because I can’t stop staring at the Joni Mitchell/witch art I sourced for above the bed. Joni WITCHELL. I put her there so if they ever move anything (even the bedding to get inside) she will come alive and drag them to the pits of hell singing “BLUE-OOOO-OOOO-OOOO-OOOO!”


HOW CUTE IS THIS LAMP? That’s it. That’s all I had to say here.

Bedroom Resources: Bench from West Elm, Bed from CB2, Nightstands from Crate & Barrel, Chandelier from West Elm, Lamps from One Kings Lane, Dresser from West Elm, Bedding from West Elm (no longer available), Wool Art from Lawson-Fenning



This is the kids’ room before we started renovation. I actually think this would have been a great room for kids. IF YOU HAD THE WORLD’S WORST CHILDREN WHO DESERVED NOTHING BUT PUNISHMENT AND DESPAIR.


Fortunately, my clients don’t have demonchildren, so we decided their room should get a colorful makeover. My favorite part is the wave pattern I painted on the wall (full disclosure: my client helped me paint and we spent the whole time talking about our feelings). It gives the room a subtle point of interest and gives a gentle nod to the fact that we’re at the beach. And by “gentle” I mean it basically screams “HEY THE BEACH IS RIGHT THERE DID YOU NOTICE? IS ANYONE LISTENING? DOES ANYONE CARE ABOUT ANYTHING AT ALL???”


Part of my design plan was that I threw away any toys, clothing items, or shoes that didn’t go with my beachy blues color scheme. Luckily, the adorable children were allowed to keep this cute skateboard. The rest of their toys didn’t fare so well and suffered the same fate as that weird room separator that used to stand in front of the front door. That’s right. I chopped them with an axe and then burned them.


An important fact about skateboards is that they’re much more useful as home decor than as a floatation device. People who use them in the ocean have a 100% higher chance of being bitten in half by a shark than people who lean them in corners and just look at them. THE MORE YOU KNOW.

Kids’ Room Resources: Arrow Shelves from Etsy, Rug from Rugs USA, Bunk Bed from Restoration Hardware, Beanbag from Fatboy, Dark Paint Color Caribbean Cool by Benjamin Moore, Light Paint Color Water Drops by Benjamin Moore



You know what’s totally depressing? A totally depressing hallway. Like this one, which screamed “I WAS ONCE LOVED BUT IT HAS BEEN SO LONG SINCE I’VE BEEN TOUCHED BY A HAND THAT TRULY LOVES ME.”


But hey, ripping up carpet, changing out cabinet hardware, and refinishing the floors can do wonders! (Sidenote: mid-century houses really knew what they were doing with storage. Like everything that can be storage, is storage. Now builders are like “LET’S PUT A HUGE HOLLOW WALL HERE WITH NO DOORS IN IT!” People in the 50s really knew that the key to happiness was having a place to hide all the things that brought shame upon them and their families.)

Hallway Resources: Hardware from Liz’s Antique Hardware



This is the type of guest bedroom you wish you had if you have guests that come and stay for too long and throw their towels all over the bathroom like they’re at a hotel. But if you actually like your guests, perhaps a cleaner, more inviting space would be better.




I was obsessed with this pot from Lawson Fenning, which is handmade and weirdly comforting to touch. I spent a good five minutes caressing this thing. It was very weird in an East of Eden petting/spooky way.

Guest Bedroom Resources: Bed from CB2, Nightstand from CB2, White Linen Bedding from Parachute, Vintage Map from Shopclass, Lamps from Schoolhouse Electric, Pot/Vase from Lawson-Fenning



The man in this photo is saying something to the (hidden on the right) real estate agent I think you need to all hear. “MA’AM, THIS KITCHEN MAKES ME WANT TO WEEP AND JUMP INTO THAT WALL-OVEN.”


But with a little bit of design ingenuity and tons of physical labor I didn’t do myself, the kitchen was transformed into a culinary wonderland any modern cook would have to be insane not to love.


The Fireclay tiles are my favorite accent in the otherwise all-white kitchen. They add just enough color while still allowing the kitchen stay bright and peppy, like the 1950s housewife who probably originally inhabited this kitchen, popping pills and drinking wine whist cooking for her perfect family.


Pretty sure I got them a runner after this, but for now this area serves as prime SLIDING IN SOCKS territory for the kids.

Kitchen Resources: Range from Thermador, Integrated Refrigerator from Thermador, Countertops are White Caesarstone, Backsplash Tile is from Fireclay Tile



Before, the guest bath was cramped because it had unnecessary walls. But I was all “TEAR DOWN THAT WALL MR GORBACHEV!” And the walls came down to reveal a gorgeous, open bathroom.


The bathrooms are pretty simple and modern. But I added a little warmth and charm with small brass mirror and cute hand towels.


The faucets are the same Jason Wu for Brizo fixtures I have. But these are chrome and mine are black. They look chic in chrome. Who knew?!?


Most nights, I lay awake screaming because I never asked my client where she got these adorable beach towels. The rectangular bathtub is pretty awesome too. I have a thing for rectangular tubs.

Guest Bathroom Resources: Tub from Americh, Wall Tile Eleganza Tile, Foor Tile from Eleganza Tile, Tabletop Mirror from Lawson-Fenning



The dining room was previously cut off from the kitchen by a big wall. We had that wall torn out so the whole space would feel more open and inviting.


Now you can walk from the living room to the dining room to the kitchen to the library without going through one door! THE FUTURE IS HERE, AMERICA!

Dining Room Resources: Blue Stools from Joss & Main, Table by PCH Series, Chairs from West ElmRug from Rugs USA, “Cocktails” Art is Vintage. 



This is the cute little library that overlooks the back yard. Previously it was a pretty unusable space, covered in haunted carpet. (Sidenote: I’m not anti-carpet. I love it. It’s just kind of not something that lasts forever. You have to clean it regularly and replace it when it gets too nasty to come back).


WOOOP! Here’s the new space! We got rid of that crazy railing and put up a glass barrier to make the space feel more open while also protecting small children from falling from terrifying tall heights.


See how crazy and choppy it was before?


Now this room has a little under-the-stairs daybed (that’s actually a twin mattress and can sleep a guest).


The shelving, previously empty and neglected, was filled with objects, a mixture of things my clients already owned and accessories I sourced for them at the flea market.


There are accordion doors in the back of the house too. So the sea air can flow all the way through to the back yard. And if you squint your eyes you can see a bucket of booze on that outdoor dining table, just waiting for you to come over and guzzle.

Library Resources: Round White Concrete Table from CB2, Rug from Rugs USA, Leather Sling Chairs from Urban Outfitters (no longer available), Pouf by Nate Berkus for Target, Interlock Ring Sculpture by Michele Quan

Alright ladies. That’s it! I hope this tour has inspired you to complete your own glamorous before and after makeover this weekend. Make sure to take  DISGUSTING before pics before you start. GODSPEED!



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Hollywood Hills Home Goes from HORRENDOUS to HAY!

Photograph by Tessa Neustadt


Dear Renovation Lovers,

My recently-completed project for THE WORLD’S CUTEST COUPLE is finally done and up on Homepolish Mag. Follow this link to read about how we transformed this place from MEH to EH MEH GED! I’ll be covering the behind-the-scenes (including DISGUSTING before pics next week here on Hommemaker).




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Creating a Happy Place Part II: Finishing Touches!


Dear Sleep Lovers,

I recently teamed up with Cocoon by Sealy to spruce up my guest bedroom as part of their “My Happy Place” campaign. The timing was perfect, because I’m getting ready to (finally) do the full reveal of the Orcondo renovation and the guest bedroom was the one room that still felt lacking in polish. As a reminder, this is what the glamorous (and super comfy) mattresses that sparked the whole makeover look like:


The master bedroom at my condo is pretty dark and romantic (that’s a designer way of saying it get’s like no natural light). The guest bedroom, however, is bright and open. So I took inspiration from a few recent projects that featured bedrooms illuminated with tons of natural light.



This bedroom, which I designed for a Homepolish client in San Clemente, has pretty views of the beach and delicious, buttery West Coast sunsets.


This guest bedroom has the combo of simple minimalism and inviting coziness that I wanted my guest bedroom to have.


And finally, I’m obsessed with this bedroom at my clients’ Hollywood Hills home. It’s a pretty simple room, but the art, textiles, and lighting make it feel so personal and custom. I wanted my guest bedroom to feel like this.


I got this gorgeous photograph by Matin Zad from Tappan Collective a few years ago and I’ve been enchanted with it ever since. This image was the jumping off point for my design plan for the guest bedroom. I wanted the mood of the space to feel exactly like the photograph, totally peaceful, elegant, and cozy.


Spoiler alert! The photo ended up being hung above the bed! Luckily, it’s framed in a pretty lightweight frame, with plexi glass instead of heavy real glass. So it won’t decapitate my guests if it falls on their necks during an earthquake. I always tell people who live in California to be careful about what they hang over their beds. If it can cut you in half, don’t hang it there (i.e. don’t hang swords over your bed, k?).



I kept the color palette minimal and warm. The wall color is Sleigh Bells by Benjamin Moore, the trim is White by Dunn Edwards. I added in gold, sandy beige, and ivory in the art and bedding. I’m not normally so attracted to neutrals, but I wanted the room to feel quiet and comforting. Sometimes, part of good design is knowing when to stop. When you have enough color and visual interest. That moment came for me when I hung this gorgeous set of Japanese panels and knew that I wanted them to be my pop of color:


I found this piece at the flea market and couldn’t resist it. It’s definitely aged and some of the cranes on it look like ghosts, but it’s so beautifully painted and the metallic adds a nice formality to the room. Because the condo was completely renovated and so much of the furniture is brand new, it was important to bring in some pieces that were more weathered and touched by time. After all, this is supposed to be a Happy Place, and vintage stuff makes me happy.


I keep a crate full of extra bedding and pillows next to the desk so my guests will never feel cold, alone, and unloved. Like I did for the entirety of junior high. Naturally, this crate has become one of my obsessions and I often find myself going into the guest bedroom just to check on whether it’s still perfectly styled or not (if you take one pillow out, the whole thing is destroyed and life starts to feel chaotic and out of control).


I’m constantly switching out pillows and accessories so I won’t get bored with my space. So sometimes I’ll put the pillow and throws that normally are in my bedroom in the guest bedroom. It’s amazing how tiny things like this can change the vibe completely. Also, I’m a crazy person and maybe I have too much free time.


To continue with the My Happy Place theme, I even put a large-scale print from Minted in the closet. There isn’t a ton of room in there, so I wanted to make it feel more peaceful by hanging this calming piece.


One of the biggest improvements in my Cocoon by Sealy-inspired makeover (aside from the fun new mattress, obviez) was the closet makeover that finally gives guests the ability to stow their luggage in the closet instead of throwing it all over the floor like animals. Not sure if this improvement was more for me or my guests.


Making a Happy Place that is cozy and inviting for guests means showing them you care. This is why I always leave out a little carafe and a note about where to find water (we have a little water filter next to the tap). Small gestures can make your guest feel totally welcome. If you don’t do things like this for your guests, they may act out by standing over your bed, watching you as you sleep, cursing you with ancient witch spells.


I’m very happy about the guest bedroom turned out. Sometimes, when I go in there I get mad that it’s not my bedroom. Working with Cocoon by Sealy to transform it from SNAGGLE TOOTH to SNUGGLE ME has a true delight. And I can’t wait to share more of Orcondo in the next few weeks as we finally reveal its mega makeover!

If you’d like to do your own My Happy Place makeover, Cocoon by Sealy is offering my readers a $50 cash gift card with purchase when you enter the code STYLEMAKER50 at checkout. The code will be effective starting May 12, 2016 and all purchases with the code must be made by May 31, 2016. So if you entered our giveaway and didn’t win, think of this as your second chance to get something for free (congrats to winners Cece and Andrew, btw!). Happy bedroom designing, people!


Resources: Cocoon by Sealy Soft MattressBlu Dot “Dodu” Platform Bed from AllModernWhite Linen Duvet Cover from ParachuteHerringbone Blanket from Serena & LilyBath Robes from the Ace Hotel Gift ShopGymnasia Candle from Scenthouse, Grey Rug from RugsUSA, Custom Light Fixture by Park Studio, Matin Zad Print from Tappan Collective, Breath Print from Minted, Side Tables from Wertz Brothers, and Ikea Rast Dressers.

This post is sponsored by Tempur Sealy. All opinions are my own.


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One Room Challenge: Treehouse Reveal!

Photographs by Tessa Neustadt Courtesy Homepolish



My One Room Challenge treehouse is finally finished! (As of yesterday when Tessa Neustadt took these beautiful shots). Here’s a little peek of what it looks like inside:


Wanna see more pics? The full tour is up on Homepolish, so head on over to see the whole thing!



And check out the other One Room Challenge participants here:

• Claire Brody • The Curated House • Design Manifest • Driven by Decor • Honey We’re Home• Hunted Interior • The Makerista • Making it Lovely • My Sweet Savannah • Pencil and Paper Co.• The Pink Clutch • Savvy Home • Simplified Bee • Sketch 42 • Jill Sorensen • Orlando Soria• Thou Swell • The Vault Files • Waiting on Martha • The Zhush • Media Partner House Beautiful• TM by CIH

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