Dreamhouse: Coastal Living In Connecticut Cove

Photographs Courtesy Joeb Moore & Partners

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Dear College Diary,

I took a class called Desire senior year in which one of my favorite professors taught us about the culture history of human desire. My friend Matt and I used to sit in the back and spend the whole class figuring out our post-collegiate lives. Like all the people I went to school with, we were planning on moving to New York (“The next trendy place to move is going to be Roosevelt Island!”). Our plans for our lives involved living in New York for 20 years, finding husbands, then moving to Connecticut and buying babies. For this reason, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for Connecticut. It’s glamorous in such an old-school, unattainable, alienating way.

I recently discovered the work of architecture/interior design firm Joeb Moore & Partners and I’m totally enthralled with everything they do. My very favorite project they’ve completed is the Harbor Residence. It’s on the coast of the Long Island Sound in Connecticut Cove. The home is modern and streamlined without feeling cold and terrifying. I messed up the New York part of my life plan, but perhaps there’s still time for me to move to Connecticut if someone buys me this house (and some children)…

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I love the Japanese-inspired wood cladding on parts of the house. I don’t normally go for that but it’s so streamlined and it lets in the perfect amount of light/beauty.

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And I love the big heavy front door and the romantic little pathway that leads to it.

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Inside, the house is white, gleaming, and art-filled. It looks kind of like an art museum. And it’s pretty much my dream to live inside an art museum.

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Those views of Long Island Sound are crazy, right? Like how happy would you be to wake up and ogle all that waterfront glamour?

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I love those modern stools. And how everything is white. And that glamourous chandelier.

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I also love that whoever styled this shoot put tropical fronds all over the place. Gives this Northeastern house a bit of tropical flavor.

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If you can look at this photo without dying you’re probably and alien. Like that is the prettiest bedroom I have ever seen in my life. Imagine all the contemplating you’d do whilst looking out that window, appreciating your beautiful life.

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The crazy infinity pool isn’t bad, either. I always feel weird about East Coast pools, since they are frozen ponds for 6 months out of the year, but this one certainly is huge and pretty. Gimme!

Love,
Orlando

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What Glamour: Jeremy Maz’s Kaleidescope Series

Dear Travel Diary,

I’ve been running all over New York, working at the Homepolish HQ and looking at art (check out my Insta). Once I start looking at art I can’t stop, so here’s an LA artist who has been on my radar for a while. He’s a photogrpher, and I love his Kaleidescope series. See below:

He also works with video, and created this piece to accompany the above images:

You can view more of his work on his website, JeremyMaz.com.

Love,
Orlando

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Felicitations From My Father’s Closet: Mad For Madras

Photographs by Sean Gin

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Dear Jenna von Oÿ,

I loved your work on Blossom, where you played the plucky sidekick to Mayim Bialik’s beloved character. She grew up to be kind of a weirdo, right? Oh well. Anyway, I’m doing this series where I take outfits I found in my father’s closet and show the world how they can buy new versions of them using nothing but their brains, the internet, and, like, tons of money. Below is an outfit I plopped together to go with a madras shirt with which I am in love. Madras is just classic. I feel like every year all different brands are like “we’re bringing back madras!” And everyone is all “you just did that, like, last year.” But to quote a wise band of musicians, “I don’t care, I love it.”

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Now that I’ve forced you to look at me waddling all over the beach in my dad’s clothing, I’d like to tell you how you can get the look yourself. You’re welcome.

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Madras Shirt, $70 from Orvis
Slim Fit Jeans, $43 from Levi’s
White Tank Top, $60 from Sunspel
Skate Shoes, $40 from Vans
Socks, $0 from Nowhere

Go buy something. Tell them I sent you.

Love,
Orlando

PS: Sorry I’m so squinty in these photos. It was really REALLY sunny at the beach.

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What’s Going In My Sunny Bedroom?

Photographs by Sean Gin 

Dear You,

Do you ever wonder what my bedroom looks like? Me neither! Because I live in it! Well your wondering can stop because my glamourphotographer Sean took some great pics which I will share with you now.

My bedding is from West Elm. It’s hard to find something that classic and simple, so I love it. The stripe throw is from NineSpace, the lamps are from the Rose Bowl Flea Market, and the giant cactus is from my childhood.

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My ex founds these awesome nightstands at Pepe’s Thrift Shop. And then he went away forever. And it was kind of like that PJ Harvey song from Basquiat.

I believe in always keeping a carafe with water in it next to the bed in case you get thirsty. And by “always” I mean “when you are taking a photograph of your bedside table and you want to look fancy.”

My mom made that awesome wave pillow out of fabric she found in a cute little wine country town called Healdsburg. Don’t you just want to hug that pillow? Then punch it? Then hug it and apologize for punching it? But then punch it again just to confuse it even more? I do.

Love,
Orlando

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My Week in Instagramz

Oh Weeks,
How you doth escape me! I began this week with a crazy-sexy-uncool feverthing that made me lay in bed all day long hallucinating that I was starving to death and then exclaiming at how soft the sheets felt against my starving, quivering feet. And then all the sudden the next day I was totally okay and it was way awesome. I don’t know what it was, probably food poisoning or something random, but it definitely felt like death. But it’s been a while since I’ve been that kind of sick. Like the kind of sick where you’re too weak to move and people call you and you can’t pick up the phone or you’re too weak to even return a text message. Strangely, there was something kind of nice about it. Like there’s something kind of weird about the universe forcing you to stay in bed and do absolutely nothing for a day. It causes you to stop freaking out a little bit. Like at first you’re all “Oh my god I have that presentation for One Kings Lane I need to finish!” and then you’re like “I can’t move my hands, hello ceiling, what’s the meaning of palm trees, do I only like Cards Against Humanity because it’s for stupid people, is someone knocking on the door, oh well…” I guess what I’m saying is that it’s nice to be yanked out of your routine every once in a while. For people like me who thrive on schedules and monotony, it’s good to give your system a little jolt. It frees you up too. Maybe you wont get everything done in time, but maybe you’ll do something unexpected that is 500% more brilliant. At least I hope that’s what happened. Otherwise all that hallucinating was a huge waste of time!

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Things are still going great at the beach house. I grabbed these stools from Wisteria and I love them. Now I want to buy them for my own beach house (that doesn’t exist).

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I also installed these awesome lamps from One Forty Three.

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This is one of the guest rooms at the beach house. Furnishings come from West Elm, Pottery Barn, and Crate & Barrel.

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My painting DIY was on Refinery29… Did you see? If not check it out. Also, if you’re in the market for a giant seascape painting… Message me!

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I toured my new favorite store IN THE WORLD over the weekend and fell in love with this sweater. The store is in the Arts District downtown and it’s called 12345. And yes, that does mean they only carry sizes 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. If you live in LA and you haven’t been to this store yet you’re a bad person. Just like I used to be.

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My La Habra Heights project has been photographed and ready to go for a while. Excited to share it with you soon!

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I found this genius key holder at American Way thrift in Burbank and had to buy it for Kelly Oxford. She plans on moving soon and she’s the only client who I could think of that would get as excited about a stupid unicorn key holder as I did…

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I found this cutlery at Poketo and I love it.

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This tie comes from the garbagestore of all garbagestores, St Vincent de Paul. Anyone in LA who thrifts has been to this store. And if you ask them about it you’ll hear their war stories. It is absolutely revolting. You need to wash your hands IMMEDIATELY upon leaving or risk infecting everyone with mouth scabies. After the last visit I forced my friends to drive me to nearby Little Tokyo so I could buy some Japanese facial wipes to clean my entire face and body. As for the tie itself, I’m obsessed with it. It’s hand-painted Italian silk. I’m going to have it taken in by SkinnyFatties, a tie alteration company my friend Justin suggested.

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I also found these Alessi mugs at St Vincent’s. My glassware/ceramics fetish is in full force. I do love myself some dishes. Which is weird because I haven’t been hosting as many dinner parties lately. Maybe I’m saving up for 2015, the year of the the dinner party. Or maybe I will never use them again. Either way, staring at them perched in my all-white dish collection, gives me a sense of control. Control over everything. Everything, that is, except my rampant homosexual OCD.

Love,
Orlando

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D.I.Why? How To Make A Giant Paint-By-Numbers

Photographs by Sean Gin 

Dear Reader,

Are you curious how I made this giant painting?

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And then stuck it in my normal-size bedroom?

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Read the full story on Refinery29! More shots of the finished bedroom next week!

Love,
Orlando

Miss the refinery link before? It’s RIGHT HERE!

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Whatever You Did in Palm Springs Last Weekend Robert Smith & His Friends Did It Better

Dear Robert Smith,

I saw the above image on my friend Jeffery’s Facebook and I just had to see more. Apparently you shot an awesome series of masked portraits in Palm Springs a few weeks back and I’m just loving the results. I’m not going to blabber too much about these images, I think they speak for themselves, but I’m glad you made them. Enjoy!

Thanks!

Love,
Orlando

PS: A mini artist’s statement, from Robert Smith
“My interest in shooting masked portraits began after a weekend marathon of watching the 90′s TV show Twin Peaks. That crazy town is filled with loads of darkness and mystery. The idea of hiding, or holding back a person’s identity appeals to me. You need a new set of cues to interpret what you’re seeing, of who you’re seeing. Nothing is as it seems. I hope each photo writes its own story.”

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