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12 Annoying things I ignore every day


I once kept an egg roll in my fridge for over a year. And the only reason it is no longer in my fridge is because I moved, not because I reached in and threw it away. I was 22, living in New York, rarely ate at home and thus rarely opened the fridge. Every time I did, I thought I should throw that away, followed by Ooh there’s the ketchup!! Then I’d shut that door and eat my french fries with the ignorant bliss of an amnesic baby, until the next time I needed a condiment. To be fair, it was full of MSG and totally well-preserved.

Well, my house has one too many stylistic egg rolls. Let’s go through them.


Store Tour: Gibson

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I’ve been visiting Gibson for years. Mostly because he has this crazy store with one million beautiful things curated in such a compelling way, but also because he is a such a lovely and generous person. When I was first starting out as a designer with real clients (as opposed to a stylist with corporate clients) I would go in there and basically say, ‘Hey Gary, so how do you exactly make money and charge clients?’. And he gave me real answers by a seasoned pro – stuff you can’t get in design schools and very few designers will tell you (I will, just ask me).

He is a very well-known interior designer in LA and his store is clearly his special place/studio full of vintage curiosities and original artwork that he loves. He also sells his original custom furniture collection that is beautiful. Things are not necessarily priced to sell, and I think its because he only collects and sells things he loves and maybe would kinda rather hold on to them. I can certainly relate. CERTAINLY. It’s absolutely a must-see and worth going into to just to get lost in his world full of inspiring artwork and weird, found pieces.

Click through to see the whole tour and read the interview.


Orcondo Part II: Let There Be Light!

Hey guys, Its Emily, real quick. In case you are new to the blog and are wondering who the hell is this dude, Orlando, here’s a recap of our relationship: Orlando was my assistant/sidekick on Secrets From a Stylist (RIP) and then became an associate designer that worked with me on design projects for close to 4 wonderful years where we became very close (like sleep in the same bed while traveling, close). He used to write posts on the blog but then HE LEFT ME to become the West Coast Creative Director of Homepolish, a design startup that’s a huge game changer, making design more accessible, streamlined, and enjoyable to clients all over the USA. Anyway, onto his post!


Dear Lovers of Light,

Have you ever realized you were obsessed with something you didn’t even know you were obsessed with? This is kind of how I’m feeling about lighting at Orcondo (yes, I am actually calling it that in real life because I am the world’s worst person). I never really knew how much I cared about lighting until I started designing this place from the ground up, realizing that if I made a bad lighting choice it might render the remaineder of my life meaningless. It might lead me to see life in a terrible light.

You know what I’m talking about. Have you ever been to a party where you’re not having a great time and then you realize it’s because there’s fluorescent lighting and everyone looks like Walter Matthau in ‘Grumpy Old Men’? And then you’re like “WHY DON’T YOU HAVE A DIMMER SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING!!!” And everyone looks at you and is all “oh my god thank you.” And then you all leave and the person who hosted the bad lighting party is devastated and you yell at them out your car “THIS IS WHY YOU NEED GOOD LIGHTING!”


1 Bookshelf 4 Ways: The Playful Scholar AND A VOTE!!!!

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We’ve reached the last in our ‘One Bookcase, Four ways’ series – which means one more bookcase (naturally), but more importantly it means you have a big vote at the end to choose your favorite. A vote, whose outcome could change lives and shelves. Forever.

Just when I thought I had a favorite, Ginny goes and styles this shelf like a ‘Playful Scholar’. I was the girl in college who was annoyingly attracted to men that had really large, HUGE … vocabularies. It was such a turn on, even though now it’s almost always a sign of total pretentiousness and not intellect. But a playful intellect? Sure. Obviously we make up these characters and it` just helps us tell the story, but I do love this one a lot. It feels the most lived-in in a way.

Click through for the inspiration, gif, resources AND OF COURSE THE VOTE!!! YOU MUST VOTE!!