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!”


Chairish: some of my favorites right now

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It has been very clearly known for years that I love pretty things, and not only do I love them, I have seemed to make a career out of them. Granted, I don’t sit around all day like you see above and just move one pretty thing from one shelf to another but, one of the great benefits of being a stylist and designer is that I get to research and hunt out those pretty things for my clients. For years that meant going to a thrift store in the deep valley, scouring through endless pages of junk on eBay, or heading to the flea market on a blissfully hot summer Sunday (all of which I still do, and LOVE). But, there are some of you out there that would love access to beautiful things that don’t have the ability to spend hours searching. This is where Chairish comes in. I have professed my love for their website and App before while working on projects and I am constantly finding myself inspired by some of the treasures that they have in their collection.

For those of you that haven’t heard about Chairish before, it is a simple concept – think craigslist, but classier and more well refined. A little less Kim K. and a little more Kate Blanchett. In order for a product to be on Chairish it has to be approved by their staff. They weed through half the junk that some people think are “treasures”. Don’t get me wrong, your grandma’s old floral couch that has sat untouched in your basement might be the next greatest thing, but it could also be just an old couch that should be tossed. Chairish makes those hard decisions for us, and curates a comprehensive collection of goods for all of our inner hoarders. They offer shipping services and make it very easy to not only buy, but sell your goods.

I did a little digging of my own and wanted to share some of my favorite picks with you. Twelve of which are pictured below for your hoarding pleasure.

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1. Mid Century Accent Table

It is simple, clean, and architectural. Glass isn’t the most practical surface for me with a young toddler running around which is why I haven’t swooped this piece up yet, but that base has a weird arts and crafts vibe to it which I love.

2. Vintage Moroccan Rug

I love these nutty colors, as does most of the world right now. Somebody better grab this guy.

3. Brass Etagere

This piece is killer for two reasons. 1.) it is brass, and 2.) it is functional. The lines are interesting without being so crazy that you’re going to get sick of it in a year, but it is also different enough that it is a statement piece. You could use this in an office, a living room, a bedroom to throw your TV on that middle shelf, or even in a kids room. If all else fails and your husband yells at you for buying another piece of furniture just use it to store all your other hoards.

4. Popsicle Stick Lamps

I have a soft spot in my heart for folk art – especially popsicle stick folk art. Do you think that back in the day people actually ate the popsicles before they made these? This one was even signed by the person that made it in the 70’s. This is a crazy good price for these two lamps and would look seriously good in my living room.

5. Mid-Century Modern Dresser

One could argue that this is a little bit pricy for a dresser. But, it’s solid wood, beautiful in design, and in such great condition. If you went out to any showroom looking for a piece similar, you would pay at least double.

6. Danish Modern Armchair

It’s simple, understated, classic, and curves in all the right places. Just like Meryl.

7. Slat Bench

Throw this bench at the foot of your bed, in your entry way, or even use it as a coffee table for your sectional. It’s completely useable in any space, and has some great lines.

8. Brass and Wood Mail Organizer

If I had a dollar for every piece of mail that I got in my life that then went into a big unorganized mess, I would have enough money to buy the USPS and outlaw the mailing of all bills. I find that when I have the right tools to keep me organized, then I actually stay organized-ish. Good desk accessories are hard to come by and if you don’t buy this soon then I will because as I type I can see a pile of mail that is just waiting for a good home.

9. Pottery Set

My affinity for pottery will always stay strong. It’s a great set that is neutral enough to work with any color palate and I mean who doesn’t need more hand turned pottery in their life.

10. Mid-Century Club Chair

The upholstery, the lines, and the color of this chair are what stand out for me. Use it in a reading nook, a family room, or anywhere else you need a place to sit after a long hard day of thrifting (or shopping on Chairish)

11. Leather Sofa

This piece oozes style and coolness. I can guarantee that if you have this sofa in your living room, you will have a lot more friends in your life. Or maybe it’s just me. You can count on me being your friend if you invite me over and this is where I get to sit.

12. Hexagon Box Set

Once again function meets form. You could stuff so many great treasures in these individual hexagon boxes and get your life organized. After all it is spring which means its time to declutter and reorganize. Maybe this is just the piece you need to get your life in gear (side note: a vintage piece will decidedly NOT help you get your life in order.)

Those are my personal pics plus I’ve curated a whole page of others you can see here.  Chairish has plenty of vintage or used pieces to offer, and they are selling hundreds of new pieces everyday. Go get ’em.

My Spring Target Picks

Since I’ve started to work with Target I get a sneak peek into what they are launching before it comes out in the stores – sometimes months before. But strangely some things fly under the radar and I don’t really notice them on the lookbook. Then months later i’ll cruise the aisles and see a porcelain bunny with gold ears and pretty simple linen pillows and all of a sudden what was just a small image on a PDF is my new unnecessary hoard. Things sell out there, and often they only have some designs for a season so I always snag first and think later.

I pulled together my favorite picks of what they have online and in the store right now. It’s pretty darn good stuff, at very good price points, and it’s just a lot of great pieces that are easy to style in your home.


1. Comfort Mat 2. Canister 3. Glass Pedestal Bowl 4. Textured Throw Pillow 5. Pebble Throw Pillow 6. Textured Throw Pillow 7. Mini Printed Bowl 8. Printed Bowl 9. Flower Candy Dish 10. Bunny Jar 11. Pouf 12. Basket 13. Tray 14. Lampshade 15. Lamp Base 16. Gold Accent Table 17. Linen Office Chair


1. Dinnerware 2. Anchor Throw Pillow 3. Geometric Throw Pillow 4. Embroidered Throw Pillow 5. Rope Throw Pillow 6. Accent Rug 7. Ceramic Tray 8. Gold Whale 9. Ceramic Plate 10. Flatware 11. Woven Pouf 12. Round Accent Table 13. Anchor 14. Lampshade 15. Lamp Base 16. Rattan Basket 17. Storage Ottoman 18. Ceramic Shell 19. Desk


1. Gold Coral Figure 2. Hammered Serving Bowl 3. Hammered Serving Tray 4. Flatware 5. Display Case 6. Lampshade 7. Gold Cage Lamp 8. Dinnerware 9. Ikat Throw Pillow 10. Bar Cart 11. Pouf 12. Bench 13. Basket 14. Patio Rug

Happy shopping,



Best Online Fabric Stores


We shop for fabric a lot, and its still one of my favorite things to buy in person because you can touch, smell, caress, throw on your furniture, stare at excessively, etc. But the LA fabric district feels increasingly archaic. It’s often random what you find, with limited yardage and obviously you have to go there in person order to purchase. People think its cheap but the good stuff is really still expensive. The good thing is that its just all in one place so it makes it pretty easy, but it’s not this super easy to navigate place, thats for sure (watch this video about it).

So we pulled together this post (and by ‘pulled together’ I mean days of research, sourcing, pinning and photoshopping – thanks to all those who tagged stores from our Instagram post) to highlight the best ONLINE fabric stores. These are all fabrics that you can buy from anywhere – not just to the trade, and not just in person at disgusting stores where they treat you like you are trying to steal each time you ask for a swatch of fabric.

It’s a democracy here on the blog, and you all have equal shopping chances and knowledge now. You can order swatches (typically they range in $2 – $5 each) and if you are interested in pillows then most of these sites might also sell pre-made pillows in your fabric so look for that. We chose a lot of patterns because it makes for a more visually fun post, but most of these sites have pretty simple solid linens, cottons and velvets as well. Get to shopping.

Click through to see our favorite 24 online shopping resources.