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Orcondo: Bedrooms & Common Areas

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Hey Everyone! I’m back with my very last Orcondo post. And I have to say, I’m so sad about it. There’s nothing more fun than looking at ugly pictures of what this place used to look like and reminding my boyfriend that if it weren’t for me, he’d still be living in the depths of this 80’z despair. Today, we’re going to take a peek into some of my favorite spaces in the condo: the bedrooms, where I sleep every night, dreaming of staring at before and after pictures forever and the TV loft, where I force Edouard to watch stupid comedy shows every night even though he wants to watch serious documentaries or tv shows where everyone is murdering each other and it’s so scary.

MASTER BEDROOM

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The master bedroom is by far the darkest room in the otherwise bright and airy condo. Previously, it was a simple, nondescript box. The bedrooms were carpeted in the same dark industrial carpet that was in the living room, which defied the purpose of carpeting by being neither soft nor inviting. We did the same wood flooring in here as we did around the rest of the apartment and sourced a beautiful rug from Rugs USA to add some lusciousness.

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I wanted a nice cushy upholstered place to sleep, so I worked with the wonderful people at Empiric Studio to design my own dream bed. I wanted a bed that was both comfy and modern, so we decided to go with super simple lines and a warm oatmeal fabric. Is it just me or is “warm oatmeal” kind of a disgusting way to describe fabric? It makes me think of that feeling you have when you eat oatmeal and you’re both too full and still hungry and also it’s burning your mouth because it’s too hot. WHY DID I HAVE TO SAY OATMEAL???

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I’m obsessed with secret surprises, so I hung this amazing Anna Ullman graphic painting behind the door. Now, every time I close the door I squeal with delight at the surprise painting. Apparently I have a goldfish brain, because I forget it’s there every time and am constantly shocked by its presence.

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I found these wonderful side tables at Wertz Brothers and repainted them myself (previously, they had been a yellow, speckled mid-century finish). Emily and I found this seascape at a flea market a few years back and it still captures my heart on a daily basis. Those crazy sconces are from Empiric Studio.

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This framed print of Anjelica Huston is one of my most prized possessions. A few years ago Emily organized an influencer collab where I got to design a space in conjunction with Anjelica and it was literally my favorite thing ever. I got to meet her (she has TONS of design ideas btw) and her voice sounds like an angel singing. I’m guessing that’s why her name is Anjelica. I had the piece framed by Framebridge, who are basically the easiest, most convenient way to frame stuff without ever leaving your house.

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If you’re in the market for a delicious smelling candle you’ll want to stick your entire face into, I highly recommend my friend’s candle company, Scenthouse (my fave scent is “Gymnasia”). The coil sculpture is by another one of my friends, Ben Medansky.

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One of my favorite updates in the bedroom is the simple crown moulding. Originally, I’d wanted to do a very complicated and expensive paneling in the master bedroom. But once we’d priced it out we realized it was going to cost way too much (like $15, 000) so we ended up landing on just adding a crown moulding. A lot of people think you can’t do crown moulding in a space this modern, but I think it adds a nice sense of formality to the room.

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The photograph that hangs over the dresser (also from Wertz Brothers) is an original by me. I grew up in Yosemite National Park and miss it a lot. So the last time I visited I took a series of photographs and had them enlarged and framed by Livestock Framing (they’ll print and frame your high-quality, large scale images for you AND THEN FRAME THEM AND SEND THEM TO YOUR HOUSE). Keeping with the personal theme of this room, I used a beautiful quilt my mother made as an accent blanket.

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The custom drapes from Decorview are another one of my favorite things in the room. They can be split in the middle or parted to one side, depending how much light you want to let into the room. The chandelier is by Robert Abbey and it can be styled with or without its lampshades (I left them off at first but recently added them back, because if I’ve learned one thing about romance it’s that you gotta keep your man guessing by constantly changing things around the house).

ENTRY

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Edouard had some vintage European posters lying around, and was feeling woefully underrepresented art-wise, so we had these framed and hung above a hallway bench. The bench itself is from Ikea, but they stopped making it. It’s a shame, because I think it’s super cute AND it has secret storage which is such a bonus. I feel like this happens to me all the time and it’s so frustrating. Like I’ll buy something at a store and by the time I show it to people so they can buy it the company has stopped making it. Like I get it that companies need to keep their inventory fresh, but it’s sad when something you love goes away. WHY DOES ANYTHING HAVE TO CHANGE EVER!?! (Says the man who just completely changed his whole house).

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The hallways were previously this parquet flooring, which I would have liked if it were A) less shiny and B) less orange. Adding the wood plank flooring in the entry made it much more peaceful. Also, a small detail you’ll barely notice is that we moved the entry into the guest bedroom. Before, the hallway was part of the bedroom. We pushed the door back to the room’s entry to create more common space and create a space to display art (I’m currently commissioning a piece from Anna Ullman for the space).

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My mother found this amazing Japanese scroll on a recent trip to Japan. I flanked it with small scale sconces to add some warm lighting to the entry way.

GUEST BEDROOM

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Guest bedroom? MORE LIKE DEPRESSED BEDROOM! At least it was before, when the most distinguishing feature was the miniblinds that hung above the bed. Also depressing: the grey carpet, the built-in side tables, those rugs sleeping together on that bed. I should probably win an award for most manipulatively ugly before pics, but seriously, it was bad in there.

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I transformed the room with one of my go-to paint colors, Sleigh Bells by Benjamin Moore. Pops of gold come from the amazing fixture by Park Studio, a gorgeous Japanese screen I found at the flea market, and a lovely circle mirror from AllModern.

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The luminous white bedding is from Parachute. I have the same bedding in my bedroom and it really makes me happy.

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Sometimes when I go into the guest bedroom I get sad that it’s not my bedroom. Because it’s so bright and happy and glimmering. Meanwhile, the master bedroom is dark and moody and romantic.

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One downside of the brightness of the guest bedroom is the early morning light, which will scald your little retinas the next time you stay with me. Our solution was glamorous designer roller shades from Decorview.

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I found these lamps at a vintage store in North Hollywood a few years ago. They are lumpy, aged, and bloated. Which is exactly how I’m feeling today after spending the weekend in Palm Springs with some friends, drinking around a pool for days on end, allowing the desert air to suck all the moisture from my skin. MY LIPS ARE SO DRY RIGHT NOW I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO.

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The side tables are from Wertz Brothers and I love their simple lines and open storage. Also, as a good host I always leave this carafe next to the bed, filled with fresh water. Just kidding, no one would drink that water. If my guests want water they’ll have to waddle into the kitchen and grab it themselves.

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This desk belonged to Edouard’s grandfather, so it’s a legit vintage piece. The circle mirror above the desk bounces light, making the bright room even brighter and increasing my sadness that this is not, alas, my bedroom.

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I like to stow extra pillows and bedding in a crate below the shelving so my guests know that they’ll be taken care of if they stay with me. Also, if anyone ever actually uses any of these things I become  enraged because that means I have to take everything out of the crate and refold and restyle the whole thing all over again. Soon I think I’ll just glue it all in place to keep resetting the guest bedroom easier.

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The pinecone lamp was a previous DIY project that I still love. I’m into anything piney. Like pine tree art. Pine tree candles. I think it’s because I grew up under a giant pine tree. Like it was so tall our crazy neighbor used to wear a helmet when she raked her yard to avoid getting bonked in the head with a high-speed pinecone.

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The TV loft upstairs was previously kind of a dumping ground for random furniture. It was sort of an office, sort of an entertainment space, sort of a guest bedroom. I wanted it to be fully dedicated to just hanging out and enjoying movie/cuddletimez so we added more cozy furniture and reoriented the room so that the television is on the largest wall.

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A large scale print by Jaime Derringer hangs over a vintage loveseat no one ever sits on (we both like the cozy blue sofa from West Elm so we fight over that).

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This space also used to serve as a guest bedroom, so it had room-darkening shades which made the space feel a lot smaller. We took those out and left the space open. We added custom drapery to soften up the sliding glass doors that lead outside and add another texture to the room.

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I used these cute little zigzag side tables throughout the house because I love concrete and wanted to bring in another finish. I’d originally wanted to do poured concrete floors in the bathrooms and around the fireplace but it proved to be too expensive/non-durable so we decided to bring it in with accessories and furnishings instead. LET THIS BE A LESSON TO ALL OF US THAT IF YOU CAN’T AFFORD SOMETHING YOU WANT, YOU CAN BRING IT IN WITH ACCESSORIES AND FURNISHINGS.

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This is where the magic really happens. And by “magic” I mean my boyfriend yelling “WHY DO YOU ALWAYS NEED TO FULLY LAY DOWN TO WATCH TV?” and me being like “I JUST WANT TO RELAX WHY WON’T YOU LET ME LIVE???” The cozy sofa is from West Elm, btw,  and I’ve had it for about four years and I still love it. A pro-tip for those who love cuddling/laying down while watching TV is that you can throw the back cushions on the ground for more depth.

Now that I’ve told you that magical throwing-cushions-on-the-ground-for-more-depth trick, I think my work here is done. BUT DO NOT BE AFRAID. I’ll be back soon with more posts.

Love,
Orlando

*** Photography by Tessa Neustadt

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  1. Wow, Wow, wow, talk about generous giving everything! What an amazing incredibly creative and content full post.
    Thank you!!

  2. Orlando you’ve done an absolutely stunning job! Impeccable choices. You must love walking through the door there every day, I know I would!

  3. beautiful orlando! you did a fantastic job renovating and decorating your condo…thanks for sharing it with us. and please come back and visit emily’s readers still!!!

  4. I have enjoyed the reveal images of your condo SO much. It’s really beautiful. It’s more masculine than a lot of Emily’s work, but I love the balance that brings to my favorite design blog. You guys are still such a good team and I love that you are both killing it in your respective jobs while still working together when possible. Win/win! I also love that your mom’s quilt is on proud display. That really warms up your room and makes it feel more personal. AWESOME WORK ORLANDO!

  5. I cannot pick my favorite thing about this post. Too. Much. Goodness. But what is happening on that little patio outside? Have you shown us that yet?

  6. I’m so impressed with the amazing transformation! You can tell it was definitely a project done with love. Are you able to share the details on the guest bed? Is it also custom? It’s so good!

  7. How do you ever get your guests to leave? Amazing Orcondo. Edouard should be eternally grateful to you for rescuing him from the bland condo from hell.

  8. Love this! And I think my favorite part is “hearing” Orlando say it in my head. TOO funny!! I love the end result and am filing away ideas.

    1. Second door handle source! Everything is so stunning and then I noticed the gorgeous door hardware. Awesome job!!

  9. wait, you grew up in Yosemite Park?! is a coming of age metaphor or like you actually lived in a cabin in the park? or just near the park? or going to the park a lot? This is fascinating!

    Also talk to me about that low guest bedroom bed frame/platform. custom? it’s SO GREAT and japanese tea housey in there.

    1. In the park! There’s about 1000 people that live there. My parents both worked there so we lived in a small little house about .5 miles away from the Lower Yosemite Falls, in Yosemite Valley.

      1. Loved the reveal and all the deliciousness in this post, but this tidbit about growing up in the park is the absolute best. Wow. So cool.

  10. Great post! Thank you. I love the guest bedroom so much. and…I NEED THE MASTER BEDROOM PAINT COLOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. First of all, this article is hilarious. I actually laughed out loud several times. So it was super enjoyable to read. But it was also very very informative. It laid out the “whys” and “hows” of the design, and made it feel incredibly down to earth and doable. Thanks!

  12. Love, love, love EVERYTHING! Especially the master bedroom. You have somehow managed to make it seem twice the size. It just shows that even the ugliest rooms can be made beautiful. What an amazing job you have done.

  13. Love ALL of it! What a beautiful update Your love must be very pleased he let you do this.
    I woul like the source for your door knobs and the color of the master bedroom…I’m looking for black door handles & a dark blue paint for our bedroom! Thanks

  14. Coincidentally, I was shoving hot oatmeal into my mouth while I read your comments about “warm oatmeal” and I have to agree, that is a strange way to describe a fabric. But anyways, these rooms turned out great! Your boyfriend is lucky to have you around 🙂

  15. Everything is just gorgeous, and Orlando’s writing is SO great! Also, is it just me or does anyone else see “Jazz hands!” in that adorable pinecone lamp?

  16. Wow. Your bedroom is so beautiful. Everything’s so beautiful. Thank you for making a place in the world that is that beautiful.

  17. I’ll refrain myself from the all-caps, exclamation point-laden comment that’s floating inside my head and instead, say: Happy Fourth of Orcondo! Holy smokes. The quilt, the desk (WOW!) and you grew up IN yosemite??!!! DO. TELL. Tell everything. Tell all the things. I honestly didn’t think there was any way the guest bedroom could be lighter than the master, what with that little slat of a window, but if it faces bright light, that make sense. Splendid work!

  18. you have outdone yourself!
    this is magnificent
    especially your bedroom and the pannel of yosemitte pictures and quilt. blown away!

    i also love seeing how you used the pieces i remember from your hold home.

  19. Orlando! I love your work. I have been looking for flooring similar to yours. Can you please provide your source and do you love it? xo – juliet

    1. Orlando! I so fully want that piney lamp and I stared at it for a g e s , wondering where you got it, before I read that it was a DIY! You da DIY man too! Ha.

  20. You had me laughing out loud! The picture behind the door did it for me! Oh yeah, and also some beautiful rooms and great tips. Thanks Orlando

  21. It’s beautiful. Especially the guest bedroom. Our living room does have that master bedroom colour and I haven’t been able to put anything on the wall yet because we are indecisive. Anyway, I love it all.

  22. Orlando, this is awesome!!! I especially love the West Elm sofa and EVERYTHING about the master bedroom!!! Actually, I love all of it!!!

  23. Love the crown moulding in master-can you share details on the profile? Did you do the same thing in the guest bedroom? The whole condo is amazing!

  24. Such fab eye candy and so fun to read, I loved it. Truly stunning! Can you talk trim for a minute… Did you rip it ALL out and replace it entirely or did you paint some – the black ish doorway and the white? Is that just fresh paint? From the lady with 14 1980 doorways and doors…

  25. 1. Just pretend there are more rooms in your house to show and provide us pics with all of your insanely funny comments. Doesn’t even have to be good design– some of your funniest comments are on the ‘befores’.
    2. Please tell us your mom has a website where we can all purchase her insanely beautiful quilts and pillow covers. Grr- jealous!! And she raised you IN Yosemite?! Extra jealous!!
    3. Seriously- LOVED all your posts! Please visit us again soon! 😉

  26. I love ALL of this! What a beautiful example of how to put a house together and make it seem modern, cozy, useable and glamorous all at the same time.
    I am now full of great ideas on how to set up my guest bedroom. For some reason I never thought of putting a desk and shelving on the wall facing the end of the bed. What a great use of space.

  27. I’m all about those lamps in the guest room. Gimme gimme gimme! I also feel sad that the cute ikea bench is not being sold. I’d really like to have one.

  28. Love all of the rooms, and how you patiently answer the same question about color over and over (bet you wish you’d put that in blog). But what is that bright white trim color? Can you say? Thanks

  29. I love all the changes. So beautiful. I really like the wall shelf in the guest room. Where did you get that.

  30. There is nothing I have seen on the whole worldwide web that I love more than the Japanese screen that hangs in your guest room. That is gorgeous and I love how all of the white just plays up the gold even more. Email me solely if those ever go up for sale!

    You are so talented. The only thing I would love to know more about is the cost of art work/framing when you post of art work you’ve done yourself such as the Yosemite photos in the master. If you gave the cost, it would provide a sense of whether or not the reader would want to recreate something similar.

  31. I love this post so much. The Orcondo is gorgeous and now I’m going to paint everything Iron Blue. Those lamps …and the art …and Yosemite!

  32. This post was hilarious! And now my girlfriend thinks I’m losing it because I keep descending into giggles and insisting on reading passages aloud. Thanks for a a beautiful home tour AND a really great read.

  33. So inspiring! I’m usually not into anything contemporary, but your condo just makes me want to gut my place and go all modern! I especially love the colors and light fixtures you selected. You brightened my day with some pictures of pretty stuff and your upbeat, humorous prose!

  34. Everything is absolutely so gorgeous and tasteful! I am wondering how much light you would say the master bedroom gets? I want to go darker in my bedroom, but afraid to take a risk and have it look cave-like. Does the room otherwise get a lot of light? Any advice? Thanks so much!

  35. Love the quilt your mom made for your bedroom. Such a beautiful, personal touch. A perfect foil for the more modern elements of the room. You are a rock star.

  36. Goes without saying that these rooms are STUNNING but just had to weigh in on this whole oatmeal situation, in that you perfectly articulated the experience of oatmeal: you feel full but not full and burn your mouth and also I always want to drink coffee while eating oatmeal but the two hot things at once are not delightful.

    Anyway, moar hilarious insights please! & gorgeous design etc.!

  37. What an amazing house!! Can you plz tell me whether you were able to easily diy the sconces in the hallway or had to get it done by an electrician?

  38. I fell in love with the prints in the master bedroom! I love the symmetry, size, and the photos themselves. Any way the prints could be purchased? What size are the frames?

    Thank you!

  39. Orlando, I am 100% obsessed with those frames of the panoramic photo! I’m terribly sad that it is an original of yours because I want it in my bedroom!

    One question: what is the size of the photos and the frames of that series?

  40. Hello there,

    I’m wondering if you would be willing to share the Yosemite nation park pictures you took? I am in love and can’t find anything similar anywhere! My email is kitlar6@hotmail.com if you are able to send them along!! So beautiful!!

  41. Hello!

    I second this! Your photos of Yosemite are absolutely beautiful.
    Any chance you would be willing to share them?
    It’s impossible to find anything like this.

    Thank you!

  42. One of my favorite updates in the bedroom is the simple crown moulding. Originally, I’d wanted to do a very complicated and expensive paneling in the master bedroom. But once we’d priced it out we realized it was going to cost way too much (like $15, 000) so we ended up landing on just adding a crown moulding. A lot of people think you can’t do crown moulding in a space this modern, but I think it adds a nice sense of formality to the room.