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Orcondo Update: Rug Life

Hey guys, It’s 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 Emily’s Readers,

There are a lot of exciting things happening this week at Orcondo. Which you’d think would make me really happy. Unfortunately I’m not. I’m on a vacation to Fire Island and I have major fomo about missing all the fun stuff at home. Anyone who’s done a renovation before probably knows that all the fun stuff (flooring, paint, light hanging, etc) happens at the end. So while we were home all summer all there was to look at was boring beams and lame concrete sub-flooring.

In other I’m-In-Fire-Island news, I got food poisoning three days ago that somehow everyone else in my vacation house seems to have bypassed, so while everyone else is outside jumping into the pool yelping about how much fun they’re having, I’m sitting inside, shivering in a blanket wondering why my life is so hard. Literally all I have to think about is how fun it would be to be at home, checking in on the condo every day, seeing what magic our Contractor Octavio pulled off in the past 24 hours.

Anyway, yes all of this is sad and depressing but A) I’m on the mend, hoping to make it outside today (after three days stuck inside) and B) I’ve been online shopping for rugs for the condo, so there’s that.

As I’ve said before, I’m looking to create a neutral foundation for the condo. Thus, the walls are all neutral, the flooring is neutral, and the countertops and tiles are neutral. It’s not that I hate color. It’s just that I have a lot of art and objects I want to ogle, and many of those are colorful. I come from an art background, so I’m a firm believer that art is a great focal point to base your design on. And since I already have a lot of great art in mind (and in process) for the condo, I’m creating a space that doesn’t clash with colorful art.



I love a sisal, so for many of the rooms I’m opting for bright rugs like this Boucle Rug. I like that it gives the space a beachy coastal vibe. I also like that sisal/jute rugs tend to be inexpensive. So for spaces like a dining room they really make sense. I don’t want to be screaming at my guests if they drop a meatball on the rug.



Another huge inspiration for the space is handcrafted items, like the Fireclay Tiles, handmade Park Studio Lighting, and handmade artwork and pottery from my artist friends. I like this Tuscan Rug because it felt distinctive enough to be in the living room but is also composed of neutrals, so it won’t compete with the huge gold Cleon Peterson print we are planning to put on the big wall in the living room.


Um, can we talk about how similar my render for the dining room (above) and the actual built-in turned out? I’m obsessed with this part of the dining room, it’s one of my favorite aspects of the renovation.




I want the TV room/loft to feel really cozy and comfortable, so I’m opting for this Soft Shag Rug. I just want to roll around on this luxuriousness while I watch depressing Julianne Moore movies.



In the kitchen, hallways, and common areas, I am opting for Jute Rugs. I love these as a neutral way to bring some warmth. They are a similar color to the flooring, so there’s not going to be a ton of contrast going on, but sometimes a little texture under your feet is all you need.



The bedroom is going to have crown moulding and a few more traditional flourishes than the rest of the condo. Since we’re doing simple white bedding, I decided a pattern would add some life and movement to the space. This Tuscan Geometric Rug fit the bill.



One of the most exciting things to happen right before I left LA for this food poisoning vacation was the marble flooring going in. Adding a natural element like marble definitely brings some life into the bathroom. But marble isn’t necessarily the warmest of materials, so I’m adding some cushy shag rugs in there.


Soft Shag Rug from Rugs USA.



The guest bedroom is going to be painted a very beigey grey (Glidden Skater’s Pond), so this warm grey Braid Pattern Rug adds some pattern and texture while not distracting from the Matin Zad print I plan to hang over the bed.

So, there you go. These are the rugs I plan to fill Orcondo with. They’re all wonderful neutrals that help bring warmth to a room. Sometimes people are like “I don’t get it, why do I need a rug in here?” But I’m like “SHUT UP YOU NEED A RUG.” Because rugs help a space feel soft and welcoming. They help corral furniture and make the space feel cohesive. Yes, they’re expensive, and that’s annoying, but I think they’re good investments in not having to walk around barefoot, your feet touching the cold, depressing floor that’s covered in Lucky Charms and Bacon Bits.


Want more Orcondo? Check out the whole process from the start: Orcondo’s New Place | Let There Be Light | Foundational ElementsModern Windows | Furniture & Accessories 

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8 years ago

Love it. All of it.
About that meatball dropping…
I want some jute/sisal around my abode, but if we had a meatball related incident, could it be cleaned up? I so love the natural fibers but keep not pulling the trigger due to concerns about staining because children

8 years ago
Reply to  Marnie

I don’t know about cleaning jute/sisal but I do know about rugs and children and after trashing three separate rugs (ugh), we finally put down an indoor/outdoor rug and it has been amazing! It’s been though a lot: pizza sauce, red wine, crushed berries, and everything just wipes right up! There are some surprisingly attractive ones now. I’ll probably upgrade when I’m no longer surrounded by toddlers, but for now I’m in love with my easy to clean rug!

8 years ago
Reply to  MelTown

FLOR is a great option too. Basically they are floor tiles in modern and traditional designs that connect to make area rugs in any size. I had two beautiful shaggy rugs I was planning to use in the common areas and then I rescued two adorable yet highly destructive puppies. My pups have destroyed two of the tiles but it’s much easier to replace than an entire rug.

8 years ago
Reply to  Marnie

Hi Marnie,

I can speak to the jute/sisal/meatball issue – it actually holds up pretty well. I’ve had both a large basketweave Jute and a tighter weave sisal and both have handled the extreme food attacks by my 2 year old pretty well. I found that simple Oxy stain remover worked and both held up well to going outside and getting a scrub with soap and the hose.


8 years ago
Reply to  Marnie

a cat will destroy it faster than children. my cat eats rugs. jerk.

8 years ago
Reply to  beks

my cat eats jute rugs, too. monster

ann marie
8 years ago
Reply to  tanja

I have 3 cats. I can only dream about buying rugs.

8 years ago

“Rug life.” I love your humor. Feel better, gangsta.

8 years ago

Love your rug choices! I’ve had good luck with Overstock and for smaller apartment sized rugs that are affordable and pretty. Many landlords prefer that you use them anyway, and I wish our upstairs neighbors would take a hint and buy a few.

8 years ago
Reply to  Loribeth

By smaller I mean like, just out of college budget, btw. Not the glorious Orcondo which I have major envy over.

8 years ago
Reply to  Loribeth

Just replying to say you are the only other Loribeth I know and it makes me smile whenever I see your username.

8 years ago
Reply to  Lori

There are a few of us out here in the world! The more Loribeths the better!

8 years ago

Try some coconut oil for the food poisoning. I read it helps kill the bad stuff in your gut. And hey, it can’t hurt.

8 years ago

Haha-I feel the same way about rugs. Some people don’t love them and I think they’re insane.

8 years ago

I recently purchased rugs for my bathroom and a guest was all “don’t you think it’s gross to have rugs in your bathroom?” and I was like “a) no. b) they’re faux sheepskin and FABULOUS. c) no. and d) honey, come on over in January when it’s -40 outside and the concrete sub-floors makes the tile feel -20 and you wish you never had to pee or brush your teeth.” Suddenly, she quite liked the amazingly soft, I wish faux sheepskin was under my feet at all times, mat.

8 years ago
Reply to  allison

You should have asked “What did you do to my rug for me to be grossed out?” You make great points. Some people are slobs, they don’t know how to keep a bathroom clean or moisture free.

8 years ago

Ugh…I want a huge gold Cleon Peterson print. Put that on my someday list! The Orcondo is looking good!

8 years ago

What software do you use for the rendering?! It’s amazing!

8 years ago

In a perfect world, I’d be able to afford to pay you to fly to the east coast, design my entire house, and then have drinks with me while sitting on the waterfront. Hope you are feeling better and can’t wait for more Orcondo updates!

(Also, mentioned the “Orcondo” to a friend who is obviously not cool and didn’t understand. She thought I was a little crazy until I explained.)

Ursula Ellis
8 years ago

The rugs you’ve chosen are perfect. Be careful with the sisal in the dining room though. I chose one for ours which has a brick floor, but the weave was too large and the chair legs would get stuck. You’ve probably thought all that through, though. Good luck, and I can’t wait to see more of Orcondo!

It’s a hard spun life, for us. Sorry – had to make the joke.

I miss having hardwood floors in my house, because rugs on carpet isn’t just as visually appealing.

Josh | The Kentucky Gent

8 years ago

I love all the textures and designs of these rugs! You did a great job picking them out!


8 years ago

I have to say– whenever I hear the word “neutrals” in regard to design, I tend to imagine the beige wall-to-wall carpeted (with espresso or shabby chic furniture) monsters and want to head for the hills. But you have given me so much appreciation for character in neutral design… And, as an artist, I really appreciate your thoughts about designing with artwork in mind. 😉 I can’t wait to see it when it’s done!!!

8 years ago

I know this post is about rugs. They all look great. I hope you and the BF are careful shavers though. My man would turn that shag rug into a floor beard in two days flat. But lets talk about the tile. Damn its looking sexy. Gutsy move with the parquet that’s really paying off. Can’t wait to see it finished.

8 years ago
Reply to  KIM

Hahaha. Floor beard is sadly true at my place, too.

8 years ago

Doris Leslie Blau is super knowledgeable when it comes to the choice of rugs and has a huge online array:

8 years ago

my feet be dancing. thx Orlando!

8 years ago

I love this series – Orlando’s sense of humor and aesthetic are both perfect.

Lizabeth Sanchez
8 years ago

Really looking forward to seeing your home when you have finished your renovation! As far as rugs go, I can only dream!! I have kitties and a father with a walker!!
Your selections and the reasons behind your choices of rugs are inspiring! Appreciate the information!

Orlando – I love the built-ins in the dining room. I’ve been wanting to do something similar, but have no idea who to go to for something like that. Any tips on who/what type of person/company I need to google/contact for that type of work?