The Before and After That You Have to See to Believe

Gabrielle Savoie
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Tessa Neustadt, design by Orlando Soria

After two years of dating, Edouard, a film and TV producer, thought it was high time to ask his boyfriend to move in with him. The choice was obvious—his condo in Los Angeles was large enough for two and had unbeatable views of the Silverlake Reservoir. There was just one catch—the 1983 construction was a little dated. Unsurprisingly, the boyfriend in question—Orlando Soria, West Coast creative director at Homepolish—had high aesthetic standards, and would not stand for orange peel–textured walls and brown tiles. In a matter of months, he schemed up a master renovation, turning their dated '80s condo into a fresh modern abode with a killer view.

With a vision set on breathing a fresh modern Scandinavian vibe into the space while keeping nods to its roots, Soria created the lovingly dubbed "Orcondo," a functional home for two, full of personality and life. We chatted with the designer about the recent renovations. Slide through this before and after transformation, and take notes—you'll want to tap into his renovating expertise. 

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Tessa Neustadt, design by Orlando Soria

"There were so many offenses in the space previously," says Soria of the 1980s structure. "Brown tile everywhere, gray industrial carpet, parquet flooring... I just wanted to create a neutral space where all the art and objects Ive collected over time could be the focal point."

Tell us: what was your favorite part of Orlando Soria's "Orcondo"?

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