Orlando Soria’s Dreamy Backyard Makeover

Orlando Soria is a designer in Los Angeles, CA who recently completed a backyard makeover for his West Hollywood home using Sunbrella fabrics. Orlando focuses on personal details for his design approach, saying his goal is to “translate my client’s personality onto their space.” His next priority is respecting a home’s innate details and design and improving upon it. Orlando says, “my ideal house is one that has a good deal of history, with pretty millwork and architectural details, filled with modern, sculptural furniture and contemporary art.” 


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A beautiful arched entryway into the backyard offers a peek at the comfy seating area


Entertaining-Friendly Meets Pet-Friendly

The first goal for Orlando’s backyard was to clean the space up, the backyard “felt very neglected” when he moved in. Orlando wanted a space where he could hang out during the day and host outdoor dinners at night. One other important factor for the backyard was a place where Orlando’s dog, Saturday, would have a place to play. “My goal was to create a space that was not only pretty, but also could withstand wear and tear from a very active dog,” explains Orlando. 


A man and a dog sit on a backyard sectional sofaA man and a dog sit on a backyard sectional sofa
Comfortable seating was the top priority on Orlando’s “must-have” list


Must-Have: Comfortable Seating

Homing in on his own personal style, Orlando chose the beautiful Seton Modular set in Charcoal Sunbrella fabric from Frontgate. This versatile seating option anchors the outdoor space with a classic, adaptable style. “It’s the first thing you see when you enter and it just beckons you to come lounge,” says Orlando. “I love an outdoor sectional because it provides seating for a lot of people while also keep an open, inviting layout.”


Not only does the design of the sectional seating anchor the design of Orlando’s backyard, the Sunbrella fabric cushions will withstand wear and tear from his very energetic canine companion. 


A man and a dog on a backyard sectional sofaA man and a dog on a backyard sectional sofa
Orlando (and his dog, Saturday) will enjoy endless fun and snuggles on the Seton modular sectional from Frontgate


Completing the Space

He also selected some beautiful pillows designed by Elaine Smith for Frontgate to add color and pattern to the seating area. As Orlando says, “there were so many great fabric options from Sunbrella to choose from!” His pillow choices include the Soren Square Pillow, the Bakuba Lumbar Pillow in Denim, the Focus Outdoor Pillow in Indigo, and the Kente Pillow in Pebble, all designed by Elaine Smith for Frontgate.


Next up for this dreamy backyard? “At some point I’d love to add some shade – either some colorful Sunbrella sails, a pergola, or a few umbrellas,” says Orlando. “It’s beautiful to spend time out there at night but I’m guessing once summer hits I’ll want more shade.” 


A lush urban backyard seating area with a sectional sofa and wicker chairsA lush urban backyard seating area with a sectional sofa and wicker chairs
Orlando’s backyard is a lush outdoor oasis with seating and entertaining space to enjoy for years to come


Design Advice from Orlando

Orlando’s advice for starting your own design project? “Choose ONE thing and just buy it. Making one foundational decision makes the rest of the decisions much easier. People get intimidated by a project then get too nervous to make any decisions. So sometimes you just gotta go for it.”


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