I love this photo but it’s painful to look at. This was my Halloween costume when I was 7, I was Aladdin and @ormomdo made my costume (there was a little vest thing that went with it). It’s hard to look at because it documents the very moment in time I started hating my body. A few weeks prior, I’d gotten tonsillitis and couldn’t eat anything, I’d lost a lot of weight. And it was the first time I knew that if I wanted not to be chubby, I’d have to starve myself. I remember knowing there was something wrong with my body, and feeling it was my fault for eating too much and not having self-control. I wasn’t overweight at this point, I would be later on and the struggle and self-hatred would only intensify. I was smiling in this photo because of relief, a sickness had helped me lose weight and I felt better about myself. Somehow it had already been ingrained me at this age that thinner is better. What would evolve from this is going on my first official diet at 10, going to Weight Watchers as a 12 year old, and years of eating disorders, unhealthy eating habits, and exercise anorexia. I have had a terrible relationship with my body and food since the time this photo was taken almost 30 years ago. And it bothers me because I know kids this age now. They’re babies. And imagining them having these kinds of thoughts is incredibly sad to me. I guess my point, if I have one aside from just sharing an experience, is that everyone has a long, complicated relationship with their body. I’ve received a lot of unsolicited advice about what I should and should not eat. Giving that type of advice can be triggering and demeaning - you have no idea what people have tried before they talk to to you. As an adult, the type of hate I felt for my body has only been exacerbated by my on-camera career and the community I’m in - gay men are not kind to each other about their bodies. If there are kids in your life, think carefully about how you talk about weight and body issues in front of them. They’ll understand and internalize what you’re saying. And if you have people in your life questioning their bodies MAKE IT YOUR JOB TO TELL THEM THEY ARE OKAY AND BEAUTIFUL. OK BYE.
Had a fun and busy Sunday shooting at the Rose Bowl Flea Market with @em_henderson and @real_simple (look for the story in March). Aftwards, Em took me to an open house for a home designed by the magnificent @leannefordinteriors. It was such a fun house to explore, super rustic and filled with texture and unique details. There’s something really refreshing about seeing a space designed by someone whose inherent style is so different than your own. Like I never would have thought to make any of the design decisions she did but I loved all of them. LET THIS BE A LESSON TO ALL OF US THAT SOMETIMES PEOPLE HAVE IDEAS THAT ARE DIFFERENT THAN YOURS AND THAT’S GREAT. The End Bye. #INSPOlando
YOU GUYS!!! At looooong last, THE CASA SORIA KITCHEN (which I am finally allowed to share as of TODAY). When I embarked on this renovation journey TWO YEARS AGO with @ormomdo and #orlandad we had no idea how many twists and turns this project would take. Previously, the kitchen was half this size and orMOMdo had all her kitchen gadgets Tetris’d into her cabinets in a way that no one but her understood. Enter renowned appliance brand @bertazzoniitalia who inspired this whole makeover with their HASHTAG GORGEOUS Heritage Range (and a full suite of absolutely beautiful kitchen appliances). I took this kitchen from NASTY to RHINOPLASTY in literally (hundreds of millions of) minutes (that added up to almost an entire year of demo and construction). Now the kitchen finally functions and fits the rest of the house (I’m sharing BEFORE pics on my stories today). Also, since I know you’re going to ask, here’s the source detes: Appliances: @bertazzoniitalia Countertop: @cambriasurfaces Backsplash Tile: @fireclaytile Floor Tile: @rusticotile Pendant Above Sink: @rejuvenation Pendants Over Peninsula: @schoolhouse Window Treatments: @theshadestore Bar Stools: @wayfair Cabinet Hardware: @schoolhouse Faucets: @kallistaplumbing Wall Color: @benjaminmoore Alaskan Husky Peninsula Accent Color: @benjaminmoore Olympus Green 📸 @zekeruelas #CasaSoria #ormomdokitchen #Bertazzoni #kitchendesign #kitchenmakeover #CookBeautifully
Today is National Coming Out Day. My coming our story was pretty much zero drama and didn’t involve any tears or wondering if I was going to be ostracized by my family, that was never a question for me. I was automatically accepted from the get go by my parents. I basically was like MOM I’M GAY and @ormomdo and #orlandad were DUH WE KNOW WHAT ELSE? My crazy conservative high school was a different story (I was 14 when I came out) but we don’t need to get into that here (I’ll blast them some other time during an awards speech). Part of me is like BLAH WHATEVER WHO CARES ABOUT COMING OUT. But then another part of me knows my story isn’t typical of coming out stories and that there’s a ton of privilege to the kind of entitlement to acceptance that I felt as a kid. Anyway, there are many ways to celebrate National Coming Out Day. You could sneak up behind your coworker and scream “I’M GAY!!!” in her ear. You could tell the Starbucks barista your name is “GAY!” when they take your order. You could hold hands with a member of your same gender and scream “WE’RE GAY!!!” to everyone you pass. Literally so many options! To me this day is about visibility, so it’s a good reminder that if you follow me, I’d prefer if you didn’t vote against my rights or the rights of any of my friends (this includes trans people, people of color, and women, among others). DON’T LOL AT MY JOKES THEN CLASSIFY ME AS A SECOND-CLASS CITIZEN WHEN U VOTE, K? In other news, I painted this pink triangle on my fake fireplace I honor of @actupny, an organization that single-handedly, ferociously, fought for the rights of people dying from AIDS when the government didn’t care and was literally laughing about one of the biggest, most tragic epidemics in modern history (you can read more about this at the link in my bio). Finally, I’d like to thank you for following me along my journey and allowing me to live inside your phone. It wasn’t easy to get shrunken down to fit in here, but when I arrived I was elated by how gay it was inside. OK GO DO SOMETHING GAY BYE. Photo by a Gay named @zekeruelas #NationalComingOutDay #chateaulando #ActUp
When I awoke this morning and walked into my once-cozy-and-adorable living room, I SCREAMED A BLOOD-CURDLING SCREAM at the horror that awaited me there. Dead leaves had accosted my mirror, and when I went up to them to see what was happening they whispered CHILLING TALES so haunting I immediately fainted and had to be revived with smelling salts by a nearby stranger. When I awoke (again) I saw a sight so mortifying, I immediately died on the spot. Whirring ghosts had infiltrated my fake fireplace, and were making SPINE-TINGLING “WOO!” noises so terrorizing that I died a second death. When I arose from the dead, I was parched. So I grasped at a nearby glass of refreshing apple cider. But upon further investigation, the glass that held the cider was a SUPER SCARY SKULL FACE more alarming than any skull face in the history of time. I let out a wail so loud that my head popped right off my body, killing me a third and final time. THE END. Ghost Documentarian: @zekeruelas #horrorlando #chateualando #victim
YOU GUYS! Something truly SPOOKY has happened at Chateaulando! I have transformed my once sweet-and-tranquil home into a TERRIFYING DEN OF HORROR. How, you ask? It was easy! I used my very capable Internet fingers to log onto the @Amazon Halloween shop (you can check it at the link in profile) where I found tons of decor and accessories. Everything from fun stuff for kids to fancy glamorous pottery. They have everything you need to add cozy fall accents AND add SPINE-TINGLING Halloween decorations that will cause you to emit a blood-curdling scream so loud that witches at all four corners of the earth will hear and immediately come help you cast more spells upon your home. You can check out my fave finds from the @Amazon Halloween store (and get links to the items I used to decorate my home) in my Insta stories today. MAY THE REST OF YOUR DAY BE GHASTLY AND TERRIFYING. Photo 🎃 @zekeruelas #ad #AllOnAmazon #AmazonHome @AmazonHome #chateaulando
This is one of my favorite moments from my very important and universally loved book, “Get It Together!” (available now at the link-in-profile). I made this fun zig-zag coffee table with my extremely lifelike human hands, while weeping for joy and dreaming about the future. AND SO CAN YOU! Photo by treasured American photographer and renowned THOT @zekeruelas #GetItTogetherOrlando #orlanDIY #drama
All the stupid autumn leaves I splattered all over Chateaulando yesterday have me feeling thirsty for actual fall foliage. I’m from California, but I’m from a part that gets all four seasons (including pretty fall leaves and actual snow). And I moved directly from Yosemite, where I grew up, to the east coast, where the fall colors are even more delicious. I’m pleased to announce that I will be going to New York in a few weeks. It’s mostly to attend a very exciting event and work on a TOP SECRET NEW VENTURE but I’m hoping to get out of the city to go ogle some colors and drink cider and laugh endlessly about how glamorous life is. Okay that’s all. Go bite some leaves or pumpkin spice your face or whatever. I drank tequila last night and now I feel crazy. The end.
Spent the morning flailing my arms and limp-wrist sloshing dead tree branches all over my apartment to celebrate that it’s fall. Sure, I had to go to a giant warehouse in downtown LA to buy these fall leaves. And sure, it’s still 87 degrees outside. And yes, I have been sick since wrapping my super amazing television pilot. And yes, I have just worked straight through the whole illness and had literally not a second to breathe. And sure, I did come to this post to complain and humblebrag. And no, I’m not going to apologize for it. Because yes, it’s been a long few weeks for all of us. But sure, I am the number one victim in my own life. And yes, I did stand on a ladder, teetering over the coffee table, standing on one leg and using one hand on the ceiling to stabilize my large human body. And sure, I decided to stop shooting when I almost fell to my death and saw my life flash before my eyes. And yes, I would do it all over again. And yes, the sources where I got all these covfefe table doodads are tagged. And yes, I’m finished now. #victim #chateaulando #horrorlando
WANNA SEE A SATISFYING BEFORE AND AFTER??? [Swipe left]. In other news, remember that one time I teamed up with @grovecollaborative and @methodhome to give one lucky winner a mega makeover for their laundry room??? Well I can FINALLY show you the finished space and it looks amazing! I traveled to San Antonio, Texas (where I’ve been told people know what salsa should taste like) to meet the SWEETEST family with FIVE CHILDREN. I changed their laundry lives forever and now they love me BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE. WE FILMED THE WHOLE THING. Check my blog today (link-in-profile) to meet this wonderful family, see the transformation, and see how the five LITERAL SUPERSTAR children respond to the makeover. Your heart will literally explode from all the cuteness. #grovecollaborative #methodhome #laundryroommakeover #orSPONdo #ad
This is still one of my favorite Halloween DIYs. Which I stole from @ormomdo who stole it from the internet. Basically, you take a styrofoam ball, drape some cheese cloth over it, glue some BLACK HOLE EYEBALLS to it, and use fishing line to hang it. It will spook all your guests and chill them to their core, reminding them that DOOM AND TERROR lie around every corner. Happy Friday you guys! May your weekend be just as terrifying as the last few weeks have been for the United States. The end. #Horrorlando #orcondo #rip
You guys! You don’t have to be sad anymore! Displaying family photos doesn’t have to be ugly and disgusting! Instead of printing them huge, putting them over the fireplace, and terrifying all your guests with your family’s Jack-O-Lantern grimace-smiles, why not print them out small scale and plop them into a fancy tray? That way you can peruse them up close and not force other people to stare at gigantic oversized photos of your gross baby. Okay I’ll be going now since I just solved literally all the world’s problems. The end. Photo by my favorite teen witch, @zekeruelas #Chateaulando #HotTip #Drama
He graduated from Cornell's University's College of Architecture, Art and Planning as well as the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design.
He is the creator of the lifestyle blog Homemaker.
He has a sister and a brother.
He appeared as the assistant to Emily Henderson on Secrets of a Stylist.