May 13, 2017

Progress pictures from a big design project

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When you create interiors you its all in your mind. Of course nothing is more fun than seeing your mood boards and designs come to life. The huge project we’ve been working on from scratch and designing in Virginia is coming closer to the install date. Yesterday I received a bunch of snap shots from the project.

LOVE the progress!!

The kids rooms are theme rooms.  This is the boy’s room with a reclaimed wood ceiling and a cool blue and gold paint scheme for a Russian knights room.

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The room will have rich reds and crest pillows and all kinds of things Russian knight for the two boys.

Wish I could show you more…

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The daughter’s room is south American and is dark coral and peachy pale coral with a bright green bathroom.

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Its going to have black iron details and these fun fabrics. I love doing fun kids rooms.

What girl doesn’t love pink?

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One of the guest rooms got an intense color scheme, and it will make a lot of sense once all is in.

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Cool blue bathroom with cement tile.

Navy walls, blue bathroom and yellow ceiling.

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Yes the clients who come to me want something unusual and love color!

My instructions are commonly “not boring”. I’m of course always happy to please.

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Love the shocking combination of navy and yellow because what’s coming next will make it very cool.

The master bath is looking chic.

All Cambria stone tops and gold faucets.

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It’s fun to see mood board to reality.

For each room I give clients two-three mood boards to really see the design.  This one gives an overview.

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Can’t wait ti see this room.

I already see the vibe in this pretty shower!

All marble with gold details.

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The beautiful stone fireplaces have been installed as well in many of the rooms and wood beams are in waiting to be stained.

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Master bedroom fireplace.

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And one of my favorite rooms… the dark blue library that will have loads of great color in in.

Can’t wait.

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If you are interested in creating something special we are taking on a few E-design clients over the summer. You can e-mail us at contact@jillsorensen.com we’ll send you info on our E-Design service.

See you next week!

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March 28, 2016

My bedding in delicious new colors

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Hope you had a great Easter weekend!

Color as some of you know is something I can’t get enough of.

I’m happy to let you know that a few weeks ago we started offering the bedding in 18 custom colors. Designers and customers have e-mailed for a long time and requested certain colors so I’m happy to finally be able to offer endless design possibilities with the bedding.

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I added new colors that I thought would be pretty in a bedroom yet feel modern.

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One of my current favorites is BRASS…

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…and POWDER PINK.

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Powder Pink Deco bedding

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Black Key Duvet cover and Euro shams

If you need help with suggestions or have any questions you can e-mail contact@jillsorensen.com and my fantastic new office manager Emily will help you with anything you need.

After having a difficult fall learning from some mistakes I made running my business, I’m excited to a have a fantastic team in place and a whole bunch of new products to launch!

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October 7, 2014

One Room Challenge – Week #2

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(Here is WEEK # 1 – in case you missed it)

I spent a lot of time thinking about the TV room wall color without coming to a final conclusion.

Since there are a lot of us who use this house, I suddenly felt concerned that the male part of the family would hate to sit through a movie surrounded by pink. And I pondered new wall colors.

But honestly I got over that pretty quickly.

Pink it will be, even if I get complaints. They’ll get over it.

If I keep it to a coral/pink it’s perhaps more gender neutral. Coral is also one of my mother’s favorite colors. Before we even arrived in Sweden she had lined up a a retired painter Bosse, who could get started within a couple of days of our arrival.

The hunt was on for the right pink tone. I had brought along my coral tropical leaf fabric and felt really inspired by the hue.

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Before we left LA for Sweden, Gwyneth Paltrow had her GOOP pop up store at the Brentwood country mart in our LA neighborhood. The pop up store had an irresistible coral wall.

Perhaps you saw it?

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It looked great with greys. Seriously pink is the new neutral.

I also love English inspired pink country rooms.

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The pink I was after would have to look great with the pumpkin orange and cream carpet that would go on the floor. And the bright and bold orange on the TV cabinet.

I finally picked a Swedish paint color close to this Benjamin Moore color.

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Bonfire-Maze cotton carpet// Authentic Pink

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We did samples on all the walls and let it dry, then added another another coat to see the real tone.

It was a little stronger than I thought, but decided to go for it.

It would be fun with the painted cabinet that has to stay because of the village effort to paint it.

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I was happy to see the old nondescript wall color go away.  It was okay in the summer time, but always felt really cold on a chilly winter night!

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Bosse and  his wife who went to work transforming the room to pink.

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Pink was definitely more fun with the white tile fireplace.

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I love this pink!

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It’s giving the room a warm, serene quality.

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Perfect backdrop for the Bonfire Maze carpet.

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We laid the carpet down to test it.

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We have a loooong way to go to make this room over, but I’m excited about the pink.

The shocking thing is every single man who has come in to this room, comments on how much he loves the wall color!

So much for my worrying.

Check in what progress the other designer/bloggers are making.

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Chinoiserie Chic

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The Design Daredevil

Design Darling

Design Indulgence

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July 7, 2014

HOW TO PICK A PAINT COLOR SCHEME FOR YOUR HOME

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If you want an inviting, comfortable home, nothing perhaps is more important than picking the right color scheme. Finding the right paint colors for your home is a source of great frustration to many.  It’s the question I get asked the most, so I thought I would take you through the process I use when I pick a color scheme for an entire home or a color for a room.

I’m revamping our Swedish house this month, and needed a new color for our TV room, so I will use my home as a guide. Here is a process I use to come up with a color scheme.

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1. DECIDE THE VIBE AND FEELING YOU WANT FOR YOUR HOME

The first thing to ask yourself is how do you want to feel in your space. Do you want a space that makes you happy? A space that calms you down? Colors have a strong effect on the way we feel and the selection of the right colors is more important than you think.  Brighter hues such a red, orange and yellow gives us energy while pale blues and greens have a calming effect. Some lifts us up and some brings us down.

When we bought our house in Sweden I wanted a place I could come to and relax. It needed to be PEACEFUL and stress free. It could also not feel too “serious” and needed a touch of a playfulness yet still feel really “Swedish”.  Knowing all this I knew the colors had to be pale and soothing, and to use fun stronger colors only as accents.

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This is the view from most of the house.

2. LET WHAT’S RIGHT OUTSIDE YOUR WINDOW BE A GUIDE

Look outdoors, what do you see? Do you have a view? What are the colors you see? Is it an urban landscape, is it a lawn? Sunset or sunrise views?  Whatever you see outside, or don’t want to see outside, decides what color you might pick inside.

For example, in our house, from almost every single room we have an incredible view. Therefore I didn’t want to use a busy wallpaper or a color that would take away or distract from the beauty right outside. I wanted nature to be a guide.

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Selecting hues that already where outside added a cohesive and soothing effect. (All color chips are from Benjamin Moore.)

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3. DETERMINE YOUR HOME’S NATURAL LIGHT

What is the natural light like? In Sweden there is almost no daylight for many months of the year, therefore a white background is often painted to allow sunlight to reflect off the walls, and let the home feel brighter. Rarely do you see a Swedish home painted in dark colors for this reason.

You can brighten a dark room in the house with a light color, or magnify what is already is there by painting it a dark engulfing color.

Since there is an extreme lack of sunlight here most of the year, I picked white and yellow paint colors for several rooms to reflect light or  mimic sunlight.

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4. LET THE LOCALE INSPIRE YOU

Where is your house located? Downtown? Mountains? Horse country? If your home is downtown Manhattan versus out on a farm you might want a different feeling. Let the history of the town and area give you ideas.  Read old books, pick up some local vintage treasures, watch TV shows from the place.  There can be some amazing colors you find that could be used in a new fun way.

Since we spend a limited amount of time here,  I wanted a very Swedish vibe and welcomed using some traditional Swedish colors.

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Turn of the century department store chandelier.

I picked up local vintage pieces that had colors of the area and let them inspire me.

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Swedish “trasmatta” woven with tons of leftover colors are very common here.

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I love Pippi Longstocking (she’s my hero) and the TV show from the 60-70’s is a great source of fun and unusual colors.

5. MAKE THE TRANSITION OF COLORS RUN SMOOTH FROM ROOM TO ROOM

When you stand in one room and look in to another the colors have to flow peacefully.  From every single angle of your home the colors have to harmonize as far as your eye can see. Here it was easy since it’s so white. But this can also be achieved very well with tons of strong colors as long as your overall color scheme “plays” together.

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6. DON’T LET IT BE TOO EXPECTED – ADD AN ELEMENT OF SURPRISE

Never let a room be boring, choose something in your overall scheme that adds an element of surprise. Too much of the same color in a room, can make it boring.

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7. DETERMINE THE COLORS IN YOUR SCHEME THAT SHOULD BE USED FOR THE WALLS 

When you have gathered a bunch of colors. Go back to the questions. What do you want your home to feel like?

For me it was PEACEFUL and RELAXING with a touch of fun. So peaceful hues had to be the wall colors and the fun tones would become accents.

Natural light needs?  Yellow and White.

What did I see outside? Blue and Green.

Sense of playfulness and local inspiration?  Accent colors: Turquoise, Orange, Blue, Lavender.

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This became our full color scheme, for the main house and the guest house. The guest house since small is only in blue hues mixed with the whites.

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I’m repainting our TV room this week. Although it’s already painted in a grayish yellow, somehow the space too cold. To find a new color I went back to my original scheme and decided what I wanted more of.  I needed a warm hue.

And I decided I wanted more of Pippi Longstocking 70’s TV show vibe.

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I selected these colors above to go with the already orange accents in the room.

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The wall color would be a pink/coral tone for warmth.

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The carpet has orange accents and the cabinet if I ever finish it will have orange accents. ( This room is half way through makeover…) Will share more on that in a later post.

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Picking colors is a really fun process.

I hope I have not been rambling and that this gives you some kind of guide to pick a color scheme for your home.

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P.S. If you feel you still need help. Stay tuned for my affordable color scheme service coming soon.

 

 

May 12, 2014

GLAM CITY BEDROOM IDEA & WINNER!

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Hope you had a great weekend!

Coral is on my mind lately, I want to paint everything coral! It’s pink without being too feminine, and it looks so chic and sophisticated.  I created a bedroom around our new coral FLAVIA Headboard with a very pale coral wall.

Gold, glam,black & white, animal print AND coral.  Just my thing right now.

If you are eager to see if you won the GIVEAWAY. Scroll down to the bottom because we have a winner!

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Wall color // Headboard // Chandelier // Bedding // White Fur pillow // Graphic pillow // Beige velvet pillow // Dotted fabric // White linen fabric // Carpet // Table // Lamp // White paint // Black Paint

I imagine this laying in this bedroom and looking out at….

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… the Manhattan skyline.

For great pale pale coral inspiration head over to Bijou & Boheme’s great client piano room makeover for the One room Challenge.

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You can see here entire room here.

In case you are in the mood to paint something coral. Here are some tones I really like…

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Okay on to the winner of $ 200 gift card toward Jill Sorensen Lifestyle!

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Congratulations # 38 – Danielle K!!

Dear Danielle K Please e-mail Mehreen at contact@jillsorensen.com to retrieve your gift!

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February 6, 2014

Great color mix -Hot Pink & Emerald

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My favorite subject…color combinations.

Perhaps you’re doing some decorating this weekend.  Here’s another great color mix if you are feeling a little daring…

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Great for a guest bedroom look.

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Nature’s perfect mix right outside my door.

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Hot Pink and Emerald Lucky Bedding.

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Emerald walls hot pink headboard.

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Perfect hues.

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Green wood paneling & Hot Pink chairs.

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Tone down both hues and it’s a soothing mix. (My old guest bedroom.)

Hope you have a nice weekend!

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P.S. Stay tuned for a GREAT bedding giveaway on House Of Turquoise blog Monday!

November 18, 2013

Great Color MIX – Pale Pink & Chartreuse

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What is the first design element you see when you enter a room?

The first thing I notice is the mix of colors. Then I see the rest.  So of course when I design a room I always start our deciding on a color scheme. That becomes the backbone and inspiration to everything else.  So I’m excited to share more color mixes I love.  If you have two great colors to anchor your design plan you can go anywhere from there.

Pale pink and chartreuse is a stunning building block that you can add pretty much any other color to and still make it work.

Paint the walls pale pink, add a pink sofa and chartreuse carpet. Black and white accents with wood. Perfect.

Pale pink walls, chartreuse sofa and floral chartreuse upholstery. Add dark green. Romantic.

Pale pink walls, sofa with chartreuse carpet and pillows. Add lucite and white marble with distressed wood.

Walls in the palest pale pink.gray hue, bold chartreuse chairs, then add hot pink, aqua and black and white.

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Or the simplest way…add a pair or pink and chartreuse pillows to a white couch, paint the walls pale pink

Definitely a color combo I’ll be using when we find a new home.

October 21, 2013

Great Color MIX – Cobalt & Coral

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What color should I paint the room? And what colors work together?

Those are the two questions I probably get more than any other by my design clients, blog readers and friends.

Picking two main colors that create the main theme for the room is the best way to start a design. That gives you a perfect base and you can then add and play with accent colors from there.  Finding unusual color combinations is one of my favorite things to do.  Often I start a design selecting two colors that at first seem to clash and then I try to solve it by adding a third.  I love that challenge.

So I thought I share some of my favorite color mixes every month.

On my mind today is:

Cobalt blue has been a favorite of mine, since I did Luke’s room and I love seeing it softened with coral.

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Designer Summer Thornton uses it with great success in a client’s office.

Hutton Wilkinson did his dining room with true Tony Duquette flair.

I had fun using coral and cobalt in a nursery board series for Fieldstone Hill.

MONOGRAM carpet in Sapphire & Apple.

Design by Summer Thornton/Image via Decorista.

September 11, 2013

Living with White walls AND Color

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If you have followed this blog for a while you might be familiar with my line “Life is too Short for White walls”.  Well ironically, or perhaps to test myself (?) the bungalow rental we are in for the next few months has…yes…only WHITE walls. After living with a kaleidoscope of colors in our old house it felt at first refreshing with stark white walls. But walking through our Virginia house (soon no longer ours…) via Skype yesterday and seeing all the pretty colors – I suddenly felt deprived! Sorry but I really love color!

That’s not t say you can’t create some some cheerful spaces with an all white backdrop. For all renters out there, or white-wall-lovers-but-want-a touch-of-color-people, here are some ways to add color to your space..

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A great starting point add a– BOLD COLORED COUCH.

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Add  CONTRASTING FURNITURE AND PATTERNS. This fun window seat and dining table certainly does not lack color. (Okay the walls are light gray but you get the point)

Adding COLORFUL ART and PILLOWS and BOOKS is another way to bring color and life in to the space.

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Hmm…there is something be said about white walls. You can really enjoy the pieces.

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Let the FLOWERS and SMALL ACCESSORIES add the punch.

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This cool dining room is framed  by white, but nothing a bright kilim can’t slam dunk.

(Can’t wait for my vintage kilims to arrive next month.)

And last GREEN PLANTS add a lot of warmth.

Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY you still have a few days left!

October 9, 2012

PEACH + PINK + ORANGE

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These colors have been on my mind lately. Can’t get enough of them. Perhaps because I’ve been working on some girl’s rooms, teenagers, toddlers and grown up girls. It’s surprising how women all ages are drawn to pink, coral and orange.

Why is that? Are you?

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Interior design Kelly Wearstler.

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I don’t know….but who can resist it?