January 24, 2018

BEFORE/AFTER – Our Powder room

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When we bought our Spanish ranch rambler in the hills above LA it had not been renovated since it was built in 1967.

The house was a mysterious blend of mid century and Spanish and had 60’s wallpaper and old carpeting still intact. It had retro accents and a cool vibe but was screaming for a major makeover.

The first room I tackled was our living room powder room.

It looked like this when we moved in.

I set forth to infuse it with a retro Palm Springs look.

Since we had just moved from the east coast to a warm climate all things tropical really spoke to me.

The powder room re imagined in my Palm Springs, Spanish, Art deco tropical vibe turned out like this.

I added a tropical wallpaper Cole & Sons Palm leaves.

I wanted tropical leaves everywhere!

I switched out the faucets for Kohler purist faucet  and added an Art Deco style mirror.

I re tiled the floor with a pretty Spanish Cement tile

Painted the cabinet a high gloss color and added modern door pulls.

The inside of the cabinet I painted black.

I selected a modern pendant with gold finish inside.

Added two mid century inspired 60’s glam wall sconces to stay true to the era of the house.

I kept the marble counter top and refinished the sink.

The new floor made the room.

This is the Cement tile we used.

The sink was an ugly yellow….

But since I love to reuse and I wanted to keep the marble top I decided to stain it.

After we had it refinished it looked like this..

…it turned out better than I had hoped.

I love the vibrant gold color on the Kohler purist faucet .The finish is vibrant matte gold.

I used these faucets in most of the house.

This angular pendant was the last piece of the puzzle..

My favorite design style is Art Deco so adding an Art deco style mirror felt right.

Here is a full mood board with colors with links to where you can buy  products I used if you are inspired to steal the steal the look!

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December 21, 2017

Get the Look! Rustic Winter Wonderland

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Four days to Christmas.

We’re off to Sun Valley today and I’m inspired by a rustic modern mountain ski chalet look in a white winter wonderland.

Reclaimed wood walls, antlers, faux fur, leather and winter white.

That works…always.

Image via Elle Decor. Interiors Ken Fulk.

Yellowstone Club designed by Ken Fulk.

To instantly turn your bedroom in to a modern winter wonderland grab the look below.

Light tan walls, black accents, graphic modern bedding, reclaimed woods, gold classic carpets.

BENJAMIN MOORE colors — SHAKER BEIGE flat finish for walls and ONYX semi gloss for select trim and casings.

VICTORY BED SHAM // RECLAIMED WOOD TABLE // BROWN FAUX FUR PILLOW

BEIGE REGENCY VELVET PILLOW // GOLD RUG

NATURAL AREA RUG

Add a natural hide, cowhide rustic accent chair and reclaimed wood nightstands.

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RECLAIMED WOOD NIGHT STAND

Image via Elle Decor. Interiors Ken Fulk.

Install reclaimed wood paneling on one or more walls, or even the ceiling to go all the way.


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Gold and cream classic carpet on the floor.

JOSEFIN GOLD CARPET

For a softer luxury vibe add a large white velvet bed with nail heads.


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Load up on faux fur blankets.


CREAM FAUX FUR THROW


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While you’re at it….let the look spill in to the entire house and decorate for the holidays.

Image via Elle Decor. Interiors Ken Fulk.

Want to bring this vibe to your home?

Mix in a few of these pieces and casually use around the home with neutral walls.

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November 29, 2017

Creating a luxury look for less in the Guest house Bath

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Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

We are finally down to tile, trim, faucet selections for our Guest house renovations.  To make sure the project is a good real estate investment we can’t go over the planned budget, so the challenge has been how to create Luke’s desired Great Gatsby/Art Deco luxury vibe using basic building materials. Here are some of the things I did to make it look more expensive and create character without going over budget.

To start off here is the DESIGN PLAN:

CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLOR SCHEME

Creating a luxurious color scheme doesn’t cost anything so I always start with that as the right colors are key.  We painted the walls a bold bright gold,  Hollywood Gold by Benjamin Moore, to add some 1920’s vibe.  Instead of going with basic white for the trim, casing and moldings we painted them black (Onyx by Benjamin Moore) and bought black windows. I like the contrasts and it gives it a richer look.

The rest of the bathroom is all neutrals white/grey/beige/black with gold metal accents.

ADD LOTS OF MATTE GOLD ACCENTS

To add a luxurious feel and 1920’s I used a lot of  gold accents. The ceiling light fixture and the sconces are all inexpensive basics but all in the matte gold.

The faucets are modern and masculine in a champagne finish by Delta.

Here is the MOOD BOARD for that:

USE BASIC TILES IN UNUSUAL PATTERNS

I used plain matte white subway tile from Home Depot but installed it in a pretty pattern with a row of black on top and bottom. The intricate pattern makes it look expensive.

The shower floor has a basic black pebble which gives it a more masculine twist.

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I fell in love with this look below for the bathroom floor but it all the small tiles and some marble would put us over budget so  I looked for these three colors in something with a similar pattern.

I found these matte chevron tiles from Home Depot and figured if I laid them in double rows we can accomplish a similar look.

We tried it the way tjat seem to be the best way from inside the room…

…but laying it the other way it gave it a better visual. The bathroom and closet is one of the first thing you see when you enter the upstairs.

Javier’s team was here and had some trouble installing it, but it was worth it in the end.

This was a Thanksgiving puzzle!

I like the neutrals with all the gold.

Today the custom cabinet came in.

I kept the design simple and modern and will let the hardware add the extra touch.

REUSE EXISTING OR OLD DOORS

You enter the bathroom via a walk in closet. The closet walls are dark green and will have grey built ins to match the grey tile in the bathroom.

We widened the opening from the living room in to the closet so I could reuse the pretty old wine cellar doors I kept from when we removed the wine cellar when we renovated the main house. It cost a little more to fit it but when this get painted and some black trim it adds invaluable character and I love adding something that is original to the house.

Check back in a few days I’ll share some more renovation and design updates.

You can follow me on INSTAGRAM.com/JILL SORENSEN

or my design firm and brand INSTAGRAM.COM/JILLSORENSENLIFESTYLE

 

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September 13, 2017

The irresistible blush pink sofa – Splurge vs Save

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My new  Jill Inc. office is still on my mind.

With all the negative events happening in this country and in the world right now I feel the need more than ever to have a space with a comforting vibe.

The first item on my must have list  is a blush sofa. Here I’ve rounded up some inspiration…

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Super chic design office.

Love this sweet country room with a blush sofa mixed with orange.

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Here is a delicious pink sectional mixing with natural woods and blues.

A perfect area even for a man!

In this simple room just a blush sofa adds enough warmth and femininity to makes it irresistible.

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Here is a round up of whats out there.

1 Matrix Sofa

2 Art Deco Sofa

3 Aubrey Sofa

4 Chesterfield Sofa

5 Margot Sofa

And here he is  round up of more budget friendly blush sofas.

 

1 Holmsund Sleeper Sofa

2 Brittany Convertible Sofa

3 Emil Sofa

4 Söderhamn Sofa

5 Gabrielle Mid-Century Sofa

P.S. For more inspiration follow my company and brand at JILLSORENSENLIFESTYLE@INSTAGRAM.COM

February 25, 2016

TOP 6 irresistible light fixtures!

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I’m in the midst of sourcing for some new big projects.  I’m currently obsessing over modern, mid century inspired, gold, black and straight cut crystal light fixtures.

Here are my TOP 6 irresistible gold light fixture picks that I want to use in just about every project (including my own).   Use them in a transitional interior or even an industrial farm house look, they are bound to add a dose of elegant cool.  These don’t have the friendliest price tag but if you can it’s worth splurging on at least one great designer light fixture in the most used room in the home.

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Guess which one I just purchased for my living room today?

Keep up with my projects on JILLSORENSEN@INSTAGRAM.

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January 27, 2015

My top 10 Brass hardware picks

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I don’t know about you, but I’m all over brushed brass and brushed gold for fixtures, faucets and hardware.  Something that I would have avoided years ago now feels so modern and chic with a newer matte finish.

The kitchen, master bathroom and powder room will get all dressed up in matte gold.

If this is your thing, here I’ve rounded up my top ten picks of modern brushed brass hardware picks that are also reasonably priced.

It’s almost like picking out great jewelry!

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one  – Clean chic kitchen or bath cabinet pulls

two – Perfect campaign style recessed cabinet pull

three – Square glamorous large cabinet pull

four – Asian inspired rigid pull

five – Chic modern drawer pull

six – Drawer pull

seven — Playful Asian inspired drawer pulls

eight – Large Moroccan cabinet pulls

nine -Simple elegant square knob

ten– Masculine modern drawer pull

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T-bar handles in Brushed brass.

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Campaign style pull in this kitchen island

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Stunning lavender bath cabinet  with campaign gold hardware.

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If you have time check out Etsy for vintage and used Asian hardware pulls and knobs. The possibilities are endless.

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Once you get started you’ll want to redo every cabinet in your house…

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August 25, 2014

THE LAKE COTTAGE GETS A MAKEOVER

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Our house in Sweden has a little guest cottage on the land that the farm workers lived in back in the 1800’s.  It was a charming little cottage right on the lake, but by the time we bought the house the guest cottage had become a sauna with a depressing bedroom with no windows.

My plan was to turn it in to a complete little guest retreat with mini kitchen, sleep hall upstairs, with plenty of space for friends and their families.

So this summer it got a “budget” makeover….  Besides a couple of items from my line,  every single thing was bought second hand or vintage.

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(The Swedish Flag)

All images by Mehreen Qudosi.

This is what the cottage bedroom looked like when we bought it.

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The first this we did a few years ago was to rip out plastic flooring, paint everything white and install old windows.

I kept it pretty old classic for a couple of years, but this summer I added some more color.

This is what it looks like now.

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Here are some simple ideas I used for the cottage make over.

1. GET A VINTAGE DRESSER AND PAINT IT A BOLD COLOR.

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2. HANG CURTAINS THAT WON’T HIDE THE VIEW.

I got see through West Elm drapes with sea shells for the entire cottage.  They are from a few years back and were never used.

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When I say I don’t want anything to spoil the view I mean it.

Here is my snapshot of the view!

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3. PAINT FLOOR, CEILING AND WALLS WHITE

Again to let the view be the star and create an environment of peace I stayed away from a energizing color as a back drop. A white back drop is the eternal white canvas for when the decorating bug strikes again.

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4. ADD COLORFUL THROW PILLOWS.

The quickest and easiest way to redo a room is always throw pillows!

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Turquoise Embroidered Monogram Pillow, Zebra pillow, Lavender Velvet Regency Pillow

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I highly recommend small busy body helpers…haha

My funny niece Zoe had her own ideas how the pillows should go.

5. ADD BEDDING THAT PACKS A PUNCH!

I didn’t want the cottage to feel too country so I added our Bang Bang bedding that’s bold and fun. Just like Zoe. I also want good quality and durability. Second hand is great for a ton of things, however I like my bedding spanking new!

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6. DECORATE WITH LOCAL VINTAGE FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES

Exploring local vintage stores is one of my favorite things to do. Another mans trash can be your treasure!

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7. CUT UP VINTAGE FABRICS AND USE AS BED SKIRTS AND CHAIR COVERS

I found a fabric I loved in a second hand store, cut it up and used it as bed skirts. I also used a vintage table cloth as chair seats that we stapled on.

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The cottage THE KITCHEN AREA…which was a sauna ( I’m still trying to hunt down the horrid before picture!!)

It looks like this now.

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It has a latter you can climb up to sleeping hall.  Always a hit with kids.

My adorable nephew Viggo and  Zoe.

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8. BUY TEXTURED VINTAGE DRAPERIES IN A STRONG COLOR

Most second hand stores have tons of discarded curtains that you can buy for a couple of dollars. Have a look – you can find amazing quality. So if the size and color works, why not?

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9.  ADD COLORFUL LIGHTING

When the background is all white I like color on the light sources.

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10. FILL UP THE KITCHEN WITH FLEA MARKET FINDS

Stick to one or two colors so there is a unifying theme, and don’t buy anything that is chipped.

Then they look like new!

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11. INSTALL A $ 110 SMALL KITCHEN FROM IKEA

My dad installed this for me last summer.  Yes folks $ 110 dollars!

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12. STICK TO A COLOR SCHEME OF JUST A FEW COLORS

I LOVE color and think you can never have enough color.  However when the view outside is so insanely pretty, then too many crazy colors indoors will take  away from the view and peacefulness. A good idea is to stick to a few colors, and bring in some of the hues right outside the window.

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Hope you have  fantastic week and enjoy the last few days of summer!!

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August 18, 2014

DORM ROOMS THAT WON'T MAKE YOU HOMESICK

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My dear friend Julie is sending her daughter Emily off to boarding school next week.  Knowing the stress and worry she is going through to prepare for it, I wanted to create some chic & inexpensive dorm room ideas that might make the planning for some parents out there easier.  (I of course could not resist but to mix our bedding…Make sure you’re signed up to our mailing list to get the 20% off BACK TO SCHOOL discount code this week.0

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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.

 

 

February 17, 2014

HOW TO CREATE A SERENE BEDROOM RETREAT IN FIVE STEPS

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