June 8, 2017

New renovation! A tropical spa area

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I love taking spaces that seem to be of no use and turn them in to something special. Every home has areas indoors as well as outdoors that just feels like wasted square footage.

Clients tell me all the time about hallways, corners, nooks that they simply never use and have a millions of reason why. The only reason why someone never uses an area is 1) because its not designed or 2) It’s not designed right. When a space is fun or welcoming and has a use, people will go there.

At the far corner of our ranch house against the hill there is a just such a space. It’s a small terrace area with a storage cabinet, a fence and an ugly air vent. It is however right off the master bedroom so my boyfriend suggested one day….why not add a hot tub? The hot tub mention inspired me to create a little California surfer paradise spa area.

Here is where we started….

We decided to start by adding a ficus hedge long the side of the space to create privacy.

As you can see on the picture the neighbors on the street below can see straight up, so the corner will get tall banana leaf plants and a ficus hedge will go from the corner of the yard all the way up to the master bedroom.

First step was  removing the storage bin and chain link fence.

Besides a mid century sofa I envisioned a cool space with a hanging chair.  I found a bunch of cool affordable hanging chairs at Pier 1. World market had the other items I needed for the sanctuary.

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There is also an exterior bathroom on this side which will be spruced up. It will  need lights etc.

Ficus hedge has now been planted.

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Facing this direction up the hill (picture below)  I will try to reuse some iron fencing that will be removed from the garage renovations.

The air vent outdoors I thought I would cover with an Artificial ficus hedge.

I have never tried it but I’ll give it a try. Have you?

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Hot tub arrival!

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Here it is so far – not too exciting, but it will be.

I’m planning on using these vintage retro surfboards you can get on Etsy to cover the wall.

Here are the sources for the spa items I purchased.

Lucky you if you like them because now they are already 50% off!

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Can;t wait to see how this will turn out!

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September 28, 2014

Bedroom Design Ideas – with Chairish!

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Recycling. A  subject close to my heart.

When you purchase a new piece of furniture no matter how nice it is, the second it arrives in your home it starts to lose value. Then when you move, redecorate, down size as life continually changes, its always a real pain to try to figure out how to sell your pieces, even if they are in perfect shape.  Whatever doesn’t get sold, or donated, ends up in landfills.

When Chairish contacted me to design a style board around a chair I was thrilled to be introduced to their site. It’s a popular easy to use site where you can buy or sell used pieces in perfect condition. I was so excited to discover them that I designed a bunch of our Jill Sorensen Lifestyle bedrooms design ideas with all vintage pieces.

The first one is The Kelly Suite, a mid century room in lavender and kelly green.

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Chandelier //Wallpaper //Headboard // Bedding // Lamp // Carpet // Chair // Side tables // Pillow

Accent paint colors : BlackAntelope CanyonAmazon Moss

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Sand Dune Maze Cotton Carpet.

I’m in love with lavender and Kelly at the moment.

The second look is a Retro Renegade look for someone in need of some downtown earthy spunk. And for someone who does his/her own thing.

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Chandelier //Wallpaper //Headboard // Bedding // Lamp // Carpet // Chair // Side table // Beige Pillow

Accent paint colors : Pink- Light Mint

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Beach House Maze Cotton Carpet.

One day I must design a hotel with themed suites, what a dream!

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P.S. I’m participating in the popular One Room Challenge, making over a room in 6 weeks. The first week starts this Wednesday. Stay tuned!

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September 2, 2014

BEDROOM DESIGN IDEAS – RETRO MOVIE STARS

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In honor of Lauren Bacall’s life I designed the next Bedroom design Idea using her as inspiration.

She was perhaps the most beautiful, and most copied movie star of all time.  Her cool stare, side swept hair and deep voice left a strong impression on all off us. Whether the “look” was imagined by the studios or it was her own style, I don’t know, but it’s as iconic as it gets.

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So for a modern Bacall inspired bedroom –BETTY BACALL BEDROOM DESIGN IDEA – it would have bamboo , natural fibers , yellows and of course black and white.

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CHANDELIER // HEADBOARD // BEDDING // CARPET //NIGHT STAND // TABLE LAMP // SHEET SET

BLACK PILLOW// BEIGE PILLOW // WALL // PAINT COLOR

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I also created a bedroom design idea around Jayne Mansfield.

But re imagined all her pink with an earthy vibe…EARTHY MANSFIELD BEDROOM DESIGN IDEA.

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An earthy pink palace with some vintage glam.

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CHANDELIER // HEADBOARD // BEDDING // CARPET //NIGHT STAND // TABLE LAMP // SHEET SET

LAVENDER PILLOW// BEIGE PILLOW // FUR PILLOW // WALL //

PINK PAINT COLOR // YELLOW PAINT COLOR

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Any suggestions on who else it would be fun to create bedrooms around?

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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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June 16, 2014

BEDROOM DESIGN IDEA – TROPICAL RETRO

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Tropical leaves, old Hawaii, and mid century designs inspired this weeks bedroom design look – TROPICAL RETRO.

Leaves are on my mind, as I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of my very first sheet samples. We created a wallpaper in a larger version of the pattern for this look in anticipation of it.

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Lamp // Chandelier // Dresser // Green Pillow// Yellow Pillow // Fur Pillow //Spotted Fabric // Ikat Fabric//Headboard// Carpet // Bedding// Paint //

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The most important part of a room, in my mind starts with a color scheme. This color palette can be used as an all over color scheme for the room, or these paint colors can be used as wall, trim or ceiling color and also to repaint some existing pieces in your room.

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Lily Headboard in Black velvet

Anchoring the room with black is key in this look. And a tall curvy headboard adds to the stateliness.

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Spunky yellow in a modern pattern underfoot.

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Happikat in Kelly Green.

A mixture of green and cream cool patterns. Love this fabric by Lauren Liess.

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Dark emerald hotel bedding.

If there is a bedroom vibe/style, dorm room or a particular product you would like to see mixed in room design e-mail contact@jillsorensen.com and I’ll create it.

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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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April 23, 2014

BEDROOM DESIGN IDEA – MID CENTURY MAVEN

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This week’s Bedroom Design Idea – Mid Century Maven!

This look was inspired by all the beautiful mid century houses you see all around LA.  Although mid century can be minimalist in feel, there is no reason to keep the design indoors that way in my opinion!  Add patterns and color but stay inspired to styles from that era.

This time I paired up some of my label with West Elm, Waverly and Society Social for a somewhat cost conscious bedroom design.

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Headboard // Bedding // Light fixture // Night stand// Red Fabric & Yellow Fabric// Yellow Lamp // Carpet // Brown Pillow // Floral Pillow// Yellow Pillow // Green Paint color // Gray Paint color // Fabric for wall upholstery

Here is a great tutorial on how to wallpaper with fabric.

The paint colors are great accent colors for trim, cabinetry, ceiling or even adjoining rooms.

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Are you in to mid century homes?

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April 17, 2014

BEDROOM DESIGN IDEA – SPRING BLOOM!

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Happy Easter everyone!

Easter was my favorite holiday growing up. In Sweden we had Easter witches, bonfires and fireworks that made it such a festive holiday. (You might remember this post.) But the tiny flowers slowly budding after months of snow cover, the sun finally shining in the still chilly air might be my favorite memory. The total sense of renewal and hope that came with that still lives with me. (Can you tell I’m homesick for Sweden?)  Perhaps because it’s my mother’s favorite time of the year.

Inspired by chilly early spring I created a bedroom design called SPRING BLOOM….

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Headboard // Carpet // Key Pillow shams //Fur pillows // Dresser // Fabric upholstered wall // Lamp // Yellow pillow // Navy pillow //  Chandelier // Polka dot fabric // Ikat fabric// Pink paint color // Navy paint color

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Hope you get to enjoy some warm spring air this weekend!

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April 8, 2014

BEDROOM DESIGN IDEA – PALM BEACH CHIC

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I’ve spent the last few weeks designing a bunch of bedroom looks for Jill Sorensen Lifestyle. Easy Storyboards that mixes and matches cool products with the JS label to create fun bedrooms.  I’ve had so much fun as the options are endless!  Each week a new “look” will be added and I will share some design vibes I’m really in to.  They will start to go live this Thursday.  So for anyone looking for bedroom ideas I’ll share a ton!

One of my favorite styles, that inspires me endlessly, is old Palm Beach casual chic.

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Headboard // Chandelier // Carpet // Spotted Green Fabric // Zebra Fabric // Side table // Table Lamp // Lemon Regency Pillow // Leaf Pillow // Pink Eternity Pillow // Benjamin Moore Paint colors

It gets me dreaming of these beautiful Palm Beach houses and Slim Aaron’s photographs. I want to put on something preppy and sip champagne by the pool. Somehow the look is timeless.

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If there are any particular bedrooms looks you would like to see, shoot us an e-mail to: contact@jillsorensen.com. And we’ll create a storyboard around it.

I’m off to a reality TV shoot today for a makeover. Wish me luck! I will share more on that later!

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September 18, 2013

A Girl's Nursery Design.

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Lovely Darlene at Fieldstone Hill Design invited me to do a NURSERY DESIGN for her fun blog series for her newborn baby girl.  (Thanks for the invite & congratulations Darlene!)

I believe in a few things regarding nurseries….

1) The design is just as much for the mom

2) Minimalism is a no, no

3) Use things the baby can grow up with – hence no expensive redesign necessary in two years.

Visit Darlene’s blog and check it out . NURSERY DESIGN

Here are a few pieces in the design….

Oyster Shell Mirror.

My carpet design THE MONOGRAM in Sapphire & Apple.

Bamboo Wallpaper

Shell Table

My carpet design THE MONOGRAM in Sapphire & Apple.