February 24, 2017

Update on a huge design project

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We’re finally coming to the the home stretch on a huge project on the east coast.

We’ve worked on the building and design of large property in Virginia.  Initially I didn’t think I could take on the big job considering the location. Somehow it’s working out with intermittent trips and yes Facetime! We’ve been working on it for about a year now and after a standstill for a few months it’s moving fast ahead with a new builder.  It was really exciting to see the house take shape on my trip there last week.

The family LOVES color and wants a comfortable family friendly interior that really represents who they are and I could not be more eager to please!

Foyer staircase is shaping up…

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Here are some elements going on in Foyer Powder room…

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We are using Cambria Stone for all the stone tops. I haven’t used them before but their “made” stone counter tops and beautiful.

The family room is shaping up. It will have wood beams and a big kitchen island.

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Here are some of the materials for the home office for the mom.

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They love animals so we were thrilled to score these lion pedestals to turn in to a fireplace mantle for the home office.

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LOVE!

The basement will be a mash of greens and yellows and have loads of reclaimed wood. These are some of the elements going in. I think the downstairs will be a favorite hang out area.

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One of the kids rooms has a Guatemalan theme.

A dream pre teen girl’s room with pink, green and coral. This is the bathroom so far.

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The boy’s room has a old folklore Russian theme.

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I’m so glad we decided to go with fun cement tiles on some shower walls.

I’m a big believer in making kids rooms playful where their imagination can run wild.

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There is an in house media studio as well in red, white & blue with Quadrilles Independence toile.

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Master shower is marble with gold and grey veins.

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The library will be a high gloss blue with some of this going on.

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I’ll update you more as the design unfolds. For daily updates you can join me at JILLSORENSEN@INSTAGRAM.COM

See you soon!

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September 18, 2016

My house tour in Malibu Westlake magazine

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Unless you live in Los Angeles you’ll miss my mini home tour in Malibu Westlake magazine which is out on the newsstands now. Its always fun to see how your home looks in magazines so thought I would share a few peeks here on the blog.   You can read the full interview with pictures and story here www.wmlifestyle.com.

I’ve included a few behind the scenes pictures as well.

I’m definitely happy I painted that front door blue…

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This is the current terrace awaiting a new coffee tables and carpet.

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Bedroom with my new (and favorite)  TAKES TWO bedding and ARCHES wallpaper for Jill Sorensen Lifestyle.

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And here it Behind-the-scenes with photographer Joe Hill shooting.

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The carpet is my GREEK KEY SHAG from Jill Sorensen Lifestyle.

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My new little master bedroom terrace made it in.

Behind the scenes pic….

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Waiting for those banana leafs to grow in.

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In the living room with Katherine Rally drapery fabric.

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Big thank You to Diana at Malibu Westlake magazine for coming to visit.

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March 3, 2016

New big job on the east coast

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The last couple of months I’ve had my head buried in a big design job on the east coast.

Since I took a hiatus to get settled in LA, renovate our home, write for a magazine, work on my label, etc. I didn’t think I could take it on so I recommended other designers for the job. While my client was having a difficult time deciding on what firm to hire the builders started the house without a designer, which was not disastrous as my client perhaps is the busiest hardest working person I know.

As things would have it, we figured out a way to make it work. After a quick trip to DC to check it out,  I’ve done all the meetings via Face time (don’t you love the new technology?) and dove in to revamping the floor plan to better suit the lifestyle I know they want. It’s been many late nights pouring over plans and figuring out how to create their desired lifestyle within a halfway built house.

This week I flew back east to check out the progress.

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I was very happy with the new open floor plans we created for the main entertainment area. The kitchen, family room, a hallway is now one large area with a double sided fireplace and a conservatory on the other side.

I’ve been so happy in my own home with an open floor plan, and I’m excited for this family to have a home with a more casual modern vibe which suits them better.

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I’ve got a great new team in place here in LA, and my former design assistant Flavia have stepped in to help out locally.

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We’ve worked on laying out an electrical lighting plan, built ins, kitchen layout,etc. etc. etc.

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A downstairs bar area is being planned. The details are endless.

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Outdoor light locations need to be decided as well as indoors.

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What TV’s go above fireplaces and where do they go if not? The questions to answer and solve are endless when you build a house and boy it’s cold in the basement! You get so spoiled with the warm weather in LA.

The design direction is  “just figure it out” so I really want to create something really special for a very dynamic family. A fun and elegant space that’s also a warm, cozy, engulfing sanctuary.  The other design direction is “I don’t want gray and white” which is so refreshing because everywhere you look these days interiors are white.

You can follow me on INSTAGRAM@JILLSORENSEN.COM for daily updates (if you read Swedish I write a daily blog for the Swedish magazine SKONA HEM.com

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January 19, 2016

Whipping our pool terrace in shape!

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While it’s freezing in most of the country, here in LA it’s high time to get the outdoors in shape. I’m going full speed ahead with getting the backyard and pool  terrace done as fast as possible.

The scraggly trees at the end of the pool had to come down. Since we built the deck there the landscaping needed a makeover.

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This week Teryl Designs gang came by and in a few hours it looked like this…

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Without the trees there you can see the Sierras in the background, but we needed something green.

Enter my long time obsession…

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Banana leaf plants!!

I’ve been obsessing over these plants for years and I’m so excited to live somewhere where I can finally have them in my yard.

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Pink begonias will be planted in between them and I’m waiting for the double chaise I ordered to arrive.

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Modern lanterns were hung on the now white house with black windows and eaves.

I decided to repaint the dining set I brought from Virgina.

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The antiqued blue became…

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…a cobalt navy blue with a mix of Benjamin Moore colors Dark Royal Blue 2065-20 and Admiral Blue 2065-10.

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Although old fashioned they feel more modern and will add a little Hollywood regency flair to the heavy dining table I found form World market.

Outdoor furniture can be crazy expensive and the second you buy it and place it in your home the value goes to half.

Instead of any of the expensive outdoor options I found this indoor table from World market on sale that would be perfect underneath the pergola. For $ 349(!) how can you go wrong?

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Edgar wood and metal table

I got two carved side tables on sale as well from World Market as well to go next to the outdoor sofas.

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Tribal carved wood table

The dining table arrived a couple of days ago and it didn’t disappoint.

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It looked even better in person.

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Today  I bought a wood carved dining bench to use on one side of it so the chairs can go on the other.

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Next up a ficus hedge and bougainvillea will be planted, the cement will be stained and cleaned, the outdoor cushions will arrive and the outdoor BBQ will be installed.

If you have any great sources for chic, affordable outdoor furniture please share!

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November 25, 2014

Planning our California Dream House

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I can’t wait to move in to our new place. I want to wake up on a chilly but sunny California morning with a cup of coffee in hand and enjoy that beautiful view.

But first we need to renovate!

Although the house was lovingly cared for by the previous owners it hasn’t been renovated since -67.  And the way people lived in the 60’s is not the way we live today. There was a hidden away kitchen with a separate dining room and the formal living room.  The cook slaved away alone in the kitchen, the family ate in the dining room, and if they had a party they entertained in the living room.  Today we live a more causal lifestyle and most people, including myself, prefer an open floor plan.

So this week I’m reworking the floor plans to create that irresistible southern California indoor/outdoor open floor plan living I’ve been swooning over. With the sunny 70 degree weather year around it’s a must! And more than anything I love to enter a house when I can see straight out to the view.

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The goal is:

# 1 OPEN UP THE FLOOR PLAN

# 2 CREATE INDOOR/OUTDOOR LIVING

# 3 MAXIMIZE EXISTING SQUARE FOOTAGE

# 4 ADD SOME SPOILED CREATURE COMFORTS WALK IN CLOSET, OUTDOOR SHOWER ETC.

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THE CHALLENGE:

The house is shaped like a boomerang, long and narrow, with all the rooms facing the pool. But a hallway goes along the entire back of the house kind of like a hotel corridor or railroad apartment.

So to change that, we need to remove a lot of walls!!!

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Hallways can be pretty, but they are just there to transfer you from one place to another in a house. So to gain useable square footage that we can actually live in, most of the long hallways will be removed.

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By removing the hallway we’ll also be able to immediately enjoy the mountain view as soon as you enter the house.

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This is what we get to see:

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This is what we are planning for the kitchen area:

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Kurt Gibbs my architect friend drew up some plans from my sketches- (the latest version not in here widens the hall.)  The existing kitchen, dining and Den will become one open area.

While not exactly the style we are doing, I love that open hotel lobby floor plan look in the pictures below.

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I’ve been doing some serious MLS real estate stalking this last year and have seen that a lot in LA.

The open space makes a home feel bigger, and it brings the people in the home together in a nice way.  The best part is you will actually USE every area of your home.

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And this is what the plan is for the master bath area….

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The his and her bathrooms will become one large space with a big tub, and the sauna becomes a double shower. The dropped 60’s ceiling will be removed to expose beams and gain height. The rest of the space will be used for a his and her closet. Because I really believe every woman wants a walk in closet and not have to share it with her man!!  And the woman of course needs a much bigger closet…

 

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I hope I didn’t bore you with all those floor plans, but I just love figuring those out, like solving a puzzle.

It’s so much fun to take the design from scratch, think about how you want to live, what lifestyle suits you, and figure out how to get the most out of the existing foot print of the house.  I also love the challenge of seeing how cost effective you can do it, and how to gain the most value for your home.  You don’t want renovate yourself out of the area, instead do improvements that add value to your property.

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When we left Virginia we dreamed of finding a house with lemon trees. We had not see any here first, but behind the house hidden up on the hill there they were… two lemon trees FILLED with lemons.

Guess we don’t need to by lemons anymore. I’m sorry but that really excites me!

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebrating with people you love.

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July 11, 2014

SOME BUSINESS ADVICE I TRY TO FOLLOW

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There is simply NEVER enough time in a day, week, month to get it all done or to achieve all that we set out to do. Particularly not if you are a parent and run your own business. I would have to work around the clock, daytime, late evenings and take no time off. That’s not an option for me right now, since I don’t want to miss out on Luke’s childhood.

This past year I’ve tried to to get better at working less, yet more effectively, and enjoy things more.

Here are some things I try to do. ( However not always successfully.)

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SIMPLIFY & PRIORITIZE

You don’t have to have an over loaded schedule to be effective. Focus on a FEW things and get them done well, instead of hundreds of things that suffer. Prioritize what’s important, and organize your to do list so that you take care of what is the most urgent first. Don’t fill your day with items low on the priority list.  If something doesn’t align with your overall goal, then don’t waste your time.

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DON’T WORRY ABOUT BEING PERFECT

Don’t be afraid to try new things that you have no idea how to do. Don’t worry about it, just start. You can pick things up as you go along. Just try it, learn from your mistakes and improve as you go along.

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TAKE SOME TIME FOR YOURSELF

It’s okay to say no.  There is only a limited amount of time in a day, so make sure to squeeze in some time for yourself. This helps you refuel and get inspired. And certainly don’t spend time with people who steal your energy.

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CONNECT WITH OTHERS &  FIND ROLE MODELS

Reach out and connect with others in your field. There are lots of wonderful people who have done what you are trying to do. So ask questions and get the advice you need, then share what you have learned with them.  Help each other.

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EXERCISE

To clear your brain and to be more effective and happy…find some time to exercise. Even short daily walks help.

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ORGANIZE & CLEAR OUT

Keep an organized desk, office, computer and to-do-list. This is something I need to work on!  A clear desk is a clear mind. I use google docs for to-do-lists for my business, and share them with my assistant and people I work with.

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BE YOU & DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS

You are you and no one can do “you” better. Sounds kind of silly…but nothing can be more true. You are unique.  Don’t compare yourself to others and let it get you down or feel like you are not as good or talented as they are. Instead take joy in other people’s success and be inspired by what they do and achieve.

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KNOW WHAT YOU WANT & WHERE YOU WANT TO GO

Figure out what it is you really want to achieve and what would make you happy. You don’t have to do it the way people expect you to do it, because maybe what you want to do doesn’t exist yet?   Write it down and alter this as needed. This is the most important step and might take some time to figure out.

Anyway those are some things I’ve been trying to do.  Do you have any great tips? For your life or business?  Please share in the comment section! I would LOVE to hear.

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June 2, 2014

MAKEOVER MONDAY – NEW YORK CITY PENTHOUSE

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I want to share a really cool place I designed for a fun client in Manhattan. This penthouse apartment got the full work over, turning two apartments in to one, to make a space big enough for a family with two adorable toddler twin boys. The design had to be family friendly, but also a chic NYC space to entertain in.  With a calming back drop of greys, blues and black we added some bold color and pattern throughout.

This is what the living/dining area looked like when work began.
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This is what it looks like now.

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All images by Tanya Malott.

Having two cute young boys as furniture testers was the ultimate design challenge!

We had to make sure the table tops where strong enough so they couldn’t be moved, and of course go very light on accessories as these little explorers sure would love to move stuff around.

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This green velvet sectional had to be cut apart to to make it on to the freight elevator. Funny enough taking apart furniture is a service in high demand in Manhattan as elevators don’t fit many of the largest pieces. So there are a few great companies that can work wonders.

I love how great my MARK Road Trip carpet looks in here.

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This red mirror was originally planned for the boy’s room but when we held it out here it was pretty irresistible and it ended up staying in here.

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We recovered their existing dining chairs in a fabric I still obsess over. It’s one of my favorite patterns ever!

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The fabric kind of set the tone for the vibe of the whole place.

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How CUTE are these little dudes?

You can view the entire project here.

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May 28, 2014

My new Bedding design!

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I hope you had a great Memorial Weekend!

I’ve been working on some new happy designs and want to share the latest duvet and sham design with you.  It is (of course) my favorite LOL. I call it the DECO Bedding, because it’s inspired by the Art Deco era and has some Eastern influence which are design styles that I love.

I have selected four of my favorite colors to make it it PURPLE RAIN, SUNSHINE, POWDER PINK and KELLY GREEN. Only Purple is live on the site, but the others are coming any day now.

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Mehreen my fantastic assistant who is also a photographer (among many talents) shot it with the MONOGRAM PILLOW-PAPAYA and my orange Pagoda headboard, and we were thrilled how it turned out.

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This design works really well in modern and classic interiors. I really would love to see it with a Chinoserie or fun wild floral wallpaper.

We always get a lot of questions what the tone of the colors are. So here are the Benjamin Moore colors they are very similar too.

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I have a line of sheets coming out in a tropical leaf design, so for fun we had it made in to wallpaper that we used for the shoot.

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Just in case you missed our Memorial sale E-blast it’s still on for a couple of more days.

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April 10, 2014

A FEARLESS READ FOR THE WEEKEND

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If you are looking for some great inspirational reading this weekend pick up Susanna Salk’s new book  Decorate Fearlessly.  For all you “maximalists” out there every page is like a present. Whether you are a Tony Duquette fan, a Dorothy Draper addict, color lover, or simply have a love for the adventurous you will love it.   It’s filled with deeply personal spaces. Susanna’s quote in the beginning of the book might be my favorite.

A young designer asked her what made her select a room for the book? Her answer was:  “More than certain characteristics, it’s more like an indescribable feeling , like your heart is engaged in a tango with a delightful stranger, like you have the sudden urge to pick up the phone and call your best friend,  like how the thought of leaving fills you with sadness, as though a great novel ending”.  She finally said I suppose it comes down to these three words “Wow. Huh! Yum.”

And she couldn’t be more right. It’s all about how a space makes you feel. IMG_7798

The cover alone says it all.

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You can spend hours looking at some of these interiors. And I love all the color!

And of course the coolest thing of all, for me…

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…is being part of it. Thrilled to have my foyer included with some of my favorite designers!

After reading the book, and looking at this picture. Had I not know we were moving and it had to stay somewhat streamlined,  I would have torn out the stone floor, installed wood then painted it in some crazy pattern in the boldest colors I would have found.

Have  a great weekend!

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March 14, 2014

My Design Firm's website is live!

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We’re up and running- Yeah!

My design firm’s website www.jillsorensen.com is finally live. We’re still uploading projects and press and are in the process of finalizing a really effective & easy to-use E-DESIGN service.

If you are signed up to our mailing list you should have received a discount code on Design Consultations both via Skype or In House.  I do a ton of fun Skype consultations because I love meeting people all over the world, and help them design their dream home.

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Shoot me an e-mail if you need design help, or if you have any thoughts on design services you would find useful. I love outside the box thinking so let me know any ideas you have. You can leave a comment here, reach us via the contact page on our site. Look forward to hearing from you.

Have a great weekend!

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