November 4, 2017

Guest house renovation update – Picking a color scheme

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Have you ever felt like your home renovation takes forever?

It’s been a long very windy road but we’re finally getting close to the finishing line in terms of the actual renovations.  I’m eager to move in to my office space and Luke is feeling particularly impatient and asks me every single day when he can move in.

This happened the last few weeks.

Windows went in. Tile roof back on.

Scaffolding went up.

The house was prepared for stucco.

First layer of stucco up.

We decided we wanted tall windows in the staircase to bring in light.

Waited for the windows.

Eaves were painted charcoal.

Luke home from school most days checking what was done and wondering when it will be ready.

More layers of stucco.

Stucco done.

Scaffolding down.

More waiting.

Finally time for the color scheme! It’s happening.

Steel blues, pale teals for Luke’s upstairs room.

Warm light beam color directs the Stikkwood wood paneling selection.

Paint samples.

I love how colors work together and areas where you can see a few different colors at once. This door opening will get the old glass wine cellar doors that I kept from when we renovated the main part of the house.

This is the bedroom looking in to the walk in closet and the bathroom.

I added a dark green in the closet to pick up the color of the bar stools for the mini kitchen and the headboard that will go in the bedroom.

Love picking it up here.

A bold Art Deco inspired gold bathroom to go with all the black windows.

For the main room we decided on a masculine teal.

First testing paint.

Paint done.

Back wall here will get the Stikkwood later.

Picked moldings and casings that goes with existing house.

Casings up.

All are painted ONYX by Benjamin Moore.

A couple of light fixtures up.

It’s moving along nicely now.

check back next I’ll share the design plans and update on the downstairs with my new office.

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October 18, 2017

Picking paint colors – Week # 3 ORC

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This week we had to paint.

The house sits on a ledge high up a mountain side with the sun glaring in from three sides but with a steep hill behind the house. The front terrace pool bounces a weird blue light in to the house so it’s by far the most difficult house I’ve ever picked paint colors for.

It makes it even more difficult that I’ve decided on red.

I narrowed it down to two reds. To the left is RED PARROT by Benjamin Moore and to the right GERANIUM.

Two orange toned red colors.

RED PARROT won out.

I have to say I was surprised that I actually liked it.

The orange tone in the red seemed to make the green outside the window come alive.

After feeling pretty happy with the red hue, another complicated color had to be selected….

The pale blue.  A color that shifts completely depending on what spot in the room you put it.

This house if completely impossible!

We had to mix colors and pick many more samples than I normally do.

We are planning on adding moldings on one wall and painting it red to make it look like paneling.

 The decision on what wall will have to wait!

I’m sure the rest of the participants have come much further!

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October 11, 2017

Colorful Design plan for the library – Week # 2 ORC

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I’m really excited to get this library done.
I was all set to go with a soothing green library and loved this green, orange and pink scheme below.
Then…

I’m really excited to get this library done.
I was all set to go with a soothing green library and loved this green, orange and pink scheme below.
Then…
…I changed my mind.
From the library window you look out at these beautiful hibiscus flowers by the pool.
That shrill red and light blue retro color scheme idea would just not go away.

The color of the red hibiscus is irresistible.
The color I normally hate.

I matched it up with actual paint colors.
Between looking at the hibiscus and the graphic wall paper in my bathroom last night, I decided I needed to give red a try.
The vibe feels more interesting and right for the house.
If I hate it – we’ll just have to repaint.

RED & BLUE DESIGN PLAN

I want lots of natural woods.

Loads of wood animal accessories.

Mid century items.
Bold yellow bed sofa.
Tweed and hounds-tooth fabric.
Faux fur.

Here are some of the fabrics and textures I’m considering.
Not the typical eye candy just a certain vibe.
I’m also considering the possibility of a stronger carpet.

I want it to be a 50’s retro but modern library.

The sofa will be a convertible bed for guests.
For the bedding I’ll be able to break in my new Victory bedding.

Or the Fern & Lemon Takes Two bed set.

Black Victory Euro sham, Fern and Lemon Takes Two Euro shams, Hot Pink and Orange Takes Two Euro sham.
Tomorrow they are coming to paint.

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September 23, 2017

Intriguing inspiration for an unusual teen space

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The bedroom I designed for Luke when we first moved in here was bland. He told me NO color, just white, please make it plain, maybe just a little gray. Our previous house in Virginia had so much color he needed me to tone things down for the LA house. It took him only a couple of months and he soon regretted his decision and felt jealous of my more colorful art deco bedroom.  Lucky for him he gets a second chance. He is one of those lucky teens who will get his own guest house space which we call “Lukeland” and now he is ready for something fun.

He has made a bunch of intriguing design request and I’m up for the design challenge!

He first inspiration is…THE GREAT GATSBY.

I can’t think of a time period I love more than Art Deco right now and using Gatsby is perfect.

Our guest house isn’t exactly a palace but it has a really cool entrance. At the top of the staircase is an angled window so you can enjoy view of miles upon miles of mountain ranges.

Like Gatsby he’ll have an incredible view.

The room also has a walk in closet, bathroom and a wide sliding door out to a deck.

The dry wall is going up this week and now it looks like this….

A Great Gatsby man cave perhaps?

Design by Ken Fulk.

His other request is REALLY TALL PLANTS.

I want it to feel like a JUNGLE! Lots of plants everywhere.

Luke is in to 80’s music so this 80’s room feels right as inspiration.

This is the view in the other direction. This wall will have a mini kitchen and his desk.

Dry wall is going up…

Another design request is….

I want LOTS OF WOOD…make it feel like the INSIDE OF A YACHT!

Design by Ken Fulk

Hmm…

I love wood but wood paneling is not in our budget, but then but I love coming up with solutions.

This is the back wall…

This week with dry wall almost done.

This back wall will get Stikkwood, the clever company that makes self adhesive glue on real pieces of wood. I used it on another job and it looks amazing.

Here it is as an accent wall in a place in an apartment. They have a tons of finishes and I’m sure I’ll find one that resembles boat wood.

The last request is BLACK and GOLD and tv-show EMPIRE.

Gatsby, Empire, Jungle, Boat….

…you can’t say he doesn’t have fun imagination.

But I expect nothing less of this young director /writer

Now…I just have to figure out how to design it!

 

 

 

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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…

via Sarah Sherman Samuel

Super chic design office.

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

via A Beautiful Mess

via Addisons Wonderland

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.

via Addison’s Wonderland

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

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September 9, 2017

Dreamy inspiration for my new office

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The home renovations here have been at a standstill for a few weeks due to various issues. It’s thankfully finally back on and the house is waiting for stucco. However after all this wait (two years all in all!) I can’t imagine what it will be like working in an office now with loads of space AND an outdoor room.

The decision to work from home a few years back has been both positive and negative. Being a single parent it’s been easier because I’ve been able to spend more time at home, but having an office at home has also given us a lack of privacy since my business life has blended so much with my personal life.

Thankfully I’ve been lucky to work with a great group of (mostly women) and probably they as much as me will feel relived!  No more crowded unorganized spaces!  Building this addition gives us an entire floor of the guest house, separate yet connected to my home.

Okay so this is where it’s at today. A mess but windows are in….

This will be the main office area.

There will also be a storage area and a private studio.

Lately I’ve been missing Sweden way to much and feel the need to bring part of Sweden to my work space. I also want the space to be very feminine.

Here are some my inspiration pictures. I always start with the color combination in mind…

Love yellow and white.

I want a country feeling while still modern.

The color combination and the relaxed vibe feels right.

Design by Claire Brody.

Loads of plants and terracotta with floors and ceiling painted white.

This dreamy home office by LA designer Sarah Samuel Sherman is perfection.

Interiors here and above: Sarah Sherman Samuel

I want to incorporate lots of light/blonde Swedish wood colors.

Love these three colors together in an image from Valspar.

 

 

I want to continue the Art Deco vibe I started in the rest of the house just in pink, yellow, black,white and wood.

And…I won’t be able to resist a little Pippi Longstocking vibe.

Image via ELLE UK

Then of course there is the outdoor space I need to start thinking of…

Design by Kelly Wearstler

Hmm…lots to think about.

 

August 2, 2017

Our guest house renovation – almost there!

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In May we started the final part of our house renovations and it was to turn the garage in to a teen room/guest house as well as a big downstairs office for my company. It went wickedly fast at first. If I just went off to a short meeting I would return to a completely different building. Lately we’ve had to wait for some structural approvals and permits that has slowed us down a few weeks but I want to show you the progress here.

I did a post on Day 1 and Day 2 .

I think last time I blogged about it this was the stage it was at….

They had removed the entire front, and even more to due to some old termite damage. They started digging the foundation which took almost an entire week because hillside properties need extra deep foundations.

A few days later it looked like this…

I just went First floor was up.

Every minute it felt like another room showed up.

It was so much fun to see this long awaited plan become reality.

It was incredible to walk upstairs and see the space. This is Luke’s room and terrace. The pictures don’t do it justice as the view is of a huge mountain range.  We removed three old shaggy looking trees but kept one to shield a roof top below we don’t want to see.

Our house is full of teenage boys most days of the week and the open floor plan living in the main house I’ve learned can make that a pretty loud experience.  To be able to harness all the teen boy energy up here will change the house.

The framing here is for the closet and the bathroom. Along this wall there will be a small kitchenette.

This faces the courtyard. There are three windows looking in to it.

Coming up from our driveway it started peeking out from behind the trees.

Top floor framing getting done.

Roof went up.

Plywood walls.

This is what it looked like yesterday…

All the old tile that used to be on the garage is now back on the roof so it can match the house.

This will be the new office. Double glass doors out with a deck and a big window all over looking the view. Right now we are sometimes up to four people working in a small temporary office so it will be really nice to get organized and move out here.

Dreamy!

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July 24, 2017

Pictures from our house in Sweden

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Every summer we come to our house here in Sweden and every time I fall in love with this place all over again.

Homes are to be loved and lived in and I can’t think of a place that represents that more than this house. The house sits in a little village with only seven old houses all facing this beautiful little lake. It’s filled to the brim most days with family, and friends and overnight guests.

It’s a magical place on earth and I feel deeply grateful to get to live here.

In the afternoon until about 11pm it’s magical hour in terms of the light. I can stare for hours out my bedroom window, it just never grows old.

This is a snap shot of the entry yesterday. I wanted people to feel relaxed and want to stay a while the second they enter. To know this is a place you come where things don’t have to be perfect.

The carpet is a Swedish “trasmatta” woven with leftovers.

This is a cousin burger!

Luke is now 16 and the big cousin, here with our frequent little sleepover guests Viggo, Zoe and Irma.

I love our new kitchen floor. Swedes make good plastic floors and they are easy to clean!

This is our little red shed down by the lake early this morning.  I ran down to get a picture of the swan that lives in the lake. However you can hardly see it, but its there.

Luke with my dad, his grandpa in what we call the “view room”, the dining room with the killer view of the lake.

Every space has a relaxed vibe. Although the kitchen just got the bright yellow make over with a new floor and new Ikea base cabinets the vibe is super casual.

The old wooden rod in the ceiling has hung here since the 1800’s and it’s to hang crispbread on. Think I have to hang some up just to be able to say I decorate with bread!

This is the dining room in the “view room”.

The pretty pink walls in the TV room that all the men were opposed to but now love.

The view with the red barn on the other side of the lake. ( And the swan)

This is the TV room where Luke is playing cards with guests Celeste and Cappi.  This room was part of the One Room Challenge and got a makeover a couple of years back.

Carpet is from my line Bonfire Maze Rug. Ready-made Drapery is my line as well Greek Key in Sunshine.

One of the many tile fireplaces.

Two pics above pic by Mehreen Qudosi

This is the master bedroom, all white floors, walls and ceiling. The bedding changes according to my mood.

This is Sunshine Deco bedding. The yellow makes me happy.

Walking down the busy main road with friends and my brother heading to the other hidden lake in the forest for a swim at night.

There is a little cabin hidden in the woods. There is nothing around this lake, just forest.

Luke’s room – we put in a bigger bed but it basically has stayed the same since he was small because that’s how we like it here.

The guest house.

Pic by Mehreen Qudosi

The entire guest house has all white walls, ceilings and floor.

Currently on the beds my Kobalt Bang Bang bedding.  The dresser was a vintage find years ago that I painted turquoise.

All the items in the entire guest house are fleamarket finds.

Pic by jennifer Jansch

This year the Jansch family girls broke in the sleeping loft upstairs that still needs some furniture. If you are Swedish you can read about their visit on Jennifer blog on Pernilla Wahlgren here.

Our trip here is coming to an end and it’s almost like this magical place knows it. The sunset looked like the northern lights and the sky turned so bright pink that even the lake was hot pink.

Tonight I feel immense gratitude not only for this house but for this sweet country.

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July 10, 2017

Our new simple Scandinavian country kitchen

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Hope you are enjoying your summer.

We arrived in Sweden this week to an almost finished house I couldn’t be happier. Living in two houses that are being renovated while renovating and designing for others can put you over the edge!  You might remember the water damage disaster that ruined our country house.

Furniture sources here in the country side are sparse and contractors work on their own schedule (which drives me crazy!) so you have to go with the flow. As far as interiors you don’t strive for perfection, just simplicity and functionality.  Honestly when you are in the business of always trying to make things perfect – imperfection is actually refreshing.

The kitchen is almost done. The walls are now a bold yellow. I love super strong more modern tones of colors as a backdrop to old things.

All the old furniture pieces stayed.

The sofa is an old Swedish bed sofa that people in the 1800’s used for guests and often it was the place where farmhands and maids slept in the country houses.

The fur pillows, pendant and vase are from Ikea. The flowers are handpicked. The pillows are the Sunshine Embroidered Monogram designs from my line Jill Sorensen Lifestyle.

The strong yellow color is the perfect antidote to the moody blue skies outside.

The cool air and the sunny inside is a fun contrast.

The chairs are antiques, and the table we found in the barn and painted it white.

As I said…around here simplicity goes.

I love checked Swedish floors so I decided to make it easy and install a vinyl floor from Tarkett.

In case you missed it this is what our kitchen looked like last summer….

As you can see a big improvement!

We have a floor.

The counter top is temporarily just resting as Ikea sent the wrong depth. Ikea birch counters are my favorite.

Love the Ikea pendant – basic but cool.

I headed over to my favorite local store….my recycle obsessed brother’s Återbruket in Karlstad.

There you can buy people’s discarded furniture and landfill dropoffs. Aterbruket repairs everything then resells it. In a country who values nature above anything and recycles 99% of their trash it’s popular.  If you are local you should pay it a visit. Saturdays they serve fresh baked bread and coffee and I promise you it’s the perfect treasure hunt.

It’s mostly tech and lighting but I always manage to find some furnishing items I like.

This yellow vase was someone’s trash….

Not sure what this can be called…Landfill chic?

The carpet it my Monogram cotton carpet in Sky Blue from Jill Sorensen Lifestyle.

The older I get recycling and caring for the earth becomes more and more important.

Someones trash can be your treasure.

Do you by recycled stuff?

In our attic I found this cool old Swedish print and framed it.

The kitchen is now a fun place to hang and I was happy to have my cousins Susanne and Hans here from Denmark to enjoy it.

Bottom line is, don’t take decorating your place to seriously.

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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.

Jill Sorensen spa area

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?

Artificial ficus hedge

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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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