March 9, 2017

My TOP 10 Modern Rustic Nightstands

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Adding touches of reclaimed wood or distressed wood in a home is a design style I love of late.

There is no surprise that the modern farm house was voted one of the most popular design looks of 2016. Surrounding your self with reclaimed woods gives your space an instant cozy feel.

Here I’ve picked out my top ten modern farmhouse nightstands, from inexpensive to fairly affordable.

Do you like this look?

Jill Sorensen-LiveLikeYoublog-Modern Rustic NIghts stands

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March 14, 2016

My TOP 10 Kitchen pendant picks

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One of the fastest and most affordable ways to refresh a kitchen is switching out those tired kitchen lights for some modern beauties. Whether you’re doing a complete kitchen overhaul or just new cabinet paint, adding well proportioned pendants over an island in just the right finish can give a kitchen en entirely new look.

My current favorites are brass, gold, structural and wire.  I’m also a fan of over sized globe and cone lights, and in just the right setting basket weave can be just the perfect touch.

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Do you have any current favorites?

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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!


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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Kitchen by Design Manifest



Campaign style pull in this kitchen island

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Stunning lavender bath cabinet  with campaign gold hardware.


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


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


January 10, 2012

10 Things I Love about my Bedroom!

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I’m very excited to have my friend, ultimate lifestyle and design guru from Rachel Ray and many other TV shows, LIBBY LANGDON share her beautiful bedroom with us today!! You probably have heard of her, and caught some of her encyclopedia of knowledge and clever ideas somewhere.  And don’t miss to check out her new name sake furniture line, (sneak peek at end of article). Seeing her fresh and serene bedroom with amazing views and cozy and clever creature comforts it’s hard not to want to move right in!

Welcome Libby!!


I LOVE our bedroom in Sag Harbor, it’s light, bright and airy.   We have and “upside down” house, meaning that the main living spaces (living room, dining room, kitchen and master suite) are all up on the 3rd floor and since it’s one of the highest spots in Long Island we are up above the treetops.  The walls of the bedroom are Benjamin Moore’s “White Satin” #2067-70 and it’s a very pale, icy blue that makes the room feel so peaceful and serene!

1) I love that our bedroom is so peaceful and quiet.

We are at the end of a dead end street and there’s a nature preserve behind us so it’s the most restful place for us.  Living part of the week in New York City (which is NEVER quiet) makes us appreciate the utter silence of our bedroom in Sag Harbor!

2)  I really love the seating area in the bedroom.

We have a wonderful view of the Sag Harbor Bay and it truly is the perfect place to sit and have coffee and tea in the morning and read the paper.  The wing chairs are my favorite periwinkle blue color, and they are super comfortable, it’s a perfect morning time perch with a birds eye view!

3) My custom night stands

I had these custom bedroom nightstands made, I wanted them to be at the exact same height as the top of the mattress because I don’t like reaching up or down to adjust an alarm clock.   I also had pieces of glass cut to fit on the top because I always have a glass or water or cup of tea in the bedroom and I like the ease of just being able to wipe down a piece of glass instead of worrying about water rings on stained wood!

4) Plug-in lamps dimmers!

A requirement for all my bedrooms and all bedrooms I design for clients is a plug-in lamp dimmer!   I buy them at Home Depot (you can get them at most home improvement stores or a good hardware store)  You simply plug it into your wall socket and then plug the lamp into the lamp dimmer and voila’, you can make your lamplight as soft or as bright as you like!   It’s so great if you want soft romantic light at night or you want to ease into bright light on those dark winter mornings.  Also by having the lamp dimmer on your nightstand it keeps you from having to physically reach up to turn a lamp off or on, it’s right there at your fingertips and so easy!

5) The sunrises!

I adore the sunrises from our bedroom, I am usually up before the sun is and when I get to see the beautiful sky and all the incredible colors it helps me to stop and be thankful for where we live!  I find it inspiring to see the sun come up and it makes me want to go out and make it a great day!!!

6) I love the remote control gas fireplace!

I know that real firewood smells so good but the convenience of the gas fireplace in the bedroom is so fantastic!   If we want to have the fire on  for a little while before we go to sleep it’s great, when we want to turn it off just pick up the remote control and turn it off (no getting up and out of bed), no worrying about stray coals or ashes burning when you are asleep.   It is also wonderful on cool mornings to flick on before getting out of bed and if we are leaving for the day we know we can just turn it off where if we had a wood burning fireplace we wouldn’t light any logs because we wouldn’t want wood or coals burning while we were gone.   It’s so easy and I think we enjoy fires in the bedroom fireplace so much more than if we had a wood burning fireplace in there!

Fire place remote.

7) The bedroom rug

It’s actually broadloom carpeting by Shaw that’s meant to be wall to wall carpeting but I had it cut into an area rug. It gives color and lightness to the room but the pattern could feel overwhelming if it were wall to wall. This is a great trick for any room in the house, dining room, living room or bedrooms. You can look for a remnant at a big carpet store/warehouse and then cut it and bound to fit the size of your room, small rugs make rooms look and seem smaller.  If you are wondering how bug the rug should be I think a good rule of thumb is to measure your room and then make the bound rug 16″ smaller all the way around then the overall size of the room. Also, just know that all your furniture doesn’t have to be completely on or completely off the rug, furniture can be half on and half of an area rug.

8) 8) I really love the monogrammed coverlet and shams that my Mom gave me as a present a few years ago.

They are from Peacock Alley and are a simple, clean mattelesse and the embroidery is in pale blue thread.   It keeps the bed from feeling too overstuffed and fussy and I ADORE anything with a monogram, it feels so personal!

9) In the bedroom, I love having privacy shades instead of blackout shades.

The privacy shades have a little light filter but it’s not completely keeping your room in total darkness.   I like to wake up with the sun and find it hard to wake up if the room is as dark as a cave.   Online you can find all sorts of inexpensive roller shade ideas and it allows you to have some fun with window treatments that you never have to close, a roller shade is the easiest to operate on a daily basis!

10)  I love the picture that I got from my Mother-in-law of my husband when he was a little boy.

It’s on my bedside table and it makes me feel so happy every time I look at it.  I have tons of pictures throughout our house and I believe this is a way to stay close with family even when we don’t get to see them on a regular basis.   It’s also extra special to mix new pictures with old pictures!


Here’s a peek from Libby’s pretty furniture line!!

August 1, 2011

10 Things I Love About My Bedroom

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Janell Beals is one of those inspiring people who fearlessly takes her own path, follows her dreams and with seemingly endless energy turns them in to successful businesses. I’m so excited to have her share her stunning bedroom on LLY today!  Besides her super blog Isabella & Max Rooms, she recently launched a fantastic online magazine House of Fifty.  My favorite part is how the magazine came about….She was approached about a big opportunity, but after the subject of her age came up it came to a dead end.  She felt rejected for a moment, but decided her best business opportunities were still ahead, she just had to create them herself.
So she started her own magazine! I can’t wait to cheer her on as she leaves whomever that was in the dust!!!
The second issue of her fun, beautiful magazine launches today!
You MUST hop over and have a look!!
Welcome Janell!!

I am delighted Jill asked me to participate in her series 10 Things I Love About My Bedroom! I am a big fan, and I’m laughing because Jill of course is known for her unique talent of being able to use unlimited amounts of color in a room with tremendous success. So what do I have to share? A room of neutrals! But, I do aspire and am taking color notes from her work!
1. The Upholstered Headboard Wall.
I love its strong presence in the room, and it was the first project tackled when I worked on the bedroom, setting the stage for all the other choices.
2. Table Lamps.
I appreciate them even more because they once looked like this:
Spray paint, fabric and trim transformed them and their large scale work alongside the height of the headboard.
3. The Vintage Pagoda Chandelier.
I found this fixture several years ago and am so glad I didn’t hesitate and jumped at the chance to bring it home! It’s not often I spy a fixture I like as much.
4. The Settee, with sunlight streaming in.
It’s a great spot to sit and relax, on rare moments. More often it serves as a handy place to lay out outfits when packing! That has to change…
5. A Bargain Directorie Table found at Target.
Just the right size for this little corner and it’s well made!
6. DIY Drapes with Contrasting Band.
This room is all about a mix of masculine and feminine and the graphic design here is a check in the masculine column.
7. The Art Wall.
A small wedding photo alongside framed bits of fabric and architectural letters adds interest to this corner of the room.
8. Comfortable, Warm and Soft Bedding.
It gets cold here!
9. The View from the Bathroom.
I adore how the pattern from the headboard is reflected in the mirror while standing at the bathroom vanity. The pattern fills the doorway, appearing nearly like a wallpaper covering the wall beyond.
10. A Simple Canvas.
With colors similar to the walls in the adjoining bath, this canvas brings the two spaces together creating a sense of unity between the rooms. And again, the sunlight creating shadows…a favorite aspect of this bedroom to be sure.
This room is filled with a long list of DIY projects, from bedding to pillows, drapes to lamps, showing that a room can be put together without completely breaking the bank!
Thanks again for having me Jill!

June 3, 2011

10 things I Love about my Bedroom

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So excited to introduce you to possibly the most fun, innovative blogger, master crafter and designer out there Cassie and her family from Hi Sugarplum.  I’m always in awe of her endless stream of fantastic DIY’s and ideas for your home! Thanks for participating Cassie!!

Hi guys! I’m Cassie from Hi Sugarplum! I am beyond thrilled to be hanging out here today. My obsession adoration for Jill and her talent is kind of embarrassing. Every color choice she makes amazes…and inspires…me.
Her “10 Things” Series is one of my favorite in blogland, too. There is something so sweet and honest about a young person’s opinions. I asked my 10-year-old son to tell me his favorite things about his room, and it was funny to hear what he gravitated towards, and why! It was hard, but I kept quiet and let him do the talking.
But first, this was his reaction when seeing his new room for the first time! (We surprised him with a room makeover while he was visiting grandparents out of town last Summer.)
How’s that for a happy customer?! His joy made all the hard work worth it. Take it away, Jackson!

1) Magnetic strips and containers: I can keep my stuff up there and change it easily. And the magnet is really strong, so it’s cool to throw metal stuff at it.
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2) Desk: It has a secret drawer!

3) Alarm clock: The orange is cool and it’s easy to set the alarm. I also like having brand new pencils.

4) Colors of the dresser: The brown and white look good together. My old one was so baby.

5) Wall Stripes: My friends always notice those first and say, “Whoa, cool wall!”

6) Giant Map: I use it all the time to find out where places are…and see where my parents are going when they take trips without me and my sister!!! (He was glaring at me when he said this.)

7) Shelf and Corkboard: Great place for my trophies and to stick stuff!
shelf and board

8) Giant Bed: I’ve always had the queen size, but now the comforter feels grown up.

9) Curtains: I like how they block the whole window and make my room dark when I close them. They also make a good roof when I build a fort.

10) It’s just cool!!! My old room was so baby that I was embarrassed! Now I love when my friends come over because they always tell me how cool my room is and wish they had one like it!
Thanks, Jackson, for your fun answers! And thanks, Jill, for allowing me to share on your rockstar blog today! My favorite part of the room? That I completed the full makeover for under $300!! Oh yeah. Check out all the projects and Before & Afters here.

xo. Cassie
Hi Sugarplum!

March 9, 2011

10 Things I Love about My Bedroom

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I’m so excited to welcome my lovely, talented Swedish blog friend Monika from Splendid Willow today! By inviting us in to her beautiful bedroom she proves that the best design is the one combining physical beauty along with meaningful, personal touches. Monika writes an addictive design blog from Seattle with just the perfect touch of Scandinavian influence.  And you must check out her new online store!!  (Warning…you’ll be unable to resist the turquoise rubber boots) If you’re feeling lucky enter her giveaway here.

Hello, Monika from Splendid Willow here. It is an honor for me to be here today. I adore Jill (and her chic style) and I hope to meet with her in person within not too long. Blog Swedes in the US, need to stick together!
I am not inviting many people into my bedroom – let me make that clear! And I am hoping for a total bedroom makeover down the road (including rustic plank wood floors) but here are 10 things that I am very attached to.
1. My blue chest.
My own little DIY project. I took an old (not great quality) Swedish chest and gave it some much needed love by painting it a high-gloss blue and changing the hardware. My own, personal little piece of heaven.
2. The mirror is a good quality vintage piece that I found at a consignment store for about $30!
I ran out of the store with it! I love the lines.
3. I found these vintage Marching Band Cards from Paris at a flea market.
My husband studied classical music in University and our house is always filled with good music, thanks to him.
4. I like to keep things organized.  But it is mighty hard with a large house, 3 young kids and several animals. The only place where I know I can always keep things neat and organized is in the drawers of my bedside table. I like the feeling of a clutter free zone in the bedroom were a quiet and soothing atmosphere is so important for the soul.
5. I can’t draw to save my life. But now and then I buy a canvas and let my inner artist lose. This is the first time I show my own “life statement painting”. I made it a couple of years ago, right before I entered blog land. I had a need to express how I believe life should be lived (to myself and my family). Not only meaningful words, but words that we really live by.
I painted the entire canvas purple and got to work. I started off in Swedish (translated): “Work hard, be kind & laugh”. I firmly believe that those three actions together, in harmony, is the basis for personal happiness. And that is how I try to approach life every day.
On top of that I used a stencil and wrote another important message — this time in English (we speak both languages at home): “Wake up and make the world go around”. Go out and make a difference. Make life meaningful and you will make yourself meaningful.
The painting did not feel done until I had incorporated the most important dates in my husbands and my lives. The date when we got married and the dates when our three children were born. Far from being a master piece, I have to say that it is very personal to me and it feels good looking at it when I wake up in the morning. We have several “nice” art pieces at our home but this one might be the first one that we hang whenever we move to a new place.
6. This is my view from my bed.
On one side are tall balcony windows. And next to them is this antique, French empire chest. It is a souvenir from my antique dealer days.
7. My father’s desk lamp from the 50′ is placed on top of the empire chest.
I loved him deeply and I wish he could have lived to meet my own beautiful family. I was 14 years old when he passed away.
8. My husband, who is wonderful but not very romantic (!), once presented me with this calligraphy of our favorite song – the jazz tune “In A Sentimental Mood”.
It is a forever piece that I hold very close to my heart. (The lecturn is Italian 1700-hundreds as was given to me as a birthday gift by my husband).
9. I always keep fresh flowers and candles in my bedroom.

10.  A home is only as important as the people in it.
Same goes for our bedroom. My husband and I get constant visits from a child or a four legged friend. And that is by far what I like most about our master bedroom — the love that goes around.
(This picture is framed on my blue chest).
Thank you for having me here today, Jill! I had fun putting this together for you.
Warm hugs to you and all your readers.

December 20, 2010

10 things I Love about my Bedroom

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I’m so excited to have Angela from the fun blog The Painted House participate today and share her bedroom in her BEAUTIFUL cottage on LiveLikeYou!!  I’ve never visited her blog without a getting a good laugh, and a large dose of her lovely designs.


Hej, god dag, tjenare!  That’s “hello” in Swedish—did I get that right, Jill?  I’m Angela of The Painted House, and I’m so happy to be at Live.Like.You today sharing my 10 things I love about my bedroom.  Let’s go to our family mountain home, The Cottage, and I’ll show you around.

1. The Mountain View! The number one reason I love our bedroom is that it is in the North Carolina Appalachian Mountains.  We live in Georgia, but every opportunity we have, we’re on that cottage like hillbillies on moonshine.

2. Sliding Vintage Door Entry to our bedroom is through an old pine door I painted and mounted to a wall track.  I love this alternative to a traditional door.

3. A Fluffy White Bed It looks like a cloud and it sleeps like one, too!  I love the uncomplicatedness of white bedding.  Easy on the eyes and easy to clean and a good place to catch some Zs.

4. Cottage on a Budget While cottage style is lovely, it isn’t my everyday style of choice—but I love getting a dose of it when we come to the cottage.  The entire house was done on a strict budget and tight schedule.  From the clearance Ballard Design outlet rug to the $14 Pottery Barn sconces and thrifted chandelier to the second-hand headboard, the leftover pieces come together for one pretty and simple room.

5. Custom Bedside Tables When I couldn’t find just the right bedside tables, I had a carpenter make these rustic parsons tables.  Just 2×12” pine planks!

6. Reading in Bed With a more relaxed schedule at the cottage, I get to indulge in reading in bed.  I’m usually catching up on a stack of magazines with my laptop open, too, while also watching…

7. The Black Hole It is so, so ugly, but I have to admit that I love watching TV in bed with my husband after we tuck the kids in.  Since we don’t have a TV in our bedroom at home, this feels extra decadent to laze around like this.

8. Woodsy Warmth The cottage was built in 1981 and has the original timber beam ceiling and pine floors that we kept during the 2008 remodel.  The cottage would not be the same without all that wood!

9. The 1921 Clawfoot Bathtub During the cottage remodel we enlarged the bathroom slightly to include a separate shower and bathtub.  But the only bathtub that would fit was an antique clawfoot—small footprint, huge charmer…and not to mention another perfect place to read.

10. Room at the Inn Definitely one of the best things about this room and the cottage in general is that it is enjoyed by many people—from friends to family to vacationers. (It can be rented on It is a very special place to be, and we are so happy to share the experience with others.  We just attended a friends’ wedding of which the groom proposed to his then-girlfriend on the swing looking out at the view.  It’s a making-memories place—what could be better than that?

Thank you, Jill, for having me over—I love Live.Like.You!

October 4, 2010

10 things we love about our Bedroom!

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You might remember my post about my stay at Haringe Palace in Sweden this summer. I was so excited about that amazingly beautiful castle I asked the hotel management team c/o Hotels to select their favorite hotel room at any of their hotels, and participate in this series!! Creative director Jenny Ljungberg recently acquired and renovated The Maidstone Arms in East Hampton, a little country hotel dating back to the 1850’s. It’s now reborn as c/o The Maidstone and has received a complete Scandinavian makeover!!


“c/o Maidstone has been redesigned with a “Scandinavian cozy” concept, an eclectic mix of the best of Scandinavian Design from the 17th century to todays newest generation of designers. Each one of the 16 rooms is unique – inspired by Scandinavian celebrities, such as Alfred Nobel, Thor Heyerdahl, Edvard Munch or Astrid Lindgren. One of our favorite rooms is the fabulous Arne Jacobsen Room, which is filled with design gems by perhaps the most famous Danish architect and designer!

1. The Arne Jacobsen clocks

These clocks were produced in the early 1970’s, evolving into classic Scandinavian design icons over the years. The hour markers are composed of 12 squares, with the relevant square filled according to the hour.

2. The fun dollhouse in the bathroom

Featuring miniature versions of the celebrated Egg Chair, originally designed for the lobby of the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, the worlds very first design hotel!

3. The whimsical tiles in the bathroom

A replica of the Arne Jacobsen tiled petrol station outside Copenhagen. Jacobsen decided to revise the traditional tile-laying methods by encasing the façade with vertically laid tiles.

4. The original Arne Jacobsen desk lamp

The AJ-Lamp is part of the furniture series designed for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. The lamp is deliberately asymmetric, so that the light is concentrated in the direction where it is needed. The hole in the middle of the stand was intended as an ashtray-holder!

5. The Danish art piece / shelf

This fabulous Danish wall-art piece has been remodeled as a shelf, adorned with neat gadgets and useful books!

6. Icelandic Photo-Art by Spessi

Spessi is a down to earth artist, who conveys transparency and unsentimental reality. The photo Bensin in the A.Jacobsen Room is a piece of contemporary Icelandic history architecturally, socially and ethically.

7. The yummy local treats in the Mini Bar

We offer local produce like Fat Ass Fudge, North Fork Chips and Blue Duck Bakery Cookies in every rooms mini-bar!

8. 365 Ways to Live Green on the bedside table.

For meaningful bedtime reading!

9. Malin+Goetz toiletries

The wonderful natural shower-gel by New York based duo Malin+Goetz is in a pump-dispenser, making showers ever so fun & environmentally responsible!

10. The color-scheme

The light blue tones nicely blend with hints of orange and white, giving off a soothing and blissful vibe!

NOTE: Arne Emil Jacobsen (1902 1971) was a Danish architect and designer, exemplar of the ‘Danish Modern’ style. In addition to his architectural work he created a number of highly original chairs and other furniture. He received several international distinctions and medals.

September 20, 2010

10 things I love about my bedroom

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My first guest in this series is my stylish friend Kate, age 6, from New York city. Kate has a really sweet bedroom at her family’s house on Shelter Island. Our childhood bedrooms usually leave a lasting impression on us, it’s something we remember and carry with us for the rest of our lives. Most of us can still remember the color of the walls, the furniture and what pictures hung in the room. So I was very happy when Kate wanted to participate and share what she loves about her bedroom. (Her mom took some Iphone snapshot over the weekend.)

1. My sheets – I like the color cause it’s like a zebra, but pink.
(source: Pottery barn)

2. My pink rug cause I play hopscotch on it with my cousin Valerie.

(source: Ikea)

3. The angel picture my grandma gave me. Grandma said it was me and my brother Kieran.

4. That I have two beds cause when I have friends over they can sleep in the other one.

(source:Bed design Libby Langdon, manufactured by Artistic Quilting)

5. My vanity cause I can comb my hair.

(source:French Antique)

6. My furry rugs.

(source: Costco)

7. The tire swing outside my window!

8. My dress jewelry hanger so I can see the jewelry my aunt Nancy gives me.

9. The color of my room

(The paint jar had paint covering the name of the color…oh, well it’s the faintest pink)

10. That I don’t have to share with my little brother like we do in New York city.