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!

You can follow along on

INSTAGRAM.COM/JILLSORENSENLIFESTYLE

Boxwood Avenue | Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | Dwell with Dignity | The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook|

The Makerista | Making it Lovely

| Old Brand New | Old Home Love The Painted House | Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda | Erica Reitman

| Sacramento StreetSimply Grove | Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha

Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by ORC

 

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.

Checkout the links and see what the rest of the participants are doing.

Boxwood Avenue | Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | Dwell with Dignity | The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook|

The Makerista | Making it Lovely

| Old Brand New | Old Home Love The Painted House | Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda | Erica Reitman

| Sacramento StreetSimply Grove | Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha

Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by ORC

 

You can follow my design firm on JILLSORENSENLIFESTYLE@INSTAGRAM.COM

You can also follow me JILLSORENSEN@INSTAGRAM.COM

 

October 4, 2017

One Room Challenge Makeover – WEEK 1

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If you are here for the first time – Welcome!

It’s time again for the One Room Challenge the fun six week makeover craze. Huge thank you to Linda of Calling it Home for inviting me again!

For those of you new to my blog, I’m Jill Sorensen a Swedish/American interior designer with a lifestyle brand of  bedding, rugs, and textiles. I love fun, colorful and somewhat fearless designs because I think life is too short for boring interiors.  My son and I moved to Los Angeles a couple of years ago. My goal was to buy an ugly house (we did!) and turn it in to our dream home (still working on it!)

This is my fourth time joining ORC, last year I made over the Master suite….

This is the bathroom.

The bedroom.

You can see the 2016 ORC reveal here

The year before that for the ORC 2015 I made over the kitchen.

When we started we didn’t even have a floor!! My ORC makeovers tend to be filled with drama…

You can see the Kitchen ORC 2015 reveal here.

This year again I’ll be tackling another room in our 60’s ranch house in the mountains above LA.

We are currently renovating the garage turning it in to a guest house with an office and a big teen space so things are a bit of a mess around here.  This year for ORC I’m tackling another room in desperate need to be designed.

THE ROOM – The new Library/Guest Bedroom

It didn’t exist the day we bought the house….

The living room was very large and creating a room on the end allowed us to center the glass doors on the pool while giving us an extra room.

Since the guest house renovations got delayed due to permits the library never became a library/guest instead we temporarily have had to operate my office in there and it’s been TOUGH!

Sury the JS Inc.office manager has hunkered in this unfinished depressing temporary space with sometimes 3-4 people, two dogs and all kinds of stored items.

I’m super excited about making it in to a colorful library/guest room and thrilled to move my company in to a big new space.

INSPIRATION FOR THE ROOM

Since this is one of the few rooms in this open style living house that completely closes off, I’m going to have some fun with it.

Here is some random inspiration…

1950’s and Retro color combinations

This is an unopened restaurant in NYC by designed by Sasha Bikoff that I get such a kick out of.

Images via Elle Decor.

I’ve been obsessing over 50’s color combinations and powder blue and red.

Design by Miles Redd.

ANIMALS and Old School libraries

I won’t have real animal heads on the walls but I want lots of animal presence.

Design by Ken Fulk

(image source unknown)

Image via Architectural Digest.

SHRILL RED – used to hate it but now intrigued

Image from KINA SLOTTET in Sweden.

Design by Dorothy Draper (and team)

GREEN

I’m just so in love with this green hue which is my first dilemma. I have to decide what color to do as I can’t have both.

Design by Muriel Brandolini

Here are the rest of the participants:

Boxwood Avenue | Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | Dwell with Dignity | The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook | The Makerista | Making it Lovely | Old Brand New | Old Home Love The Painted House | Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda | Erica Reitman | Sacramento Street Simply Grove | Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha

Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by ORC

You can follow my design firm on JILLSORENSENLIFESTYLE@INSTAGRAM.COM

You can also follow me on JILLSORENSEN@INSTAGRAM.COM.

Check back next week and I’ll share a design plan.

Thanks for stopping by!

October 2, 2017

Colorful Bedding shoot and some cool news

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This week it was photography time for my bedding line with Swedish photographer Anna Maria Noellert in LA. It’s been a long time since we properly photographed it, (not even the new designs!), since we’ve been super busy with interior design clients. This fall I decided to slow down our client work so we can focus on improving the brand in every way possible.

The bedding is super cute and has amazing quality and I was happy that I still felt it really fulfills the purpose I aimed for when I started the line. (Above is a sneak peak of the new design coming soon called VICTORY to the left and two of the happiest versions of TAKES TWO.

The purpose of the bedding was to make decorating easy. I wanted a bed set to add all the design element needed in a bedroom. This way you people would not fret about how to decorate and not have to spend money on unnecessary things.

Photos by Anna Maria Nuellert

This is the Takes Two pattern in a few of the colorways. I combined two colors that I would design a room in.

It’s an Art Deco inspired pattern which is one of my favorite design styles.

Shooting bedding is definitely not the easiest thing because of the endless ironing!

Thankfully Sury stepped in to help out.

We collaborated with another Swede Jennifer who has the super clever and adorable company Bag-All who make reusable and organizing bags.

With the purchase of a duvet set and shams we will now be able to send our customers this super cute bag along with it. It will also be perfect to reuse as a casual bag or reusable grocery bag which is the concept behind Bag-all to reuse.

Bubba our best model..

Now onto the cool news..

Make sure to check back in this Wednesday as I will join the One Room Challenge once again and you can follow along 20 designers making over a room in six weeks.  Every Wednesday you will be able see the fun updates here on the blog.

I’ll post updates on @JILLSORENSENLIFESTYLE as well.

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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