August 17, 2017

Five dorm room looks

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It’s that time of year when moms walk around with a lump in their throats preparing their kids for the beginning of their grown up life – college. It’s a day I’m personally already dreading!

Luke is sixteen but I can already be in a puddle of tears just thinking about it.  I’m well aware it’s also an exciting time and all change brings positives, but that still doesn’t make it less difficult. In hopes to help make the transition for moms (and dads) a little easier I created some fun affordable dorm room looks.

My dear friend Bobbi and her daughter Bella are in full force preparing her dorm room.

Bella is going off to college in Boston to study communications and preparing for life across the country is scary yet exciting for both.

Bella and her room mate have already agreed to a gray and white dorm room theme. I think we underestimate the effect interiors can have on us so depending on what you are looking to become/achieve/feel while at college I think can already be represented in your dorm room decor.

Here is a grey/white suggestion for Bella and her roommate…

 

Rug // Desk chair // Headboard // Desk Lamp // Nightstand

Sheet Set // Ivory faux fur pillow // Asphalt Mark Pillow

Personally couldn’t survive living in a boring room where all the furniture is the same and the walls are white. If it was me I would go all out! (watch out Luke…)   I know most colleges won’t let you paint the walls, however some allow it as long as you paint it back.

I don’t know what you are setting out to become, but here are a few really affordable dorm room looks to can help guide you.

Retro Desk Lamp //   Panel Headboard   //    Black Lucky Duvet and Shams

African Mud Cloth Pillow  //    Grey Faux Fur Pillow  //    Rug

Nightstand

Future marine biologist?

Upholstered Headboard //  Ivory Faux Fur Pillow //  Turquoise Key Shams

//  Rope Desk Lamp  // Rug//  Nightstand

The next culinary entrepreneur?

Upholstered Headboard  //   Sheet Set  //  Black Bang Bang Euro Shams  //   Blush Faux Fur Pillow

Desk Lamp  //  Black and White Cowhide  //  Yellow Nightstand

A career in medicine, curing future illnesses?

Upholstered Headboard //  Grey Faux Fur Pillow //   Powder Pink Deco Shams

Nightstand //  Rug   // Desk Lamp

Do you want more dorm room ideas?

E-mail us at contact@jillsorensen.com with a picture and let us know what you are studying and we’ll create a look for you and share here on the blog.

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.

How important is buying vintage to you?  Do you have any good steals you want to share?

 

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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