May 11, 2016

One Room Challenge – Week 6 – the REVEAL!

The One Room Challenge got the best of me this time!

I went completely down to the wire with wallpaper and draperies being installed the morning of the photo shoot.  There were actually three photo shoots to get ready for this week so there was no time to rest.  I’m writing this blog post lying flat on my back on my bed with my back out and sick.

However I’m bedridden in my newly decorated bedroom so I’m happy!

If you are new to my blog welcome- I’m Jill Sorensen a Swedish interior designer with my own label living in LA. (INSTAGRAM@JILLSORENSEN.COM).  We bought this house a year ago and gut renovated it. If you read my blog you’ll see a complete makeover is taking place.   To remind you where this room started…

See the room before & Design inspiration here — WEEK #1

See the Design plan here — WEEK #2

The room now looks like this…


All photos by Anna Maria Noellert (unless noted)

A midcentury, Palm Springs , Frank Sinatra, Empire tv show, colorful, black and white hotel room suite…

I don’t know what you would call the style.

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The only room in the house that has black doors. Inside the bedroom there are black door and window casings.


The bed has my new favorite bedding TAKES TWO in Black & Sand

Striped Bridgeport Pillow from Joss & Main.

Yellow Pillows from World Market……and fab bedside lamps from Jana Bek.

The walls are covered in my art deco inspired wallpaper ARCHES in Beige for Jill Sorensen Lifestyle.


Under the window I have a custom upholstered midcentury sofa from Clad Home in yellow velvet and black piping and black sideas and back.  The drapery has Shibori Striped Drapery fabric from Minted.  I added a two inch black band to go with the black framed look in the room. I love these cheerful draperies. In my mind you can never have enough yellow.

Thank You so much Minnie Creations for making them i a rush. The cool Corrugation stools from All Modern  are used as extra tables and blue fur pillows, and Ella Embroidered Pillow from Joss & Main  are on the couch.

My soft Greek Key shag carpet that I’m completely obsessed with makes it impossible not to want to be barefoot in  here.


Dog model: Bubba the Chihuahua mix

Mark Pillow from Jill Sorensen Lifestyle.

On the other side sliding glass doors look out over the little terrace that we built outside the master bedroom by the swimming pool.


I upholstered and existing chair in  Yellow Stout fabric from DecoratorsBest with black piping and back.

The glam Greek Key mirror is the Anderval mirror from Bassett Mirror company. The Greek Key art deco vibe was irresistable considering the greek key theme in the room.

The super mod and midcentury tripod lamp that sits in the corner is the Restoration floor lamp by Adesso from Bellacor. They have tons of great lighting but I felt this gave the room a true midcentury vibe.

The Greek Key Shag gives the room the super cozy vibe, I’m constantly in my with Ugg boots but in here you just have to be barefoot! It’s so soft.


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The headboard i Indigo velvet and low slung   MIDCENTURY HEADBOARD in Indigo

The adorable sheets are Ink Dot sheets from Annie Selke/Pine Cone Hill


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HUGE THANKS to Jana Bek for creating the perfect custom lamp for the room that practically looks like its married to my bedding,


Yep that’s me. Top from ASOS /Jeans from ZARA/Ballet flats by J Crew


The Mid century vintage night stands from Sunbeam Vintage.


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Faux banana leaf tree and the glam mirror with my Arches wallpaper.


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And now the bonus room….



Super excited to be the very first to test our Greek Key wallpaper in Noir.

It’s definitely NOT boring!

Retro Jonathan Adler Meurice sconces.


Kohler vibrant gold shower heads. and faucet.

I like how the wallpaper frames the serene marble shower and works with the faux painted drywall beams.



Paw print is from the Humane Society of NY auction to help rescue animals.


Vintage rug from Kaya kilim.

So although I’m very happy with the new bedroom…


..the best of all is the little terrace we added right outside!


Double lounge from Modshop.  Martha Stewart Cushion covers from DecoratorsBest, Monogram Yellow pillow, Monogram Asphalt pillow Jill Sorensen Lifestyle. throw from West Elm.

A big thank you to Linda of Calling it Home for inviting me, the fab sponsors, Minnie Creations and my assistant Emily for working hard to help me pull this off!

Now check out the makeovers of the rest of the group…





May 4, 2016

One Room CHALLENGE – Week # 5

Now I know why this is called the One Room Challenge…because it is truly a challenge to pull off a room just the way you planned it in only six weeks. Particularly when you have two other magazine shoots happening at the house this week!

Some of the items that we need to complete the room, in particular my new bed design, will sadly not be here in time. The bedroom will be literally wallpapered right before we shoot it!

The one exciting thing is our very first Greek key wallpaper for Jill Sorensen Lifestyle was installed in the bathroom and it’s a statement.


I wanted a black and white bathroom and if you ask you shall receive…

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Black and white all over it is!

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We didn’t have the same luck with our new Arches wallpaper in Beige.  Our first sample batch arrived a bit too red. Just enough off so that it won’t work in the room.


It has to blend with the beige wall and a chair waiting to be upholstered in this yellow fabric from Decorators Best.

It also has to work with this yellow and white fabric from Minted that we finally received this morning. Big thanks to Minnie’s Creations for hurrying up and doing the draperies for me. Also a big thank You to Emily for working so hard in getting our wallpapers ready. I’m very excited to get the right hue and get this place wallpapered this week.


Some other goodies arrived as well…


A stunning Greek Key mirror from Basset Mirror Company midcentury modern tripod lamp from Bellacor.  Both items perfect for Empire as well as glam and midcentury. I also got a faux banana leaf plant.

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Have a look at what the rest of the makeover team is up to. Hopefully they’ve had an easier go at it! :)




May 2, 2016

What a difference a year makes.

Sometimes you have to look back to realize how far you’ve come.

Although I feel like nothing ever gets done around here and feeling frustrated about it, I changed my tune when I looked at pictures from a little more than a year ago. Walls had just been ripped out, there was no floor and the wall of glass doors had not been moved.

It wasn’t exactly a fun place to live…

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Even though I don’t have the final pieces in the living room, it’s a far more happy place to live in…


A year ago it looked like this.  The doors had been moved to make place for an extra room.

Bare bones.

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The other morning it looked like this.

Although not completed yet, it’s definitely a much happier space to live in.



The back wall is getting a piano and I’m hunting down some cool Milo Baughman chairs, waiting for yellow lamps for the credenza etc. etc. the list goes on.

I can only imagine what it will look like in a year.



April 27, 2016

One Room Challenge Week # 4

Two weeks left and my bedroom is far, far away from being done.

I’ve not received the fabric for the draperies, the bedding has not arrived yet, the sofa fell through etc. etc.

The bright spot however was receiving the black and white striped cushions for the double chaise on the little deck outside my bedroom. It might not be the actual bedroom but looking out at this little Cali oasis from my bed makes me happy…


The cushions are from Martha Stewart living,


I was happy to get Clad Home to custom upholster their Mansfield sofa for us. Sometimes is great when something falls though because something much better is around the corner.


It’s going to get yellow velvet with black tweed sides and back as well as piping.


Our new tribal pillow is getting tassels, and other great pillows arrived from Joss & Main.


The Greek Key wall paper in the master bedroom will be done tomorrow.

It will go with the pretty vintage rug I just got last week.



Check in what the others are up to..



April 20, 2016

One Room Challenge – Week #3

We are working hard to get this room done in time.

When design has to be done on a strict deadline you have to go with the flow. This week we found out a number of items I had wanted would not be here in time, so a new plan had to be put in place. It’s like solving an ever changing puzzle.

The painters were here this week and the room is slowly getting an “Empire” backdrop.

The room now has black door and window casings everywhere. Two walls are two toned beige and two walls are still waiting for wallpaper.

This vibe is going on now….

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Inspired by this…a rap moguls home in Chicago from the show Empire.

Yes, inspiration is everywhere…


The most exciting part of the week was the arrival of my new Jill Sorensen Lifestyle carpets.(@JILLSORENSENLIFESTYLE on Instagram)  The Geo Shag for the living room and this Greek Key Shag for the bedroom. These are the first samples, and I’m super happy with them.

This Greek Key shag combines the bohemian element of a Moroccan Beni Ourain with a more clean modern feeling which is what I wanted. And it’s sooooo soft!

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The bedroom became a whole new room with this in it.

It’s suddenly cozy and warm and inviting even without being finished.


The dogs are particularly happy because it’s like one giant dog bed!


These bedside table I bought last month so they are already in the room.

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I needed lamps and worked with super talented Jana Bek who is also doing a makeover for One Room Challenge as well. She has a line of beautiful brush stoke lamps that I wish I could use in the room.  She was able to do a custom lamp color for me in gold with black on top.

Jana sent a picture today and it looks amazing!!


Can’t wait for them to arrive, they will look so good in the room.

The Ander Wall mirror from Basset Mirror company arrived and it didn’t disappoint either. This will be hung as soon as the wall gets wallpapered.


I’m excited to see this come together and grateful to Linda for doing the ORC to give me a reason to finally finish my own home.

The view out the bedroom is improving as well. It used to be a scraggly garden with some old trees, now it’s a banana tree lined little deck by the pool awaiting cushions and potted plants.


Three more weeks to go….

Check out and see how the rest of the group is doing.

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