March 18, 2017

House updates – outdoor living space

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If you’re living on the east coast or in Sweden I know this time of the year you can’t wait for spring to arrive, so I thought I would share some updates to our outdoor living space.  Since we are so blessed with incredible weather in southern California making the outdoors space livable is key.

The deck we added outside the master suite really extended the terrace and has become a favorite spot to hang out. It now has hanging electrical wicker lanterns which add a romantic light at night. (I’ll share a roundup post for best lanterns in another post).

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When we moved in it was nothing there just a bunch of scraggly trees and it looked like this…

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If you followed along then you might remember I was really hesitant about removing the scraggly trees and plant a wall of banana leafs instead.

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But the trees came down and the wall of banana leaf plants created the perfect vibe.  Now we can also really see and enjoy the pretty olive tree outside the bedroom door.

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This has become a favorite work spot of mine and a nice extension of the bedroom. Small changes that you think might be nothing can often have a large impact.

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When I tested out a bunch of lanterns for the olive trees I came upon this solar powered JC Penny lantern that I now have scattered about around the back yard. They light up the garden around the pool at night.

I now see this looking out my bedroom window.

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The banana leaf plants are now taller than the fence. Behind it is a magnificent mountain view.

We planted a yew hedge along the edge of the pool on Terry’s Landscape designs suggestion.

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It has grown and has added a nice framing to the pool and some protection while still allowing for a great view above at a 5′ height.

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Thankfully we kept the red hibiscus hedge that adds a little tropical vibe.

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The loungers are from CB2 and cushions from Martha Stewart.

Outside the kitchen window next to the pergola it looked like this…

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I designed iron brackets and added a foot of the quartzite stone top we used in the kitchen to create a great little drink and serving area outside the kitchen window.

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I added four Parisian bar stools.

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This sits next to the pergola which is awaiting a new carpet before I can photograph it. Here is a snapshot from this morning, I’ll share better pictures of this area in a later post.

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Next to the kitchen by the end of the terrace is the best view and when we bought the house it was just an empty space with an odd fountain. Screen shot 2016-01-05 at 9.34.31 PM

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I decided to use this area for a BBQ and outdoor kitchen.

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Now it looks like this.

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A simple cement top with white stucco so it just blends in with the house.

We still have work to do but this is basically where we spend our time when we are home. I hope this gave you a little California sunshine to survive the rest of the winter.

Hope you have a great weekend!

For daily updated you can follow along on INSTAGRAM@JILLSORENSEN.COM

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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?

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1  // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10

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February 24, 2017

Update on a huge design project

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We’re finally coming to the the home stretch on a huge project on the east coast.

We’ve worked on the building and design of large property in Virginia.  Initially I didn’t think I could take on the big job considering the location. Somehow it’s working out with intermittent trips and yes Facetime! We’ve been working on it for about a year now and after a standstill for a few months it’s moving fast ahead with a new builder.  It was really exciting to see the house take shape on my trip there last week.

The family LOVES color and wants a comfortable family friendly interior that really represents who they are and I could not be more eager to please!

Foyer staircase is shaping up…

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Here are some elements going on in Foyer Powder room…

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We are using Cambria Stone for all the stone tops. I haven’t used them before but their “made” stone counter tops and beautiful.

The family room is shaping up. It will have wood beams and a big kitchen island.

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Here are some of the materials for the home office for the mom.

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They love animals so we were thrilled to score these lion pedestals to turn in to a fireplace mantle for the home office.

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LOVE!

The basement will be a mash of greens and yellows and have loads of reclaimed wood. These are some of the elements going in. I think the downstairs will be a favorite hang out area.

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One of the kids rooms has a Guatemalan theme.

A dream pre teen girl’s room with pink, green and coral. This is the bathroom so far.

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The boy’s room has a old folklore Russian theme.

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I’m so glad we decided to go with fun cement tiles on some shower walls.

I’m a big believer in making kids rooms playful where their imagination can run wild.

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There is an in house media studio as well in red, white & blue with Quadrilles Independence toile.

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Master shower is marble with gold and grey veins.

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The library will be a high gloss blue with some of this going on.

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I’ll update you more as the design unfolds. For daily updates you can join me at JILLSORENSEN@INSTAGRAM.COM

See you soon!

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February 15, 2017

House updates – kitchen & eat in dining area

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Our LA house is slowly taking shape. I haven’t had the house professionally photographed yet but a number of you have e-mailed and asked  that I share pictures, so here are just a few snapshots of  our dining area in the kitchen.

The house has received a lot of updates since I last posted about it….most involving reusing or re-purposing exiting items. The Jill Sorensen Lifestyle Tropical bamboo wall coverings in Canary on the kitchen and dinning area walls has definitely been a good choice.

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I wish I had more wall space in this open floor plan for some more yellow happiness.

Even though the design plan for this house was casual and cool mid century my old Swedish mirror found a home in the breakfast room.

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The gold recovered Milo Baughman bar stools glam up the otherwise very casual and relaxed space.

Here you can see the kitchen from the other direction…you can see through the house from the front yard all the way through to the terrace.

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Loads of mid century gold fixtures and quartzite stone tops. When we bought the house the kitchen wall was right behind where you see the bar stools and the kitchen ceiling was lowered 18″.

Now all is open.

Last week I my custom Clad Home bench with Mary Mc Donald fabric with black trim arrived.

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The perfect perch to check out visitors in the front yard.

If you followed my blog during the renovations you know that I went back and forth about whether to make the TV room fireplace double sided for not.  With the cool LA mornings and evenings it’s the best decision by far  to be able to eat on the dining bench next to a warm fire.

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I added a reclaimed modern wood bench as dining bench with a sheepskin hide to maximize dining guests. This pictures it looking through to the front driveway where there was a wall and a corridor before.

The carpet is from my line ARROW carpet in Natural.

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I had a dresser from Virginia that has been serving as extra storage in the dining area.

However the color just was not exciting…

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Yesterday we painted it Habanero Pepper by Benjamin Moore.

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It’s actually more red than the picture.

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Trying to add a little fifties red/coral to spice up the corner and to match the red flowers right outside the glass window.

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I’ll share some exterior updates next week.

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January 30, 2017

Mid century terrace inspiration

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Our LA house wont be complete  until the terrace and garden is outfitted with mid century creature comforts, pots and greenery.

Here are some ideas I’m looking at…

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Hanging chairs….

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Mid century dining area.

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Cozy bohemian little seating areas with pillow ottomans.

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Out door swings.

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Cactuses and succulents.

Lots of them.

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Some retro seating.

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Most importantly lots of layered potted plants.

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