• July 7, 2014

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    If you want an inviting, comfortable home, nothing perhaps is more important than picking the right color scheme. Finding the right paint colors for your home is a source of great frustration to many.  It’s the question I get asked the most, so I thought I would take you through the process I use when I pick a color scheme for an entire home or a color for a room.

    I’m revamping our Swedish house this month, and needed a new color for our TV room, so I will use my home as a guide. Here is a process I use to come up with a color scheme.

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    The first thing to ask yourself is how do you want to feel in your space. Do you want a space that makes you happy? A space that calms you down? Colors have a strong effect on the way we feel and the selection of the right colors is more important than you think.  Brighter hues such a red, orange and yellow gives us energy while pale blues and greens have a calming effect. Some lifts us up and some brings us down.

    When we bought our house in Sweden I wanted a place I could come to and relax. It needed to be PEACEFUL and stress free. It could also not feel too “serious” and needed a touch of a playfulness yet still feel really “Swedish”.  Knowing all this I knew the colors had to be pale and soothing, and to use fun stronger colors only as accents.

    Swede view

    This is the view from most of the house.


    Look outdoors, what do you see? Do you have a view? What are the colors you see? Is it an urban landscape, is it a lawn? Sunset or sunrise views?  Whatever you see outside, or don’t want to see outside, decides what color you might pick inside.

    For example, in our house, from almost every single room we have an incredible view. Therefore I didn’t want to use a busy wallpaper or a color that would take away or distract from the beauty right outside. I wanted nature to be a guide.

    JIll Sorensen swedish guest house

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    Selecting hues that already where outside added a cohesive and soothing effect. (All color chips are from Benjamin Moore.)

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    What is the natural light like? In Sweden there is almost no daylight for many months of the year, therefore a white background is often painted to allow sunlight to reflect off the walls, and let the home feel brighter. Rarely do you see a Swedish home painted in dark colors for this reason.

    You can brighten a dark room in the house with a light color, or magnify what is already is there by painting it a dark engulfing color.

    Since there is an extreme lack of sunlight here most of the year, I picked white and yellow paint colors for several rooms to reflect light or  mimic sunlight.

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    Where is your house located? Downtown? Mountains? Horse country? If your home is downtown Manhattan versus out on a farm you might want a different feeling. Let the history of the town and area give you ideas.  Read old books, pick up some local vintage treasures, watch TV shows from the place.  There can be some amazing colors you find that could be used in a new fun way.

    Since we spend a limited amount of time here,  I wanted a very Swedish vibe and welcomed using some traditional Swedish colors.


    Turn of the century department store chandelier.

    I picked up local vintage pieces that had colors of the area and let them inspire me.

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    Swedish “trasmatta” woven with tons of leftover colors are very common here.

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    I love Pippi Longstocking (she’s my hero) and the TV show from the 60-70′s is a great source of fun and unusual colors.


    When you stand in one room and look in to another the colors have to flow peacefully.  From every single angle of your home the colors have to harmonize as far as your eye can see. Here it was easy since it’s so white. But this can also be achieved very well with tons of strong colors as long as your overall color scheme “plays” together.

    JIll Sorensen Lifestyle-Lavender Monogram


    Never let a room be boring, choose something in your overall scheme that adds an element of surprise. Too much of the same color in a room, can make it boring.

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    When you have gathered a bunch of colors. Go back to the questions. What do you want your home to feel like?

    For me it was PEACEFUL and RELAXING with a touch of fun. So peaceful hues had to be the wall colors and the fun tones would become accents.

    Natural light needs?  Yellow and White.

    What did I see outside? Blue and Green.

    Sense of playfulness and local inspiration?  Accent colors: Turquoise, Orange, Blue, Lavender.

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    This became our full color scheme, for the main house and the guest house. The guest house since small is only in blue hues mixed with the whites.

    Vintage Josef Frank chair-Jill Sorensen

    I’m repainting our TV room this week. Although it’s already painted in a grayish yellow, somehow the space too cold. To find a new color I went back to my original scheme and decided what I wanted more of.  I needed a warm hue.

    And I decided I wanted more of Pippi Longstocking 70′s TV show vibe.


    I selected these colors above to go with the already orange accents in the room.

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    The wall color would be a pink/coral tone for warmth.

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    The carpet has orange accents and the cabinet if I ever finish it will have orange accents. ( This room is half way through makeover…) Will share more on that in a later post.

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    Picking colors is a really fun process.

    I hope I have not been rambling and that this gives you some kind of guide to pick a color scheme for your home.


    P.S. If you feel you still need help. Stay tuned for my affordable color scheme service coming soon.



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  • February 17, 2014

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    Monogram carpet in lavender

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    Beige Regency Pillow


    Lavender Ice Regency Pillow

    Sea Green Monogram

    Sea Green Monogram pillow


    Amethyst Regency Pilllow


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    Marmalade Interiors

    Beige Lucky Bedding


    Beige Lucky Standard sham




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  • February 12, 2014

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    Now that’s not a very chic blog post title for a design blog.

    But honestly isn’t that pretty much the reality for today’s lifestyle? Whether we have kids, pets, guests or not, a designed space needs to withstand life. When I started out designing I used to be that horrible kind of designer who would put pale silk chairs that you really could not sit in, in the living room. Fast forward a few years and I’m WAY more sensible….(if any of my first clients read this I know you are laughing)

    One of the reasons I wanted to design my own products was to create items that were chic and high on style, yet you can “get down and dirty with them” in lack of a more eloquent description.
    The cotton rugs we make are reversible and completely easy to clean. And that’s a fact!!!  This past Christmas I had put down our cream Monogram  carpet in our TV room in Sweden. My mom had just served Glogg (hot red wine drink with sugar). Before I even take a sip from my filled cup, my nephew chases something and runs right in to me. The  Glogg goes flying ALL OVER THE CREAM CARPET!!!

    Everyone was horrified!  But we simply did what the instructions say (minus the Woolite). We dabbed/rubbed it with some moist towels. And to my complete DELIGHT (and honestly surprise) not a single spot was left!! And it was red wine on a white carpet.

    Mission accomplished. This is a carpet that works for the modern household!

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    Therefore I feel the need to share this. No more worrying about kids spilling or pets bringing in messes. And on top of it, you can REVERSE the carpet and use the other side.  I really need to make some videos about this.

    I use a ton of them for private design clients. Can’t wait to add more designs and colorways.

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    This Mark Road Trip ($ 525) design was the first one. The colorway above is called Road Trip because it resembles the colors on the road.


    And who can resist a road trip?


    Yellow lines on asphalt. And nothing can withstand more than that…

    Mark carpets

    It’s a 100% cotton weave. It’s sturdy yet really soft so kids can comfortably play on the floor.

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    The MARK-Poseidon $ 525

    This colorway is a dark charcoal with a beautiful dark ocean aqua so we adequately named is Poseidon..


    Like a dark beautiful ocean that conquers all. Yes… have to give everything fun names.

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    Stay tuned…in the next few weeks we are giving away a MARK carpet.

    In the meantime don’t miss out on the www.houseofturquoise.com bedding giveaway going on until Friday.



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  • January 7, 2014


    This blog post is about curtains.  If your eyes glaze over about the un sexy topic of curtains I apologize.

    But I really feel the need to share this.

    Curtains are the one thing I continuously see ruin so many people’s interiors.  I often see lots of money spent on a nice big couch, while the windows are often overlooked. They are left either uncovered, or with a flimsy curtain that’s often the wrong size for the window and either blocks the view and light, or lets too much light in. The lack of thought regarding the windows always, always, always cheapen the look of the rest of the design.  Period.

    Therefore I always encourage my clients to have custom curtains made.  The luxurious look you get is generally always worth the cost.  However the hefty price tag for well made custom curtains with pinch pleats can easily run up the budget very quickly if you want them for all your rooms.   Therefore  I wanted to come up with a solution. That is the main reason I started designing and developing the best kept designer secret I know – our simple pinch pleat top Regency curtains. I use them for so many of my clients and they are always thrilled with the quality of the look yet for half the price of custom made drapes!

    The only problem is I don’t have a store so people can see them in person. The photographs we have on the site simply don’t do them justice!

    The pinch pleat top gives it a designer look and the lined backing allows just the right amount of light to come through.

    When you use them in bedrooms you can order them with black out liner.

    Here they are in my old office.

    They are the most versatile curtains because they look chic and elegant in almost any interior.

    We now also added them in Natural linen blend color with black border.

    Great look for a bedroom, a family room, library, boy’s and girl’s bedrooms.

    Seriously anywhere.

    They also come in a Beige linen blend with black border.

    The curtains take approximately 4-6 weeks from date of order to delivery right now from our site. You can also order them with double width for wider windows.  All the images in this post are of the single width.

    I always recommend hanging the curtains as high up as possible leaving just a little room from the ceiling, and wide to allow light to shine in.

    The Regency curtain also comes with an Espresso silk border.

    This is a snap shot from a client’s teen girl room above.

    If you any questions about them or want to know what kind to order for your room. Just e-mail me a picture of your room to jill@jillsorensen.com and I can give you suggestions.

    This month we are adding more cool chic curtain designs as well.

    Because nothing “cozies” up a home like a good curtain!

    P.S. To my dear blog readers…use this code at check out and you will receive 15% off on your drapery order.

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