• Inside my Life
  • July 17, 2014



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    I hope you had a good week.

    We are enjoying every minute over here and are not ready to leave.

    Here are some pictures from our week.

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    Amusing art from lots of vintage shopping.

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    Monogram carpet-Lavender.

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    The old stone bridge in the town I grew up in close by Karlstad. The main who built this beautiful old bridge committed suicide before it was used in fear it wouldn’t last. If he had only known it’s still being used 200 years later.

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    Only took a year to meet with the electrician to switch the American lamp cords…

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    The daily pick up soccer games with the kids who  live in the village.

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    The boys of Torp village. Forget phones, texting, here you knock on the door and get playmates.

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    My neighbor’s horse.

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    My Yellow Deco bedding launching next week with a Swedish vintage pillow that says “Happiness is to love you”.

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    The TV room is now pink.

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    Downtown Karlstad – enjoying a walk in the town I grew up in.

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    And the endlessly light summer nights.

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  • June 25, 2014



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    This week could not have come soon enough.   It’s my favorite time of the year when we get to head back home to Sweden for the summer.  I work from there for a big part of it, and get to spend quality time with my family on our farm in the middle of nowhere. And Luke gets a chance to experience being “Swedish”.

    On our way there we stopped over for a whirlwind visit to our former home town, DC. It’s been ten months since we moved to LA, boy does time fly! The intense and fun welcome and catching up with some of our beloved DC friends made me realize we’ve been gone far longer than I thought.

    And seeing the size of Luke’s friends….well then you know time has passed.

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    Luke with his old buddy Diego. Hard to believe these tall dudes have only just turned 13!!

    Is it only me or are kids HUGE these days?

    While the visit was a lot of fun, it was also very difficult. This was the first visit back since we moved to LA, and DC is a reminder of Luke’s dad who passed away two years ago from brain cancer.

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    The two dogs (Butterball and Midnight) Luke had at his dad’s house are still living with the caretaker there. We made the difficult decision that they would stay with her, since she took care of them every day when his dad was sick. And we already have two rescue dogs and a cat. They have a great life staying there in the country side with her (who loves them dearly), where they can run around on several acres of land.  And Luke can visit them whenever he wants to.

    But it was bittersweet.

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    I got to spend time with my good buddies ( also design clients).  We hiked and toured some land one of them recently purchased and will build a new home on.

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    We stayed at my dear friend Patty’s house. Her home was the very first house outside of my own I ever designed. A classic English/American look. This is her dining room.  I design mostly modern homes these days, but classic interiors are timeless.  We’ll do chair upholstery updates, but this room is still hanging in there many years later!

    After DC we flew in to NY to of course stay with Dan.

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    New York from Dan’s apartment on the 22nd floor.

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    Seriously is there really a place cooler than Manhattan?

    I’m not so sure.

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    Central Park is a magical oasis right among the high rises.

    But the best for last.

    I live for this view below.

    I love waking up after an overnight flight and look out the plane window as we land in Stockholm. And now Luke shares that same joy with me. Down below is a little green fairly tale country filled with lakes and rivers….

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    After we land, I have the best latte at the airport Seven 11. Yes people Seven 11. You would be shocked to know how fancy that chain is over here, so is Mc Donalds!

    After the 8 hour plane ride from NYC,  we take a 5 hour bus ride.

    But it’s so worth it when we arrive here…

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    Sooo peaceful, and the best place ever to SLEEP!

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    The rain has not stopped for three days.

    But we absolutely love the 55 degree weather, rain, and family dinners by a crackling fire.

    Think we’ll stay a while.

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    (P.S. To our DC friends we didn’t get to see. We missed seeing you and we’ll be back very soon!)

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  • June 10, 2014



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    Do you love or hate Instagram?

    When life gets super busy, parenting, working, meetings, doctors appointments, sports games, graduations, staying fit, whatever it is that makes life so stressful when you’re a “grown up” — it’s so easy to just sprint through your days, and not take in what’s around you.

    You just go, go go.

    SO THANK GOD FOR INSTAGRAM!

    While many have a love hate relation ship with Instagram, it has made me take in my surroundings in a way I didn’t before (of course the move to California helped…) I’m one of those annoying people, who will be driving down the street and suddenly see a fantastic tree, and pull over to take a picture because -IT’S JUST THAT INSTAGRAM MOMENT !!  It drives Luke nuts, and I’m now forbidden to share his picture without permission. And although I REALLY HATE  wasting time picking out just the perfect instagram filter for my picture I really appreciate that it has made me see beauty in everyday things.

    I really SEE the beauty around me.  ( Too old for the selfie thing..)

    Whether I’m…

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    …biking to the park to work out, and see this charming house entrance.  I have to stop and take a pic. That bougainvillaea covered front door is insane!

    Or….

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    ….if I walk the dogs and see this stunning Jacaranda tree with the most amazing purple that stops me in my tracks.

    I just need to share it!

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    Or I if I see this adorable Spanish bungalow with Kobalt blue windows in Santa Monica.

    It needs to be on Instagram!

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    Sweating at the top of the famed Santa Monica stairs, where you go up and down 200 or some steps to try to stay fit with the LA crowd,  you are greeted by rows of Aloe vera plants and bougainvillaea.  So pretty!

    So my workout time gets minimized because it’s just an Instagram moment…and damn what filter makes the flowers look the best?

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    My annoying hunt for a home is documented. Because if the house is in an undesirable area, over our budget or just plain unpractical. there is always a magical moment from a back yard with a very Hollywood view!

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    With the fantasy element  of living on a cliff which is something I don’t want to do in an earth quake prone state.

    But I need a picture!

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    Going to meetings in Beverly Hills who can resist photographing these old charming apartment buildings? Seriously all that is missing is Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart sitting on that balcony.

    That red door, really I need to Instagram it.

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    Driving down a palm tree lined street in I have to pull over because these palm trees are just SO COOL.

    I love palm tress, I’m a palm tree addict. Admit it.

    If I was more selfish I would post Palm tree pictures every day, but I spare my friends there.

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    Passing a church in Brentwood and loving how it looks.

    Yep Instagram maybe everything is just prettier on Instagram?

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    Or capturing that magic moment when we found the house of my dreams over looking the Pacific with a swing hanging from a magical old Coral Tree.

    Sadly we could not buy it… I was heart broken, but you know what….I could Instagram it!

    So of course you can find me there JILLSORENSEN@INSTAGRAM

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    P.S.  (Apologies for tons of previous comments being deleted by faulty plug in!!! It should be fixed now as I always love to hear from you.)

     

     

     

     

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  • April 20, 2014



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    Hope you had a great Easter!

    Luke and I celebrated Easter  with some Swedish friends high up in the mountains in Malibu overlooking the Pacific. Just a 15 minutes drive from where we live now, we were remote up in the Santa Monica Mountains with the most incredible ocean views you can imagine.

    We’re looking for a house to buy and trying to figure out the best lifestyle….neighborhood in the city or further out by the ocean? Ahhh….decisions, decisions…

    The hike they took us on was out of this world.

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    It started right above the house and as far as you could see there was the big blue.

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    Kids and dogs came along, some smaller dogs like “Bubba” had a particularly comfortable hike up as we took turns carrying him if the sun felt too hot. He falls right to sleep the second someone picks him up.

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    And hour and a half later we made it to the top.  You can see past LA and Santa Monica in the background. (In case you are ever in the area this hike is called Tuna Canyon. Really worth a visit!)

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    You can see mountain ridges far up north when you look in the other direction.

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    The kids playing in the horizon.

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    So majestic.

    City versus mountain living with ocean view. What would you pick?

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    Here’s the home they stayed at, Swedish vibe in Malibu.

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    Could you wake up to this every day?

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    We ended the three hour hike with wine in the sunset right here.

    Not bad at all….

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