• January 21, 2015

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    Hmm….can we move in in 6 weeks?

    The house is basically just a shell still. if you have renovated I’m sure you’ve found yourself at this point.

    The “behind the scenes” updates have eaten up a bunch of time.  But we are still aiming to push for a March 1 move in date. Even if we have to sleep on the cement floor…


    Not really.

    Weirdly I’m not stressed, I just need double hours to every 24 hour period.  As far as updates you can see — a new living room has been shaped.

    The doors moved four feet to the left.


    In the back of the room the wall went up to create the new den/bedroom. This was last week.


    Now it’s closed up.


    A window has been added overlooking the pool area in the new little den.

    Perhaps not the most exciting updates, but it’s about to move a lost faster once the electrical is all done.

    On to the kitchen/TV room…


    Yep, not much has changed.

    The framing is coming up forming the new TV room.

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    Seen from the kitchen.

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    This is the view in to the kitchen from the new TV room

    I have fallen in love with the open vibe so much that half way through framing for double doors from the TV room to kitchen, I decided to use barn doors instead like this…


    Although instead of two, one that slides across.


    Image via House Beautiful

    Like this…


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    I just got back from Vegas Trade show stressed to the max having to work nights to get things sorted out and get up to speed on ordering faucets etc.

    I was incredibly grateful when my dear friend Barbie showed me a hike 2 minutes from our new place that makes your heart sing.

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    Up in these beautiful mountains, you can see all the way to the ocean, to downtown LA, and all the way to the snow capped Sierra mountains.

    This will be my new dog hike.

    Can’t wait.






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  • January 11, 2015

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    If I open another design magazine filled with the white minimalist trendy look I might scream.

    Don’t get me wrong I love a good white room, but at some point it all starts to look the same and my heart dies a little.  We ‘re not all the same, so why should we live the same? Doesn’t make sense!

    When Luke and Dan initially requested a calmer house this time around, please no “purple mirror” etc.,  I’ve honestly tried to be “cool” and hop on the white trend.  Feeling…uninspired and not in the mood to decorate.  Are you with me? Does anyone else feel like this?

    Having requested only gray and white for his room,  Luke suddenly had a change of heart when I showed him the green library pic in here. He  excitedly said “I have an idea let’s do the whole house crazy! With lots of weird crazy stuff all over”.

    Music to my ears.

    So that white trendy space… it will have to be for our next house I guess.  I just love some of the jewel tones in these pics!


    Interior design Miles Redd.

    Color genius.

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    Magenta purple. Yeah.


    Gilded sunken fireplace. Why not, at least no one else will have it.

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    Oh how I love you room. Do you know the source? Please leave in comment section!

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    Interior design by Ruthie Summers.

    Black and white Dorothy Draper inspiration, you are welcome to our house.

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    Black door ways and stairs, old school cool.


    I’ll have a peacock in my room!


    Yoga or cozy cocktail corner? Whatever your heart desires.

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    Room crush.


    Old / new Hollywood.


    Image via Home polish.

    I’m going to be decidedly uncool and max out the space with color and all things fun and personality.

    Life is too short not to.





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  • January 7, 2015

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    Deadlines are coming up.

    This week I have to order tile for all the bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room.

    Luke’s shower will get a simple white subway tile, the master shower might get marble tiles from Home Depot, but for all the tile floors, laundry room and the guest bath I’m going for some fun tiles.  Strangely all the tile I’ve been falling for comes from three companies Marrakesh Design, Mexican Cement tile and Popham design. They all make interesting unusual patterns and not the stuff you feel like you see everywhere.

    Their tile also suits the style I’m looking for. Our house is kind of a mix of a California ranch house that is Spanish and 60′s mid century retro all at once.

    If you have any great tile company suggestions for this, please leave them in the comment section!

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    Pretty much all the framing is up everywhere. Here is a new window in the master bathroom where the tub will go. I’m planning on planting something tropical outside the window and create stair up the hill to a herb garden.  Right now it looks out on the only palm tree on the property a tiny baby palm!

    My favorite company is Marrakesh Design, sounds Moroccan but they are actually a Swedish company. Their tile has that mid century retro Scandinavian sensibility with a twist. I’m hooked.

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    Their Goose -Eye tile will make it’s way to Luke’s bathroom floor.

    However seeing the pretty colors it comes in I’m tempted to add it in a different way in another color for the guest bath.

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    Then I’m also pretty obsessed with the Dandelion tile they have.

    It just has to go somewhere in this colorway!


    Then again look at all these addictive colorways…

    Do you have a favorite?

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    It’s just so chic!

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    The laundry room is the pass through to the guest formerly maid’s room. It has linoleum squares.

    I’m thinking about painting them, which I’ve seen done successfully.  Have you ever tried that?

    But then again, this tile would really help it feel cool and elegant.


    That Swedish company just gets it!

    From another one of my favorites Mexican Cement Tile…


    The Tulum tile, how nice is this?

    So beautiful, perhaps this is the laundry room…hmmmm decisions decisions…

    I love Black & White tile perhaps more than anything.

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    This look will go in Luke’s bath clean, chic and simple.

    I like the dark grout look with the white. I love black bands of tile in it.


    From Popham Design, there is much to love, but I’m feeling this look below.


    The Ikat zig zag.

    It comes in a bunch of colors.

    Love the turquoise, gray…


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    And this version makes me happy.

    The color of the sky outside.

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    Any faves above?

    And seriously am I crazy or does LA look like South of France or Italy?

    Hope you’re having a great week and have recovered from the holiday.


    P.S. Follow me on INSTAGRAM@JILLSORENSEN.COM share stuff daily there.




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  • December 31, 2014

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    Happy 2015!

    I was a bit apprehensive leaving the disaster scene at our new place in LA to go to Sweden for Christmas.  Renovating from 5000 miles away, requires some planning. However with the internet age anything is possible!  Javier wisely suggested we do all the boring stuff….new sewer line, new electrical wiring, new hvac system, in short all stuff that you don’t see that requires no design decisions. Also stuff that would be a bore to cover on the blog.

    But some progress took place….

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    This is Javier my builder with my real estate broker Henry the day I left.

    We meant to spend a little time just picking spots for electrical outlet and switches, but of course we ended up discussing the trillion decisions that need to be made.

    Here was the kitchen and dining area before…

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    Two small rooms one for eating and one for cooking. The kitchen had an 18″ sunken ceiling that made it feel even smaller.

    Here is the new opened up area.

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    You might see a mess but I’m thrilled with the open feel!

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    Here it is in the other direction.

    Wide open!! So exciting.

    I’m thinking of switching out the windows facing the terrace out to to an accordion window.

    Have you seen on in real life? I haven’t, I hope they functionally make sense.

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    We live in California so creating an indoor/outdoor living experience is a must.

    And I would love a bar by the pool…

    Here is the same idea below.


    Interior design by Novogratz

    I can’t wait to have a big open kitchen like this…


    I love the open space, being able to see in to other rooms.

    We won’t be able to create the huge open space like this image below, but my aim is to go there as much as we can.


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    The one visual change while gone was the living room. After opening up the hallway walls there was space enough to create a den a separate den at the end of the room.  The sliding doors have to be moved to the left to be centered in the new living room area.

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    You will also then be able to see straight out to the middle of the pool when entering.

    I’ve said it a million times, but I love nothing more, than entering a home and see a view out the windows.

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    Might look messy now, but it will look great done.

    Javier sent me these pictures.

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    The door is being moved.


    The first part of renovating is always ugly, the pretty part comes later.

    Tomorrow we are back in LA, and the hunt for tile, faucets and flooring is on.

    Oh, and I bought the nicest appliances!! Never thought I would get excited about appliances, but I can’t wait to share.

    Happy 2015!!




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