• October 8, 2013


    Before we take off to DC early tomorrow morning to do the final move out of our house, I wanted to share some news. I’m in the midst of rebranding my company (hint below) hence some of the silence on the blog and site front. But lots of exciting stuff coming soon…

    I also wanted to let you know if you are local to the DC area, I’ll be doing an estate sale October 11-12 in Mc Lean, where lots of what you see in the rooms below (and more) will be for sale. A lot of items have  sold already, but if you are interested I will post the link with info here on Friday morning. So check back in.


    I’m sad to say our final goodbyes to our home, but happy to move on.

    And who doesn’t love to redecorate anyway?

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    Some of the items below are part of the estate sale this weekend.

    Photograph by Tanya Malott

    I miss my turquoise living room!

    Image: Geoffrey Hodgdon

    Have a great week!

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  • September 24, 2013


    Moving and decorating a new place can be a very stressful and expensive process.

    Since the real estate market was “on fire” in LA it became impossible for us to find a house to buy, so instead we had to look for a temporary rental.  Thanks to my broker Henry Dodge and my friend Julie in LA we found an cute bungalow just a few days before the moving trucks arrived.  That gave me only a couple of hours to plan a design for a place I had never seen in person.  And this had to be done without buying anything new AND leaving our house in Virginia perfectly staged to sell.

    I want to share the SIMPLE & QUICK steps I followed to decorate with nothing new!

    STEP # 1


    As soon as you have secured the new place, bring paper and pen and a camera to the space. Take one picture from each corner of the room. And one picture from each side of the room.  This gives you an excellent overview when you come home and start to work on a design.  At this point also take notes as to what the landlord needs to do. Here is a picture Julie sent me of the living room.

    STEP 2


    Measure everything, and I mean everything! The width and length of each room, ceiling height, window height and widths, fireplace, fireplace surround, depth of fire mantle, really everything.  (Since I was not here, Julie and Henry had to do what my E-Decor clients have to do.)

    Take excellent records. Type them in your computer!

    STEP # 3

    If no one can provide you with existing floor plans, no worries!   You can create professional looking plans in a snap.   Forget hours learning  Autocad.  Henry (my excellent broker!) found a fantastic app for your Ipad that worked like a charm. PADCAD.

    A floor plan allows you to get an overview of the space and help you see what the  basic pieces you need for each room.

    STEP # 4


    This is the hardest, but most fun part.

    Go shopping in your own home. Figure out what furniture you absolutely want to bring with you to your new home, and what pieces you need to make each room functional. In our living room I needed the room to be both living room and TV room.  So I knew I needed : a couch with pillows, a couple of chairs, a carpet, a coffee table, a mirror, two lamps, curtains, a plant or two, a cabinet for the TV with storage, a console table, extra chairs for TV viewing and some art for the walls.

    Keep in mind that scale is everything!  Measure all your pieces to make sure they fit the space.

    The list does not have to be perfect at first. Just a good idea what could be used for the room.

    STEP # 5


    Draw each room to scale simply on lined paper. Then draw in your furniture pieces to scale with colored pens. You can do a few different ones. Do this for each room. This way you can see color scheme and scale at the same time. I do prefer drawing to any other method.

    STEP 5


    We arrived to a nicely fixed up place…two weeks later.

    And here it is installed via Instagram (JILLHSORENSEN@INSTAGRAM)

    The couch, cowhide and zebra pillows I brought from our living room.

    The chairs from our guest bedroom

    The coffee table from our library.

    The curtains from our master bedroom.

    The couch was the first thing that had to come. You can read why here.

    The pillows are mix up from a few rooms. (Added our sample of the upcoming Monogram pillow collection.)

    The coffee table came from the library.

    The mirror came from the master bedroom.

    The TV cabinet was the old office cabinet.

    The brown bedroom chairs came from our master bedroom.

    The green bench from our livingroom.

    The plant stand from our dining room.

    The lamps from our library.

    And yes I did buy one thing….the curtains rods. This ceiling needed lighter rods so I used this one.

    I hope this can help you with your next move!

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  • August 28, 2013


    Our little bungalow is taking shape.  Since this is a temporary rental we are making it work with only existing items from our home in Virginia. (More on that next week –how you redesign with items meant for a completely different space)

    Until then… sharing some instagram  pictures (JILLHSORENSEN@INSTAGRAM.COM) of the furry part of the family that now have arrived and made themselves at home.

    In my opinion, no matter what you do, nothing makes you feel more at home than your pets!

    Despite being a cat Bellybutton (Luke named him when he was three!) took the move across the country like a champ!

    Our living room is taking shape…

    Lucky is getting used to being a somewhat “city” dog.

    It’s a tempting jungle out there…

    Pieces from different rooms in our Virginia home now functions as master bedroom furniture. And we finally got the curtains up!

    Bubba is taking in his new surroundings.

    Yes this is a whole new vibe all together…

    …with lots of new adventures.

    Hope you are having a great week!

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  • July 25, 2013


    The latest thing I’ve been obsessing over are pale pastel hues. So for my new carpet design The Monogram they were all designed using a cream background with various pastel mixes in the pattern. A fresh versatile look that I thought would work just as well in beach  and country interiors as in inner city modern spaces.

    The colors were inspired by the summers in Sweden so what better place to shoot them?  I loved how the carpets looked in every single room in our house over there, it was really hard to limit myself to only using then in two rooms!!

    Here are some pretty pictures Karlstad photographer Helena Christerdotter took as well as some snapshots from the shoot.

    Image Helena Christersdotter

    The Monogram – Lavender in my foyer.

    Setting up a shoot at the dock down by the lake.

    Here are two of the stronger hued carpets.  Iris & Gold and Sapphire & Apple

    Image Helena Christersdotter.

    Loved the Lavender carpet in my room with a view of the lake. Here shown with my soon to be available Monogram pillows. Charis and fur are from Ikea.

    The amazing summer colors in Sweden definitely served as inspiration.

    The Monogram Sapphire & Apple.

    Micke, me and Elin carrying items back up to the house!

    Foyer with Lavender Monogram and fresh picked wildflowers.

    Our house.

    Micke moving doors – anything goes to get a good picture.

    Laundry hanging outside!

    The carpet and turquoise dresser carried out on the dock.

    The Monogram- Soft Sky

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