Beige Regency Pillow
Beige Lucky Standard sham
February 17, 2014
February 13, 2014
I know all of you on the east coast is beng pummeled by snow and rain, and all you European readers have cold, dark days right now.
So I thought you might enjoy some of the amazing sunsets we enjoy here in Cali every night. We live 20 blocks from the beach in Santa Monica. And if there is ever a day I’ve been sitting in the office too long, or feeling a lack of gratitude, I jump on my bike and go down to the beach. If you follow me on INSTAGRAM@JILLSORENSEN you know I can’t stop posting them!
There is never a time it doesn’t leave me in awe of how amazingly beautiful the world is. And seeing the majestic view makes me feel grateful over the simple things. And there is no doubt — nature truly is the best designer.
The colors…purple, coral, citron, pink…will all end up in some designs.
It’s impossible not to be inspired by it.
A moody sky by the Pacific Coast Highway.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!
February 12, 2014
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!
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.
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…
It’s a 100% cotton weave. It’s sturdy yet really soft so kids can comfortably play on the floor.
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.
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.
February 9, 2014
Hello MONDAY – the perfect day to get your home organized AND the perfect day to win something. (giveaway details below)
Do you feel like your home needs more space?
A common complaint I hear from my design clients is that there just isn’t enough space. Reality is almost 100% of the time is that there is plenty of space, but the home is not being used the right way. There can be an over sized sectional shrinking a living room, or a giant four poster bed crowding a bedroom, or simply overlooked areas with no furniture at all.
So one of my favorite things to figure out is how to maximize space in a home, so the function in the home works for the people living in it. One client’s living room was crowded by a computer desk that didn’t belong in there, but they felt there was just nowhere else to put it. However upstairs there was an unused hallway that connected all the bedrooms….
Enter a new desk, chair, light fixture, custom curtains with curtain rod hung high. A series of framed black and white photography and a paint job on the stair railing and suddenly you have mini office.
Sometimes small changes can have a big impact on how the home is functioning.
Now the point is not some huge makeover reveal with walls and floors done and the whole drill…
… the point I’m making is —USE YOUR SPACE!
Generally — space exists in even the smallest apartment. Just use it wisely, you will be surprised what you can do.
To my delight this little hallway is now one of the most used areas in the house. And it gave the living room a chance to be just that, a living room.
So if you are cramped in your space, look around your home and rethink the use of all nooks and crannies.
Now on to something very Turquoise…
Lovely Erin at the amazing blog HOUSE OF TURQUOISE is hosting a Jill Sorensen TURQUOISE bedding giveaway today. You don’t wan to miss the chance to win so hop over and leave a comment. (I post very early in the am, so if it’s not up yet check back in with her later.)
I hope you leave the winning comment. Good luck!