February 15, 2017

House updates – kitchen & eat in dining area

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Our LA house is slowly taking shape. I haven’t had the house professionally photographed yet but a number of you have e-mailed and asked  that I share pictures, so here are just a few snapshots of  our dining area in the kitchen.

The house has received a lot of updates since I last posted about it….most involving reusing or re-purposing exiting items. The Jill Sorensen Lifestyle Tropical bamboo wall coverings in Canary on the kitchen and dinning area walls has definitely been a good choice.

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I wish I had more wall space in this open floor plan for some more yellow happiness.

Even though the design plan for this house was casual and cool mid century my old Swedish mirror found a home in the breakfast room.

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The gold recovered Milo Baughman bar stools glam up the otherwise very casual and relaxed space.

Here you can see the kitchen from the other direction…you can see through the house from the front yard all the way through to the terrace.

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Loads of mid century gold fixtures and quartzite stone tops. When we bought the house the kitchen wall was right behind where you see the bar stools and the kitchen ceiling was lowered 18″.

Now all is open.

Last week I my custom Clad Home bench with Mary Mc Donald fabric with black trim arrived.

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The perfect perch to check out visitors in the front yard.

If you followed my blog during the renovations you know that I went back and forth about whether to make the TV room fireplace double sided for not.  With the cool LA mornings and evenings it’s the best decision by far  to be able to eat on the dining bench next to a warm fire.

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I added a reclaimed modern wood bench as dining bench with a sheepskin hide to maximize dining guests. This pictures it looking through to the front driveway where there was a wall and a corridor before.

The carpet is from my line ARROW carpet in Natural.

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I had a dresser from Virginia that has been serving as extra storage in the dining area.

However the color just was not exciting…

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Yesterday we painted it Habanero Pepper by Benjamin Moore.

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It’s actually more red than the picture.

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Trying to add a little fifties red/coral to spice up the corner and to match the red flowers right outside the glass window.

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I’ll share some exterior updates next week.

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January 30, 2017

Mid century terrace inspiration

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Our LA house wont be complete  until the terrace and garden is outfitted with mid century creature comforts, pots and greenery.

Here are some ideas I’m looking at…

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Hanging chairs….

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Mid century dining area.

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Cozy bohemian little seating areas with pillow ottomans.

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Out door swings.

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Cactuses and succulents.

Lots of them.

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Some retro seating.

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Most importantly lots of layered potted plants.

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December 25, 2016

Kitchen renovations just in time for Christmas.

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Happy Holidays!

As this crazy busy year is coming to an end I’m finally sitting down to write a blog post.  I hope 2016 has treated you well and that you have tons of great things in store for 2017.  We arrived in dark Sweden a week ago to celebrate Christmas with our family and to rest up.

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Or so I thought..

…there was a twist.

When we arrived we still didn’t have a kitchen. When we left the in august kitchen that was ruined along with many rooms in the house looked like this.

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We had plans to reuse the bottom cabinets this inter but they could not be installed as they had rotted a bit with the water damage.

These are the times when you really appreciate IKEA.

I spent so many hours at my local IKEA I even know what shelves things are on.  I’m finally surrendering to an Ikea kitchen and all kinds of simple clean and affordable Ikea items.

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Hans the contractor worked round the clock to install a kitchen so we could have the extended family move in. I found base cabinets to match the existing top cabinets.

All hardware is now black.

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I’m in love with my Tarkett plastic flooring in grey and white.

All the windows will get original old casing styles. Walls will be bold yellow, counter top will be in thick bright birch. Very Swedish.

Can’t wait to see it all done.

This will be the style for the new simple kitchen.

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We also have a mudroom now hat is almost done. More clean stuff.

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Simple bead board with black hooks from who else…IKEA.

The laundry room is big and clean and white (that is until I wallpaper it next summer…)

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Love this black lamp from Ikea with retro cord.

The bathroom is now almost twice as big, but the neutral stuff ends here.

I still needed to have some color.

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Next up mirrors, sconces and shower curtain.  The orange faucets and toilets are fun.

This space will be finished from LA.

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Until then, thanks for stopping by.

Hope you enjoy the holidays!

You can reach me dally on INSTAGRAM@JILLSORENSEN.COM.

or my brand at INSTAGRAM@JILLSORENSENLIFESTYLE.COM

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September 18, 2016

My house tour in Malibu Westlake magazine

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Unless you live in Los Angeles you’ll miss my mini home tour in Malibu Westlake magazine which is out on the newsstands now. Its always fun to see how your home looks in magazines so thought I would share a few peeks here on the blog.   You can read the full interview with pictures and story here www.wmlifestyle.com.

I’ve included a few behind the scenes pictures as well.

I’m definitely happy I painted that front door blue…

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This is the current terrace awaiting a new coffee tables and carpet.

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Bedroom with my new (and favorite)  TAKES TWO bedding and ARCHES wallpaper for Jill Sorensen Lifestyle.

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And here it Behind-the-scenes with photographer Joe Hill shooting.

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The carpet is my GREEK KEY SHAG from Jill Sorensen Lifestyle.

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My new little master bedroom terrace made it in.

Behind the scenes pic….

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Waiting for those banana leafs to grow in.

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In the living room with Katherine Rally drapery fabric.

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Big thank You to Diana at Malibu Westlake magazine for coming to visit.

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August 16, 2016

Renovation plans created in one afternoon

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We left our summer house in Sweden in slightly better shape than we found it in…

In case you missed the disaster I’ve dealt with you can check it out here.

You can see what the house looked like when we came home in June and I burst in to tears here.

The renovations are in full swing and I’ll handle it from the other side of the earth via images, e-mails and Face time. I’m really looking forward to restoring our beautiful house to even better shape than before the water damage.

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The new wood beams went in the last couple of days we were there and it was amazing how fancy it felt to get rid of the dirt floor!

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All the crazy items shoes, pots etc. from the 1800’s that we found below the original beams were collected and stored in the attic.

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I can’t help bu wonder if this old leather boot from the 1800’s that we found below the bathroom floor belonged to any of these people?

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The first owners of our home sometime in the late 1800’s.

When the plywood floor was installed we really felt we were living in luxury after a summer with the dirt floors.

Imagine that….to have a floor! We were seriously all smiles.

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Hans a contractor and friend of my brother’s since grade school has taken on the job. He did the first round of renovations when we first bought the house 13 years ago so he knows it well.

Now, how do you come up with renovation plans in one afternoon?

I visited two home stores with tile, faucet, flooring selections, a paint store and grabbed paint chips, then I grabbed a pen and paper and paid down on the foyer floor.  When you have no free time and under time pressure things can happen fast. Aaahh the luxury of doing it for yourself…old school style.

First off the Bathroom.

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The marigold seventies toilets that I bought from my brother’s recycling center set the tone.

The happy & fun toilets and sinks served as inspiration for the bathroom. I felt depressed when I forst arrived and saw all tha damage so the toilets put a smile on my face, why not orange toilets?

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Orange sinks?

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I drew layouts directly on the floors and walls. Moved walls for better space function and left instructions handwritten.

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At the local store I found the only cement tile they had and went for it.

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I found faucets that would bridge the gape between classic and modern and fit the sinks.

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Black and white subway tile for the shower cabin. White with two black stripes.

Next step will be to hunt down two old mirrors and wall sconces for the wall, and of course a shower curtain.

Now on to the kitchen…

Having the beams installed in the kitchen was the most luxurious of all. We could now walk in there and get to items in the top cupboards. The lower cabinets were salvaged and stored in the barn and will be put back in as well.

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How incredible to have a floor!

Try living without a floor for a while and you’ll come to appreciate the simple things in life!

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The kitchen needs:

–New flooring

— New Paint

–New tile  back splash

—New Light fixture

I picked them out in a flash at Stuvbutiken, Colorama and IKEA.

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I decided on plastic flooring for easy to clean surfaces. They have really great vinyl flooring options here and the actual plastic tile squares are not easy to clean.

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I have never installed a vinyl floor before, but this one looks refreshing.

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Tarkett from Stuvbutiken.

I would prefer to paint a wood floor like this below, but we have no floor at all so this is an easy and affordable solution.

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I’ll share pictures when its done and you can be the judge.

Have you ever used it?

The 80’s lamp above the kitchen table that I’ve been too lazy to change for so many years, will be replaced by this modern one from Ikea.

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I hope that mixing in some retro vibe with all the old school stuff will be good.

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I’ll be renovating from afar, with picture updates every Friday from the contractor.  The big project in Virginia is going ahead full speed and the guest house renovation back here in LA is beckoning.

For daily updates and design adventures you can follow me on INSTAGRAM@JILLSORENSEN.COM

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