November 29, 2017

Creating a luxury look for less in the Guest house Bath

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Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!

We are finally down to tile, trim, faucet selections for our Guest house renovations.  To make sure the project is a good real estate investment we can’t go over the planned budget, so the challenge has been how to create Luke’s desired Great Gatsby/Art Deco luxury vibe using basic building materials. Here are some of the things I did to make it look more expensive and create character without going over budget.

To start off here is the DESIGN PLAN:


Creating a luxurious color scheme doesn’t cost anything so I always start with that as the right colors are key.  We painted the walls a bold bright gold,  Hollywood Gold by Benjamin Moore, to add some 1920’s vibe.  Instead of going with basic white for the trim, casing and moldings we painted them black (Onyx by Benjamin Moore) and bought black windows. I like the contrasts and it gives it a richer look.

The rest of the bathroom is all neutrals white/grey/beige/black with gold metal accents.


To add a luxurious feel and 1920’s I used a lot of  gold accents. The ceiling light fixture and the sconces are all inexpensive basics but all in the matte gold.

The faucets are modern and masculine in a champagne finish by Delta.

Here is the MOOD BOARD for that:


I used plain matte white subway tile from Home Depot but installed it in a pretty pattern with a row of black on top and bottom. The intricate pattern makes it look expensive.

The shower floor has a basic black pebble which gives it a more masculine twist.


I fell in love with this look below for the bathroom floor but it all the small tiles and some marble would put us over budget so  I looked for these three colors in something with a similar pattern.

I found these matte chevron tiles from Home Depot and figured if I laid them in double rows we can accomplish a similar look.

We tried it the way tjat seem to be the best way from inside the room…

…but laying it the other way it gave it a better visual. The bathroom and closet is one of the first thing you see when you enter the upstairs.

Javier’s team was here and had some trouble installing it, but it was worth it in the end.

This was a Thanksgiving puzzle!

I like the neutrals with all the gold.

Today the custom cabinet came in.

I kept the design simple and modern and will let the hardware add the extra touch.


You enter the bathroom via a walk in closet. The closet walls are dark green and will have grey built ins to match the grey tile in the bathroom.

We widened the opening from the living room in to the closet so I could reuse the pretty old wine cellar doors I kept from when we removed the wine cellar when we renovated the main house. It cost a little more to fit it but when this get painted and some black trim it adds invaluable character and I love adding something that is original to the house.

Check back in a few days I’ll share some more renovation and design updates.

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November 15, 2017

The REVEAL!! One Room Challenge # week 7

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The library is done. Down to the wire like always!

Swedish photographer Anna Maria (Instagram @annamariafotograf) came here at the last minute to shoot so we could include the artwork from our charity which just arrived the night before and was the perfect missing piece for the room.

If you are new to this blog… WELCOME!

I’m Jill Sorensen (Instagram @jillsorensen) a Swedish interior designer living in LA. I have a lifestyle label JILL SORENSEN LIFESTYLE offering modern bedding and home decor (Instagram@jillsorensenlifestyle).

The room I tackled was the additional room created in the living room when we renovated a few years back. While we’ve been waiting for some building permits it turned in to a temporary work space and could not have been more depressing.  I wanted to turn it  into a fun, colorful library/guest bedroom that was not boring.

You can see the before HERE.

Here was the design plan (which changed a bit..)

Here is the room today…


Torch floor lamp from Article.

Lanna sheepskin throw in Ivory from Article

Horse lamp and side table from the Mine.

Chic distressed Rug

Uttermost Janina table from Bellacor.

Faux animal head from The Mine.

All animal heads and horns are not real.

 Artwork by Events by Andre Wells for Knock Out Abuse Against Women (a charity my friend and I started years ago to help victims of domestic violence.) I just had to have it in the room to stand in solidarity with all the brave women in this #metoo wave sweeping the western world at the moment.

On instagram @knockoutabuse  and just launching in LA @knockoutabusewest

This marble fireplace is from the 60’s and was originally in the living room but with the addition of this extra room it’s the library.  We just got it to work this week.

The mirror along with many other items in the room have been used in previous homes I’ve lived in. Before using anything new I always like to reuse items to see f they can fit in to any new design ideas and therefore get a new life.

Twig stools from Hayneedle.

Faux plants from The Mine.

Uttermost Janina table from Bellacor.

Leap table lamp in Black from Article

Article has really chic and well priced mid century items which were all perfect for the room.

Super chic fabric from @Stroheimfabrics.

And this is how to turn the library in to a cozy guest bedroom….

Our adorable custom made sleeper sofa in yellow with black buttons turns in to a comfortable bed in a flash!

Here is is with my new bedding design VICTORY in black.


This little room becomes a fun little bedroom.

Silken Solid Sheet Set from Annie Selke in pale blue adds just the right hue and glam touch.

Faux Animal heads from Hayneedle and The Mine.

I’m super excited about this bedding, we’re just finalizing what colors to stock it in. It looks so great in every color!

And last a quick look where it came from.

Originally we added the extra room two years ago..

It became a temporary work space while we waited for building permits and it got worse by the day!

It looked like this six weeks ago.

Check out all the fun makeovers by the rest of the group!

Thanks for visiting!

November 8, 2017

ORC Week # 6 – an intense emotional week

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It’s been an intense week since the last One Room Challenge update.

I was in NYC to visit the 911 memorial, something I’ve been wanting to do since staring right at Tower Two falling down that fearful day in Manhattan. Then the last day there again another horrible terror attack took place just a few blocks away.

We continued to DC for the 24th annual gala for KNOCK OUT ABUSE the charity I co-founded 24 years ago to help victims of domestic violence.

Two days later one of the worst mass murders take place by a man with a domestic violence record. Something that had been the very topic of our event —the importance of getting guns out of the hands of men with a domestic violence assault record.

The 2017 event chairwomen made these awesome surprise posters for my co-founder Cheryl and me.  I had no idea when we started this (in my twenties) that it would be such a big success year after year! To share this year with my son Luke, now 16, made it even more special.

The event brings me finally to my update for ORC!!

The table tops for the gala were made by Andre Wells Events and I’m hoping we can make this art in to the perfect poster for my library on time!

I love it!

With the overwhelming amount of #metoo stories shared in the media and by so many of my friends I really want this on my wall in solidarity with all my “sisters” out there.

I spent ten years as a fashion model in NYC where dealing sexual harassment was almost part of the job.

I’m playing around with the animal theme, trying to figure out the wall decor.

Gold deer head from HAYNEEDLE.

FAUX fur pillow from Bed Bath and Beyond.

Sheepskin hide from ARTICLE.

I’m working in some natural elements.

LOVE this little side table from THE MINE.

I’m back in LA now and have to scramble to finish the space as next Wednesday is the reveal!

Fall is in the air even here and it’s nice to be able to wear a sweater….

…and enjoy the beautiful sunset over the Pacific.

Hope you had a good week!



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November 4, 2017

Guest house renovation update – Picking a color scheme

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Have you ever felt like your home renovation takes forever?

It’s been a long very windy road but we’re finally getting close to the finishing line in terms of the actual renovations.  I’m eager to move in to my office space and Luke is feeling particularly impatient and asks me every single day when he can move in.

This happened the last few weeks.

Windows went in. Tile roof back on.

Scaffolding went up.

The house was prepared for stucco.

First layer of stucco up.

We decided we wanted tall windows in the staircase to bring in light.

Waited for the windows.

Eaves were painted charcoal.

Luke home from school most days checking what was done and wondering when it will be ready.

More layers of stucco.

Stucco done.

Scaffolding down.

More waiting.

Finally time for the color scheme! It’s happening.

Steel blues, pale teals for Luke’s upstairs room.

Warm light beam color directs the Stikkwood wood paneling selection.

Paint samples.

I love how colors work together and areas where you can see a few different colors at once. This door opening will get the old glass wine cellar doors that I kept from when we renovated the main part of the house.

This is the bedroom looking in to the walk in closet and the bathroom.

I added a dark green in the closet to pick up the color of the bar stools for the mini kitchen and the headboard that will go in the bedroom.

Love picking it up here.

A bold Art Deco inspired gold bathroom to go with all the black windows.

For the main room we decided on a masculine teal.

First testing paint.

Paint done.

Back wall here will get the Stikkwood later.

Picked moldings and casings that goes with existing house.

Casings up.

All are painted ONYX by Benjamin Moore.

A couple of light fixtures up.

It’s moving along nicely now.

check back next I’ll share the design plans and update on the downstairs with my new office.

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November 1, 2017

Week # 5 – Going all out

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There were some hick ups this week…

The black Platner chairs we had purchased that were going to be the main accent pieces in the library, turns out will not show up. The manufacturer had been mistaken about the inventory and there are no more chairs available until after our dead line.

That changed the vibe and color scheme and I had to rethink the room.

I decided to paint even the big side wall above the fireplace red and add moldings.

I might add that everyone told me not to do so, the red would overpower and shrink the room.

Everyone expect Sury my office manager disagreed with me, so we decided to go for it. I love it when ideas get resistance…

Samuel and his dad Jose came in again to help out. We created rectangular shapes to go along with existing items in the room and to focus around the fireplace. I decided to keep it simple in case the whole thing like everyone said would be mistake.

While the molding went up, sisters Minnie and Manu came to hang the custom roman shade.

The houndstooth Parrota Domino fabric from Fabricut looks chic and retro.

When they were finished painting I was surprised to see the room felt bigger.

Then again I know that it’s always better to go big in a small room instead of being afraid.

Jose is not too sure about my crazy color choices but I think he felt okay in the end.

The carpets arrived and super cool twig stools…

Can’t wait to add in these beauties from Hayneedle. 

The custom pullout bed sofa also arrived from Monarch Sofas.  They turned it around in no time – so awesome!

I’m really obsessing over the faux plastic and resin animal horns from The Mine. 

Can’t wait to finish this room!