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!

 

October 25, 2017

Week # 4 ORC – Adding value to the house

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I was so happy to get the e-mail from Linda at The One Room Challenge today that let us know that for the first time in ORC history we have ONE extra week to get the rooms done. Due to so many natural disasters some participants in some states have endured unusual circumstances so the extra week helps. The new reveal date is now Wednesday November 15th.

I’m not delayed due to any natural disasters, nor is it the pressing 100 degree heat here in LA – I’m just delayed period! Hardly anything has arrived yet and the main chairs for the room we just found out won’t arrive on time.

The room however is a fun red and one of the carpets arrived.

This week I headed out to Superior Moulding in the valley to pick out moulding that I will add to the dry wall to make it look like wood paneling.

There were a million selections to pick from.

I settled on a simple shape.

I wanted to do the entire wall above the fireplace, but felt a little worried about overpowering the room with all that red.

So I decided to start with just the side wall.

Jose and Samuel arrived again to apply it.

We created simple rectangle shapes to make the built in closets look like wood paneling.

Then added semi gloss paint.  Love the result! It looks like paneling.

In fact I like it so much that I bought more molding today to do the long side wall over the fireplace as well.  It’s perhaps risky with all that red, but I’m happy to take the risk. If it works out the room will look like a wood paneled library and improve the overall vibe of the house.

Some of the amazing wood animal heads and faux animal horns have arrived from some of our generous sponsors and I’m in love with them.

Beautiful gazelle head with gold horns.

And a set of white FAUX skulls and horns from the The Mine.  They are made of  some kind of plastic but look real.   I can enjoy the beauty without any animals being harmed.

That’s about as far as we’ve come.

You can see why I’m relieved to have an extra week!

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Check out what the rest are doing hopefully they are further along than me!

Boxwood Avenue | Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | IBB for DWD | The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook | The Makerista | Making it Lovely | Old Brand New | Old Home Love |  The Painted House | Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda | Erica Reitman | Sacramento Street | Simply Grove | Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha *

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October 18, 2017

Picking paint colors – Week # 3 ORC

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This week we had to paint.

The house sits on a ledge high up a mountain side with the sun glaring in from three sides but with a steep hill behind the house. The front terrace pool bounces a weird blue light in to the house so it’s by far the most difficult house I’ve ever picked paint colors for.

It makes it even more difficult that I’ve decided on red.

I narrowed it down to two reds. To the left is RED PARROT by Benjamin Moore and to the right GERANIUM.

Two orange toned red colors.

RED PARROT won out.

I have to say I was surprised that I actually liked it.

The orange tone in the red seemed to make the green outside the window come alive.

After feeling pretty happy with the red hue, another complicated color had to be selected….

The pale blue.  A color that shifts completely depending on what spot in the room you put it.

This house if completely impossible!

We had to mix colors and pick many more samples than I normally do.

We are planning on adding moldings on one wall and painting it red to make it look like paneling.

 The decision on what wall will have to wait!

I’m sure the rest of the participants have come much further!

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Boxwood Avenue | Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | IBB for DWD | The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook | The Makerista | Making it Lovely | Old Brand New | Old Home Love |  The Painted House | Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda | Erica Reitman | Sacramento Street | Simply Grove | Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha *

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October 11, 2017

Colorful Design plan for the library – Week # 2 ORC

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I’m really excited to get this library done.
I was all set to go with a soothing green library and loved this green, orange and pink scheme below.
Then…

I’m really excited to get this library done.
I was all set to go with a soothing green library and loved this green, orange and pink scheme below.
Then…
…I changed my mind.
From the library window you look out at these beautiful hibiscus flowers by the pool.
That shrill red and light blue retro color scheme idea would just not go away.

The color of the red hibiscus is irresistible.
The color I normally hate.

I matched it up with actual paint colors.
Between looking at the hibiscus and the graphic wall paper in my bathroom last night, I decided I needed to give red a try.
The vibe feels more interesting and right for the house.
If I hate it – we’ll just have to repaint.

RED & BLUE DESIGN PLAN

I want lots of natural woods.

Loads of wood animal accessories.

Mid century items.
Bold yellow bed sofa.
Tweed and hounds-tooth fabric.
Faux fur.

Here are some of the fabrics and textures I’m considering.
Not the typical eye candy just a certain vibe.
I’m also considering the possibility of a stronger carpet.

I want it to be a 50’s retro but modern library.

The sofa will be a convertible bed for guests.
For the bedding I’ll be able to break in my new Victory bedding.

Or the Fern & Lemon Takes Two bed set.

Black Victory Euro sham, Fern and Lemon Takes Two Euro shams, Hot Pink and Orange Takes Two Euro sham.
Tomorrow they are coming to paint.

Checkout the links and see what the rest of the participants are doing.

Boxwood Avenue | Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | Dwell with Dignity | The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook|

The Makerista | Making it Lovely

| Old Brand New | Old Home Love The Painted House | Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda | Erica Reitman

| Sacramento StreetSimply Grove | Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha

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October 4, 2017

One Room Challenge Makeover – WEEK 1

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If you are here for the first time – Welcome!

It’s time again for the One Room Challenge the fun six week makeover craze. Huge thank you to Linda of Calling it Home for inviting me again!

For those of you new to my blog, I’m Jill Sorensen a Swedish/American interior designer with a lifestyle brand of  bedding, rugs, and textiles. I love fun, colorful and somewhat fearless designs because I think life is too short for boring interiors.  My son and I moved to Los Angeles a couple of years ago. My goal was to buy an ugly house (we did!) and turn it in to our dream home (still working on it!)

This is my fourth time joining ORC, last year I made over the Master suite….

This is the bathroom.

The bedroom.

You can see the 2016 ORC reveal here

The year before that for the ORC 2015 I made over the kitchen.

When we started we didn’t even have a floor!! My ORC makeovers tend to be filled with drama…

You can see the Kitchen ORC 2015 reveal here.

This year again I’ll be tackling another room in our 60’s ranch house in the mountains above LA.

We are currently renovating the garage turning it in to a guest house with an office and a big teen space so things are a bit of a mess around here.  This year for ORC I’m tackling another room in desperate need to be designed.

THE ROOM – The new Library/Guest Bedroom

It didn’t exist the day we bought the house….

The living room was very large and creating a room on the end allowed us to center the glass doors on the pool while giving us an extra room.

Since the guest house renovations got delayed due to permits the library never became a library/guest instead we temporarily have had to operate my office in there and it’s been TOUGH!

Sury the JS Inc.office manager has hunkered in this unfinished depressing temporary space with sometimes 3-4 people, two dogs and all kinds of stored items.

I’m super excited about making it in to a colorful library/guest room and thrilled to move my company in to a big new space.

INSPIRATION FOR THE ROOM

Since this is one of the few rooms in this open style living house that completely closes off, I’m going to have some fun with it.

Here is some random inspiration…

1950’s and Retro color combinations

This is an unopened restaurant in NYC by designed by Sasha Bikoff that I get such a kick out of.

Images via Elle Decor.

I’ve been obsessing over 50’s color combinations and powder blue and red.

Design by Miles Redd.

ANIMALS and Old School libraries

I won’t have real animal heads on the walls but I want lots of animal presence.

Design by Ken Fulk

(image source unknown)

Image via Architectural Digest.

SHRILL RED – used to hate it but now intrigued

Image from KINA SLOTTET in Sweden.

Design by Dorothy Draper (and team)

GREEN

I’m just so in love with this green hue which is my first dilemma. I have to decide what color to do as I can’t have both.

Design by Muriel Brandolini

Here are the rest of the participants:

Boxwood Avenue | Coco & Jack | Design Manifest | Dwell with Dignity | The House That Lars Built | Little Green Notebook | The Makerista | Making it Lovely | Old Brand New | Old Home Love The Painted House | Megan Pflug Designs | Pink Pagoda | Erica Reitman | Sacramento Street Simply Grove | Jill Sorensen | Sugar & Cloth | Vintage Rug Shop | Waiting on Martha

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Check back next week and I’ll share a design plan.

Thanks for stopping by!