• April 14, 2015



    We just moved in and are all camping out in one room of the house since there is no floor yet. I’m delirious from moving all day, so hopefully I’ll make sense in this blog post!

    I so badly want to check up on all the other ORC makeovers, but it just has to wait until my head is not buried in cardboard packing boxes (=hell).  I’m a bit like a human wreck currently.  If you missed my estate sale there are still items left, check the post here.

    If you want to check out my mad kitchen makeover progress go here to visit previous weeks.

    Week # 1     Week # 2

    THIS WEEK…

    I love quartzite counter tops, too bad they’re not cheaper!  The White Macauba version has after all a similar price to marble, but at least I won’t have have guests in my kitchen and worry about them making rings! And the look is to die for chic.

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    This week we were at Jose the stone cutters place out in the Valley determining just how to cut the marble waterfall top. I want just the right pattern on the stone going down the top of the counter and on the sides.

    Dusty, hot and filled with only men. Not surprisingly no women work in the stone places I’ve visited. It’s also not a place for hyper people like myself. Stone cutting is a serious and time consuming business!

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    We refitted the sink after having the island moved out.

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    Javier and I drew were the 17 x 17″ square island sink would go.

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    And here it is marked off on the stone slab.

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    Casing went in (the entire house).

    Shutters were painted.

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    I ordered three of these vintage brass Milo Baughman bar stools from Feelin vintage on Etsy and they are shipping from Florida tomorrow.

    Will they arrive on time? Not sure, if they do, will they be upholstered on time?

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    I honestly don’t know.

    Appliances started arriving….

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    I went all out and and selected a high end brand with an industrial stainless steel look.

    All Jennair with chefs handles, but with a microwave drawer from Sharp.

    Perhaps the good appliances will make me a better cook…?

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    But here is the worst part, that I might live to regret as it comes to ORC makeovers….

    I just returned the Jennair hood I bought after seeing this picture on Emily Hendersons instagram feed….really wish I didn’t….

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    Now I need a custom brass hood. DAMN. I just need one now, not part of original plan.

    So yesterday I ordered a different hood….

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    …that may or may not arrive in time.

    We are going to create a custom shell for it and have it powder coated.

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    In this gold, which is the only color option. But it will do. I again just really hope I can pull it off in three weeks.

    Now I have to go back to packing, but first a really big glass if wine.

    Cheers friends!

    Check out the other women who surely have the whole thing under control.

    P.S.
    My adventurous assistant Mehr decided to sleep out on my new office deck overnight. Got to love California Living! Think I’m really going to love it here.

     

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  • April 9, 2015



    I’m moving on Tuesday and have to sell a bunch of my favorite items as they will not fit in our new house.

    Please share this post on twitter, instagram or with anyone you think might be looking for some of this.  They will be available for a few days ONLY.

    E-mail Mehreen with questions and to get shipping quotes- E-mail: contact@jillsorensen.com, or call our office 31-775-7338.

    If you live in the LA area you can also set up an appointment to come and see any item in person.

    1. ORANGE PAGODA HEADBOARD

    This is my favorite headboard of all, but it won’t fit in the new master bedroom.

    KINGS SIZE  70″ tall

    Fabric and headboard is in perfect condition

    $ 975 ( it retails for $ 1690) and this looks new! (It has been in lots of magazines!)

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    2.  BLUE VELVET FRENCH BED

    Also in PERFECT condition.

    Navy velvet with  / white painted

    Foot board/headboard with wood slats

    $ 1150  (a Julia Grey bed -a high quality designer bed that has been reupholstered and lacquered)

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    3.RED FRENCH CHANDELIER

    Red lacquer with leaves and crystal and red chain with red canopy.

    6 lights – 23″ high x 23″ wide – 2 feet of chain

    $ 800

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    Everything in this room is for sale except the chairs.

    BLACK SCROLL MIRROR

    $ 350

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    MOONSHINE MONOGRAM CARPET

    6 x 9   -  $ 500

    Briefly used – great condition

     

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    4. GIANT PURPLE LACQUER SCROLL MIRROR

    $ 1050

    47 wide x 58″ high

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    5. BLUE SCROLL IRON TABLE WITH MARBLE TOP

    White/grey marble top

    $ 950

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    6.  MARK CARPET POSEIDON

    Slightly used, PERFECT condition.

    $ 750    size 8 x 10 ( two available)  ( $ 1345 for a new)

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    TURQUOISE FLORENCE HEADBOARD

    $ 1150

    This stunning headboard was a floor sample, PERFECT condition.

    Chrome rows of nail heads. Velvet chenille fabric.

    QUEEN SIZE 72″ high

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    TUFTED PINK CHAIR

    $ 95

     

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    2 RESTORATION HARDWARE CHAIRS WITH TRINA TURK COVERED CUSHIONS.

    $ 250 /EACH

    Seat cushion faded

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    2 ORANGE ARTICHOKE LAMPS

    $ 350/each   ( retail $ 750)  One is unused the other slightly used but in AS NEW condition.

    White shade

    32″ x 17 dia

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    2 GEOMETRIC PILLOWS

    $ 70/PAIR used

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    POTTERY BARN BALL AND FINIAL CURTAIN RODS  -PEWTER FINISH

    All in perfect condition

    Brackets, rings and finials

    96-120″  – ( 3 rods available)  $ 100/each including rings, finials and brackets

    108-144   ( 1 rod available) $ 125/ including rings, finials and brackets

    44- 88  ( 1 rod available )  $ 75/including rings, finials and brackets

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    HOLLYWOOD REGENCY CABINET

    $ 750

    White lacquer / chrome painted accents/ trellis pattern on glass doors

    47″ wide x 79″ high

    (Damage to back panel but can still be used well)

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    ORANGE CUSTOM VINTAGE CABINET

    $ 875

    Orange gloss with chrome finish hardware

    Perfect condition and great useable happy piece

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    4  – 1960′s CHAIRS

    $ 950 for 4  (can by in pairs as well)

    White with turquoise seats  (slights spots on materials on two of the chairs, will probably go away with cleaning)

     

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    ENGLISH ANTIQUE DRESSER

    $ 1150

    English antique dresser from 1800′s in great condition

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    For shipping quotes and questions e-mail contact@jillsorensen.com.

    KEEP CHECKING BACK BECAUSE THIS IS UPDATED WITH MORE ITEMS DAILY!

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  • April 7, 2015



    Honestly I’m completely stressed out at the moment.

    The bungalow is filled with packing boxes up to my ears. We move in one week from today to a house that does not even have floors yet! Let alone a finished bathroom.  I’ve been focusing on getting the basics in the guest bedroom done this week since Luke and I will move in there with all the pets for the first week or two. Cozy furry family living…

    I sure do hope this kitchen will be pulled off in time.  Thankfully I have four more weeks!

    This was the design plan for the big new open kitchen.

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    The cabinet guys drew by hand. So old school – love it.

    Although I would love shiny Kelly green kitchen cabinets, I decided to let the kitchen in this house be fairly neutral.  Greyish/white cabinets with a black/charcoal island, brushed brass, and shaker cabinets.  Although I hate to follow trends I’m too in love with the new brushed brass look , and I think it’s classic enough to stay chic forever.

    Here are some of the materials I’m using. (I will add all sources in the reveal post)

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    I already put some beautiful slabs of macaubus quartzite on hold for the counter tops a while back, so the colorway for the kitchen was inspired by the beautiful stone.

    The guys cleared out the space over the last month and new plumbing was installed.

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    Drywall went up.

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    A few of the cabinets were installed last week giving us a sense of the new space.

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    A few days ago the island was installed.

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    But it was placed too close to the refrigerator, so it went through some maneuvering to move it out an additional eight inches and still be able to fit the plumbing.

    It’s now awaiting the waterfall stone slabs.

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    While that took place, in the other direction it looked like this.

    The ceiling was crooked and needed to be fixed.

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    The brick fireplace became a double sided fireplace.

    Yeah, a fireplace in the kitchen for some of those chilly LA nights!!

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    Partial wall started going up to make place for a possible barn door.

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    Drywall.

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    Last week the walls were painted.

    With all the crazy amount of work going on over here its good to have a helpful appliance sales rep!

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    Say hello to Humberto at Pacific Sales!

    He has been super helpful. Although I meant to to save on appliances, I got swayed by one superb brand and decided to splurge and instead make a deal with them.  A lot of the brands will negotiate with you of you if buy several pieces from the same brand.  You then get an excellent product at a great price.

    In my case, all renovation decisions are also based on potential resale. People in LA I’ve learned are really in to their counter tops and the appliance brands, so I’m thinking ahead.  But more on appliances in a later post!

    You can follow daily on INSTAGRAM.COM@JILLSORENSEN

    Have a look at what the progress of the rest of the group.

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  • April 6, 2015



    Hope you had a great Easter weekend!

    I was lucky enough to have been invited to Palm Springs for the weekend with a bunch of moms and teenage boys to stay at La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs. The hotel is a gigantic but incredibly charming golf resort built in the 1920′s surrounded by a beautiful mountain range. The entire site was so pretty it felt like a movie backdrop. And to make it even more interesting, I stumbled on one of the most magical houses I’ve ever seen….

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    While wandering the area I happened to stumble upon a wedding being set up in a courtyard of  a house in a quiet corner of the hotel property.

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    Something with the house really intrigued me and I had to take a closer look.

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    Turns out the house once belonged to Swedish silent film star Greta Garbo.

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    The entire house was left the way it was when she lived in it.

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    The simple yet grand Spanish 1920′s kitchen.

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    The kitchen led out to a lowered sunken living room…

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    Where time seemed to have stood still.

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    The house consisted of three separate wings divided  by the courtyard.

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    The living room was very Scandinavian.

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    I can only imagine what it looked like at one time.

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    A grand soaring living room.

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    And amazingly old/modern bathrooms.

    How cool!

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    I bet the lone seeking movie star enjoyed some real peace and quiet here.

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