One Room Challenge Makeover – Week #1

For those of you new to my blog Hi! I’m Jill Sorensen an interior designer, (  lifestyle designer with my own line of bedding and rugs (, blogger (besides here also for Swedish Magazine Sköna Hem).
For those of you new to the One Room Challenge it’s the makeover madness brain child created by Linda of the Calling It Home blog where 20 designers/bloggers have six weeks to make over a room.
Every Wednesday for the next weeks participants have to post about the progress starting today!
 Last year I made over my Kitchen…
This year I’m participating with my MASTER BEDROOM.
A couple of years ago we decided to change our life and move to California (from Virginia) and find an “ugly” house in need of a makeover  (video about our quest here on You Tube)  and turn it in to our dream home.
Fast forward almost a year and the dark 60’s ranch house on a mountain top with small rooms and a long corridor along the backside of the house, is now a happy, open, modern family home with incredible views of the Sierras.
I always believe you set the tone for the interiors of a house at the front door.  The front door should tell you what to expect inside.
Here we painted the front door blue, the house white,  the windows black, added big timeless lanterns, and framed it with dogs and agave plants.
The style….?
I’m not sure what to call it other than share my inspiration…
Mid century modern, Frank Sinatra in the 60’s, Palm Springs, California, retro LA, pool side, color, edginess, happiness and Europe.
Here is the MASTER BEDROOM the day my broker Henry and I looked at the house.
It had not been redone since the 70’s.
One window looks out against the hillside in the back.
The other side side of the room has sliding doors out to a terrace and a swimming pool…
Major makeover potential!
The old interiors were removed and a wood floor was been installed.
There are a couple of items in the room today but its basically a blank canvas!
For this bedroom makeover I’ll even share the entire master suite.
Here is what’s to become the future walk in master closet…
…and the future master bathroom.
All interiors starts from something within you that inspires you.
Whether it’s something you are longing for, makes you happy or entertains you. The worst thing for me is to  blindly follow trends. Embrace trends let them inspire you but break free of what everyone else has.
I’ve said it a million times — Life is too short for boring interiors!
Besides a new life in sunny California with irresistible indoor/outdoor living… here is my inspiration for the room.
Pool side Palm Springs.
The 60’s and 70’s with Frank Sinatra at his house.
The retro LA vibe.
Black borders..
Black doors…
Black & White stripes…
Really anything defined or framed with Black & White is an addiction!!

Lemon trees in the back yard!


Really anything YELLOW!

And last but not least my latest TV obsession…
The lush,decadent, art deco inspired interiors.
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 I’m currently in Sweden en route to Stockholm then on to LA. If you read the previous blog post you’ll see the emergency I’ve been dealing with this week. A pipe burst at my house in Sweden and caused major damage and swallowed my time!!
So all good things take time…
The design is being fine tuned so check in next week for the mood board/design plan of the makeover that will be take place!
It’s going to be FUN ride!

Check out the makeovers the talented designers/bloggers are going to tackle:


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39 thoughts on “One Room Challenge Makeover – Week #1

  1. I love your inspiration! So fun! Can't wait to see your design plans and mood boards 🙂 Hope all is well with the burst pipe situation…

    1. HI Linda! I have about 30 room designs going on at the moment my head is spinning, But this is the most fun. Thank You so much for inviting me again. You must be so excited about the awesome event you have created!!

  2. You are literally living my dream, to pick up & move to Cali & buy the ugliest house in the best area & make it over – I'm super jelly. I'm stoked to see what you have up your sleeve. Sorry about your burst pipe too:(

  3. I saw your post about the broken pipe….what a bummer! Not sure how you are getting everything done with that going on….but I have faith!

    1. HI Sherry, I have sooo much going on at the moment, but somehow I will power through it!! Will definitely be better when I have a completed master to rest in LOL1

  4. I love your kitchen makeover you did last year (drool worthy pendants!) so I'm excited to see your changes for this year's ORC! This is my first time following along as a guest participant so I'm looking foward to following you 20! Best of luck!

  5. I'll be checking back on your progress. Seeing the process is interesting. I also really like black and white with a little yellow. I'll be checking out your blogs soon. I really like Swedish design so I'm really looking forward to this. I like a little art deco, too. I'm working on my guest room for the challenge.

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