Behind the Scenes: Eastlake Home Decorating

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J Hill Interior Designs had tons of fun decorating this Eastlake newly purchased home for a referral client. This young family moved in a few weeks prior to us arriving, and was in a very motivated mind set to get it furnished, decorated, and  start feeling like a home. We decorating everything from scratch, with the only per-existing item being their cat tower (diverting the cat’s attention away from the newly purchased couch they would love to set their claws on).

The client originally expressed their interest in a very neutral color scheme design; mainly browns, cremes, beige and grays. The originally color of all walls was an odd brown color, with the kitchen being a beachy, light blue. We immediately knew the blue had to go, and replaced it with a calm sage that corresponded with a refreshing gray main color throughout the rest of the living area.

Over the course of a month, we fully decorated the home from head to toe. The one particular room we had fun with was the patriotic guest bedroom. Our client loved white, crisp, ruched bedding (which we also used in the master), and wanted a room designated specifically as a patriotic room. They had a massive sentimental flag to be custom framed, but didn’t know how to tie it all in without looking cheesy. We felt like going the country style route would be rest, sourcing a red rocking chair, with the soft grayish-blue wall paint, and multicolored distressed bed frame and furniture.

Other favorite areas of the home are the massive built-in that we had fun decorating. It was easy to accent, as it is at the top of the stairs and viewable from the entrance of the home. We sourced most of these fun trinkets from World Markets, Home Goods, Pottery Barn and other major retailer stores.

In summary, most of the home décor came from Ballard Designs and Home Decorators . Some bedding and other small accents were sourced from  Anthropologie. As time became a crunch, we went with Bed Bath and Beyond for window treatments (custom takes 6-8 weeks typically), and the couch was from a local custom store here in San Diego. As a reminder, custom anything takes 4-10 weeks, so if you are on a time crunch, let it be the first thing you order!

Hope you enjoyed our post.

Cheers – J Hill Interior Designs






Behind the Scenes: A Look Into an Office Makeover

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The kick-off of Fall has been quite busy here at J Hill Interior Designs! We just finished up this office Quick-Flip for one of our clients and want to give you a quick peek into the project.

For Quick-Room Flips, we figure it would helpful to tell blog readers where we sourced a few key items, where we drew inspiration, how the project evolved and how the final product was created.

For this particular client, the client initially expressed his liking for the traditional Spanish style. To convey to us the style of his choice, he showed us a commercial that was shot in a southern California Spanish mission-styled home. The initial idea was drawn from the look of that house and eventually ended up more eclectic/Mediterranean. What we pretty much drew from that conversation was that he liked neutral colors, and small pops of color.

Because this was a Quick-Flip, everything we bought were from major retail stores. The desk was already in the office, but nothing else. Most items came from PotteryBarn, World Market, HomeGoods and even Target.

A few classic pieces that we would highly recommend are:

  1. Manchester Swivel Chair, Pottery Barn
  2. Indonesian Day Bed, World Market
  3. Gray rug, Target
  4. Wall Organizer, PotteryBarn
  5. Ralph Lauren Oversized Throw Pillows, HomeGoods

The biggest piece of advice I can give to readers from this project, is to NOT be afraid of mixing several different wood stains and hues. If you notice carefully, the room is a large conglomeration of grays, blacks, browns and creams. There are black wood stains, gray wood stains, brown wood stains, and distressed stains. Take home advice: Don’t be afraid to take a risk and not be so “matchy-matchy”. Having different elements, patterns and textures always adds more interest.


Cecily’s Closet: Boy’s Room Makeover

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J Hill Interior Designs, Streamline Development, PaintGreen and Andrea Gallagher Photography, all have the amazing honor of working with Cecily’s Closet to help out a VERY deserving family. The recipients of the room makeover are an active marine and his family; including Jacob, their precious 4 year old with special needs. We are in the works of the project right now, with the final instal set for June 1st! Stay tuned for before and after pictures (that will be posted by Andrea Gallagher Photography – she is amazing)!!! We are so excited. Thank you Cecily’s Closet for this opportunity!

Please read more about Cecily’s Closet,, how you can get involved and all the amazing things they do as an organization.