A Cozy Christmas Bedroom | Creating a Hygge Space

 

Welcome to the last blog post before Christmas for the Seasons of Home Holiday Series. It is always so much fun to share our home and to see all of the inspiration from everyone else in the tour. This tour was created by Kristen Whitby or Ella Claire  and the whole heart of the tour is to share simple inspiration as you head into the season of gathering.

In this post, we have collaborated with Birch Lane to bring the cozy into our Christmas bedrooms. Birch Lane always has so many beautiful and affordable choices for your home.

Make sure you scroll to the bottom and take the full tour! These women have such a gift and it is such a joy to be a part of the tour.

If you enjoy this tour you will like our recent Christmas Kitchen, Mid-Century Library and Tablescape posts.

 

I know, I know…you are thinking how can I possibly decorate our bedroom for Christmas but I promise you once you put a tree with those soft lights in it is hard to not welcome the cozy!  Our room is usually the nighttime gathering place anyways and at Christmas time it is even more regular. You will find kids reading, the adults napping, and always a cat resting under the tree.

Creating cozy spaces has been my thing since 1984.  Imagine my delight when a few years ago I found out that my love of cozy had a name! Everywhere you look now you see the word Hygee (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) and it is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cozy, charming or special. See, that thing we all love to create in our homes has a name and it is so important that the Danish make it a priority in their spaces.

I love to add hygee to our spaces with layers with blankets, rugs and pillows, candles and the warmth and glow of the fireplace, something warm to drink and yummy to eat, music playing, bringing the outside in through branches and flowers and creating gathering spaces where my favorite people have a comfy place to land. How about you? How to you create hygee in your space?

 

 

| lambskin rug and linen bed skirt from Birch Lane |

 

 

 

| wall lamp next to the desk from Birch Lane |

 

 

 

 

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Mid-Century Modern Library | Seasons of Home Holiday Series

 

Simple touches around the house are my favorite for adding holiday touches each year. I have two small boxes that hold everything we need to decorate…tree ornaments, white lights, my favorite pom pom wreath and garland from Anthropologie. The rest we add through special recipes we make together, white lights throughout the home, pine branches from our land, candles burning, Christmas music and the people we gather. And the being ready. Having your heart ready to welcome people into our spaces when they are not perfect. This took me years to conquer and sometimes I still fight it. So, I love so much the joy of cleaning up my space and making it special but nothing can be as beautiful as being ready to love on others.

Welcome to the next post in the Seasons of Home Holiday Series created by Kristen Whitby or Ella Claire. In this post, we have collaborated with HomeGoods as we share our library and music room dressed up for Christmas. The whole heart of the tour is to share simple inspiration as you head into the season of gathering.

Make sure you scroll to the bottom and take the full tour! These women have such a gift and it is such a joy to be a part of the tour.

If you enjoy this tour you will like our recent Christmas Kitchen and Tablescape posts.

 

This is where all of the children practice and play the piano, where we are constantly heading to grab another book, where we read by ourselves or where we listen to records. This room is what sold me on this house and I could easily see how I could transform it. I saw the paint, the black painted window frames, the built-in bookcases with a ladder, the lighting, room to read and listen, the piano and the beautiful wall space for art. We are slowly creating our spaces but this space is extra special to me. I am extra fond of it because we can look out those huge windows into our garden.

 

| art + floor pillows from HomeGoods |

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you, HomeGoods for such a beautiful and fun collaboration!

 

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French Country Cottage | City Farmhouse | Kindred Vintage | Jeanne Oliver

Jennifer Rizzo | Craftberry Bush | Miss Mustard Seed | My Sweet Savannah

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Modern + Cozy Christmas Kitchen | Seasons of Home Holiday Decor Series

The older I get the more I just go more with the flow and I don’t stick to rules (and most of the time the rules I created for myself). Even a few years ago I made sure we didn’t decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving. I felt like it wasn’t honoring of Thanksgiving (like Thanksgiving was all upset about it or something). Instead, I am just diving into cozy and we will enjoy it even longer. We are still present and enjoying fall and the gift that Thanksgiving is. We still go and get our main Christmas trees the day after Thanksgiving but expect to be hearing Christmas music if you come to the Oliver’s starting immediately.

This is our first blog post of 2017 sharing our home all cozy for Christmas and the holidays. The impact already on the feel of the house is just what we were wanting. It is simple, warm and so, so cozy. I am so honored to be a part of the Seasons of Home Holiday Series created by Kristen Whitby of Ella Claire. The whole heart of the tour is to share simple inspiration as you head into the season of gathering.

I am a big believer that opening your home to others and loving on them is still one of the most beautiful gifts you can offer.

Make sure you scroll to the bottom and take the full tour! These women have such a gift and it is such a joy to be a part of the tour.

My idea of cozy is layers, textures, soft lights, candles, foraged treasures and good music. And wine. Don’t forget the wine.

It can be fun to pick up something special every once in awhile but I like to keep my decorating simple, find new uses for older treasures and to bring in the outdoors as much as possible.

 

 

 

 

You will see art all over our home and this sculpture our daughter created a few years ago is one of my prized possessions.

 

 

 

 

 

Even though I want our home to be beautiful I want it to be comfortable and used. Each space in our home has been created to be lived in and to not be for show.

 

 

We have only been in this home for a little over a 1 1/2 years so we are taking our time putting it together and especially to make purchases.  Leave walls empty just for those paintings that you haven’t found yet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for stopping by and allowing us to share our modern + cozy kitchen!

All Home Online Workshops 40% Off | To Celebrate The Holiday Season!

Home, gathering and family is central to who I am and how I want to live this creative life.

Some of my favorite online courses that I have ever created have been based around home and how to create a space that is all about the people you love and not about the perfection.

We are heading into the holiday season where we all want to create authentic moments with our friends and families.

We all desire for the ones we love to leave our homes knowing that they were welcomed and loved.

My hope is that these courses will help you slow down and find the joy and beauty in the holidays.

 

We have three heart and home changing online courses that we are offering at 40% off over the next 48 hours in celebration of this sweet time of the year.

All of the prices have been adjusted and no code or coupon is needed.

One of our most popular online course is Creatively Made Home {home for the holidays}.

Join eight of my friends and me as we celebrate loving on your home, friends and family through the holidays.

You will be encouraged as you hear honestly from each woman about the times things did not go as planned during their holidays.

You will hear honest discussions about their own journey of hospitality.

You will walk away inspired as you hear about the traditions and special moments from their childhood and how they create special moments with their families today.

You will be able to watch beautiful videos with gift giving ideas, decorating projects and favorite family recipes.

We all want to create authentic moments with our friends and families.

We all desire for the ones we love to leave our homes knowing that they were welcomed and loved.

My hope is that this course will help you slow down and find the joy and beauty in the holidays.

 

 

Art of Home | Modern Simple Living is all about creating an artisan home and about some of the lost arts of caring for our home and family.

Each segment will contain step by step videos with decorating, cooking, gardening, entertaining, housekeeping and more…so much more!

The following will be shared: The Art of Farm to Table, The Art of Gathering, The Art of Domestic Moxie and The Art of Reclaimed Style.

This four part course is your favorite home and cooking magazines come to life!

 

 

 

 

Creatively Made Home is a course all about making life beautiful in the everyday. It is about creating a home that reflects your heart in everyday living.

I wanted to create a course that celebrated what really matters in your home…..you and your family.
I also wanted to celebrate making life beautiful in the everyday.
I know that so many want to make their homes beautiful but feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start….so they do nothing.
I believe that everyone should be surrounded by beauty in their homes and that shouldn’t have to do with how much you spend.
I think sometimes we can get lost and distracted with everything that comes at us each day.
Sometimes things can look so perfect and we as women may feel inadequate.
It is time to exhale and delight in your home.
It is time to open your doors because of what is inside of you…not what is inside your home.
Our desire is that this five part online course will change how you see yourself, your home and your family.
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If you are new to our creative network here are easy steps to get you started…

1. Register at jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free).

2. Once your account is active you are able to take advantage of our free courses, series and even pay for courses.

3. Go to jeanneoliver.ning.com and along the top header click on “COURSES” and you will be able to view all three pages of online courses and free series.

4. To purchase a course please choose your course, click on the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be INSTANTLY in the classroom.

5. All videos can be found along the right hand side of the page under “COURSE CONTENT”.

6. All of our courses are pre-recorded so you can watch at your convenience. The best part is that you have lifetime* access on all new purchases! Pretty awesome if you ask me.

*As long as we manage the creative network

 

 

Fall Porch 2017 | Seasons of Home Series

 

When we first saw our home and land it was covered in snow but out of my future studio windows I saw this opening in the trees and I immediately imagined lights, a long farm table and a gathering place for family and friends.

Over the past year and a half, we have hosted workshop lunches in that gathering place, homecoming dinner, pizza with family and cocktails for more than I can count. With an umbrella of tree branches, soft lights and enough seating for everyone this simple space has made my heart so happy.

I hope you will join me and the other bloggers over the next months for the Seasons of Home Series hosted and created by Kristen Whitby of Ella Claire. This fall we have teamed up with Joss and Main to help create a beautiful and stylish outdoor space. It is fun anytime I can work with them and they have brought such beautiful and affordable items into our home.

On the day I set up for this photo shoot we had friends arriving from out of town. They were joining us after two long days of looking at homes and land and this is what was waiting for them when they arrived on our land.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have a cabinet full of my core decorating and styling elements. I like to mix textures, sheens, styles and to always bring in natural elements when possible. Because I already have my decorating favorites all in one place it is easy to bring a space together in an authentic and natural manner. I am a big believer that once you know your style and what elements you love to use in your decor it helps you not only bring a space together but also to not purchase things you do not need or use.

I also love to mix natural elements like branches, plants, lambskin, the raw wood of the farm table and mix with candles, lights and the sheen of beautiful glassware, mirror and brass. Some of the prettiest elements of this gathering space were found at Joss and Main.

We were able to bring together a cocktail station with the brass and mirror cocktail cart and gorgeous glassware from Joss and Main. It was the perfect addition to this gathering space.

 

One of our families favorite new additions to this space is the gas firepit from Joss and Main. With the lights and the firepit, it has become a magical space among the trees and I couldn’t be happier with this sweet space.

 

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It’s Life | Episode One

With Kelly working with me full time, we have had a little more time for some new fun projects.

One of the things I wanted to start doing is to share a little more behind the scenes in our day to day life.

Because I am still in full on book deadline mode we didn’t film as much as I wanted but hopefully next month we will even do more.

Welcome to our silly episode one of It’s Life!

 

 

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

I kind of love Mother’s Day.

I have another reason to remind my mom how much I love her and how much she did for us. Pretty much we are half way decent people because she was a rockstar…stuff like that.

I also get to get treated like a queen myself for one magical day!

Finding gifts for people I love is one of my favorite things and I have a drawer in my bedroom with little treasures I find for my dearest people.

I used to hate it so much when I would ask my mom what she would want for her birthday, Christmas or Mother’s Day. She would always say nothing. Girl, I will tell you what I want!  In all honesty though…I find myself asking my kids for very simple things that I love about who they are. This year I asked Maddy to write me a letter, Ben to write me a song (he wanted to) and for Jack to compose me a piece on the piano (this is like breathing for him).  These are the things that usually make me a puddle of tears on the floor and make me forget that Ben and Maddy were exchanging insults a few moments earlier.

Maybe you want to include a little something extra with that letter, song or composition. If so, this post is for you!

1. Cashmere. Enough said. I love this shop and have so many daily household and luxury items from them.

2. It is hard for me to buy a purse when we make them and I have a closet of vintage ones BUT I would gladly accept this if anyone wants to get it for me.

3. This is an oldie but goodie but I have three and I use them each week, they will out last me, I will pass them onto my kids and they are just so dang pretty.

4. Everyone month I get a new record from the Magnolia Record Club. I have been introduced to so many new artists that are now on regular rotation.

5. While I was in Paris Maddy and I went to the most beautiful perfumery. As soon as I stepped into the shop I was surrounded by a visual masterpiece from packaging, decor, scents and intentional curating.

6. I LOVE this bike. I don’t have it but I have been keeping it’s picture around hoping that will change.

7. I love to have friends and family over and nothing gathers people like a fire pit. I think this one is so beautiful from Terrain.

8. We have a Nepresso in the kitchen and another one in the studio and it feels like a special treat each time I make one. This is a splurge but so fun!

9. I own several pieces of ceramics from Erin Clemmons and each piece is a work of art.

10. When I want to send a friend or family flowers this is the company I use because of their attention to detail. Who can resist the vintage grain sack? Not me!

11. I just finished this book and promptly suggested it to my mom. I am pretty much obsessed with Malcolm here and believe a good book is always the perfect gift.

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