Simple French Tablescape | Seasons of Home Holiday Series

One of my favorite places to travel and get inspired is France. The art, museums, cafes, history, architecture, food and the linens…oh, how I love those handwoven French linens. Whenever I travel to France I try to bring home a piece of art, something to use in the kitchen and I try to find new or vintage linens. It is my way of bringing home the beauty of France in a way that my whole family can enjoy. It is seen, used, enjoyed and if you know me for very long you know that I believe you shouldn’t save your best for other people or special occasions. Each day is a gift and the people that live within the walls of your home are the most special.

This is the next post for 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. For this post we are collaborating with Caravan Home Decor to bring you my French inspired Christmas tablescape. Their beautiful marble, French glassware and their handwoven linen is so beautiful and well made that my Maddy will be loving on her family and guests someday with them.

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.

 

 

Using two striped blankets as a tablecloth I started to create the first layer. I then added handwoven linen runners from Caravan and freshly cut pine branches from our yard.

Next, I added texture with the wood chargers my sister so kindly cut for me. I love the mix of wood, marble, glass, brass and linens. It is also a good reminder that things do have to “match” and you can mix whatever you have on hand and it will work.

 

 

The sun was starting to set while I was taking these photos and it ended up making them even better. I loved seeing how simple candles and some soft white lights can transform a space and table.

 

 

To add some color to the menu I layered them with pieces of my artwork. This was a fun way to make the table setting more personal and to also include a piece of art for each guest to take home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What always inspires me the most while traveling in France is the beautiful simplicity of what they choose to put at the table being lovely, well made and most importantly…the simple backdrop to a sweet meal with family and friends. As we are going into the season of gathering the most important gift you can give is to open your doors and love on those around you. Gathering people around a table is more special now than ever before. It allows sweet connection and community.

Thank you Caravan for this beautiful collaboration! To shop this table all of the links are provided below:

Terracotta Jug

Ella Claire | Rooms for Rent | Jennifer Rizzo | Love Grows Wild

Nesting with Grace | Dear Lillie | French Country Cottage | Liz Marie Blog

Craftberry Bush | City Farmhouse | Jeanne Oliver | Kindred Vintage

Shades of Blue Interiors | My Sweet Savannah | Miss Mustard Seed |

and our featured guest, House of Five

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New Bags Are In The Shop!

We have 100 bags that have just been listed in the shop!

We have 6 styles and 18 different vintage fabric choices.

We won’t have more bags until we launch our new creative network and website this fall.

We hope you love them!

Here is just a peek of what is in the shop…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Look What We Found | A Few London and Caroline Art Bags

***Look What We Found a Few More of***

Welcome to our art bags the Caroline Art Bag and London Art Bag!  They are stunning! Each bag is made from four different vintage fabrics including vintage French linen! They are so dreamy!

Our art bags were inspired by my The Living Studio series and retreats and the idea of not just creating in our studios but out in the world and creating around what inspires us.

The Caroline and London art bags are made from three floral vintage upholstery fabrics , backed with vintage French linen, lined with navy and white ticking, has an adjustable strap, a large zippered pocket, cell phone pocket, an outside pocket for a ruler or larger paintbrushes, an open pocket for pencils etc., a buttoned pocket, four antique brass feet and a cloth divider.

They each close with an antique brass magnetic snap and comes with a removable vintage French grain sack fabric flower.  Each bags also comes with a JO roll up paintbrush holder.

The art bags measures 13″ wide x 16″ tall x 3″ deep.  The adjustable strap measures 50″ long and can be shortened up to 28″.

The price includes FREE shipping for all orders placed in the United States. If you are placing an order from outside the US I will send you an invoice for the additional shipping costs.

We hope you love these bags as much as we do!

***There are only a few of each***

NEW BAGS COMING IN JUNE

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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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Brand New Mini Course |Instant Abstract + Frame

 

It is Friday! That means the weekend and extra time and…
 
If you have been wanting a gorgeous abstract painting on that perfect wall in your home but don’t want to spend a ton of money you will love my news! When I first saw that Jennifer LeBrun O’Brien had painted her own piece for her gorgeous home and popular DIY and decor blog City Farmhouse (go right now if you haven’t ever checked her out) I asked her right away to share it on our creative network. Lucky for us she said yes!
 
Jen and I have been friends since she lived here in my old neighborhood in Colorado. Many years ago she moved back to where she grew up and she took all of her gifts and passions and has created an incredible blog and business out of it. Jen has excellence in everything she puts out into the world and that is why I am so excited about this mini course.
 
Because this online class is a mini course it means it is available RIGHT NOW, it is two hours and you have lifetime access AND it is only $18! I love that we have started to offer these mini courses right at the weekend so you can dive in, create and also have affordable options to grow your own gifts.
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We have another INSTANT ACCESS mini course and this time it has been created by lifestyle blogger and designer Jen O’Brien of City Farmhouse!  You have probably seen her work all over Pinterest, on other blogs and in the pages of your favorite design magazines.  Jen is teaching Instant Abstract + Frame | A Mini Course and you don’t have to wait at all. Come on over!

In this mini course we will be exploring color, scale, composition and texture to create a large abstract painting for your home. We are going BIG with this piece to inspire you to conquer fear, find joy in the process and to make a meaningful connection. I will share my own experiences with art and how reflection allows me to dig deep to uncover art that is honest & raw and intentional. We will use wood, basic house paint and some unexpected tools to craft this original work. In addition we will make a simple wood frame to complete the piece.

 

 

 

2 hours + INSTANT ACCESS + lifetime* access + $18!

Come and watch the course trailer…

To read more or to register click HERE.

If you have any questions please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.

See you in class,

Jeanne

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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

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The London and Caroline Art Bags Are Now Available | Just in Time for Christmas Delivery

Welcome to our art bag!

We have just released the Caroline Art Bag and London Art Bag!  They are stunning! Each bag is made from four different vintage fabrics include vintage French linen! They are so dreamy!

Our art bags were inspired by my The Living Studio series and retreats and the idea of not just creating in our studios but out in the world and creating around what inspires us.

The Caroline and London art bags are made from three floral vintage upholstery fabrics , backed with vintage French linen, lined with navy and white ticking, has an adjustable strap, a large zippered pocket, cell phone pocket, an outside pocket for a ruler or larger paintbrushes, an open pocket for pencils etc., a buttoned pocket, four antique brass feet and a cloth divider.

They each close with a antique brass magnetic snap and comes with a removable vintage French grain sack fabric flower.  Each bags also comes with a JO roll up paintbrush holder.

The art bags measures 13″ wide x 16″ tall x 3″ deep.  The adjustable strap measures 50″ long and can be shortened up to 28″.

The price includes FREE shipping for all orders placed in the United States. If you are placing an order from outside the US I will send you an invoice for the additional shipping costs.

All bags will be shipped in time for Christmas!

We hope you love these bags as much as we do!

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Our Christmas Home Tour from 2015

***THIS POST IS OUR HOLIDAY HOME TOUR FROM 2015**

Please come back tomorrow for our Christmas Home Tour for 2016

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How do you say goodbye to a home and bring in the holidays for the last time at an address?

The past few weeks have brought such a storm of mixed emotions and now the reality that we are moving from the only home our children have known.

We love it pretty simple around here for the holidays and this year will be the biggest exhale of all.

The sweetest way to honor a home that we have loved so much (and that has loved us right back) is to just slow down and love each other even more.

I hope you will give us some grace this year for the house walk as we unexpectedly found a property, placed our home on the market on Thanksgiving day and have had showings ever since until today.

I made the very conscious decision to choose peace, family and simplicity instead of stress.

I highly recommend it:-)

We have simply decorated our home for Christmas in preparation for packing and moving.  I hope you will indulge me as I share some of my favorite holiday decorating from years past with some of the new photos from this year.

Merry Christmas!  I hope you are able to take an exhale too and just take the time to be with the ones you love the most.

Kelly is incredible and her decor is so inspiring.

Welcome to our home…

I am loving my deer and branch antlers from Joss and Main! The kids love it and it goes perfectly with the simple decor and natural elements that we love to decorate with.

We all decorated the tree last night and shared some of our favorite Christmas memories from this house.

Don’t you just love home? It is truly one of the most beautiful words.

At least we rewarded the kids with s’mores for the long days of painting, cleaning and pretty much not allowing them to live in our home for the past few days.

The tray is from Joss and Main and is the perfect size!

Some of my favorite images from previous holiday housewalks!

I am excited to make the new house our home and to share it with you along the way!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

My family wishes you a Merry Christmas!

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I would love to have you check out my creative network where I have over 70 free and paid for online courses.

It is truly a lifestyle network with courses about home, cooking, bee keeping, art and so much more!

Come on over…

Coming January 4, 2017 is our new FREE series Salt + Light.

Some of your favorite creatives and bloggers will be joining me for this FREE series!

Come on over and read all about it. We would love to have you join us!

You can pre-order the devotional now that will compliment the study!

To join this free study you just need to be registered at jeanneoliver.ning.com (registering is free).

Once you are on the site you will find this study, free videos (business and art), my Creativity Takes Courage series and new online courses along the left hand side of the page.

You will find all of our courses/videos under the COURSES heading.

To register for Salt + Light

1) Go to COURSES along the left hand side of the page

2) Go to the bottom of the course and click “view all” to find Salt + Light

4) Click on Salt + Light

3) Click the +join button on the upper right hand side

4) All of the details are on the page and you are all set for the study to begin on January 4, 2017

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