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 |





Miss Mustard Seed | Craftberry Bush | Shades of Blue Interiors | French Country Cottage

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Jennifer Rizzo | Dear Lillie | Liz Marie Blog

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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!

Living Room Before and After

We have officially been in this house for one year as of tomorrow.

That is so hard for us to believe but when we look back over the past year we can’t believe all we have accomplished in that time (and all the things we still want to do).

This home has creatively been so fun! It has allowed us to go a totally different direction with our style and to create a fun space for our family.

This home has become a gathering space unlike any home we have had.

That was what was hinted at, prayed for and provided.

If you haven’t read our home journey you can find it here:

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

We have been so busy making the house our own and creating our new studio that I have forgotten to show you some of the other house projects.

I thought I would start with our living room.

Let me show you what we saw when we first saw this space. These next photos were from the PREVIOUS OWNERS…

This space was their dinning room, the walls were all a peachy tan color and they had built in this buffet piece.

Once we purchased the home (and before we moved in) we had all the walls and trim painted Nano White and all of the window frames painted black.

I am pretty sure the painters thought we were nuts but I assured them that if I hated the windows they were going to make a whole lot more money painting them white.

The next thing we did was replace all of the lighting throughout the home.

We also ripped out the built in buffet before having the house painted.

The other two homes we had placed offers on had wood burning fireplaces and I was pretty sad that this home only had one gas fireplace (the previous owners took out one other fireplace that was located in the kitchen) and it was in the master bedroom.

It didn’t make sense for our family to have a dinning room right next to the eat in kitchen so I thought it would be the perfect place for a small living room with a fireplace.  The original plan was to add a modern wood burning stove in this space but the depth needed was taking too much out of the floor space. We went with the most modern gas fireplace we could find that would work in the space and also allow us to have the sitting space we wanted.

Here is a photo of the space during one of our final inspections. You can’t tell in this photo with our realtor but we were really excited.

Here is a photo before the fireplace was added. If you peek into the library/music room you get a peek of that space before we built the bookshelves. That will be the next before and after:-)


Here are some of the progress photos.

Here are some of our AFTER photos. The black special order exposed pipe/vent was worth it. It really brought the modern feel that were were wanting into the space.

This is the space were we read, have coffee in the morning and even listen to music. Because it is right off the kitchen it is the place where our friends and family also gather. The fireplace transformed the space and also helped add to the look of the space that we were creating throughout the whole house.

My best advice is to trust your gut with what you want in your home. Don’t let the painters or even friends talk you out of the ideas you have. Big deal if you make a wrong paint decision…paint again. Really. We are having so much fun and we love the direction our home is taking.


Chandelier: Restoration Hardware

Couch: Restoration Hardware

Table: Old Glory Antiques

Leather and metal chairs: Urban Outfitters

Pillows: Etsy and Nordstrom

Painting: Stephanie Lee

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Our Past and Present Fall Tablescapes | A Fun Look Back

I love that I have had the opportunity to be a part of many home tours over the years because our real holidays do not get documented. When you have company over, you are rotating what goes in the oven and you are talking with your favorite people and there is little time for picture taking. I do love preparing for the gathering though. It is a part of my creativity and simple tablescapes are so fun to do. I usually prepare them the night before the holiday meal so once everyone gets to our home all of my attention is on them and the meal.  Here are some recent and also some older fall tablescapes if you love creating them as much as I do.

If looking at any stylized gathering makes you want to run to Outback and order your Thanksgiving meal then please skip this whole post. If you want to create something this holiday but don’t know where to begin then continue to scroll down and maybe the photos will help you come up with your own ideas.  If tablescapes are your jam and you begin preparing months in advance I can promise you that mine may not be your thing.  I pull from our cabinets, I rarely spend anything beyond unscented candles and flowers, I last minute forage for greenery or branches in our yard and I may be wiping dust off our dishes last minute as people are coming through the door. That last part should have been kept secret.

If you are still reading then I would like to first thank you and now share some past and present fall tablescapes.


1. This is my most recent fall tablescape and it is one of my favorites because it was on our new land, it was for a bunch of women at one of our workshops and the natural elements just makes it so lovely and relaxing at the same time. Talk about how to take boxed sandwiches to the next level. It was so fun and the women felt so special (exactly how we wanted them to feel).



2. Another outdoor favorite. This is the from last fall in our previous home. My husband built this pergola and this yard was a constant labor of love to try to make a subdivision yard feel soft and organic. We were far from finished when we moved but I loved this yard and all of the parties, movie nights, snowmen and years playing on the swing and sandbox.  This house will always be special because it is the house that helped me to find my creative passions and it loved us well.

3. If you have been reading this blog for a LONG TIME you will remember when our business was A Bushel and a Peck.  My mom would sing that song to us when we were little and I then sang it to our children. I had no idea how our business would grow over the years but this song still holds a special place in my heart. This tablescape was based upon those memories and that song.

4. Sometimes you just need a vintage floral tablecloth, foraged treasures as your centerpiece and a big pot of something yummy.  Don’t over think it. Have fun with what you have and make your guests the main attraction.

5. Getting old treasures is the best for mixing up your style and decorating. This tablescape was created from vintage linens my mom found and passed on to me. It is completely different than what I would normally use or buy and I think it brought a sweet elegance to the table. Just think about how many meals have been placed upon this lace tablecloth and how many laps these napkins graced. I love the stories that vintage treasures tell.

Thank you for joining me and HAVE FUN putting together your Thanksgiving table!

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Finding Fall Home Tour 2016

This is our first fall on our new land and in our home and we are loving all of the surprises.

Want to know the surprise we are loving the most right now?

We have a huge apple tree!

We had no idea because we bought our land and home in the middle of winter. I have always wanted an apple tree and this home has THREE!

We have already made apple crisp and we are making another one today.

We will have more apples than we know what do to with so friends and local horses may be getting buckets of apples delivered to their homes and stables.

Another wonderful surprise is watching how the sun comes through our windows each season. It is all so new and beautiful to us. I feel like we fall in love deeper with this home and land a thousand times a week. We also were able to walk the land and clip all of the branches and flowers that we used though out the house for the tour!


I am so honored to be included in Finding Home’s Finding Fall Home Tour.

Laura has gathered so many designers and bloggers that I adore and she has done something a little different this year.

All of the homes are featured today!

You can visit all of the homes all at once, you don’t have to wait over the week and you can instantly get tons of inspiration for your own home.

All of the links will be at the bottom of this post and you won’t want to miss one of them.

Thank you Laura for inviting me back and allowing me to share our new home (I have also included a short walking tour video too).


When you first walk into our home this is part of your view.

Library and Music Room

This room is one of my favorite rooms in the house because of the positioning of the space, the huge wall of windows, the light, the view into the side garden and of course the gorgeous bookcase I designed and then had built by my brother!  We love this room and how much use we get out of it.  The bookcase transformed this room and it was one of the first things we had done in the home (because how long can a girl live with her books in boxes?).

If you are interested in ordering a large gallery wrapped canvas print of my art above our piano please contact us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.

We would love to custom order one for you.

The Living Room

This room was the previous owner’s dining room but with a large kitchen table and multiple outdoor dinning spaces we thought a living room made more sense for our family.  The biggest thing we did in this space was add this fireplace that I designed. I think it feels like it was original to the home.

When we moved in we had the whole inside of the house painted (ceiling, walls, baseboards) Nano White by Behr and we changed out all of the lighting. That alone made a HUGE impact on the feel of the home.

Watch the home video tour so you can understand the flow of the house a little better (if you want).

The Kitchen

We love the beautiful levels of this home, all of the windows and the open floor plan.

The Family Room

I am only giving you a peek into this space. You will have to come back tomorrow for a special post just on the family room.

The Master Bedroom

We have never had a ranch style home before (even though nothing about this home really fits a ranch description). We are loving having our bedroom right off the living room and on the main level. We also have a fun deck off our bedroom with a hot tub that we use all throughout the winter. The stars at night out here are insane! I had forgotten how incredible the sky looks in the country at night.

The Back Deck

Off of our kitchen we have a huge deck that we are loving! It has become another room of our house and when the weather is nice you will find Kelly and I out here in the morning talking and having coffee.  You can’t see in these photos but you can see the mountains from the deck and I wish I could record the sound of the birds in the morning and the sound of the wind through the pines.  On this day that the photos were taken we were getting ready for our kids to have some friends over to celebrate the start of school.  We grilled out, placed volleyball and ate too many s’mores.

The Side Garden

This is the last stop in the tour. I loved this space from the beginning because out of our 7 acres it is the only fenced in area and I am a sucker for gates. What is a girl to do?  We have started filling the raised beds and we are working on a new cedar porch that will allow you to walk right out into the garden. My favorite part about this space has to be the view of the butte and finding one of the kids reading in the hammock.

Video Home Tour


I can’t wait to show you later some of the trails we have made throughout the woods on the land.  Better yet…I would love to have you come to one of our live workshops at our new studio here on our land.

If you love before and afters (come on…who doesn’t) come and check out the transformation of a large workshop/garage into my studio.

If you want to read all about our journey to this home and land you can read about it here, here and here.  We had no interest in moving and then here we are.

It was a year ago this month that we looked at that first home and all of the adventuring began.

Thank you for stopping over and joining me for my fall home tour!

Now, don’t stop here. You have to check out the rest of the tour…

Finding Home






Julie Blanner

Zevy Joy

Home Stories A to Z

Thistlewood Farms

Inspired By Charm

Stone Gable

French Country Cottage

Ella Claire

At The Picket Fence

Four Generations One Roof

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Our New Home In Pictures

It has been 2 1/2 months since we have been in our new home and land.  In some ways it feels like we have been here forever and then we are reminded we don’t even know this land or home yet.  Before we moved in we had the whole interior painted white and all of the window frames painted black (except for the children’s bedroom window frames were painted white).  We have never done this before and it was the biggest time saver for us to feel like we could jump right in and start putting our home together.  We also replaced all of the lighting throughout the whole house. I starting ordering lighting as soon as they accepted our offer.  I will do a whole post soon all about our lighting and sources.

We are currently having our bookshelves built and a fireplace is being added (hence weird framing in one of the photos).  We have also been working like crazy to get our studio finished.  We have the electrical finished, insulation almost done, walls going in this weekend and our full view garage doors have been ordered.  In between snowstorms we have also been trying to work and play in the yard.  We have fit a lot in the past 2 1/2 months but it is all worth it and we are all in love with our new home and land.

I will try to take photos soon with a real camera but I wanted to share some of the house that I have captured with my phone.


More posts coming soon with the bookshelves installed and the fireplace completed!  Thank you so much for looking!

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Holiday Decor Highlights

Last week’s Holiday House Walk was so incredible and I was blown away by the creativity and beauty coming from each home.

I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite images from the tour.

If you would like to take the tour from the beginning I know you will love seeing the whole thing start to finish!

Thank you Jen for bringing all of these women together and sharing so much inspiration.

Jeanne Oliver

Jen Wagner

My Sweet Savannah

Rooms For Rent

Eclectically Vintage

Liz Marie

City Farmhouse

Chronicles of Home

Susie Harris

The Lily Pad Cottage

At The Picket Fence

French Country Cottage

The Golden Sycamore

East Coast Creative

Golden Boys and Me

Just Destiny Mag

Craftberry Bush

Dear Lillie

Restoration House

Number 53

Rusty Hinge

The Shabby Nest

Ella Claire

Unskinny Boppy

Jenna Berger

Live Sweet Photography

Duke Manor Farm

The Yellow Cape Cod

Town and Country Living

Nesting With Grace

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Paige Knudsen

Everyday Enchanting

Kindred Vintage

Is your creativity ready to explode?  So much goodness!

If you love what they have created make sure you go and let them know!

Make sure you also check out our Housewalk Pinterest board with Good Housekeeping!

Here’s the full Line-Up of the Holiday Housewalk:

1. Jennifer Rizzo
2. Liz Marie Blog
3. Just Destiny Mag
4. Eclectically Vintage
5. Dear Lillie
6. Kindred Vintage
7. City Farmhouse
8. My French Country Cottage
9. Lily Pad Cottage
10. Jeanne Oliver
11. Rooms for Rent
12. Paige Knudsen
13. Craftberry Bush
14. Rusty Hinge
15 .Town and County Living
16. Duke Manor Farm
17. Shabby Nest
18. Restoration House
19. Jenna Burger Design
20. At the Picket Fence
21. Yellow Cape Cod
22. East Coast Creative
23. Golden Sycamore
24. Jennifer Wagner
25. Unskinny Boppy
26. Ella Claire
27. My Uncommon slice of Suburbia
28. My Sweet Savannah
29. My Golden Boys and Me
30. Susie Harris
31. Number 53

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