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

Rooms for Rent | Jeanne Oliver | Julie Blanner | Kindred Vintage

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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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Julie Blanner | City Farmhouse | French Country Cottage | Jeanne Oliver

Miss Mustard Seed | Craftberry Bush | Jennifer Rizzo | and our featured guest, Beneath My Heart

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Studio Christmas Tour

I had hoped to get the studio simply decorated for Christmas in time for our Holiday House Walk Tour earlier this week but that just didn’t happen so we are sharing it now.

We are loving this space so much and what it means for me but also Kelly and the kids.

This is where I create, have meeting with our creative team members, meet with clients, read, study, tinker, have cocktails or coffee with Kelly and hang out with the kids.

It has just become an incredibly fun extension of our home.

I don’t like to get too fussy with the holidays and decorating and I believe less is more.

Welcome to the studio!

Thank you for coming on over to the studio and if you would like to see more images of the studio I recommend the following posts…

The Studio That Love Built {before and after photos}

Our First Live Workshop In Our New Studio {come and check out the photos}


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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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Home for the Holidays SALE!

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

This three week course is all about the heart of home and how to make the holidays all about the people you love.

I wanted to offer this beautiful and rich course at a 50% off discount for the next 48 hours.

For the next 48 hours you can get this course for $34 (regularly $68)!

This course is no longer live and is INSTANTLY available!

*There are 65 videos. 30 project videos and 35 discussion videos.

These are incredible videos that include everything from cooking, gift giving and decorating

*Tons of beautiful house photos from each of the nine women

*Supply Lists and PDFs for each project

*A digital recipe book of the recipes shared in this course

You will have lifetime* access!

Course Description:

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.

I promise you that this course will help you look at your home, your traditions, your family and opening your doors in a whole new way!

Won’t you join me in Creatively Made Home {home for the holidays}?

The teachers in this course are some of your favorite bloggers (or they are about to become)!

Here is a peek into what you will create in this INSTANTLY available online course.

I am so excited to open my doors to friends and family again this year!

Just seeing these photos makes my heart skip a beat and makes me excited to love on those in my life in sweeter ways all year long.

To read more or register click HERE.


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To take a class on Jeanne Oliver’s creative network please follow these instructions:

1. Become a member of jeanneoliver.ning.com (this is free)

2. Once your membership is approved you can watch free art videos, the popular free interview series Creativity Takes Courage and even pay for more in depth courses.

3. Want to take an online course? We currently offer 75 courses and free videos and you can find them all along the left hand side of the main page under “Courses”. If you do not see the course you are looking for please click the “View all” at the bottom of the list.

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Our Fall Home

***All week we will be sharing some of our recent and past fall decor**

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!

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!





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Last 24 Hours to Get the Early Registration Price for Modern Bohemian Jewelry and Feel Home!

I know that one of your favorite courses that we offer on our creative network is anything with home!

Being creative and creating a comfortable and beautiful space is at the heart of many of us (and even more desire to know how).

But where do we begin?

How do we make decisions that truly reflect our heart, style, lifestyle and budget? How do design spaces today that we will be happy with tomorrow?

I am honored to share that designer Melinda McCoy of House 214 Design will take us step by step and share how she helps her clients make design choices in Feel Home: Creating a Timeless Feeling Home.

We all have the same questions when it comes to designing our homes. Where do I begin? Is this really me or am I making this decision because it is the latest trend? Am I still going to like this look six months from now? Whether you are the everyday home designer or working with a professional, the choices you make for your timeless home need to be made with intention. This course will guide you through the process and teach you the framework that I use to create a timeless home with my clients. We will create storyboards, discover the language for a timeless home (hint, it has a lot to do with your personality), and learn the exact design elements that create a timeless feeling. You will learn by doing. As a result, making design decisions for your timeless home will be easier. You will be making your decisions with intention and confidence rather than because you saw it in the latest issue of a favorite magazine. This course will teach you not just the what, but the how and why behind creating a timeless feeling home.


Feel Home is an online course with 4+ hours of content, lifetime access and it will begin November 1, 2016. The early registration price is $38.00 but that will end in 24 hours!

To read more or to register click HERE.

Watch the course trailer below…



We are having the most fun with all of the beautiful jewelry courses that are on the site right now!

You have 24 hours to still get early registration for Modern Bohemian: Creating Wearable Works of Art with Jen Rizzo!

I was recently speaking at a conference where my good friend Jen Rizzo was also attending.

While we were there she wore the most beautiful jewelry pieces each day and I finally asked her where she got them. She told me she had made them!

She said that she had loved all of the new trends in jewelry but she couldn’t fathom paying that much for them and made all of her pieces for a fraction of what they were selling for in higher end stores.

I asked her right then if she would teach all of us how to make these gorgeous pieces! Lucky for us she said YES:-)

Explore jewelry making using natural materials. Work with wire wrapping, using odd shaped objects such as stone in your designs and create intricate closures. Using these objects and tools you will create beautiful, organic and geometric shaped works of art. We will create earrings, necklaces and bracelets and each piece will be perfect for gift going or keeping for yourself. This jewelry class is for every skill level. No previous jewelry making skills are needed.

This course is a 4+ hour of content course with lifetime* access. The early registration price is $24 and the course will begin on November 1, 2016.

To read more or to register click HERE.


This class is for every skill level, even if you’ve never wire wrapped a thing! No previous jewelry making skills are needed.


This course is a 4+ hour of content course with lifetime* access. The early registration price is $24 and the course will begin on November 1, 2016.

To read more or to register click HERE.


Watch the course trailer below…




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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.

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