Is It Really Almost Time?

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Is it getting a bit cooler at nights where you are living?  I can feel the little changes that are everywhere and they are telling me that fall is coming.  It is always hard to say goodbye to summer but fall will always have my heart.

Fall is when the house gets cozy, yummy foods are on the stove, my favorite boots are pulled out and people I love are around my table more.  Even though school is back in full force is always feels to me like things settle down.

This is a time that I become more intentional about how I love on my family, friends and home.  Maybe now you know why I love this season so much.

I wanted to let you know that today is the last day to get the early registration price for Art of Home | Modern Simple Living.  This four week online course is coming at the best time for those of you that love homemaking or want to know how to love on our family and home better. As I always teach…it has never been about what your table looks like, the food you serve or the home you have.  I promise.  It has always been about the heart behind your actions.

I hope you will join me and four of the most incredible and creative women!

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The early registration price is $42.99 (through today)

With the kids and grand kids going back to school many of you will have more time to focus on your creative practicing and making art this fall!

We have so many beautiful and unique online classes coming up and tomorrow begins Classical Figure Painting with Angie Redhead.

During this one week online class, we will create a group figure painting on canvas. I will take you through the process I’ve used when painting figures for murals, except in a smaller scale.

This class will cover: reference material resources, surface prep, sketching a classical figure outline, composition, the underpainting and painting the overlayers.

Come and read more!

 

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I know it is not officially fall but I had to share one of my favorite cooler weather treats!

Come and try my handmade pumpkin spice latte!

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

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Where Do I Begin? {if I love decorating, diy, cooking and homemaking}

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There are so many awesome online courses out there and sometimes it can be hard to know which one to choose!

I know that your time and money is so important and that is why I wanted to make finding the RIGHT online course easier for you.

The first step we did was create an online digital catalog that would allow you to look at most of our courses all at once and in a beautiful format.

The second thing we are starting is the Where Do I Begin? series!

This will be weekly posts that help you find the best course for you based upon your lifestyle and form of creativity.

Easy and so convenient!

This week we are helping you find the perfect courses for you if you love decorating, diy, cooking and homemaking.

Our home courses have been some of our most popular courses and I believe that is because of the HEART and DEPTH behind each course.

So, let’s show you how you can connect with all of the home courses we have available…

* If you are interested in Art of Home | Modern Simple Living

* If you are interested in Creatively Made Home | Home for the Holidays

* If you are interested in Creatively Made Home | Creating a home that reflects your heart in everyday living

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How do you get started?

 

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.

* If you are interested in Art of Home | Modern Simple Living

* If you are interested in Creatively Made Home | Home for the Holidays

* If you are interested in Creatively Made Home | Creating a home that reflects your heart in everyday living

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”.

*as long as we manage this site

Teen Girl Bedroom Makeover

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It has been awhile since we had updated our Maddy’s room and wouldn’t you know it that in the meantime she has become a young lady!

Her last room update was vintage linens, sweet colors and her favorite color at the time…turquoise.

As we were pulling together ideas, colors and patterns of what direction to go we were looking to Maddy and what is authentic to her the whole time.

What fun is an awesome room if the person that it is for doesn’t feel comfortable in it?!

Don’t go for the perfect room for you…make it the perfect room for them!

Here is the before (pretty darn adorable if you ask me)…

And here is the after…

We are all in love with Maddy’s new space and most importantly SHE loves it.

Maddy is really loving the full bed, a place for her guitar, the record player and the clothing rack (duh, I want one too).

It took awhile to find all of the pieces and I know it is still a work in progress and she makes it her own.

Sources

Wall Color: Inkwell by Sherwin Williams

End tables: Target

Lamps: Target

Sconces: Urban Outfitters

Sheet Set: Pottery Barn Teen

White Linen Bedding: West Elm

Books: Anthro

Candle: Anthro

Jewelry Dish: Alisa Burke

Bed: Land of Nod

Curtains: Tapestries we converted to curtains from Urban Outfitters

Dresser Knobs: Anthro

Pillows: Target, Urban Outfitters

Record Player and Records: Urban Outfitters

Desk: Target

Makeup Cart: IKEA

Clothing Rack: Urban Outfitters

Posters: Urban Outfitters

Wild and Free: Urban Outfitters

Light Fixture: IKEA

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Summer Tour of Homes 2015

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I am not a design or DIY blog so I am always humbled and honored when bloggers that I adore and admire ask me to be a part of their home tours.

This means so much to me because family, faith and friends mean everything to me and HOME is so much at the center of it all.

Our home is truly an eclectic mix of what we really love and use…and I hope it shows.

To begin this tour from the beginning please start with Gina at The Shabby Cottage and take your time looking through all of the inspiration of this home tour!

If you are coming from Haneen’s Haven I am so happy you are here!

Welcome to our artsy vintage home…

 When you first walk into our home you see my art studio.

This was the brilliant idea of my husband years ago to take a room we barely used and to make sure it was put to good use.

This has really changed the feel of our home and also the purpose of our spaces.  This all goes back to really loving and using what we have.

{just starting on a new piece}

From my studio you can go through the butler’s pantry to get to the kitchen. This is where we keep everything for cocktails, coffee or tea.

I really like how much we use this space because there was a time when it was empty and more of extra storage.

Now it is a fun place for all of us to make hot cocoa, coffee, tea or grab a cold soda.  It is also perfect for when we have guests because it is already set up and convenient.

The kitchen is the area that has probably changed the most over the twelve years we have lived in our home.

If you are interested in learning more:

* Kitchen Remodel Before and After

* Adding Open Shelving

* Ripping Out The Built In Desk

* How We Built Our Kitchen Island

We will be adding concrete counters along the back of the kitchen later this summer, our backslash and replacing the open shelving.

It all takes time and money so if you are wanting to make changes and you are anything like us…you will need to learn patience.

Our floor plan in the kitchen and living room is really nice and open.

These two areas is where we spend the most of our time.

One of my favorite rooms of our home is the library/music room.

This space was recently repainted and I love the change!

My husband built all of the shelving for one my birthday many years ago.

{all three of our children play the piano, guitar and ukelele and it is one of my favorite sounds in the world}

Sometimes we don’t even realize how important it is to state what your heart is for your family and home.

During my last holiday home tour I wrote a bit about my heart for our home and my friend Tiffani of House of Belonging surprised me with the sign above.

This is what the sign says:

In this home you will find that art is made often, music is usually playing, a candle is burning, books are being read, the house is rarely really clean and I forget about dinner until around 4:30 each day.

More than anything I hope that our children remember how much they are deeply loved and accepted.

I hope they always carry with them their faith and how it will guide their steps all of their days.

I hope they will also know that a pretty house is nice but the people in that house are the best!

{I had no idea that it would become permanent words on a sign and I like that I didn’t know.  If I would have made up the sign I am afraid I would have written things differently and THIS sign is perfect}

Please check out our previous home tours so you will know that the bedrooms are cleaned every once in awhile! :-)

Thank you so much for taking a look at out home as we get ready for summer.

Please come back again!

The tour isn’t over yet!

Have so much fun going through Brooke’s home at All Things Thrifty.

I would love to have you check out my creative network where I have over 35 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…

Other posts you might enjoy…

If you like the photos above of our home I think you would like these posts too…

Online Class Creatively Made Home {creating a home that reflects your hear in everyday living}

Creatively Made Home Summer Series

Creatively Made Home {home for the holidays}

Becoming: A free study

Fall Home Tour 2014

Fall Home Tour 2013

Christmas Home Tour 2013

Christmas Home Tour 2014

Our 13 year old son’s bedroom makeover

Our daughter’s bedroom makeover

Going from baby to big boy room makeover

Hallway collage wall

Our home decorated for Christmas

How to add character to a new home

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2014 Holiday House Walk

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{If you like the images on our mantle you can print them out HERE. We are all crazy for them and love how whimsical they are! Alice, I think you are the bees knees.}

I am so glad you have stopped by and I can’t wait to welcome you into our home.

I have loved home, making home and loving on the people I love for as long as I can remember.

The older I get the more I know…truly know…that loving on others and loving on my family is far better than a pretty home.

In this home you will find that art is made often, music is usually playing, a candle is burning, books are being read, the house is rarely really clean and I forget about dinner until around 4:30 each day.

More than anything I hope that our children remember how much they are deeply loved and accepted.

I hope they always carry with them their faith and how it will guide their steps all of their days.

I hope they will also know that a pretty house is nice but the people in that house are the best!

Welcome to our home.

Our whole family wishes you the most Merry Christmas!

I am so honored each time Jennifer Rizzo has asked me to be a part of her Holiday House Walk.

It is so much fun to be included with such a talented group of women that love family and making home comfortable and beautiful!

To begin the walk from the beginning click the icon below or go directly to Jennifer Rizzo.

If you are stopping over from Four Generations Under One Roof I am so glad you are here. Jessica and her family create such a gorgeous home!

Go grab something to drink and I hope you will take a moment to look around.

I decorate pretty simple for the holiday and over the years my Christmas bins have gotten fewer and fewer.

I really love to pull the outdoors in and use what is easily available out my front door.

We decorate our tree as a family and at least this year the ornaments seem to be scattered out evenly.

We have had many years where the tree almost fell over from having it too weighted from the front or they were all really low.

This year we are hoping for the tree to stay up!

Last year we made an Acts of Service Advent Tree and we all loved it.

This year we are also going to use it again because it really helped our days to be more focused on others and not just what we were hoping to receive.

I had to throw this shot in because I play my record player all day long. It is one of my favorite things and brings me oodles of joy.

This on the other hand brings my husband joy:-)

During my fall house tour I created a drink cart out of my IKEA art cart.

I loved it so much I decided to do it again but this time make it a permanent part of the living room at least through the holidays.

Just a peek into our library.  This is where we hold some of our books and the piano.

This is where my littlest loves to play on the floor and we all love it when the fire is going and it is toasty warm.

See that pillow?

That is from Craftberry Bush and her home is next!

We made the star our of twigs, tied them with string and strung copper lights from Anthro. It is truly one of my favorite pieces.

I use it year around all over the house.

The gorgeous Advent cards are from Naptime Diaries.

Go get yourself some twigs and twine and make yourself giddy happy.

Honest.

For those of you that haven’t seen the kitchen since last year’s house walk I bet you can’t believe the difference.

We aren’t done yet but we are getting there. I hope we are getting there. Things take WAY long in this house to get finished. I like to say that we are fashionably late. Are you buying it?

You can read more about it here, here, here and here.

One of my favorite things to change up each month is our hanging paper roll.

This month was inspired by the art work found HERE.

Pretty much one of my favorite Christmas songs!  Beautiful and powerful song. THIS is one of my favorite versions.

This sign is from my dear friend House of Belonging.  It is always a little hard to put this one away each year.

This is my studio and where I create and tape many of my online courses.

I love that this room used to be our dinning room and it is so close to the rest of the house and my family.

That is not always true…but most of the time.

I am so excited to tell you why this tree doesn’t have an ornaments on it yet.

We just started Unwrapping The Greatest Gift and each night in December the kids will decorate the “Jesse Tree” with ornaments we printed out.

We already have placed the first ornament on during our first night of Advent.  It was thought provoking and meaningful.

I am excited to see what the Lord reveals to us over the next month.

I usually include more of our upstairs but I was taking photos the morning we were leaving for our Thanksgiving adventure trip and there was nothing up there you would want to see.

Please check out our previous Holiday House Walks so you will know that the bedrooms are cleaned every once in awhile!

Thank you so much for taking a look at out home all dressed up for Christmas.

Please come back again!

You are going to love, love the next home.

Have so much fun going through Lucy’s home at Craftberry Bush!

I would love to have you check out my creative network where I have over 35 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…

Other posts you might enjoy…

If you like the photos above of our home I think you would like these posts too…

Becoming: A free study that begins THIS January!

Fall Home Tour 2014

Fall Home Tour 2013

Christmas Home Tour 2013

Our 13 year old son’s bedroom makeover

Our daughter’s bedroom makeover

Going from baby to big boy room makeover

Hallway collage wall

Our home decorated for Christmas

How to add character to a new home

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Creatively Christmas {a book, some crafting, our home and a giveaway}

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Last January Jennifer Rizzo came and captured our home still decorated for the holidays.

After months of Jen writing, photographing and creating for her book I believe we were one of the last homes that she needed to photograph.

It was a fun time of working and playing during her visit and a sweet honor to be included in her first book!

I was able to see a draft of the book before it went to print and as I looked through it I had tears in my eyes for my dear friend that had created one of the most gorgeous Christmas DIY books I had ever seen.

This book is so packed full of things you can make for your home, as gifts, with your kids and friends.

When we finally had our own copy of the book in our hands Maddy and I went through picking out all of the things we wanted to make and yesterday Ben and Maddy made a few things.

I am pretty strict about following my own rule about no Christmas until after Thanksgiving but I had to break that to share this beautiful book.

The book is full of DIY decorating and gift ideas but it is also overflowing in decor photos of different homes dressed up for Christmas and the traditions of the holidays.

This book has many layers and brings you much more than crafting.

Here is a glimpse into our creating day inspired by Jen’s new book Creatively Christmas: Inspired Yuletide Decor.

Did I mention that the first printing sold out weeks ago? Yep, it’s that good:-)

I purchased two extra copies of the book to give away!

To enter just leave a comment on this post telling me one thing you love about Christmas or the holidays in general.

We will pick the winners next week.

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Want To Get Your Heart Into The Holidays? {This year make it simple and meaningful}

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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 discount for the next 72 hours.

For the next 72 hours you can get this course for $29! 

This is 50% off!

*There will be 65 videos.  30 project videos and 35 discussion videos.

These will be 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 access to the videos for TWO YEARS!

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 INSANTLY 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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For people that are not already in the site here are directions:

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 offering 30 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.

4. Click on the course you are interested in, click the +join in the upper right hand corner, pay and you will be instantly in the course.

5. If you have ANY questions please email jeanneoliverdesigns@gmail.com

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