The Beauty of France {Sneak Peek}

  I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing weekend.

We took the children to the Littleton Historical Museum and they made apple cider, saw the animals, ate pumpkin pie, took a wagon ride and picked out their pumpkins to carve.

I can’t wait to show you the photos because it is like stepping back in time when you step on the land of this 1860s farm.

The rest of the weekend we were busy getting the new site ready for the new course.

Creatively Made Home begins in 7 DAYS!

Even though the class hasn’t started yet you can connect with the other members of the class because of the new social network we created.

The new site is AWESOME!

I only have a few more sneak peeks to go before the course starts.

Today I want to give you a peek…and just a peek into the content and projects that Tracey Leber will share.

Tracey owns the shop French Larkspur and travels to France multiple times a year to fill her shop.

Tracey is one of my closest friends.

After we had been friends for awhile I was able to finally stay at her home while I was on a trip to see my mom.

From the moment…moment…you step into the door you are surrounded by beauty and details.

Comfortable beauty.

Styling and entertaining is Tracey’s creative gift and I was able to walk through her gifting.

Each room was full of detail and little touches that were just right.

She thinks out of the box and incorporates beautiful items that complimented each other in ways you would have never thought of.

Because of all of her white I thought that maybe her home would look beautiful but feel cold…and this was not the case at all.

She has combined white with vintage salvage, linens, wood and furniture to balance it all and create a gorgeous space for her family.

It is one of the most stunning homes I have ever been in.

I was texting photos to my husband of their home the whole time I was staying.

He was laughing at me and I think a little scared that the whole house was now going to be painted white:-)

I have been back many times now and each time I see new ways that she has styled for the season or prepared her home for her family and friends.

She loves to make things beautiful just to make them beautiful….and it blesses everyone that comes in their home.

Here is a peek at the creative projects that Tracey Leber brings to Creatively Made (this is just a peek though)….

Tracey will talk about:

*Her personal journey with her home and family

*Her design influences

*How she found her own style and how she began incorporating it

*Share favorite recipes and photos of her home

*Have a live, online discussion with members of the course to ask whatever they wish about her style, home, passions.

*Share 10 project videos in different areas that are true to how she incorporates her creativity and passions in everyday living.

A peek into her project videos…

Tracey will show you how to incorporate vintage salvage into your home and also talk about what to focus on when you are starting to put your home together.

She will also show you how to make a muslin wreath that can be accented for any season.

Tracey will show you how to make the most perfect gifts for birthdays or Christmas!

She will show you how to make sugar scrubs and how to package up your gifts with all the little details that Tracey is known for.

She will also show you how to bring together a simple and beautiful table and other simple entertaining elements.

All of Tracey’s projects will be about the details, entertaining, gift giving and making your home beautiful.

Each time I get to show all of you what this course will be full of I get so excited for the course to begin!

If you are not registered there is still time!

We would love to have you join us.

To read more about the course go HERE.


To register go HERE or click below.

More fun news coming this week about the new site and the fun plans that include YOU!!!

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Your Own Private French Brocante {French Larkspur}

You know you are pretty lucky when you can sit at your computer and buy vintage treasures that have been handpicked in France!

From. Your. Computer.

All of my vintage finds from my time in Paris and Normandy will not be available until the next collection (in November) but…

Tracey, my awesome travel partner, has loaded her beautiful shop with tons of French items.

She has been working like crazy since we landed and has been sorting, photographing and listing so much good stuff!

I know she will have more coming over the next week but things are already selling fast so head on over.

Her photography alone is worth the trip.

I don’t know how she does it but she makes the vintage string look like the most gorgeous thing ever!

If you get something please let me know!


Join me on my Facebook business page for “30 Days of France”.

Each day there is a new photo from my trip.

You can also now become a fan of Tracey’s French Larkspur business page and see her photos too!

Have a wonderful weekend and see you on Monday for more photos from France….hope you are not getting tired of them.

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Registration Now Open For Our Brand New E-Course!

We are so excited to share with you our brand new e-course!

We can’t wait to share this journey with you.


When I was a little girl I would play house.

I would hang clothes on the line, pat my baby doll’s back, set a small table with care and decorate “my house”.

For as long as I can remember I wanted nothing more than to be a mom and to have a home of my own.

As a new wife I had all of these ideas of how a good wife made a home.

I had examples in magazines and on television that promoted a life that I tried so desperately to follow and accomplish.

I had the most perfect parties and the most perfect pantry.

There wasn’t a speck of dust to be found.

I must have been doing it right.  Right?

Then my babies came one after another.

It didn’t take me long to realize that the perfect home was not as important as being a good mom.

It also didn’t take too long to realize that my perfect home was making my husband miserable.

I was still a young mom and wife when I figured out that my home was not becoming all the things I truly desired.

I wanted my home to be about the people, nothing about the perfection and still about the pretty!

So all those years ago I made a choice to change how I loved our home and how better to love the people in it.

This is my journey to creating a home that reflected my heart.

This is a journey about a woman and her friends that still play house but this time it is more fun!

Join me and some of the most creative women I know for Creatively Made Home.

I chose each of these women not only because of the beautiful homes they create but how they have incorporated their truest joys in everyday life.

Each woman has a style and story all her own.

This is a five week online course that will be hosted by

Tracey Leber

Sara Duckett

Kimberly Taylor

Jennifer Rizzo

and Me …..  Jeanne Oliver

I wanted to create a course that celebrated what really matters in your home… 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 week online course will change how you see yourself, your home and your family.

* Each week you will have amazing truthful videos from not only the five teachers but other creative women.

* Each week we will take a room from one of YOU and all five women will give their suggestions telling you how they would transform the room with their style.

* There will be 50+ project videos.

These will be incredible videos that include everything from gardening, cooking, gift giving and decorating.

* There will be written tips from each woman telling you how she starts a room, picks paint, fabrics, etc.  You will learn where to start when putting your own home together.

* Tons of beautiful house photos from each of the five women.

* Videos that truly reflect what life is like in each of their homes.  The stuff that life is really about.  Believe me it has nothing to do with the perfect table setting.

* Each woman will share their own truthful journey about how they started making their home a reflection of their hearts.

* Each person registered will get an easy entertaining e-book to download.

It will contain go to recipes for beautiful and easy entertaining (they do go together), photos of table settings that take the stress out of having people over, favorite drinks and so much more (and their funniest entertaining story).

* There will be a private Facebook group to connect with other class members.

* There will be a once a week live discussion with one of the teachers!

* You will get printables and pdfs to keep and use again and again.

This course is about loving your home, loving your family and blessing those around you….and having fun doing it.

If you have taken my other courses you know how much I put into them.

This course will lavish you with ideas, beauty, inspiration, joy and encouragement!

Come and play house with us.

Class begins October 22.

Registration is now open!

Early registration price is $48 for the next two weeks.

After August 6 the price will go to $58

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It is worth a trip to France {just for the flea markets}

Opening my suitcase after coming home from France was like traveling back on my journey.

As I pushed dirty clothes to the side I uncovered vintage silver, oil paintings, old French letters.

My trip brought me overflowing treasures.

A trip to France is not a regular extravagance for me.

A trip to France is a treasure in itself.

My dear friend ,Tracey Leber of French Larkspur, makes regular trips to France and now Belgium to fill her suitcases just for her shop.

If you can’t make it to France you can enjoy the treasures that spill out of her suitcases.

She just returned from a recent trip and here is a peek at the treasures she picked up.

Tracey’s photos alone are a treat to look at.

Tracey is a well known stylist who has been in countless publications.

Her home is true reflection of her love for vintage and how to use it everyday.

I hope you find a bit of France and Belgium to bring home and use in your day to day.

{I bought the French cider set and I can’t stop using them}


For the month of June I will be starting a new series called “Reflections of Paris”.

I have never shared all of my photos from my trip to Paris (two summers ago) and I am looking forward to sharing.

I am heading back with Kelly this September to celebrate turning 40 in May.

I better get these photos out before my next trip:-)

See you on Monday with “Reflections of Paris”.

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Get The Look {Be inspired and Share Photos Yourself}

Welcome to week two of “Get the Look”.

This is a series for the month of March celebrating how YOU wear my clothing, bags and jewelry.

You can see last weeks post HERE.

This week I have not only photos from two women sharing their style but also our first $100 gift certificate (to my shop) winner.

The first “Get the Look” photo is from Tracey Leber of French Larkspur.

You probably know Tracey from her beautiful decorating blog.

Here is Tracey’s take on the Elaine knit dress.

First of all I wish I had that kind of glorious light in my home.

Tracey makes white walls look amazing!

I love the leggings and boots with the Elaine.

The second photos come from Becky Strahle of Farmgirl Paints.

Becky has a wonderful and joyful blog in which she shares her day to day life.

Here is Becky in the Louise dress/tunic.


Becky, can I have those brick steps?  Please?

Becky’s style is SOOOOO cute!

I love the headband and I have to know where Becky got those leggings!

Becky, please tell us!


At the beginning of the series I asked my readers/customers to send in photos of themselves wearing my clothing, bags etc.

It has been so fun to see the photos.


We still have three more weeks in the series and that means 3 $100 gift certificate winners are coming up!

The winner of this week’s gift certificate is Lynne Bechard.

Lynne is wearing the Louise dress/tunic and the Audrey French tunic.

Love the looks.

Congratulations Lynne!

If your photo was not chosen don’t worry…you will be put back into the drawing for next week.

To send your own photos in please email me at with the subject line “Get the Look”.



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To Celebrate 40 {and because life is too short}


I turn 40 in a little over three months.

I don’t know what I thought I would feel…but I am completely fine with it.

Growing up I heard horror stories of women turning 40.  Seriously, I thought it was full of doom and despair.

What do I have to be afraid of?

It doesn’t matter that I am turning 40 because inside I still think I am a hot 24:-)

Heck, if you stay away from mirrors you can TOTALLY live in that reality.

I am happy with my life and the life Kelly and I have created.

I have had experiences and opportunities that I never dreamed would come my way.

More importanlty than anything else I have three children that I always deeply wanted and a marriage that has been worth all the work.

But, when you turn 40 you get to ask for things and maybe do something crazy awesome just because.

So, I asked.

In the summer of 2010 I spent two weeks in France.

It was incredible.

Something was missing though… Kelly.

Kelly is my best friend.

It is hard to experience something as crazy beautiful as Paris and not have your best friend with you.


I promised myself that the next time I went to France that Kelly would be with me.

So, he will be.

Even though my birthday is in May it worked out better with our schedules to go in September.

I will spend a week in Paris with my main squeeze and then head to a little cottage in the countryside with my friend Tracey.

{if you want to learn more about the cottage go HERE}

Not too shabby.

The first part of the trip is all fun and the second part of the trip is work and fun.

The next time I go to Paris I am taking my children.

The whole city is set up for families and my children would be in heaven.

I better start saving my pennies because I want them to love France as much as I do.

p.s.  Mom, would you stay with the kids when we go to Paris?  Maybe I should have asked you privately first.

If you have turned 40 how did you handle it? Was it hard or easier than you thought?

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NaDa Farm {Part III French Larkspur}

First of all I would like to thank everyone that contributed their thoughts to the post on authenticity.

I definitely think this is a subject for more discussion and I hope to add another post this week.


The best part of heading back to Illinois is the pure joy of seeing friends and family.

I have become good friends with Tracey, of French Larkspur, over the past few years.

I love that we talk weekly on the phone and make time for each other.

I am so gratful for her friendship and she has some serious incredible decorating skills.

I tell her all of the time she needs to open her services to interior decorating and styling.

Whenever I come home I have been able to meet up with Tracey but it is usually with other friends and never at her home.

This was the first time that I was able to stay at Tracey’s home.

I have a confession to make.

I have seen Tracey’s gorgeous photos of her home for years now.

Rarely is a home even lovelier in person….hers was!

I was walking around her house snapping photos with my phone texting them to my husband:-)

I love layers in clothing, art and decorating.

Tracey’s home has so many layers and that appeals to me.

I love when you have been in a room for an hour and you keep discovering different aspects of the room….little treasures that give the room life and beauty.

Tracey pays so much attention to the details that you  love the soap that is in the bathrooms, the towels hanging, the salad on the table, the body wash in the shower and the candle burning.

This is her art.

This is her creative gift.

Tracey’s home is filled with gorgeous French items from her friend (and mine) Maria’s shop.

I know many of you are familiar with Maria from Dreamy Whites.

Yes, the woman with the gorgeous blog, incredible decorating, seller of stunning French treasures and killer photography skills:-)

Even though I have looked at Maria’s beautiful shop a million times…I have never ordered…until this week….and I ordered twice…shhh.

Ordering online can be hard. I understand this.  I have an online shop and people wonder what it will feel like?  What will the quality be like?  Is it worth the money?

After seeing so many of Maria’s items in Tracey’s home I HAD to bring some of them into my home.

I ordered a bunch of Maria’s lavender filled, vintage grain sacks.

I have already received my first order and they are gorgeous and my home smells sooo good.

They are so well made and lovely that I ordered three more:-)

I also ordered one of her grain sack table runners.

I have a knockoff one but ordered the real deal because Tracey’s launders so beautifully.

The quality of Maria’s items are worth the money.

I would comment on so many things around Tracey’s home and many of them were from Maria’s shop.

I also couldn’t resist some bundles of dried lavender.

A girl has to pretend she is back in the south of France sometimes!

Tracey, thank you for welcoming me into your home.

Thank you for being such a true friend.

Thank you for your creativity and how it makes those around you feel loved and special.

{all photos are courtesy of Tracey Leber of French Larkspur}


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