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!

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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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!

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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).

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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

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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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Fall Kitchen and Recipe Tour 2016 | Mini Home Video Too

Welcome to our first home tour in our new home! Thank you for joining me for the Farmhouse Holiday Series. Come back each week over the next few months and get peeks into our home dressed up for Fall and Christmas.  Our hope is that this series will be glimpses into our homes during the holidays, and that we will be sharing inspiration for simple cozy spaces.

We went on a crazy home journey within the past year and 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.

We have been in this home for 6 months now and we have worked the hardest to turn an unfinished workshop and garage into our new studio.  We have so many ideas and plans for this home and we have been having the best time making it ours.  Today we are taking a peek into our kitchen and this is an area where we will only be making small changes for awhile.  Before we moved in we had the whole house painted Nano White by Behr (ceilings, walls, baseboards) and we had the window frames painted Tricorn Black by Sherwin Williams. We also replaced all of the lighting throughout the whole house. It is amazing what just paint and lighting can do to transform a space.

All of the homes we put offers on were mid century or more modern homes.  We had been wanting this change for awhile and it feels so good to have this new creative energy. Creating comfortable and beautiful spaces within our home for our family and friends is one of my greatest joys.  I am not in a rush to fill the space and want to allow the space to organically come together.

 

 

One of our favorite parts about this new house is the layout and all of the windows.

I love making breakfast each morning and looking out the back windows and seeing the mountains. If we are really lucky we will see our favorite residence of our woods…the does and fawns.

I hope that never gets old.

We were able to take many of our vintage pieces and mix them with more modern pieces in this home and I think they work beautifully together.

I have learned to carry scissors in the car so I can cut all of the wild flowers along the side of the road on my way home each day:-)

I like to have my cooking staples on hand and easily within reach.  I love creating layers in decorating throughout the house and the kitchen is no exception.

I change out everything on the vintage cutting board each month based upon the season and what plants I can find.

I love including our children’s art throughout the house and I adore this sculpture that our Maddy made a few years ago.

I love when they will let me show them art techniques and then they run with it and create mini masterpieces in my eyes.

We had originally planned to put up open shelving in this area but we have loved the mix of the vintage shoe trolley with the white ironstone and other collected serving pieces.

We have lots of years to play with this space.

While I was in Normandy a few years back I found some of the most wonderful vintage grain sacks.  I framed many of them and you will find some of them around this home.

If you have vintage needlepoint or fabric but you don’t know what to do with it I highly recommend framing it. It adds so much interest and texture to a room.

Because I know that photos make it hard to feel the flow of a home I wanted to make a quick kitchen video for you all.

Kitchen Video Tour

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I love cooking for my family but also having friends over and casually and comfortably entertaining.

The biggest thing that I have learned over the years is to cook things that I love to cook and things that I have cooked so many times that I am not stressed with my guests.

So, make a fun cocktail for your guests and enjoy cooking for your friends and family and keep the focus on them and having a great time.

I have included a few of my favorite recipes below with videos that were created for my Art of Home online course from last fall (back when I had red hair:-)).

Butternut Squash + Sausage Soup

Butternut Squash + Sausage Soup Video

 

 

Easy Cocktail Recipes Video

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Come and check out all of the beautiful glimpses into the other kitchens in the tour.

Farmhouse Fall Kitchen

 

 

Ella Claire | Craftberry Bush | Miss Mustard Seed | Jeanne Oliver

Farmhouse Fall Kitchen 2

 

Love Grows Wild | Rooms FOR Rent | Shades of Blue Interiors | Dear Lillie

Farmhouse Fall Kitchen 3

French Country Cottage | My Sweet Savannah | Kindred Vintage | Jennifer Rizzo

 

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If you are new to my blog you may not know that we have the most gorgeous and fun online home courses on our creative network!

We have a brand new online course beginning on November 1st with the talented Melinda McCoy of House 214 Designs.

Feel Home: Creating a Timeless Feeling Home is all about how to decorate a comfortable and beautiful space!

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 in your home.

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”.

*as long as we manage the jeanneoliver.ning.com creative network

 

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Feel Home: Creating a Timeless Feeling 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.

To read more or to register click HERE.

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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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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Come and Check Out My Curated Sale With Joss and Main! {come and also enter our giveaway}

**THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED**

The winners of 2 complete online class packages worth over $1500 each are:

Everything is so you Jeanne. I love the black bar cart as we’re getting ready to redo a few things in our living room to make it easy for entertaining and more cozy.

 

Angi eharis commented:

Loooove everything about your home and your style, always seems so real, I think that’s why we identify with u and because your so darn cute and a great teacher! I have followed your site for a while, taken classes with u and your dtr, I really like u as a teacher. My fav in your house is gonna be the couch, I am obsessed with couches as I am looking for a new one, happy holidays to all! Aloha, angi in hana

To claim your online courses please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com.  Please make sure you are registered at jeanneoliver.ning.com to make the process so faster.

Congratulation!

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I am so honored to announce that my curated sale with Joss and Main has just launched!

The whole sale is inspired by our home and style and we are so giddy about it!

For the next week you can see images of our home, read the interview with some of my decorating and lifestyle tips and also find products that compliment our style.

Thank you Joss and Main for being drawn to our “cozy, vintage, artsy” style.

As long as I can remember I have been drawn making home beautiful. The older I have gotten my heart has evolved to want home to be so much more that lovely to look at.

Home is now all about the people that live in this home and the people that will also come through the doors.

A home that is well lived in and well loved is so much more beautiful than a picture perfect space.

I hope that when you look at our photos that you see a space where art is made, music is played, books are read all cuddled up and people are loved. So loved.

Welcome to our curated sale!

 To celebrate we would love to give away TWO complete packages of every course on our Creative Network!

We have over 50 free and paid for online courses available and each package is worth over $1500!

We have onlines courses about decorating, the holidays, hand lettering, doll making, mixed media, painting and so much more!

**The winners will be announced on December 29th and will have until January 10th to claim their giveaway item**

 

To enter the giveaway just leave a comment on this post telling us one thing you loved about the curated sale.

For additional chances to win:

* Share the curated sale on Facebook

* Share the curated salee on IG and tag @jeanneoliver #jeanneoliver #jmholidaystyle

* Follow us on Instagram

* Pin this post to Pinterest

* Blog about the curated sale

Each time you do one of the above just come back here and let us know.

This giveaway will close on December 28, 2015 at 11:59 pm MST.

The winner will be announced on December 29, 2015

Thank you so much for sharing, taking courses, sharing your creative lives and allowing us to do what we love!

 

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