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:-)

BEFORE

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.

Sources:

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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Gather | A Holiday Tea

***The winner of the $100 HomeGoods giveaway***

Cherise Sweet commented:

GORGEOUS Jeanne! I would love to host Christmas gathering where we have a coffee and hot chocolate bar and make gingerbread houses…With the table decorated like yours!

To claim your giftcard please email us at contact@jeanneoliverdesigns.com. Congratulations!

This giveaway is now closed.

 

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I am loving sharing fall inspiration this past week and we will keep sharing through Thanksgiving.

I am peeking ahead for today because I have been fortunate to be included in the Farmhouse Holiday Series and today we are sharing our kitchens dressed up for the holidays and also sharing a favorite recipe.

Leading up to Thanksgiving and into Christmas the house just FEELS cozier.

I love the extra textures, the smells, the baking and preparing.

I love the gathering!

I thought a holiday tea would be an easy and pretty way to share how gathering during the holidays doesn’t have to be a big event. It can be intimate invitations with some of your favorite people. Simple gatherings are some of the sweetest ways to tell those that you love how special they are to you. I would take an invitation to spend time together and to catch up over a gift any day! What about you?

This post is sponsored by HomeGoods. We found everything we needed at HomeGoods to create this beautiful and intimate tea!

We are giving away a $100 giftcard to HomeGoods! Please leave a comment on this post sharing what kind of intimate gathering you would like to create.  We will announce the winner next Monday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of our favorite and EASY recipes is Cherry Clafoutis. The kids make this on their own (and our Maddy made this one).

Cherry Clafoutis

1/2 stick butter, melted, plus more for baking dish
1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for baking dish
1 pound fresh or frozen pitted cherries
1/2 cup sugar (we used Stevia)
Pinch salt
4 eggs
1 cup milk (we used half and half)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 lemon, zested
Powdered sugar

Butter and lightly dust with flour (we used gluten free) a 7 by 5-inch baking dish
Add the cherries to the baking dish
In a bowl add sugar (we used Stevia), flour and salt and mix until blended.  In a large bowl combine the eggs, milk, vanilla, butter and lemon zest until blended (if you have brandy on hand it is delicious with a few Tablespoons). Add all of the ingredients together and pour over the cherries.
Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the center is set and the top is golden brown.
Dust with powdered sugar if you wish.

 

If you love holiday tablescapes as much as we do I would love to have you check out our brand new (instantly available) online course Holiday DIY Tablescape with designer and artist Jen Wagner.  This course is $18 with lifetime* access.

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Come and check out the other bloggers and their spaces dressed up for the holiday!

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Dear Lillie | Jeanne Oliver

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Ella Claire | French Country Cottage | Rooms For Rent | Shades of Blue Interiors

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Liz Marie Blog | Kindred Vintage | City Farmhouse | Love Grows Wild

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Jennifer Rizzo | My Sweet Savannah | Miss Mustard Seed

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Modern Farmhouse Bedroom {Simple + Christmas}

The weather is getting cooler and I can’t help but want to fluff our home, bring out the comfy blankets, put music on and have something simple and yummy on the stove.

The holidays are around the corner and I like to keep things simple but cozy and welcoming.

I want more than anything for family and friends to feel loved when they are in our home.

I love simple and natural in our decorating and I love to add greenery or simple white flowers, candles, pull out our favorite books, make our favorite recipes and bring in the pillows and blankets that encourage staying longer and relaxing. When I was younger I had boxes and boxes that I would get out during the year but now I find the simplicity to fit my personality the best.  When the world can feel busy I like our home to be a place of calm.

I have felt so honored to be included in Ella Claire’s Farmhouse Holiday Series and throughout the fall posts  I have been blow away by the beauty and warmth that the other bloggers bring to their homes.

This week it is all about sharing your bedroom dressed up for the holidays. Our bedroom is where we find ourselves watching movies, giving back rubs to the kids, putting the fire on, nap taking and it also serves as an extension of my office. This has given me a warm, comfy and quiet place to write. I hope you share with me how you love to dress up your home during the holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This post is sponsored by Birch Lane and their beautiful area rug truly pulled our space together in this new home and makes it feel so much cozier! We love it and Kelly loves that when he gets out of bed he doesn’t step onto cold wooden floors:-)

Come and checkout the gorgeous bedrooms!

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Farmhouse Holiday Bedrooms

Love Grows Wild | Ella Claire | Shades of Blue Interiors | Craftberry Bush | Liz Marie Blog

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Dear Lillie | Jeanne Oliver | French Country Cottage | Jennifer Rizzo Design Company

Farmhouse Holiday Series

City Farmhouse | Rooms For Rent | Kindred Vintage | My Sweet Savannah

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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…

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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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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 Family Room | The Jack of All Trades Room

Our home is very open and has a modern floor plan but our family room is tucked away perfectly just for us.

From our kitchen you go up a few steps and you are in this cozy room that has become our movie, game, school and friend hangout space.

This room was the first room I put together in this home because with all of the hard work of moving we just needed a space to sit and relax and GATHER.

I love gathering and comfy spaces.  Piles of pillows and blankets and lots of spaces for your favorite people to cuddle up with each other.

This is that space for us.

Thank you Ella Claire for inviting us to be a part of your Farmhouse Holiday Series!

(Make sure to check out our kitchen tour last week)

I shared a video walking tour yesterday in the Finding Fall Home Tour. I will post it again below if you missed it.

Come and check out the rest of the homes on the tour. I love this tour because each week you get a more intimate look into our spaces.

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| My Sweet Savannah | Ella Claire | Love Grows Wild | Liz Marie Blog | French Country Cottage

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Dear Lillie | Shades of Blue Interiors | Miss Mustard Seed | City Farmhouse

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Jennifer Rizzo Design | Jeanne Oliver | Rooms FOR Rent | Kindred Vintage

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And today’s featured guest – A burst of Beautiful

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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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Modern Bohemian Jewelry: Creating Wearable Works of Art {early registration just opened}

We are having the most fun with all of the beautiful jewelry courses that are on the site right now and we are thrilled to open early registration for another course!

Registration has just opened 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.

From Jen:

Growing up, I was one of those girls. One of those girls who rode a boys bike,liked to wear jeans and t shirts, and loved getting on my knees to dig in the dirt. I was also one of those girls , who had, (and still proudly has) a big, inner,creative, science geek, would often spend hours collecting rocks. I would pretend I was digging for fossils, or dig through layers of sand and clay dreaming about finding diamonds and precious gems. Never mind I lived in the heart of the suburbs. Each clump of earth revealed a new surprise for me. We lived in a newer subdivision with lots of overturned land and piles and piles of dirt hills. I would spend hours digging and sifting. And, the times we would go to my aunt and uncles camp ground, and I could walk on the rocky shores on the lake and find glimmering chunks of iron pyrite (Fool’s gold), I was in heaven! I was convinced I was rich! I would collect the sparkiest, shiniest rocks, take them home, wash them, and wish I could do more with them.

As I grew older, my parents were pretty good sports. They would  indulge my inner geek by taking me to actual rock and gems shows from time to time. When I was about 14, I discovered I could do more with those rocks than keep them in a dark box in my closet. I discovered jewelry making and have been hooked ever since. Once I could drive I would go by myself. I was obsessed with the natural shape of crystals, and  the find graining of granite, and I loved holding colorful strands of semi-precious stones made into beads.I proudly made my first pair of real earrings by buying  faceted stones, and popping them into pre-made findings. After that, I discovered all kinds of other jewelry techniques, and I found I loved creating something beautiful out of a raw earthy material, and would spend hours at a bench in my Dad’s workshop area sorting rocks and making jewelry.

I never lost that love, and a large part of my wholesale business early on was making and selling jewelry. It’s something that I’ve been doing since 14, and I still love to do. That love of natural materials has always stayed with me as well, and I still love letting my eyes sweep the ground to find those beautiful, sparkly treasures on the ground, or walk the lake shore looking for heart rocks or other shoreline treasures.

We will be making many of the projects in these pictures and explore jewelry making using natural materials. We will work with wire wrapping, and how to using odd shaped objects such as stone in your designs and create intricate closures. Using these objects and jewelry 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. Many of these skills will hopefully inspired you to explore going beyond ordinary jewelry making,

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.

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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”.

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

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