Friday, May 1, 2015

Creating beautiful things in May

It’s been great fun preparing many of the features for this edition of the magazine! Long time ago I had the idea of creating some nice garden beds from scratch: I wanted to plan exactly which plants and colors to use, and I wanted to ask our talented graphic designer and artist Helle Routhe to make some beautiful bed drawings with watercolors. Lonnie is very good in the garden but I’m not so I really enjoyed getting some help along the way. I’d like to pass on these ideas to you. It’s impressive to watch a small grass area turn into the wildest and most beautiful garden beds that you can possibly imagine within a few months, and they look like they’ve always been there. A nice side benefit always included in our planning procedure is that you can pick these flowers and use them to make your own bouquets. But although this magazine is full of garden beds and flowers – that’s not all. Of course this edition also presents some exciting homes, inspiring do-it-yourself features and good food – and everything is inspired by summer. I particularly like the feature on English afternoon tea. Perhaps it’s because we borrowed my grandmother’s old flowered china that reminds me of old times when the summers were always warm and we’d sit in the garden amongst blossoming fruit trees. Just the thought of those trees makes me smell them again. Coffee was served in wafer-thin coffee cups and accompanied by lots of homemade cakes. We definitely recommend baking your own cakes and laying a nice table with a tablecloth and a nice bouquet of flowers from the garden or from the local flower shop. Even if it’s just afternoon tea on a normal Sunday afternoon or on a weekday – why not make it something special?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

That special feeling… almost like a fairy-tale

Once upon a time there were two woman with passion for a specific style which was one of their own…..

They had a dream about turning their lifestyle into their business. They wanted to inspire others who also had that same passion, and started a very small business with making cards themselves. They had to work very hard to get their business running. Nobody really did believed that much in their idea. Their strong personalities helped them to go on and following their heart and passion after all. Just to live out their dream.

After some years they produced their first book and impressed the people by that impressive piece of passion and beauty. Also a couple in the Netherlands saw the little company. Ineke and Erik Hoetjes shared that same passion for the style and soon the beginning of cooperation was born.

Time passed bye and more and more people where surprised bye this great new style. Next to several books, a magazine was started and also products of the same style offered one by one. Due to a lot of perseverance the ladies built slowly a very nice company. The magazine slowly got more and more readers and also dealers wanted to be a part of that special feeling that was created. Now after 10 years the dream reached another level. A Jeanne d´Arc inspirations house was built to honor the style Vivian and Lonnie created. It is almost like a fairy-tale.

The house is built to inspire and share with the customers, who also can stay overnight in this fantastic place. Here the customers can live the dream and passion for this beloved style to the full extend. The small farmhouse is situated in the middel of the Dutch fields next to an old forrest in the North east of The Netherlands. The quiet county side goes hand in hand with the beloved Jeanne d’Arc Living style, and being there makes all the normal day life fade away as soon you passed the old warn doorstep.

The style welcomes and surprises you like a warm breeze. All rooms shows a wide variety of great decoration of this style as it covers the whole range, from quality table to elegant curtains… Vases, a self designed porcelain range, lamps, sofa’s, linnen, its endles and great in harmony. Each room is different and shows you new idea’s and different product ranges, from fashion to paint, and…. it is all inspiring. The house is showing you that Jeanne d’Arc Living is not just a brand. it is a feeling... it is passion… it is a way of life… its the way of life like Vivian and Lonnie see it, and want to share it with you. /Vivian

Monday, March 23, 2015

We are very lucky people

At our office, we are so very lucky that we have our very own flower arranger. Every month, Dorte creates the most beautiful and fantastic flower decorations for our magazine. She is a creative soul and hates to see things go to waste. Last time we did an article about flowers, Dorte transformed the remains into the most gorgeous Easter decorations. And now these decorations are spread throughout our premises, much to the joy of all JDL employees. What a difference it makes to have such a nice little pot of spring flowers and a bit of hay and shells on your desk. It is highly recommended.

Happy Easter everyone…/Vivian

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The first real day of spring...

We wait and wait and long for spring and then, suddenly, it is here. The first real day of spring... 2-digit temperatures, blue skies, sunshine, chirping birds and you cannot resist going outside, coffee mug in hand, when you have 5 minutes. Inside, you feel happy and you know your co-workers feel the same way. It so happened today that our skilled editorial office flower arranger, Dorte, and I had to go shopping for spring flowers for an article about flowers. The first real day of spring at our location. It felt so good going to all the local florists, browsing. Everywhere we went, we met expectant and happy people shopping for flowers and plants for their flower bowls and gardens. We must admit that the desire to fill the car and get started ourselves was very strong. If the weather holds, we will have ourselves a weekend project or two. It gives me great pleasure to sweep the steps and plant flowers in a bowl or two... And removing that last string of lights is probably about time, too! Happy Spring everybody…/Vivian

Friday, February 6, 2015


Lonnie and I have developed a new ”craze”.....lately we’ve gone absolutely crazy with brown and black.

It all started during our work for ”Vintage Paint” last year when we painted a wall with a dark color and then added some brown wax. Lonnie is now painting the walls in her living room in the same way.

At the same time, more and more old textiles, hats, gloves and boxes in these colors seemed to pop up. I’ve even started redecorating my kitchen by adding black units and lots of rough accessories.

Yesterday we did a photo shooting and made a fantastic feature on how to use black and brown in your interior design just using vintage textiles and other bits and bobs. In our opinion, these colors add a very special feel to the home.

What do you think? Wanna join us on the black wave?