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?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas stress? No thanks!

Every year, all the editorial office staff spends the months of October and November talking about all the things we want to prepare for Christmas. This happens naturally when we start planning the magazine Christmas editions and the features. We make Advent calendars for our children, parents or girlfriends. We create our own Christmas decorations with materials from the forest – preferably together with a bunch of girlfriends so that we can chat and share a bottle of wine at the same time. Christmas cleaning, including sorting out all cupboards, has to be done before we unpack all the boxes full of Christmas ornaments, and of course we need to add some new, homemade ornaments this year as well.
Then we want to bake and make confectionery together with our children, friends and family who can’t wait for the (homemade) delicacies that we serve afterwards. Then there’s Christmas lunch with all its traditional, homemade dishes. We arrange shopping trips including coffee house breaks and visits to various exhibitions and Christmas markets. And we do need at least one Christmas movie to get in the mood. In my family we also do Christmas cleaning and house decoration, including homemade lunch, at the family seniors’ house, and in between we have quite a few birthdays that need to be celebrated properly. Just the mere thought of all these tasks and the planning makes you short of breath. Before you know it, every single day is crammed full of things that need to be done. Instead of enjoying the Christmas season we face lots of unwanted obligations. This is simply frustrating. The only solution is to reduce expectations of each other and not least of yourself. We need to prioritize the important ( = cozy) tasks and figure out some easy solution for everything else. Celebrating Christmas together can be just as wonderful even though the confectionery or the cookies are not homemade and the birthday party is just a simple brunch. I personally prioritize my ability to plan my day spontaneously: going for a walk if the sun is shining or getting up on Sundays and having plenty of time to just be…without lots of plans. My TO DO-list turns shorter and shorter every day….not because I manage to do a lot but because I remove some of the tasks. What a relief! I’m never stressed at Christmas.

We wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year
Lonnie og Vivian