Friday, November 4, 2016

Winter approaches...

Outside the Jeanne D'Arc Living headquarters, leaves are withering and forced to the ground by the strong winds.
Nature is getting ready for winter and each season has something unique and beautiful to it.

Indoors at Jeanne D'Arc Living, everyone is busy and nothing is withering. We're preparing for the up-coming visits of our foreign sales persons, setting up guest rooms in true Jeanne D'Arc style. At the same time, we're making lots of Christmas decoration items, we've come up with the first ideas for nice Easter adornments and the first test items are ready.

The place is humming with activity and new ideas, and it feels more like spring than Winter hibernation.

- Camilla

Friday, September 30, 2016

The beauty has woken up...

I haven’t written about our big house renovation project for a while.
We’ve worked and worked, and project “Sleeping Beauty” is quickly proceeding…

Almost half of the house is already done, we’ve taken lots of photos, and you’ll find our first introduction in the November edition of the magazine.
In December, we’ll be showing you the first room so you can start looking forward to that already.

What a marvelous change to this house….the best thing about it all is that we’re managing to preserve the fairy tale atmosphere and the calmness of the place.
We all love going to the house to work because it’s such a fantastic place…
Soon, we’ll start thinking about decorating for Christmas and we’re hoping to be able to make some amazing and fairy tale-like pictures round the house.
- Vivian

Friday, September 23, 2016

Winter supplies

Here in Denmark, we're enjoying a warm September, and although the natural treasures are diminishing along with the length of daylight hours, we can still find plenty of nice things out there.
You still have enough time to collect and store valuable vitamins that you can enjoy later on a cold, windy winter's day.

Recently, when I was enjoying a nice and quiet afternoon, I found both elderberries, rosehip and blackberries to use for juices, marmelades and other tasty things. Apart from that, you can find mushrooms, apples, herbs and other natural treasures. Just be careful and make sure that you know what's edible and what's poisonous.
Nature is full of unused resources so get ready to go hunting.

- Camilla


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

A heart of stone…

Usually, when I think of the expression ”a heart of stone”, I think of a callous person, but now this term has come to have a completely different meaning to me.

On a cold day with heavy rain, we decided to brave the weather and go down the longest and best-preserved Middle Age road in Denmark which ends by the foot of Kalø Castle.

Considering when this castle was constructed, it’s actually very nicely built, and despite it being rather uneven in many places, it’s a good place to look down.
And that’s exactly what I did on that Sunday. I looked down and saw the most beautiful stone on the ground, like a peaceful and heart-felt greeting from a time in the past when peace probably wasn’t the first thing that’d come to your mind.

Remember to take in what’s around you...look up and down, near and far....and cherish it all.

- Camilla

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Just as expected...

The first summer here at the Jeanne D’Arc Living farm is definitely fulfilling all our expectations.
It’s just as wonderful as we expected it to be.

Absolutely beautiful nature and a quietness that automatically reduces stress.
And summer has added to the amazing atmosphere too.

Everything is blossoming in the marvelous, old garden, and no matter where you sit down, you feel like you’re in a world of your own.
We’ve already moved in and have produced the first articles.

We wish you all a very nice summer!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Spring at our new farm...

We’re really enjoying the first lovely spring days here at our new farm.
Just look at those flowers in the stone wall – aren’t they just charming?

The reconstruction work is progressing as planned and the first rooms are ready for our first photo shooting. We’re just so excited and can’t wait to start decorating!

We’ve been shopping at markets and in shops, and we’ve searched high and low in lofts and hidden rooms to find the right things.
Here we can furnish and decorate just the way we love it with lots of old furniture, floor-length curtains and all that…..we’re simply loving it.
Can you imagine what it’ll all look like?

- Vivian

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Behind Jeanne d'Arc Living

We just received a shipment of home textiles and clothing this week, which means lots of activity around here: unpacking, counting inventory, ironing and setting up for photos.
We're all in full swing. Here's a small sneak peek.

Check out all of the new items on our website.

- Vivian

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Like a Fairytale

Do you know that feeling when you arrive somewhere and your stomach does a flip? When it’s a place that’s somehow completely magical?
That’s how we felt when we first saw this ramshackle place where time appeared to have practically stood still. It had an untouched fairytale feel despite the fact that the owners had tried to renovate it a bit through the years. The main house as well as the dilapidated outbuildings were overgrown with ivy and the wild blackberries had overrun the yard. In several places, the plants had even pushed their way through the windows and into the house.

Feeling completely spellbound, we just had to own this place!

Reason would argue that it needed more than just a little TLC yet there was something compelling about it and we simply couldn’t let go of the thought. This place had such potential, too. And what an exciting project it would be to renovate an entire house in our very own style!

You’ll rarely find such an overgrown yard and a place where so many original features are preserved in spite of everything.
Like so many times before, we followed our gut feeling and our emotions, and Lonnie and I bought the place.

We got the keys in November, 2015, and the careful renovation is already in full swing. The plan is to turn the place into a true Jeanne d’Arc Living gem.
You’ll have the opportunity to follow the remodel in the magazine later this year. Starting in October, we’ll feature one room each month for about a year, showing in detail how this amazing place – which was about ready for condemnation – is being restored to favor. Until then I’ll post a few updates from there here on the blog.
We hope you’ll enjoy following the project!

Do you love room transformations?
I so, we're already well into our featured series in the magazine that follows the transformation of Jørgen and Lonnie's second floor. What was previously a drying loft has now been turned into several different rooms using secondhand materials throughout to make everything appear as original and authentic as possible. One of their main priorities has been bringing natural light into every room. Read on to find inspiration on how to maximize your additional square footage.

The pictures shown here are from the april issue of Jeanne d'Arc Living Magazine. /Vivian

Friday, April 1, 2016

Wonderful April

We’ve probably mentioned it many times already but April is just one of the most wonderful months of the year here in Denmark. The expectations of the months ahead are practically bubbling up inside us. It’s such a beautiful thing when everything starts to bloom and we transition from the dark and cold of winter to lighter, warmer and greener days. Our hands are itching to get out into the garden and patio. To get started planting and fixing up. We can head outside to do some raking and weeding but we’ll have to use a bit of patience as far as planting goes. Most of us have had the experience – and some more times than others – of being seized with wanton excitement and falling for the amazing selection at nurseries and florists right now. Spent a lot of money and planted our pots and flower beds only to have a sudden night frost set in and kill everything. It’s such a shame. So this year we’re going to wait patiently and just start by getting ready for spring indoors: Make use of some of the wonderful plants inside and wait until the end of the month to plant outside. Begin with some of the hardier plants. Until then you can get set about doing some small, cozy projects to pass the time while you wait. In this issue we’re featuring an article with plenty of ideas and inspiration for how to make your own ”brocante” finds very inexpensively out of recycled materials, flea market finds and new materials, just using a bit of paint or making other small changes. We’ll also show you several other DIY projects that hint at the coming of spring, including a pretty planting table that’s perfect for preparing the coming months of gardening. Or perhaps you’ll be spending a Saturday sewing new pillows for the living room in true vintage style or playing around with wallpaper. The urge for renewal that seems to always be brought on by the arrival of spring can certainly be satisfied with small things. /Vivian

Monday, February 29, 2016

Celebrating Easter

This year, Easter falls at the end of March. In many places around the world, it’s the most important religious holiday of the year. Here in Denmark, we don’t have as much tradition of celebrating Easter as many other countries do. But we do get time off and we feel that spending it on cozy, creative Easter activities and by gathering friends or family for an Easter get-together is a perfect choice – celebrate the coming of spring. So this year we’re featuring an Easter theme with plenty of inspiration for this but this issue offers many other exciting things as well. As always, we’ve included several amazing homes, each with its own charm and personal decor. This time we’re highlighting apartment living, which can present a challenge in terms of limited space. Or perhaps you’re renting and aren’t allowed to make any major changes? In that case you’ll find plenty of inspiration for how to decorate with the style anyway. The right furnishings and decor can magically overshadow many things that may not seem ideal. You can also join us as we take a look inside the next room at Jørgen and Lonnie’s house, where the remodel is moving along nicely. This time they’re opening up the doors to the most sacred craft room. /Vivian

Happy reading and a very happy Easter!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Spring is coming

Do you feel it? Spring is coming – or at least we’re able to fool ourselves into thinking that we feel it. It’s the thought of it being just around the corner because as we write this, we can’t very well write about spring being on its way. Our publishing time here at the magazine means that we’re a few months ahead so it’s still firmly winter right now without even the slightest signs of spring outside. And yet we sense it or feel it simply by looking through all of the amazing photos in this issue. Here in our own little world in which we all travel once we open the magazine, spring has definitely arrived. It’s not just on its way – it’s in full bloom! All of the wonderful spring plants bring out that spring feeling in everyone. They’re in stores right now so hurry up and go get some. We certainly can’t help ourselves, and we’re already looking forward to it so much. Everyone’s mood gets an automatic boost when lovely bulbs are planted in pots and containers inside and outdoors.

In addition to all of the lovely flowers, you’ll also find inspiration for interior decoration, wonderful, easy recipes and fun DIY projects as always – both small-scale and on a larger scale as we’re featuring the remodeling of Jørgen and Lonnie’s second floor. It’s a practically unused attic, which will be transformed over the next few months using primarily recycled building materials. Following this project is bound to be really interesting. You’ll find a lot of ideas to use partly or in their entirety, and if nothing else you might be inspired to replicate some of Lonnie’s clever decorating ideas. /Vivian

Monday, January 18, 2016

Bring back color

We’re inveterate devotees of our own version of French/Nordic country style and stay very true to the style, a fact for which we’ve received much praise throughout the past almost 12 years of working with it. And we definitely intend to stick with it – not only because we believe that you should practice your main talent but also because people tend to excel at the things that they enjoy doing, after all.

Nevertheless, we sometimes feel an urge to develop new sides to the style, perhaps by taking the best part of other styles and implementing them so they fit in.

Right now, we really want to bring back color. For many, many years we’ve gone through an almost colorless period and couldn’t get enough of everything white and weathered.

We still really like the weathered look and light and bright remains dominant as well, but we feel that adding color to the décor provides an interesting twist. Some colors are stronger than others but they’re all a bit faded and thus fit in really well with the style. Some of the colors we’ve included are various shades of green, vintage red and turquoise in varying degrees of intensity.

What do you think? Have you jumped on the bandwagon of color? You’re more than welcome to send us your pictures and stories either to the editorial office or through our Facebook page! /Vivian

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Happy New Year

A new year is ahead of us and the expectations for what it might bring are always great. It most often turns out that things don’t go quite according to plan. But luckily it frequently turns out that the plans change for the better. We already know a little about what you as a reader can expect however. We have a lot of exciting plans for the year 2016 here at the editorial office. One of the things we’re working on at the moment is an exciting series of articles that follows the renovation of ’Tinghøjgaard’, which we purchased in the fall. You can follow the restoration one room at a time to see how we renovate the old farmhouse and furnish it entirely in the French-Nordic country style. The first article of the series will be featured at the end of the summer. But until then you can follow the remodel of the 2nd floor of Jørgen and Lonnie’s farmhouse, Lindely, starting in our next issue. Here you’ll find plenty of tips for how to bring daylight into your rooms without adding skylights. We’re also working on a new book about our ’Vintage Paint’, which has particularly captured all of our hearts. The book will be released in the course of 2016. In this first issue of the magazine for 2016, you can read about some of the brand new trends within the style that we believe are coming in 2016. It’s about decorating with even more vintage textiles and accessories in both brown and black as well as more colorful elements such as pink and blue. We think it adds an interesting perspective to the style which goes really well with either the light and feminine style or the more raw variety if that’s what you prefer. Of course you’ll still find plenty of inspiration for the more traditional variety of the style as well along with plenty of wonderful homes with each their own charm, DIY articles and, as always, lovely dishes that are easy to make. /Vivian

Happy New Year and happy reading!