Jeanne d’Arc Living… Living Inspired

May 7, 2010 | On Motherhood, Parisienne Farmhouse Design | 17 comments

First, before materialism and “stuff”… can you believe that my angel baby is FOURTEEN WEEKS already?  What a sheer joy she is!  The smells, the smiles and warmth
Juliette Élisabeth… she melts me.
Every once and awhile I come across something that really inspires me…
For the most part, it’s French decorating magazines… and certain coffee table books… I have a mile long wish list on Amazon… I dream of books like The New 18th Century Design and subscriptions to all the Côte’s and Campagne Décoration!!!  At first, though I thought it was pretty, I had a “big deal” attitude about Jeanne d’Arc Living Magazine… I mean, the whole white thing, it’s lovely, but it’s just not me.  I love color.  Every time I try to do “white thing” I think, now what the heck am I going to do with all my other “stuff”???  And, the white thing, it’s not new by any means… I remember YEARS ago seeing a photo of Donna Karen’s apartment, chairs draped in muslin and doilies… white, white, white… Everywhere.
But now, I have my own copy of the magazine as opposed to quickly flipping thru my Mom’s while sitting on her sofa.  (Thank you Mom). It has really inspired me, I had these ideas for making my kitchen over a bit and it pushed me to imagine further, it has challenged me to see beyond my copper and expand more into tarnished silver and tin…I had some thoughts on fine tuning around here, making things a bit more elegant if you will and then a bit more rustic too… a little less “garage sale” if you know what I mean.  Weeding out, slowly but surely the last of things from Merchandise Mart showrooms… like cheap frames… From the top of the house clear out to the garden.  The magazine has affirmed some ideas and stretched others.  I love that.  I love to be challenged when it comes to ideas for our home.  Sometimes just walking into a home of someone that I admire makes me want to turn right around and go home and “play.”…
There will be more to come concerning these slight, but I hope, impactful changes, I am looking forward to the challenge to think outside la boite.  And speaking of French, I know everyone is running around hoping they are pronouncing “Jeanne d’Arc” correctly and though my French is trés mal I can offer an easy tutorial on this one –
Think “Jawn”, like Dawn –  but say it with less “w” and bit more “Jun”
and the rest is simple… “dark”
That’s right – two syllables, easy as pie, or should I say, tarte.
Jun Dark —
Jeanne d’Arc
Here are come vignettes I have been having fun with around the house, before the big changes
…J.A. style photo editing and all!
What fun!
I have had a silver plated chandelier for years and brioche tins and such laying about but it was this lovely gift from the even more lovely Annie that pushed me into being in love with the color and patina of silver.  The cream and sugar set is tarnished, dark and marked with my maiden name initials.  Please continue to keep this wonderful, light of a woman in your prayers as she is fighting the big “C” – I don’t know if “the big C” has ever encountered anyone like Annie though – you can read her story here.


Recently swapped out my books and dishes… after all, I had dishes in the new living room and books in the dining room…see recent Design on a Centime post..


I did some brochure/advertising work for a local shop in town and had spied these silver goblets.  We did a little barter and then I opened my “Jawn Dark” et voila!
Years ago we took of some kitchen cabinet doors, lined them with beadboard… the displays are forever changes… this being the current one.
More than magazines, I dream of Carrera marble countertops.  I mean, hardcore fantasies ladies.
This is a slab that Mom gave me to hold me over for the next 10 years while I save!
  Hope you ladies are leaving your diets in the city cause the Patisserie at this sale is going to rock your world!  Gotta go – my egg whites are calling!


  1. Old Centennial Farmhouse

    Hi Ang! I love the pic of little Juliette E…she’s got the cutest little expression and I just want to kiss her little cheeks! I think she will be a “twin” to her sister, they look so much alike!

    I love your style, madame…it’s beautiful! I have some silver goblets, now WHERE did I put them?!?

    I am on a mission this week to make the stamped garden markers from old silverware, have you seen them? I have a set of the stamps and now I just need to dig out the silverware I’ve got stashed. I’m good at bringing home treasures, but NOT SO MUCH at finding them again once I’m ready to USE them!


  2. cityfarmer

    … yep … sniff … snort … as soon as this sale is history … I’m ripping into this place …

    I know, I know …but it’s time … tweak, fluff … maybe we hit shipshe’ with a little of the profit …

    I’m inspired, by Jeanne d’angela

    … thank God we’ve got us a pea gravel courtyard …

  3. myletterstoemily

    oh what a sweet, blessed baby! i just
    love the little pout and tiny furrow in
    her brow.

    it was kind of hard to concentrate after
    that. 🙂

    i love your new silver touches and love
    your marble slab. how dear of your

  4. FrenchGardenHouse

    Great Post! You and me, saving up for the kitchen counters of our dreams. In the meantime, I’m about to paint my counter black. eek! Happy Mother’s Day, hope you enjoy it with all your little chickens, and your sweet Mom. xo Lidy

  5. Stephanie

    I can’t wait to see how you incorporate this into your home. Just these glimpses are amazing. I need to get a copy of this magazine, I’ve heard so much about it.

  6. Faith

    Juliette is so beautiful!!!

  7. Anne - Fiona and Twig

    Juliette is scrumptious!
    She looks so much like her big sis.

    Your vignettes put Jeanne d’Arc to shame. Bravo!

    Have a wonderful weekend,

  8. Laura Ingalls Gunn

    What a sweet cherub!

    I too adore Jeanne D’Arc.

    I took a peek around your online shop~ such blissful treasures.

    We are blessed indeed to share our heritage with LIW and enjoy meeting kindred spirits.

    Happy Mothers Day~ everyday.

  9. Tracie~MyPetiteMaison

    Did you say egg whites? You are making macarons, yum!

    I too love the Jeanne d’Arc Living. Your photos inspired by the magazine are beautiful. Oh most importantly, Juliette is such a pretty baby girl, looks like an angel.

    Happy Mother’s Day to you Angela.

  10. Homemaker Ang


    check out my fam 🙂
    on my blog 🙂 J is BEAUTIFUL!

    “the other Ang”

  11. Mrs. B.

    These vignettes are gorgeous! Completely wonderful. Happy Mother’s Day. 🙂

  12. Susie from Bienvenue

    What a beautiful baby!!! Your comment made me laugh with the wine are too funny and a great idea too. Wish I could visit the farm and see all of your pretties. oxoxSusie

  13. fairmaiden

    Juliette Elisabeth…beautiful name. My second daughter is named Grace Elisabeth..and my third(that I miscarried) Rose Juliet. Aren’t girls fun!

  14. Urban Farmhouse

    Juliette is stunning!! And your other creations are beautiful as well…yum!!

  15. Lynn@ The Vintage Nest

    your photography is fabulous! Just like Jun Dark! And I love your tute on how to pronounce it. You must give us some lessons on how to take those wonderful “white” photos. Love your blog and am now following. 🙂 ~ Miles of Smiles ~ Lynn @theVintageNest

  16. {Bellamere Cottage}

    Your baby girl is glorious! What a pretty baby. 🙂

    I’ve been dreaming of carerra marble for years too. I’ve talked to lots of “experts”…. they say it stains badly.. I’m wondering if I could live with the stains to have the exact look I want… It is FAB.U.LOUS… and sooooo vintage looking.

    Warm Christmas Blessings!

  17. Alabaster Rose Designs

    She is absolutely spectacular!!! What a beautiful blessing!
    Have a lovely day.


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