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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

THE BIG REVEAL! #PROJECT DREAM BACKYARD


FINALLY FRIENDS.... our project is complete, time to share:



Time to relax, because the hard work is complete and enjoy a little drink!  



 Remember what our yard looked like before?  


Here it  is now:



This was a long process in the making... Last year we had the 2 large 

trees removed behind the house.  Let things settle a bit, and this spring 

we started demolition on the backyard you can read  all about that here:

http://www.idreamofjeannedesign.com/2015/03/part-one-project-dream-backyard.html

and here:

http://www.idreamofjeannedesign.com/2015/04/part-2-project-dream-backyard-prepping.html

This was a family project.  Everyone had their part in it... Lots of sweat,  

teamwork,  power tools and  contractors were used during this process!!!


I will have to say that it does make a difference to sit under our pavilion knowing

that we built it from the ground up ourselves!!

  SATISFACTION!!



The water feature is all of our families favorite spot!  

The soothing sound of the water is really relaxing.




You can see that we continued a theme of the boulders throughout the landscape.

We even have a few incorporated into our patio.  We chose to go with exposed 

aggregate for its texture and durability!

(Don't mind how I have been neglecting to water the sod!)



I really wanted low maintenance garden for privacy.  This is an

extension of our home, so having that feeling of being cozy was very important!




We installed low voltage  landscape lighting  around the exterior, 

lighting up trees and pathways.  

Just gorgeous at night!


This  ceiling was  a tedious labor of love!!  

Each and every piece of that stained ceiling was installed by hand!  

By yours truly,  my husband and son, even my dad had stopped by 

and climbed the roof to help!  

We decided to go with these strands of outdoor bistro lights, rather than

traditional lighting or spotlights.  We used all Edison bulbs, really a cool effect!

The lighting is installed on a dimmer so we can create the perfect

lighting for any mood or party.





I used traditional living room style furnishings made 

for the outdoors,  a comfy spot to sit and relax!   


I chose this exotic stone granite for our tops.  It has beautiful colors and movement

to pull out the red in the bricks and not too busy for the space.

This is the perfect area for entertaining and outdoor meals!


Remember the whole backdoor delima I had posted before...?

We decided no  steps and had the concrete raised so we

could step right outside... So much easier and love the streamlined entry.

(New outdoor lantern to be installed and exterior door, now that construction is over)


A few plantings and color really brighten up the space...  



I really love this grass we planted, the purple colors are so soothing and 

I love the breezy look and how it softens this hard space...



Just a little more color.







Thanks for taking the tour of our 

#projectdreambackyard with us!  

I hope this backyard space inspires you...

Again, love to hear your comments and appreciate you reading!

Talk to you soon!  

Remember to follow me on Facebook for more up to date pics and details!


Jeanne

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Monday, June 15, 2015

A "Shabby Chic Glam" Vintage Makeover

Happy Monday Friends!!!


I have been so busy trying to get ready for VINTAGE BLISS MARKET 

here in St Louis, MO this upcoming weekend : June 20-21.  

Busy searching for "Just the right" inventory and Reviving each of my vintage pieces 

I plan to take to the show.  Not to mention all the while with my 19 month old 

foster daughter under my feet and on my lap constantly and my other

three children home for Summer Break... makes for a crazy couple of weeks!


  Being a Vintage Revivalist is not just about

buying and selling to me... I search for pieces that I like; meaning I like their lines and

shape and usually can envision in my head transformation before I get it home!!

That is what it is about for me... Putting my stamp on my pieces,  not just painting 

but creating something that reflects personality and this year I really

want to add a touch of whimsy and FUN for the show!!    Not wanting shoppers

to be tired of the same old same old, I decided I would shake things up a bit!


Here is the BEFORE photo... A nice Thomasville writing desk:

It has that old 60's or 70's speckled wood finish... Kind of boring on its own.




I love the shape of this piece, the sexy curves and possibilities!!!  

So I envisioned in a soft gray... I used Tritan Gray Chalk Paint, which is one of my signature

Chalk Paint colors that are only $10.00.  Fantastic coverage and great "seaside" colors.

You can contact me via Facebook to order yours today!!



What do you think?



This piece was a lot of fun to work with... I Love adding a touch of Glam

to my shabby chic projects!   Check out those sexy gold dipped legs.

I added new mirrored glass hardware.




I painted the interior  white and added chalk board doors to the interior

(don't mind this pic... those doors have been touched up with paint... I just snapped the photo
before I was complete!!)


I added these fun gold metallic painted stencils to the piece for an little extra!!



Now, for the fun!  I did not want just a regular chair for this:

  I took the ordinary Vintage Ladies Sitting Chair...



I went with a Modern and Funky look!



I think this is my favorite!!  I painted the entire chair in metallic Gold.

And reupholstered the seat in Faux Sheepskin!  



This is the best part of my job!!  I get to bring my vision

to others through my Vintage Revival business!!  

I cannot wait to take this any many more pieces to the show this weekend!!

Thank you so much for reading... and  stay tuned

for more of my Vintage Revival Reveals Soon!


Jeanne

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Here is all about Vintage Bliss Market!!







Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Why do I have a mermaid for my logo??






MERMAIDS

If you have followed me for any time, or are new here, I wanted to give you a little background about my mermaid logo.

I have been asked the question: "Why the mermaid?"  

Answer:  I am a bohemian spirited gal with  a love of ALL things BEACH and 

SEA related.  I love shells, I love ocean colors, I love the smell of salt air, I love 

how my hair feels after swimming or paddle boarding in the ocean, the beach 

breezes, the relaxed feel, flip flops, sand, tee shirts  and cut off jeans, cold 

drinks and the overall good feeling

that comes from times at the beach! 

But who doesn't right??  

The mermaid is a beautiful creature I have always adored.  The shape, the idea, the stories and the beauty of this mythical creature.  


I think MERMAIDS FUEL PEOPLES IMAGINATION! 

 My love of all things vintage and the idea and style of Vintage pinup tattoos and artwork are another love of mine… So I combined these  aspects and  that is how 
 "I Dream of Jeanne Design" logo.
( with the help and brilliance of Heather Cox of COX CREATIVE)


I do have blonde hair and also a love of stars, I have stars tattooed on my neck, and I adorn my windows in my home with starfish, My front porch sports vintage tin stars and anywhere I can add this shape… I DO!  

So, as Market approaches I am busily getting ready and  I have 
my car now sporting my logo… 



I drive a very large vehicle, because I am known to stop at every auction, garage sale or estate sale and bring home a large load of future projects!!

I am also having aprons embroidered with my logo, for my  workshop(lots of paint ruined clothing)  and for all my help to wear at the Vintage Bliss Market to signify my booth.  

Today, I am printing a million tags for my items and including my logo on the labels.



 I hope I can inspire  you and fuel your imagination.  I also hope  that you enjoy 

following along on my journey of I Dream of Jeanne Design.  


Thank you for reading!  I would love to hear your comments!!  



Have a great day!


Jeanne

Thursday, May 28, 2015

WHAT IS TRUE DIY STYLE?



Being a DIY kinda gal, I of course try my hand at making my own

well, everything!!  I want to know how things are made, or how to 

accomplish a new task on my own, or just how things work!!   I love to paint furniture, I 

also love to paint artwork on canvases.  I try to mix new paints and colors all the time, is 

there a way I can do this different, better, maybe save some money, but still achieve

optimum results??  



I have always loved sharing the details of my projects and what I do with my blog audience. 

That is why I started this  blog over a year and a half ago or so. 

 just want to share my journey  and INSPIRE you! 

 I love when I hear a story about someone who was inspired to paint a piece of 

furniture on their own because my "Homemade Recipe for Chalk Style Paint" or  

my FREE WORKSHOP  inspired them and 

empowered them to feel like they too, could DIY!  I love when someone has seen 

my before and after photos of maybe sad sagging vintage chairs or settees and wants to try 

their hand at upholstery!  Everyone has a piece of furniture in their home or a 

room, they would like to make changes to

 maybe some do not know where to start, or how they can afford to start.  



 I remember as a stay at home mom for so many years, (best 

decision I ever made) money would get tight, and having extra to spend on decor or home 

improvements was well, non-existent!  So I made what I had work or worked to make 

things the way I wanted… I did my own version of DIY.  My husband and I together have 

completely overhauled two homes in the 17 years of our marriage!  We did everything 

ourselves and figured out how to make it work, and on a BUDGET!  We are just like 

everyone else, caviar taste on a sardine budget!  I will have to say that over time our 

projects have become more complex and higher quality and we use higher quality 

equipment and products for our projects, but still we DIY .

I started my business as I Dream of Jeanne Design, to again; inspire others and share 

information and  offer my services for interior design as well as my custom painting 

and upholstery services.  I am so excited to own this creative business and to meet so many 

wonderful people along the way. 


I believe that owning and running a GREAT business is not just about "Making Money" or 

being the biggest or thinking you are the "best."  I believe that sharing , being generous 

and focusing on always doing what is right  is most important!   My work;  furniture, paint 

and designs  are my artwork, anything that represents my name has to be up to my 

standards, (and I expect a lot of myself) and represent all things that are good.


I love to offer FREE WORKSHOPS!  

I am so excited to share my tips on how I paint  furniture and what I use to others, so they 

can try their hand at DIY!  

  Sometimes a stay at home mom who's budget is tight and spending more 

than $10 is a stretch… 

I get that, remember?… been there before. 

I am excited to offer these containers of CHALK STYLE FURNITURE paint and 

offer FREE WORKSHOPS on "How to Paint your Furniture" using my paint.  

8OZ. CONTAINERS

I only use the best ingredients, because the best results are important to me, I start with 
water based, low odor, ZERO VOC high quality paint and pigments to achieve 

these results.  I  probably will keep mixing and trying new recipes, but for now, 

I am happy with the results I achieve with this paint.

I am pleased to inspire others to try DIY, 

and that my friends is TRUE DIY STYLE!


Thanks for reading and hope to see you at my workshops!  

Please remember to follow me on FACEBOOK and I will keep sharing DIY style with you!

I am proud to partner with GENERATIONS MARKETPLACE

in Wentzville, Missouri to offer my Paints FOR SALE at a low price to

you my DIY friends!!  

You can visit their Facebook Page here:

https://www.facebook.com/generationsmarketplace?fref=ts


Jeanne
jeannecrackel@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/IDreamOfJeanneDesigns




Friday, April 10, 2015

PART 2: PROJECT "DREAM BACKYARD", Prepping for the Brick and Stone work.

Greetings Friends!  

So my last post was all about our Dream Backyard Demolition!

Demo left alot of mud and deep ruts from the street all the way to 

my back yard and more… But, I have to remember the end goal right??

So much has been happening around here, we went on a trip 

to visit family in Dallas over Easter and we celebrated my daughters

13th birthday this week!! Been a bit busy, and we have had ALOT of

rain, I mean torrential downpours and a bit of flooding to slow things

down a bit.  But so happy with the progress so far.

I thought I would start by sharing a few photos:

This is where I left you last… after DEMO.. concrete, trees and garden have been
removed and we are left with MUD!!!


Remember me mentioning the RUTS in the yard… Yes, these have our entire
neighborhood creeping their necks as they drive by to see what is going
on at our house, and probably hoping that we fix this soon!!!


So next, we had tons of rock dropped off and  forms built for the outside
edge of our new patio areas… 
(yes, i set my chair on the rocks to get a feel of my future patio!!)


I also, had mentioned before how we had very large 20 something year old
trees removed last year… still running into a root mess everywhere…. 
Apparently the stump was not ground deep enough.. so note to any of you 
that are looking to have trees removed: make sure they ground the stumps
very deep and wide at time of removal!!



SO… rock has been added for a base for concrete… much more needs to be added!The forms were built to pour the concrete
 for our outdoor kitchen and fireplace area…
Once, this is set, then the bricks and stones will start coming together!!!
(We are having all brick and stone work, as well as 
electric, gas and drains run first, prior to concrete being  poured).  

This weekend we plan to run drains from our 
gutters  out into our yard, to a french drain to help with any water problems.

NOTE:  So glad we decided to pour concrete later… I have already changed my mind "a few times" about size and shape 
of the  patio now that I see the layout of kitchen and fireplace!!


The bricks have arrived, sand, stone and more machinery and messes too…
YES, neighbors now see ruts and mud everywhere as well as 
this in my front yard!!

This isn't the best picture of the bricks, but I am so in love with them..
Took a bit to find the perfect color…This was exactly
the look I wanted… NOT too red or matchy  matchy,
something that could look like "old" brick and yet
still have a crisp look with the stone.


This is the beautiful stone that will be added to our  space!!  


Ok, now it is getting exciting.. Scaffolding is being put up , bricks and stone
have been delivered..  We are in process of ordering our stainless 
doors, cabinets, grill etc., for the kitchen/bar area!!! 

(notice the sun is still shining here??)


Here is a peek of the base being set for the fireplace there in the
center… and the corner here on 
the right with a bit of stone is the grill area..  

I LOVE that combination of brick and stone!
(DID I MENTION that using a combination of brick and stone 
is a HUGE cost saver??? traditional all stone fireplace or outdoor
kitchen is about double or more in materials cost.)


THEN.. The rains came!!!

So here is where we sit for now and more to come later…


I cannot wait to grade our side yard… get the drains from the gutters put into the ground,
The electric and gas lines run also!!!

We have landscaping to figure out, I have been looking around for trees
to add privacy as well as beauty!!  More about that on a later post!!! 

You can read all about our demo and what our yard looked like before here:

http://www.idreamofjeannedesign.com/2015/03/part-one-project-dream-backyard.html

Thank you so much for reading, and be sure to check back for more details of the 
fireplace, kitchen area too!!!  

BE SURE TO FOLLOW ME ON FACEBOOK!!!


Jeanne

Have a wonderful weekend!!