Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Hi everyone!  I hope you're all doing well.  It's been such a long time since I posted last.  The day finally
came for Fifi and Mark's visit, so now I'll have a little more time for my blog.  As promised, I thought I
would share glimpses of my bedroom.  I've never shared any pictures of my bedroom on my blog
before, because I just wasn't happy with the way it looked.  Fifi coming to my home got me motivated
to make some changes though, and now I'm happy to say, I like my bedroom! 

I just want to warn you... there are lots of pictures... hope you enjoy. :-)

Some of the hydrangeas from our garden were used in some of the photos.  I was so glad
that I had one bush with fresh blooms on them still while Fifi and Mark were here, because
most of my roses had faded about two days before they came... I was so bummed!


These are some of the flowers that Fifi brought for the photo shoot.

My husband made this horseshoe nail cross necklace for me a few years ago. ♥


Fifi, Mark and Mark's son (assistant ;-)), Taylor, arrived at my home just before 1 p.m.  They
had to drive all the way from L.A.... about a 3-1/2 hour drive!  With not much time left of daylight,
it was a mad dash to get all the photos in before sunset.  They immediately started in our master
bedroom... Fifi working her magic below.  You can see part of the headboard that my husband
and I built.  I didn't want to show you the whole thing, because Fifi did such a fabulous job
of making my bedroom look gorgeous.  I really thought it would be best to see the whole room
in the magazines first. :-)

Here, Fifi's just getting started styling our LR.  It looked completely different by the time she was
done... soooo pretty.  It really was amazing to watch her and Mark work.  They are both so talented...
and I have to say, I'm so jealous of all of Mark's photography equipment. ;-)

Mark was such fun to be around... always joking.  He called me "J" the whole day.  I had to laugh,
because my name is Jojeana and everyone has always had such a hard time knowing how to
pronounce it.  When I was little, family and friends called me "Jojo".  Then, when I was a teenager,
it became "Jo".  I've joked for a while now that eventually people will just start calling me "J".  I
hadn't told Mark this... he just did it on his own... too funny.  Once I told  him the story, he got a kick
out of calling me "J" all day.

Below, Fifi is trying to make friends with Ellie, our little Yorkie.  Ellie was so jumpy all day... not sure
what to think of so much commotion in the house.  You can see just a glimpse of the mess that was
made while Fifi and Mark worked their magic in each room of my home.

Fifi was an absolute sweetheart and so adorable!  I just love her style, don't you?!  She made me
feel completely relaxed about the whole day and was so down to earth and easy to talk to.  I loved
her accent, and she taught me the correct way to say Jeane d'Arc Living ~ it sounds like Jon Dark.
I was so worried that the pictures I took of them throughout the day wouldn't turn out, and sure
enough, most of them didn't... too blurry... but, I love the one of Fifi below.

 I want to thank Fifi and Mark for making the day such a wonderful experience for me and
for making a long-time dream of mine come true.  It almost seems unbelievable.  Things like that
just don't happen to people like me... I mean, I'm totally off the radar in the middle of nowhere.
It was such a pleasure meeting the three of you Fifi, Mark and Taylor!!  It's a day I will never
forget. :-)

Can you guys believe that I FORGOT to have them sign their book, Romantic Prairie Style, while
they were here?!?!  I mentioned it when they first got here, but we were so busy the whole day that
it completely slipped my mind by the end of it all....... bummer...... :(

OK... I've got to get off this computer now... my kids are hollering for me...

Thanks for visiting... hope you all have a wonderful week!

'Til next time...

~ Jo :-)

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Hello everyone!  I hope you're all having a great week so far. :-)

I'm still fluffing the house in preparation for Fifi O'Neill's and Mark Lohman's visit on
July 25th.... getting close now.... getting nervous.... getting tired of so much fluffing... lol.
Everything I'm doing is relatively simple, such as adding textiles and color through pillows
and tea towels.  I decided to add a hook to the side of the kitchen cabinet (below) to hang
a tea towel off of.  I think it finished off this corner of my kitchen nicely.

We have an apple tree in our back garden that has so many apples on the branches that
it's weighing down some of the lower branches down to the ground.  Since I was pruning
the branches anyway, I decided to bring some inside to display in this zinc pitcher.... I was
curious about how it would look.... I think I like it. :-)  


On another note... remember how I was looking for something to use as a headboard
in our bedroom?  Well, I couldn't find anything, so I decided to build one.  I really like
how it turned out.  Maybe after Fifi's visit, I'll share my bedroom with you.  I wasn't really
lovin' how it looked before, but I'm liking it better now.  It's not exactly how I would want
it, but it's better than it was. ;-) 

Thanks so much for visiting my little ol' blog!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend
coming up! 

I probably won't post again until after Fifi's visit, so... 'til next time...

~ Jo :-)

Thursday, July 7, 2011


Hi there!  I hope you're all doing well.

I went to some of the local antiques shops over the weekend to look for something to use
as a headboard in my bedroom... came home with this great stool instead.


I fell in love with the patina and the color the instant I saw it, but it kind of sticks out like
a sore thumb in my house.  I don't have a lot of color in my home, and this stool really pops.

Still haven't found a headboard for my bedroom... I have a few ideas though...

Hope you're having a great week so far.

~ Jo :-)