Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What I see...

Every morning I am grateful that this is my office.
It was (and is!) a lot of work...blood , sweat and tears.
Not to mention an on going work in progress.
But here she is... Take the Houzz tour, wonderfully captured by Photog Rikki Snyder.
 
I'm just hoping this is the year we paint the barn roof.
Heights?! eh, bring it on!
 
click on Houzz link below to take the tour...
 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

In The Dog House

One man's trash is another gal's treasure.
 
An odd phenomenon has been happening on Jockey street.
People ditching their old doghouses.
Maybe their old faithful companions have outgrown their outdoor abodes...or sadly gained their angel wings.
At any rate out to the roadside the ol' doghouse goes....and into the back of our truck.
 
Twice we have been so lucky over the past few years.
Two doghouses we now own.
I know...why? wha? an old dog house?
For people with no dog? That's just the epitome of cray cray. 
 
Howsomever,
 ( I know, not really a word, spellcheck just let me know that)
You call it a doghouse...I call it a garden house.
With a little work and paint, we set off to make it what it ain't.
 
I had been in need of a focal point for our fern garden for years.
The ferns grow so tall anything without enough statue
 quickly becomes engulfed
and
 lost among green lacey fronds.
A "garden house" was the perfect fit.
 
So here you have it.
Doghouse turned garden house...or chicken curiosity...
or cat hangout.
By any name an awesome roadside find
 and welcome addition.
 
Discarded doghouse being loaded to go to it's forever home.
The owner even helped us load it up!




Dick covers the particle board and sets the house on stilts to aerate underneath to discourage the wood from rotting  

Two tree stumps in lieu of a ladder so curious kitties and chicks can peek inside

Soon the ferns will frame and then engulf the garden house

A cast iron urn with balled up string of lights is pretty in the day and night.
A mirror reflects both and adds an interesting optical illusion.
 
Babycakes checking out the garden house

An Antique purple glass lightning rod makes for frosting on the cake


Saturday, April 2, 2016

A Happy Home

 
I always felt a little unimportant as an artist.
I mean, I'm not curing cancer, I'm not fixing any of the world's many, many problems.
I just doodle and scribble pretty much.
I'm just purely decorative.
 
Then it was one of those days that we've all had.
 One you wish you could just skip over and forget.
One where if something was going to go wrong, it surely would.
Or one just full of bad news you wish it would just go away.
 
It was also one of those days like many others that yet another  shameful online purchase arrived.
Every time I hear that big brown, box truck downshifting a quarter mile away and my heart starts a beating.
I can't remember what arrived that day, but it was something pretty, or fancy or fun.
I can't recall.
But at that moment I had an epiphany.
It's just stuff.
The fluffy stuff in life.
But it really made me happy.
With everything in life to endure, be it bills, illness or sadness
this was a happy thing and it mattered.
 
That made me feel ok with being "just" an artist.
I get to make pretty things that might make someone happy, or make a happy home.
It's these "things" be it flowers for your garden, crazy new shoes, or pretties for your home that make the bad things more bearable.
 
So all that said I am honestly (and shamelessly!) proud to announce my own new line
of pretties for the home.
 
It was a labor of love designing fabric with my artwork and paintings and then having soft goods hand crafted.
Cushy pillows, cozy down eiderdowns quilts, and plump tuffets all covered with artful designs.
 
I am hoping that in some small way they may bring you some joy and comfort to you and your home.
 
Thanks to all who inspired and encouraged me!
 
To take a peek and learn more
visit:
 
 
DOWN PILLOWS
PILLOWS


DOWN PILLOW


DOWN PILLOWS

EIDERDOWNS

TUFFETS

EIDERDOWN

EIDERDOWN QUILT

TUFFETS

Saturday, September 12, 2015

color contentment

Wading through my sea of photos on my desktop I sometimes see certain patterns emerge.
Most of the time the scrolling thumbnails look like a bag of skittles spilled out over a melted box of crayons.
Paintings and artwork in every rainbow brite hue.
There's a lot of color.
 
On the other hand, open my closet door and there's a dreadful array
of black and mumbling grays...with just a whispering hint of color tucked in here and there. I'm sure these color items are dying to just once see the light of day.
I swear I can  hear their pleas.
Someday I tell them. Someday.

hmm, interesting.

Then on yet another hand, exterior shots of my home seem to sport a little something in between...muted olives and purples.
Not exactly planned. I suppose I just buy what strikes my fancy.
Purple flowers for the garden. Lilacs, lavender, perennial catnip, roses in fuchsia shades.
Verdant foliage, olive and bronze green paint fill in the gaps.

I'm not what is to be learned here.
Basically, I live by absolutely no rule of thumb as far as color goes.
Just go with what makes you content, and then see what emerges!


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Purple Perennial Catnip
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Garden Rose



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Canvas Bucket filled with Roses
"Orchid Roses"


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Jennifer Lanne studio entrance


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Summer table setting


"Turtle" using the cat ladder


OK, no purples here...but just cool how miniature I look engulfed in ferns!
~Jennifer Lanne

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Chance Encounter




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An original painted tarp. And me, Jennifer Lanne in my centuries old barn.
Who doesn't love serendipity?
Fortunate happenstances or pleasant surprises?
That's how I feel about my partnership with Arhaus Furniture.
Our chance meeting a year ago at the Brimfield Antique Show led to a wondrous venture.
It was a pleasure working with Chief Creative Officer Gary Babcock and their team of talented product designers.
My paintings are artfully reproduced on platters, pillows and other tabletop designs ...exclusive to Arhaus.
So perfect to add that artisan or painterly touch to your home.
Also, keep your eyes peeled for my original painted tarpaulins in select Arhaus locations!

Hop over to the Greenhaus blog for more info and to watch the video from my talk with Gary from this past Brimfield.

Oh! And mark your Calendars for the May 2016  Brimfield Antiques Show.
I'll be in the New England Motel Field.
Details to follow.


 


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A smattering of large painted tarps and products exclusively for Arhaus


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A hand painted tarp in the "Caravan" tent
 ~ Jennifer Lanne ~


Monday, July 20, 2015

A Little Barn Shakin'

 
Sometimes it takes a seismic event to really shake those cobwebs out of the barn. I'm not talkin' bout an earthquake.. but stirring up a sweet summer barn concert!
Floors and rafters were swept, mismatched farm chairs piled in, barn doors flung open and party lights strung.
 
We were so fortunate to be invited to a friend's house concert by international recording artist Sean Rowe back in the Spring.
The music, the singing, the intimate atmosphere blew our hair back!
 
Luckily enough Sean had time in between his European and cross country touring to fit in a private barn concert for us.
What a treat! The cool guy tours with Glen Hansard and duets with Marketa Irglova. (of acclaimed movie Once)
 
If you're not familiar with Sean's music you should be!
(he's a deep, crooning baritone)
One of the most interesting voices out there...Think Cat Stevens, Johnny Cash with a little folk, alternative, blues and rock thrown in.
Catch him live if you can...his guitar work is barn rattling amazing!
 
This sturdy old barn never dolled up so nice or sounded better.
A little barn shaking is all she needed!
 



Sean Rowe doing what he does!


Painted stumps make great occasional seating

 
yucking it up as we're setting it up!
hmmm, Lisa guarding the treats??




Lily likes to help




the outside accomidations

 
 
 


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Brimfield Baby!

Here we go again!
Just a nudge, nudge reminder that Brimfield Antiques Show is coming up!
Finally...no really, finally.
For us Northerners this heralds in Spring,
mud,  antiques and treats galore,

I am thrilled and excited to be showcasing new works, paintings and objects of interest.
So stop by and see me at:
 
THE NEW ENGLAND MOTEL FIELD
Tent Booth #51
Brimfield Mass.
May 13th 6am-5pm
May 14-16 9am-5pm
 
just drop me a line if you need more info at Jdlanne@aol.com
No more excuses! Come to Brimfield!!!