Monday, July 13, 2015

Coming Home, A Summer Story and Collaboration wth My French Country Home

The dream of a house in France... the rhythms of a small village. The flavors, sights, scents and sounds that heighten the senses: the freshest tomatoes on market day, a field of lavender, a cicada symphony as night falls. The perfect escape - one that could be life changing. This summer I hope you'll join Sharon Santoni from My French Country Home and I as we imagine what happens when one unexpectedly inherits a house in Provence....

Sharon's My French Country Home is a favorite escape for so many of us - a glimpse into a beautiful life in France. Flowers, brocante shopping, a celebration family life, of small moments and inspiring style.  Sharon takes gorgeous photos and has a way with words - her first book, My Stylish French Girlfriends makes it's much anticipated debut in August.

But it's Sharon's short fiction that really takes me away.  Always charming, always thought-provoking, but at the same time comforting. Her characters seem like real people who you might actually sit down with for a chat. So what a thrill when Sharon asked me to help her bring her latest story to life with a few illustrations...

Sharon has imagined a story about a woman who may not be much different from people you know... who you might easily have as a friend. I hope you'll join us each week to find out what happens to her as she lives this dream of coming home to France...

A huge thanks to the lovely Sharon for asking me come along on this adventure. I understand thanks to Heather from Lost in Arles are also in order, for edits along the way.

Happy summer reading, all! XO


  1. Thank you so much for joining with me on this one Jeanne, I just love your illustrations and the way you capture the mood


  2. Jeanne I am so thrilled that you are providing the beautiful artwork for Sharon's story!!
    I love this account at My French Country Home and your illustrations !!

    The Arts by Karena
    Stems Soiree

  3. I just stopped over from Sharon's to tell you your artwork is wonderful. Can't wait until next Monday.


  4. Isn't this JUST WONDERFUL !!!!
    I just read her story and loved it, of course.
    To know that some of my favorite bloggers came together to create something so special is really a joy for me. BTW, Amazon now has her book. I got an email last night about it. I'm writing a post devoted to it very soon. xx's

  5. Sorry if this is a duplicate other one vanished into cyberspace! This is SO exciting! I will eagerly await each week's installment. Your artwork always makes me happy! I am off to read the first chapter. :)

    Have a wonderful week, Jeanne!! xoxo

  6. I must duplicate the comment I made to Sharon.....How fun is this?! Love, love, love it!!!!!

  7. Just read chapter 1; how exciting. France is on my bucket list for traveling. My daughter just honeymooned up the Rhone river staying in Paris at the end of their trip. Until next Monday...

  8. So wonderful Jeanne, and what dynamic duo the two of you are. Such it, cannot wait until her book and always enjoy your charming paintings, like a breath of fresh summer air:)

  9. Thank you for sharing her now I have a new blog to add to my must read list. xo Karolyn

  10. I was beyond thrilled when I heard about this collaboration - you two are such a perfect fit! I hope that the beautiful illustrations that you are doing for this story find many happy homes...Thank you for the mention aussi. Gros, gros bisous!

  11. TO THINK I KNOW TWO OF the THREE LADIES HERE!!!!!!!Well, I have met SHARON and I have communicated with HEATHER on numerous occasions but I have never met YOU MADAME PAINTER!!Who lives much closer to me than the other two!I will definitely PAR_TAKE in the story telling.......TODAY is a BIG day for me so I might be late to the adventure......BUT JUST KNOW I WILL CATCH UP!XX

  12. Jeanne,
    These are fabulous!! I am so excited for Sharon's book and to come along on this journey with the two of you!!!! Happy Bastille Day!

    xoxo Elizabeth

  13. Loved the story and the illustrations - can't wait for next Monday!

  14. these are so charming, jeanne. congrats on this collaboration which is sure to be a winning one. peace.

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