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Faux-cus on the Pros: Le Chic Cocoon Author Jennifer Duchene — and a special Giveaway!

December 19, 2011 18 Comments by Regina

I met Jennifer Duchene on Twitter since we share similar tastes in books, travel and beautiful decor.  She is a re-designer and speaker who focuses on helping her clients “create delicious spaces with what they already own”.  This year, she released her debut book entitled Le Chic Cocoon: 7 Steps to Creating your Selfish Space, which became an #2 bestseller in the Do-It-Yourself and Decorating categories.  Le Chic Cocoon provides that in order for a woman to be her best self, she needs a space of her own in which to focus, dream, and be selfish — in the most positive sense of the word.  I thought to chat with Jennifer on her book and ideas — AND she has graciously agreed to give away a copy of Le Chic Cocoon to one lucky reader.  Excited? Let’s dig in…

Jennifer Duchene

Jennifer Duchene: That fateful weekend was when I decided I was going to write a book, I decided that if this life was a story, I was going to make it mine. Speak to my passions. Combine what I loved with my gifts. Create a marketing tool to move me out of being just another decorator in a sea of decorators, to a woman on a mission.  Own my space and give women a holding space to empower theirs.

I found a course through a friend to write my book in a weekend.  Actually it sounds crazy, but when I arrived at that weekend and started formulating ideas, things fell into place. I was inspired by Virginia Woolf and her book, A Room of One’s Own, and I use her quotes to begin every chapter.

I have been on a journey since [last] April that has changed my business. It has changed me.  After the weekend, I signed up to finish the book and publish by September and somehow I, with a little help of friends, family and mentor, made it happen.  I hit bestseller on Amazon and Le Chic Cocoon even trended on Twitter for a moment.  What a thrill and thanks to Twitter and Facebook friends and their invaluable support.  The book covers a couple of areas that I am passionate about. I believe every woman needs a space of her own.  A Le Chic Cocoon she can retreat to.  Women lead lives that are full of giving and doing, not so much for themselves. Surroundings play such an important role in how we live. I want to educate women about design and function and how spaces do shape us.

Tell us about some of the memorable moments you’ve had surrounding your book experience?

Some of the best moments have been when I got positive feedback for the first time and everytime since. When somebody tells me I have inspired them to create their own space or to rethink their life from reading Le Chic Cocoon, it is like a blossom opens in my heart.  Having the opportunity to go to Highpoint and meet Twitter friends and have them want to buy my book was an incredible high.  Winning the Excellence in Marketing Award and having the bestseller launch with friends coming from all over along with the support and love from the online community has been so powerful. Truly my book has transformed me for the better.

Where are some of the best designed spaces you’ve seen in your travels? 

Whenever I go home to South Africa, I fall in love with the homes, restaurants and the shops I spy as I drift through the days soaking it all in.  There is a relaxed sophistication  that is both timeless and comfortable.  Charm in the unexpected and always clever use of materials and colors. A bold insouciance that is very sexy and individual.  Great flow of indoor and outdoor  space and a relationship to the people and culture. It is a very individualistic harmony that astonishes and delights.

Mosaic Wall in the Beverly Hills Hotel (South Africa)

What are some of your favorite color and/or product combinations you’ve seen?

I adore green in all its disguises.  Right now I am drawn to black greens.  Emerald, jade and poisonous shades. Bronzes, coppers and creamy chocolate browns.  I love shiny and matte, textured and smooth. A play with shape and textiles is very exciting to me.

I like natural items: wood or stone mixed with metal and perspex. Shells and bone and lace. Handmade, machine-made forged into new life. Beauty is in using the material to speak to our heart.

Do you prefer quiet or vivid artworks?

Actually I have an eclectic taste in art.  I love both quiet and vivid artworks.  I am drawn to art that is painted from the soul.  Those magic canvases that hold luminosity.  That portray the dawn or an exquisite landscape.

I am also drawn to the bright and happy works that vibrate with energy.  That swirl around us and gather us into the joy. That make our bodies vibrate to a silent music.  Art is so personal and so powerful.  Each piece to me is treated as a whole. A room should start with the art.

Tray of Beaded Artworks

What television show would you most like to be on?

I would love to be on the Nate Berkus show.  I admire and relate to what Nate brings to the public about design.  How much our lives are controlled by our environments. How important living in spaces that feed our souls is. That we can create our cocoons to live in and from, right now. Nate Berkus has appeared to me in dreams, on billboards and moving bus stop signs so many times I am just waiting for the phone to ring and a voice saying “Nate Berkus is expecting you!”.  I would also enjoy being on a women’s talk show like The View.  I love the diversity of opinion and conversation the women bring to the set. The thought of sharing my passion for women to be selfish and create their own space is very appealing.

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Thank you, Jennifer! I do find that most women find it hard to make time for themselves, much less carve a space out for themselves.  Imagine if we were selfish more often — truly gave ourselves the time we so freely give to others — how much we would discover about ourselves, our strengths, our potential?  I’m so glad Jennifer explored that theme and used the term “selfish” in a positive way.  You can read a few reviews of Le Chic Cocoon on Amazon or on blogs such as Brocante Home.  She recently spoke about book publishing on the Twitter #GetPublished chat — you can read the transcript here — along with a radio interview with Susan Davis of Good and Green radio show. You can also keep up with the lovely Jennifer via her YouTube channel and the Le Chic Cocoon Facebook fan page.  I hope you do check out her wonderful book.  Now, are you ready for your chance to win your own copy?

G  I  V  E  A  W  A  Y

One lucky Reader will receive their own copy of Le Chic Cocoon!  For your chance to win, please leave a comment on this post letting us know your answer to: “Where would you create your own Le Chic Cocoon right now?”  If you also become a Facebook fan of Le Chic Cocoon and/or Fauxology, let us know in the comments separately for two more extra chances to win.  The Giveaway is open to everyone and one Winner will be chosen at random from the comments.  Deadline: Midnight on Tuesday, December 27, 2011.  Good Luck!

All Images Courtesy of Jennifer Duchene

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  1. Lisa McMillen
    1097 days ago

    I love that there is a book about this. I did a room in a designer house a couple of years ago with this exact intent. It was so fun getting women to tell me what their dream space (cocoon) would look like. I found that everyone of them had a picture of their perfect space in their mind!

    As for me… there is this little house that I see for rent when I drive about 10 minutes from my home. I dream about renting this little cottage as my own little studio! One of these days I am actually going to peek in those windows to be able to picture it totally in my mind. RIght now I only imagine what the interior space holds and how it will work for me and my needs.

  2. Lisa McMillen
    1097 days ago

    PS. Since I’m already a Fauxology fan EVERYWHERE!… I liked Le Chic Cocoon’s page!

  3. Heather Kildis
    1097 days ago

    What a great addition this book would be to my library! As far as a space for me…I would love a large working studio space near my home – as my current space is just not big enough!

  4. Heather Kildis
    1097 days ago

    I am a BIG TIME Fauxology fan! Keeping my fingers crossed!

  5. Melanie Royals
    1097 days ago

    After offering a LOT of stencil giveaways through Royal Design Studio, this is the FIRST one I’ve entered. Can you believe it?! I love the way Jennifer has composed her answers here, so know I am going to love her book. My cocoon has been waiting for me to spin it for years-the room that is supposed to be my home office that I keep putting off finishing for some reason. Maybe I’ve been waiting for this inspiring book!

  6. Melanie Royals
    1097 days ago

    I Liked Le Chic Cocoon on FB!

  7. S.Ruby Feldman
    1097 days ago

    I would, if I could create a cocoon in my bedroom, making a it a glorious sanctuary to regroup after a long day.

  8. S.Ruby Feldman
    1097 days ago

    I became a fan of Fauxology on FB

  9. S.Ruby Feldman
    1097 days ago

    I became a FB fan of Le Chic Cocoon

  10. Jennifer Duchene
    1097 days ago

    Regina you are wonderful in so many ways – thank you so much for featuring me on your incredible fabulous blog!

    Jennifer Duchene

    Effortless Elegance living for the Moderne Femme.

  11. Irma Navarro-Hankins
    1097 days ago

    I can’t wait to read the book. I really would like to create a little crafty inspiration hidey-hole one day when the space becomes available. I have some different ideas as to where. Ideally, I dream of a sunroom one day!

  12. julie
    1097 days ago

    My happy place is a small house along a raging river with lots of glass and boulders with tons of open space for indoor and outfoor living. I have to go there in my mind at the moment… Would love to win the book! Am a frequent flyer on fauxology and have liked the Le Chic Cocoon facebook page!

  13. Victoria Buckmann
    1097 days ago

    In my bathroom, it still needs to be made into a space I can call my own! Chandolier is up, but all else needs some of Jen’s touch!

    Victoria Buckmann
    Character Code Coach/Master Trainer
    Dream Coach

  14. Ann
    1096 days ago

    I bought a 200 acre ranch in Texas with an old run down farm house. I had it remodeled and worked hard to create a wonderful, cozy, outside, inside feel to the whole home. I had two of the bedrooms made into one bedroom and a walk in closet. I’m still dreaming of a way to open up the walk in closet. I envision a connecting sun room with a hot tub and patio.
    Thanks for your writings.
    Ann in Texas

  15. Rima Bechara
    1096 days ago

    There are 2 spaces that I would love to turn into a cocoon,
    my bedroom and my office/studio. By the time I am done for the day, I have no energy left t think about making my bedroom my cocoon. My office would be such an inspirational space once I make i into my cocoon

  16. dana tucker
    1095 days ago

    I like Le Chic Cocoon on facebook. Pick me, Pick me :)

  17. Karen Arcand Johnson
    1090 days ago

    I share my home with 4 teenagers and all their friends! Oh, and their Dad. My cocoon would have my music, an art easel and mountains of books!

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