About Us

Welcome to our blog. We are husband and wife, both self employed so we work hard to make a living. We live in the great California central San Joaquin valley, in Fresno. Fun at a party posing with a balloon heart made for us.

One of our favorite places to visit, close enough for a last minute day trip, is Carmel, California. We enjoy a walk on the beach and a great meal when we visit. Here we were in the back room at Le Bicyclette.

Jan, pronounced yan, is a Dutchman, born and raised in Baarn, the Netherlands (Holland) and is an architectural illustrator and artist. I’m Donna, an American mutt of mixed heritage, Mexican, English, American Indian, Spanish and supposedly a dash of French, that's what I call an American mutt!

God blessed us when he brought together two people who enjoy the same things and even crave the same food.

Below is a photo Jan took on a midnight walk when we visited the town where we lived in the early 1990s. This is the Koppelpoort water gate in Amersfoort, the Netherlands, commonly called Holland.

We lived in Los Angeles after we met, then moved to Holland for several years, a great experience for me as an American. Living in Europe I learned to appreciate the Dutch heritage and love of anything "gezellig." That word itself is part of the Dutch culture.

Now, in California we combine our experiences of Europe, the medieval town where we lived, Amersfoort, visits to Amsterdam, Paris, London, Brugge, Praque and other cities.

The Paris Cabinet is real, it is our inspiration, it's in the room where we entertain, where the mirror reflects candle light, where we can have beer if the evening is a pub night, wine with a meal or a fabulous Ficklin port with friends and neighbors. The banner at the top of our blog is the top of our Paris Cabinet a most beautiful cabinet we care for.

Thank you for visiting our blog.

Jan's architectural illustration work is at JanKohler.com
Donna's websites are, Realtor at DonnaKohler.com and Treadlelady.com
Etsy shop creative works http://www.pariscabinet.com
Etsy shop sewing machine items http://www.treadlelady.etsy.com
Etsy shop Donna's jewelry  https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaDilDesigns

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