Meet the Artists: Marlene Debeljak - La Bonne Vie Designs


We first met Marlene Debeljak at the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY. She sells her own, vintage inspired jewelry as well as vintage finds.  Karen snagged one of her stunning necklaces and I scored a fantastic vintage cookie sheet featuring an embossed advertisement.  It reads “Free 49cent Pan with your Initial Purchase of New PY-O-MY Pastry Mix.”  I love it and use it as a magnetic board in my office.  Marlene had a gorgeous booth that she had turned into the kind of treasure-filled boutique you’d expect to find in a quaint, historic neighborhood….in the South.  I don’t know why exactly, since Marlene lives in Ohio, but to me, she oozes southern charm and grace.  She’s warm and easy to talk with and is obviously filled with energy.  When she was a little girl, she was mesmerized by watching pageants on t.v.  Marlene didn’t want to be crowned the queen, she wanted to be the Queen Bee who designs the gowns. This is how she started sewing, first for her dolls then for her daughters and now for her clients.  Her jewelry reflects her personal history and aesthetic.  Her most cherished piece is a cameo inherited from her great-great grandmother, and every necklace she makes incorporates a vintage item, usually something that sparkles and alludes to the era of Hollywood Glam.  

Marlene gave us her family’s favorite recipe and Karen and I decided that reading it wasn’t enough…we had to have some for ourselves!  So Karen made Marlene’s “Chicken Bundles” and did a beautiful job!  Here are a few photos of us, sharing the meal with our husbands, accompanied by a watermelon and jicama salad, a bottle (or two) of wine and topped off with a quick version of peach cobbler for dessert.  Thanks, Marlene!  

xoxo Zandra


Hello, my name is Marlene Debeljak. I am the owner of La Bonne Vie Designs. I love to design and create. Like so many of us, I am extremely busy! I am often asked how I juggle so much and get it all done. Here's a secret, I don't always get it all done, but I do my best. I am always looking for time saving, delicious dinners for my family, so I thought I would share one of my family's favorite recipes.

Chicken Bundles Italian (from

3 chicken breasts, skinned, deboned and chopped

1 cup of sliced green onions

1 Tbl. olive oil

1 cup low fat ricotta cheese

1 10 oz. package frozen, chopped spinach, thawed and drained

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. oregano

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 tsp. lemon juice

3 Tbl. melted butter

1 pkg. egg roll wrappers

Brown chicken and green onions in olive oil until chicken is no longer pink. Set aside. In large bowl, combine all but butter and wrappers. Stir in chicken. Brush muffin tins with butter. Place one wrapper in each well; fill 3/4 full. Fold over wrapper to seal; brush with butter. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes. Enjoy!