Jan Showers

Posted on March 26, 2014 by

Jan Showers, Interior Designs, Style, Antiques

Jan Showers is truly an inspiration. Her vision for not only designing a space, but her ability to put together truly unique items and colors is a gift. Her style is timeless, seemingly effortless with a touch of glamour that combines textures and a variety of periods. To me each space Jan creates has a feeling of personality and a space where one can actually live in style without having to worry about ruining anything. In her designs, it is clear that Jan has a sense of style that continues to evolve yet remains classic. It is no wonder that notable publications such as Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, InStyle Home, Town & Country, and many others have not only featured her work but also have recognized her firm notably has one of the top design & architecture firms in the U.S.

Jan Showers, Tablescapes,  Interior Design, Style, Antiques, Bar Top

I especially love her tablescapes, which bring fun and character to any room. I am inspired by her attention to detail and use of color. Each space is interesting in its own way and my eyes never seem to get bored. It makes total sense that in 2002, Jan started to make custom pieces that she had been designing for her clients.

For a great read and a beautiful coffee table book, be sure to pick up Jan’s books. The first one is titled “Glamorous Rooms”, which is now in its sixth printing and is a compilation of Jan’s work over the past 25 years.  Her second book titled “Glamorous Retreats”, takes you into Jan’s most luxurious spaces across North American and the Caribbean. Both books are a must read that will leave you inspired!

All images via JanShowers.com To find out more about Jan Showers and her firm, visit their website here.

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Boys & Girls Club: a night for great futures

Posted on September 9, 2013 by

On Friday, September 20th the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware will be hosting A Night For Great Futures at The Queen Theatre.  There will be an extensive silent and live auction, as well as an open forum discussion on stage between Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware alumni with moderator Nancy Karibjanian.  The event will be from 6 to 9pm.  Cocktail attire is suggested.  This will be a great event supporting an amazing organization that services more than 20,000 Delaware youth per year!

PLEASE REGISTER HEREwww.bgclubs.org/sept20

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A Sneak Peek at a few of the auction items:

-  Delaware four digit license plate – No. 8279

-  Painting by artist Sarah Lamb

-  Private movie screening for up to 200 guests at Penn Cinema Riverfront

-  Private cocktail party for 12 at Andre Harvey’s Brecks Mill Studio catered by Piccolina Toscana and wine by Moore Brothers

-  Large Yeti cooler filled with outdoor enthusiast items from Artemis Outfitters

-  iPad Mini with courtesy set-up by Integrated Home LLC

-  Nine Holes Anywhere handmade Croquet set

-  Lizzie Fortunato Jewels leather clutch

-  A Kelly Wearstler scarf from Kirna Zabete

-  Round of golf at Merion Golf Club

-  Day of Rejuvenation and assorted spa products from Currie Hair, Skin & Nails

These select restaurants on Market Street will be offering 10% of their proceeds back to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware after the event.  (Reservations are recommended)

-  La Fia

-  Chelsea Tavern

-  Earnest & Scott

-  Pochi

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Images courtesy of the Boys & Girls Club

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from grill master to techie : father’s day gift ideas

Posted on June 13, 2013 by

It’s not too late to find something in time for Father’s Day this Sunday. We’ve rounded up some great gift ideas that suit just about any kind of father in your life. Gift box subscriptions are all the rage these days; and they’re not just for women anymore — Birchbox and Mantry have subscriptions geared specifically for men. We’ve also included a list of local shops where you can find a great selection of gifts for this Father’s Day.

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(1)  The Drunken Botanist  by Amy Stewart

This illuminating guide covers the science and history of over 150 herbs, spices, flowers and more that make up our favorite beers, wines, and spirits. With over fifty drink recipes and growing tips for gardeners, this book is filled with fascinating and inspiring facts.

(2)  Birchbox Men’s Gift Subscription

Give the gift that keeps giving all year long, with the men’s Birchbox monthly subscription that’s chock full of goods. Designed to introduce guys to the best grooming and lifestyle products, they will receive a variety of samples including everything from top shaving cream and cologne to cool gadgets. 

(3)  Lobster Thermidor Bottle Opener  (terrain)

Crack open a cold one with this hand-painted, cast iron lobster bottle opener

(4)  Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas by Brad Thomas Parsons

Celebrating the heritage of bitters over the years, this book is filled with knowledge, unique recipes and techniques for making your very own homemade bitters.

(5)  DIY BBQ Sauce Recipe

Make this delicious BBQ Sauce recipe to give to Dad (with a little help from Martha, of course)

(6)  Mantry ‘The Men’s Pantry’ Gift Subscription

Each Mantry arrives in a handmade wooden crate filled with six full size artisan food products along with with product stories and recipes – all  delivered right to their door!

(7)  Dogfish Head Signature Glass

Designed specifically to enhance the taste of IPAs, Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada collaborated with German glassware maker Spiegelau to create this signature glass that any true beer geek would appreciate

(8)  Moleskin Laptop Case

Perfect for the business man who likes to travel in style

(9)  ‘Grill Scout’ Collection from MOUTH

This Collection from MOUTH comes with all the extras for the man who loves to grill, such as : BBQ sauce, spice rub, seasoning, marinade and signature toppings like corn relish, salsa, chile pesto, bacon mayonnaise & sweet pickle chips

(10)  Alfred Dunhill Steering Wheel Cufflinks (Mr. Porter)

Fulfill his need for speed with these classy steering wheel cufflinks


Below are some great LOCAL SHOPS to find that last minute gift!

for the WELL-DRESSED man:

Wright & Simon
Wilmington, DE

Wilmington Country Store
Wilmington, DE


Artemis Outfitters
Greenville, DE

Trail Creek Outfitters
Glen Mills, PA

for the GARDEN Enthusiast:

Old Country Gardens
Wilmington, DE

Glen Mills, PA

for the Crafty Culinarian:

Pro Kitchen Gear
Greenville, DE

for the ART Aficionado:

Andre Harvey Studio
Montchanin, DE

Somerville Manning Gallery
Montchanin, DE 

Carspecken Scott Gallery
Wilmington, DE 

The Station Gallery
Greenville, DE

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show her you care : mother’s day gift ideas

Posted on May 2, 2013 by

From a vintage birdhouse and a delicate vase trio to fragrant candles, we’ve gathered some great Mother’s Day gifts, perfect for any special mother in your life – all available locally. Make her smile; show your appreciation for all she’s done over the years.

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(1)  anthropologie : Spice Market Infinity Scarf

(2)  A.R. Morris Jewelers : Lagos Chain – Oval Link Bracelet

(3)  terrain : Linneas Lights Sea Salt Candle

(4)  anthropologie : Kitchen Garden Cookbook

(5)  anthropologie : Horizontal Chemist Vase

(6)  Peter Kate : Gretchen Scott Matisse Blue Beach Bag

(7)  anthropologie : Cadiz Serving Bowl

(8)  terrain : Hexagon Birdhouse

(9)  A.R. Morris Jewelers : Marco Bicego Siviglia Drop Earrings


We’ve also listed some of our favorite local shops and restaurants to treat the mother in your life this Mother’s Day.

Terrain   •   glen mills, pa
Petals : Flowers & Fine Gifts   •   montchanin, de
Flowers by Yukie   •   wilmington, de
Longwood Gardens   •   kennett square, pa

Houpette   •   greenville, de
The Spa at Montchanin Village   •   montchanin, de
Polished Salon   •   locations in DE & PA

Peter Kate   •   greenville, de
Ellie Boutique   •   locations in DE, PA & MD
Everything But the Kitchen Sink   •   hockessin, de
Pro Kitchen Gear   •   greenville, de
The Pink Turtle   •   greenville, de
Anthropologie   •   locations in DE & PA

A.R. Morris Jewelers   •   wilmington & greenville, de
Indulgence Jewelers   •   greenville, de

Eclipse Bistro   •   wilmington, de
Culinaria   •   wilmington, de
Moro Restaurant   •   wilmington, de
Takumi   •   wilmington, de
Sovana Bistro   •   kennett square, pa
Krazy Kats   •   montchanin, de
Orillas Tapas   •   wilmington, de
Chelsea Tavern   •   wilmington, de

Plexus Fitness   •   wilmington, de
Empowered Yoga
    •   wilmington, de
Delaware Running Company   •   greenville & newark, de
Pure Yoga Pilates Studio   •   wilmington, de

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fresh from the farm: kilby cream

Posted on March 20, 2013 by

The Kilby family has been in the dairy business for over 100 years. Owners, Phyllis and Bill Kilby have proudly carried on the family farm legacy with Kilby Cream, the family owned and operated business they established over 40 years ago in Cecil County, Maryland. They sell their own fresh, glass bottled milk, homemade ice cream, butter and more on the farm. Even better, they now collaborate with other local farms to offer eggs, breads and meat – all available now by home delivery – right to your door. It doesn’t get much better than that.

All Kilby Cream dairy products start with the cows right on their property in Rising Sun, MD. The farm has over 500 Jersey and Jersey/Holstein cross cows that are grass-fed and never given growth hormones or feed containing antibiotics – producing delicious, farm fresh milk that is pasteurized, but minimally processed and sold in returnable, reusable glass bottles that reduce impact on the environment.

All dairy products are available for purchase at Kilby Cream or online through their home delivery service.


In 2005, Kilby Cream added homemade ice cream to their expanding menu of products made on the farm. As one of only three ice cream shops in Maryland that complete the entire process on site, they pride themselves on serving ice cream that goes from ‘cow to cone in two days’.

With over 50 flavors to choose from, using local ingredients when available, they come up with some unique seasonal flavors, including Strawberry Cheesecake, Mootella and Key Lime Pie.

In addition to dairy products, they can deliver farm fresh eggs from the free-range hens at Andy’s Eggs and Poultry and breads from Golden Grain Bread Co. Seasonally, they offer their own Egg Nog and locally known Milburn Orchards’ Apple Cider and Apple Cider donuts.

Aside from enjoying their farm fresh products, the Kilby family cares about sharing the benefits of agriculture and family farming with their customers and the community. The open farm fields and laid back atmosphere invite you to bring friends and family to enjoy the natural surroundings, visit the farm animals, grab some ice cream and most importantly, appreciate what this local farm has to offer to the community.

images courtesy of Edwin Remsberg and Jenosis Photography

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