If you have a chance to go visit Longwood Gardens this spring, I would highly suggest doing so because it is truly a sight to see and smell! Some highlights include the magnolia tree, tulips, bluebells, crabapple trees and the list goes on and on. I could spend a whole day looking around the beautiful grounds, conservatory, and of course, the gift shop. My personal favorite spot is the Peony Garden, which is in bloom once a year in May and is located on the western side of the 1908 Square Fountain. It’s sort of a secret spot where not too many people are often around, plus peonies are one of my favorite spring time flowers!
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.
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.
Lee Industries is a truly unique home furnishing company that has vision and commitment. This family owned and operated company has been setting new standards in the home furnishing industry for over forty years. Their mission is to create not only high quality home furnishing products, but also to do so in a completely sustainable and environmental friendly way. Using cutting edge technologies, each item is built in the U.S.A. Their designs are innovative, stylish, top quality and all made from uncompromised materials. Each piece goes beyond a piece of furniture and transforms into a piece of art that remains functional yet comfortable. For more information about Lee Industries, visit their website. Their designs, company story and environmental goals are truly inspiring and will leave you wanting more!
I love their use of fresh colors that pop yet remain classic. Some of my favorite pieces are the outdoor furnishings that you can uncover and are easy to maintain. In true form, Lee Industries redefines outdoor furniture too.
With these cold temperatures we have been experiencing across much of the United States, I’m dreaming of a getaway, particularly a beach getaway. Jeffrey Alan Marks’ Nantucket Beach House project is so gorgeous I’m dying for my own beautiful summer retreat. The bright and airy place captures the beach vibe perfectly. Every last detail is well thought out, from the canoe mounted on the wall to the nautical rope elements. I think it’s so important interiors reflect its environment and home’s architectural style. Marks truly encompasses the classic beach theme we all know and love in unique ways.
During the lazy days of summer, a trip out to one of the Delaware Nature Society’s locations is a “must do” activity. They offer something for everyone including, numerous camps for kids at their various locations, Farm to Fork dinners, hiking trails, Farm Fun Days, graduate and seasonal programs for adults, a Crop Share Association (CSA), and many other activities.
Founded in 1964, the Delaware Nature Society is the premier non-profit environmental organization in Delaware. The organization’s success can be attributed to its long-term and consistently active preservation, conservation and advocacy programs. Delaware Nature Society differentiates itself by integrating education as a vital element in its role in preservation, conservation and advocacy.
At the Coverdale Farm Preserve in Greenville, DE they offer cooking camps for kids of all ages, cooking classes for adults, bee keeping programs and a crop share association (CSA). Ashland Nature Center in Hockessin, DE and the DuPont Environmental Education Center (Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge) in Wilmington, DE are two other locations that have many children’s programs and educational classes. The three other locations Abbott’s Mill Nature Center in Milford, DE, Cooch-Dayett Mills in Newark, DE and Buena Vista in New Castle, DE are well worth a visit as well. Whether traveling to one of the locations alone or bringing the whole family, you are bound to have an amazing time!
Check out these helpful links
Delaware Nature Society Youth Blog:
Farm to Table dinners:
Harvest Moon Festival:
Farm Fun Days: