Feeling Bookish: Glamorous Retreats...

Choosing your favorite Jan Showers project is a bit like identifying a favorite child. It simply cannot be done. In Glamorous Retreats the delightful and talented Jan Showers invites us into the private retreats of her clients. These are finely appointed escapes and secondary residences by notable personalities. 

With jawdropping homes scattered about the country in locations that play host to us during our playtime (Palm Beach, Bachelor Gulch, Nantucket et al) it wasn't difficult to draw inspiration from the projects featured in the book. However the Dallas project, a sky high penthouse for Kari & Kirby Schlegel (well-known on the Dallas social scene) certainly takes the cake. Perhaps it is the abundance of oversized beautiful gilt mirrors, or the seriously "happy" color palette of vibrant yellow, Granny Smith apple green and oodles of white, white, white that wins me over. But those elements alone weren't the governing aspect to the home that made it shine. 

Located in Dallas's W, the Schlegel penthouse is flooded in my favorite thing: sunlight. Natural, joy-giving, life-breathing light. You simply cannot fake good natural lighting. And with that bounty of beauty, Jan has masterfully captured the feeling of sunshine. She let's the light shine and gives it beautiful surfaces and styling upon which to shine. And yes, this is when that happy sunshine yellow & charming green really begin to sing. This luminous home feels open, young, fresh, inviting and decidely optimistic. Just like the owners themselves. 

If you're a book lover and a Jan Showers fan, I urge you to grab a copy of Glamorous Retreats for yourself. Inside the cover you'll be treated to brief (albeit imaginary) imaginary trips to an equestrian compound, a chic beach sanctuary, a luxe lodge and a mountain hideaway amongst others. But the true journey is inside the mind of Jan Showers. Her willingness to point out design details we might have missed or unique considerations that were made for her clients. And therein lies the true beauty of this amazing book. Jan is a southern belle opening her home (and the homes of others) to you and inviting you in for a long, langorious visit. So step inside and stay a while. You might learn a stylish thing or two. 

Happy reading, friends! 

{images of Kari's home from D Magazine's fabulous coverage}