Sep 7, 2011

~ inspired home... jan buckingham

Gardener, designer, collector, traveler, incredible cook, jewelry designer, volunteer, lover of art and all things interesting. All of these describe my friend, Jan Buckingham, a real dynamo. This woman is not only a thinker... she is a doer! She is energetic and capable and can accomplish whatever she sets out to do.
I have been in Jan's home before and knew the kinds of mysterious and mystical objects that awaited me behind the charming, somewhat deceptive facade of this home. The enchanting and lush gardens outside, with birds chirping and squirrels frolicking about do not necessarily tell the story of what's inside. Full of worldly treasures, every space is a feast for the eyes. Let's take a look...

Pull the string on top of these heads and the tongue pops out!

Jan is a Frida Kahlo fan... Her collection of Frida photographs is beyond brilliant. 

My favorite piece in the house is this stunning, very early Kaneko. Jan is a personal friend and owns several of his pieces. 

This sunroom is filled with windows to enjoy stunning garden views...

Ahhhh... there's that beautiful garden.

Another Kaneko...

Jan's artistic talents are not only exhibited in her home and her garden, (not to mention her design work) she is also a jewelry designer. I love the makings of her jewelry stored under a table in the sunroom... 

The dining room is dazzling. The dahlias were picked from her garden that morning... no biggie...

You know I love the pottery!

This is the view from the dining room window... spectacular... like vacation!

And again I say, Kaneko! 

A Dan Boylan painting of his father...

The coffee table is an ox cart. A wheel was cut into four pieces to form the legs... not something you see everyday... or ever!

  Jan's master bath is stunning... and full of more treasures.

I am loving this mosaic tile.

Definitely feels like vacation in this space... a beautiful setting with a lovely view for complete bathtub relaxation! (Except, Jan pointed out, when there are roofers working next door...)

Have you ever? I just loved this extraordinary bed! 

I have heard from multiple, reliable sources that Jan is a fabulous cook... I'm not surprised.

A view from the dining room to the sunroom. 

Again, vacation... This is not what my view looks like! Absolutely gorgeous. 

Love the hardwood floors and her rugs are beautiful... 

 Masks are everywhere... a reminder and connection to Jan's exotic travels.
I absolutely loved visiting this home. Jan is a stitch and I only wish I could remember every detail and interesting tidbit she had to share about the unusual and fabulous surprises in her home. Seems like she's having more fun than yours truly?? I need to plan an exotic trip. A really exotic trip.
Thank you Jan! I'm so glad you decided blogging might not be so bad after all! I'm thrilled to have your inspired garden and home be a permanent part of The French Tangerine.
Do check out Jan's website HERE... and see her talent first hand!

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Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

She has some fantastic collections. thanks for sharing her home with us.

Taylor Greenwalt said...

what an artistic home. Love her collections.

The enchanted home said...

Collector indeed! So much to see..the kind of house you just want to take your time in each room devouring, many interesting collections which no doubt reflect her many interests, so I imagine she too must be an interesting person full of stories! Love homes like this.....thank you both for sharing!

Victoria said...

What fascinating collections, and the views from her windows into the gardens are perfection. Best...Victoria

Acquired Objects said...

So many amazing collections, love the heads in the first image. I would want to savior each room day by day it really is fabulous.

Fly Away Home said...

I simply love, love, love that bed. How amazing would it be to wake every morning feeling like it is 'summer' in the woods? Thank you for sharing this lovely set of pictures.