For more than a decade, April Graves of Light Drawn Studios has been photographing children as fairies for inclusion in the annual Beautiful Things with Wings calendar—with proceeds going to support WINGS, a local nonprofit that provides shelter and services for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Light Drawn Studios will be photographing fairies for the “2020 Beautiful Things with Wings” calendar June 17-21, July 16-19, and August 13-14 at various locations on the North Shore, including Lake Forest. Costumes are provided. “Imagine your little girl dressed as a fairy, twirling among the flowers in the most beautiful garden you have ever seen … resting in a magical tree, all while hummingbirds float nearby,” says Graves. “Then imagine the wonder and joy on her face when she gets to become a fairy for a day and knowing that the images which celebrate that magical moment in her childhood will also make a difference in the life of another child. These sessions are truly a magical experience and a wonderful way to teach your children to give to those in need.” To schedule your session, call Light Drawn Studios at 224-655-7801 or visit lightdrawnstudios.com. To learn more about WINGS, visit wingsprogram.com.
If you need a distraction from working on your own home and garden projects this month, dive into a delicious coffee table book about the award-winning restoration of a 15th century English country house in Dorset. The historic property’s owner is the 12th Earl of Shaftesbury (otherwise known as 39-year-old philanthropist Nicholas Ashley-Cooper) and not only did he oversee the overhaul but also penned the book along with Tim Knox, a British art historian and director of the Royal Collection Trust. The Rebirth of an English Country House: St Giles House is filled with beautiful images by London-based photographer Justin Barton and shows the transformation of spaces that honor the past while being suited to 21st century living. Think re-created wallpapers, customized paints, revived furniture from the Georgian and Victorian periods, reworked antique Brussels tapestries, restored plasterwork and textiles. The landscape was also completely overhauled, including its sunken garden, woodlands, avenue of beeches, lake, and shell-encrusted grotto. Gorgeous. Find it at your favorite local bookstore or rizzoli.com.
If you’ve been watching the development of the English Arts & Crafts-inspired, Kelmscott Park community near downtown Lake Forest, you may have noticed that a new, maintenance-free condominium model recently hit the market. Designed by Toms-Price Home Furnishings, the three-bedroom, 2.5-bath model showcases an open-concept plan that gives the residence a contemporary feel with a chic North Shore vibe. “The idea was to make this plan feel like a single-family home,” says Tim Anderson, president and CEO of Focus, which has been building condominiums on the North Shore for three decades. “It has a lot of the features North Shore homeowners are used to, like the separate kitchen, den, large master suite, and even a mudroom. The difference is a little less space and a lot less cost and upkeep.” Chicago-based architecture firm Booth Hansen incorporated elements of historic Lake Forest architecture into homes and floor plans. Meanwhile, Lake Bluff-based Mariani Landscape created a series of greenways, gardens, and tree-lined boulevards that give Kelmscott Park the feel of a community that has been in Lake Forest for generations. For more information or to schedule a showing, call 847-234-1800 or visit kelmscottpark.com.
If you love the luxury Italian lifestyle brand Acqua di Parma, you may be thrilled to know that it just launched its first home collection. Featuring a new a line of five new fragrances for candles and room diffusers that evoke the sun-drenched Italian landscapes, Rome piazzas, and Mediterranean vistas, it’s the perfect way to inject a sensory dose of Europe in your home. The products are also becoming quick favorites for an elegant, carefully chosen gift. Available at Neiman Marcus, Barney’s New York, or at acquadiparma.com.