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Dallas designer shares glamorous life and style in new book

Jan Showers’s new book, “Glamorous Living,” is a reminder of why our home interiors are so important. Done well, they can energize us or comfort us on any given day. They can unite families and provide a perfect footprint for great parties, large and small.

Showers is a rock star in the Dallas design world, though she started her firm later than most, waiting until her children were grown. She’d been helping friends with home-decorating projects when in the mid-1980s she realized she could be busy enough to have a full-time job.

Her design firm — Jan Showers and Associates — expanded in 1995 to include a showroom for antiques. A few years later she launched her own furniture collection, the Jan Showers Collection, which has been sold across the country for nearly 20 years.

“Glamorous Living” (Abrams; 224 pp.; $65) is Showers’s third book, following “Glamorous Rooms” in 2009

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This Glamorous Wedding Featured an Ivory, Black, and Blush Color Palette

“From the moment we locked eyes, I knew we’d be archenemies,” says McKenzie, who met Spencer during high school in Baltimore. For years they wished their mutual friends would drop the other from the group, but eventually they started to see what those friends saw. One weekend after college, McKenzie agreed to visit Spencer in Charlotte and, while there, he suggested an official date. Sparks flew. Almost two years later, having just moved together to Chicago, Spencer proposed at the Buckingham Fountain. They spent a year planning their DC nuptials, and decided to wed at the Carnegie Institution for Science, where McKenzie carried a bouquet wrapped with a piece of her mother’s wedding dress from 35 years earlier and the couple jumped the broom as newlyweds. Check out their glamorous wedding belowpsst it was also featured in our latest issue, which you can purchase here. 

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