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- 04/28/13--14:30: Behind the scenes of HGTV’s White Room Challenge
- 06/05/13--11:19: Mar Jennings Creates Gatsby Inspired Garden Party
- 07/23/13--14:54: PRESTON BAILEY & MAR JENNINGS TO HEADLINE WEDDING CONFERENCE & EXPO
- 08/28/13--15:22: ONLY $19.95 LIFE ON MAR’S: Creating Casual Luxury
- 09/23/13--07:48: A Great Cause On October 17th. Join Me!
- 10/22/13--07:08: Mar Jennings To Host 3rd Annual Comedy NIght Fundraiser
- 11/03/13--09:07: HOUSE TOUR
- a magnificent Federal-style home in a park-like setting,
- a 7,000-square-foot Adirondack-style log home on a quiet lane,
- two beautiful Colonials, one with a touch of Golden Age Hollywood, the other with a study paneled with reclaimed 18th century chestnut,
- and a designer house owned by lifestyle expert and television personality Mar Jennings.
- 02/06/14--09:59: Respected Library Journal Loves LIFE ON MAR'S
- 03/18/14--12:22: Mar Jennings Headlines Spring Garden Experience
- 05/30/14--15:58: Mar Jennings Partners with Dynatrap for the 2014 Season
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- Consider the Time of Day: Mosquitoes are most active at dusk, so plan your party accordingly.
- Light Up the Atmosphere and Drive Bugs Away:The right lighting can create the desired atmosphere, but it can also keep bugs away. Use yellow bulbs instead of white—bugs aren’t attracted to them and they provide a romantic glow.
- Decorate with Pale Palettes:Lighter is better when it comes to selecting upholstery for outdoor pieces such as seat cushions, tablecloths and pillows, as mosquitoes are less attracted to light colors.
- Beautify Your Yard: Tidying up the yard before a party will not only impress your guests, but cutting the grass, planting marigolds or a citronella bush and draining sources of stagnant water will also decrease the likelihood of bugs.
- Match Your Trap to Your Décor:Dynatrap products are available in bronze (exclusively at Frontgate) and black (available at other major retailers or by visiting www.dynatrap.com).
- Feed Your Guests Without Making Them the Meal:Avoid buffet-style dining and keep bugs at bay – impress your guests with small, bite sized plates that can be eaten quickly.
Recently Emmy-nominated TV Host, Lifestyle Expert and best selling author Mar Jennings—one of the country’s top lifestyle experts—appeared on HGTV’s White Room Challenge, hosted by David Bromstad. Mar quickly became a fan favorite. With a new interior design book already in the works and set to release in September, fans and devoted followers showed their support with record-breaking pre-orders both on amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com
Jennings was quoted as saying about the show: “I won…three new friends, an experience of a lifetime and bragging rights.” Although the room of another designer took the cake, Mar literally made one. Filmed in LA almost a year ago, he says “The memories and partnership with the network, producers and casting directors—not to mention my fellow designers—will last a lifetime.” And now that the show has aired he is dishing all about it!
Every contestant had a reason for hoping to win; some to help their businesses, some to help loved ones. Something important to Jennings was not shown on TV—it was “left on the cutting room floor”: Jennings was playing to benefit The Trevor Project, a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. His proceeds, if he had won, would have gone to the organization.
Although thousands of people apply to be on the show, few have the privilege to participate. In every episode, four designers compete to each transform a plain, white room into something amazing; the room comes furnished with a simple sofa, two wooden chairs, a basic dining table, and a coffee table (all white). The room must end up decorated in a specific theme, on-budget, in just 15 hours. The prize? Ten thousand dollars.
Jennings episode’s theme: create a celebratory space for a Sweet 16 Party. The catch? Using items purchased from a local Army/Navy Surplus Store. “I was honored to be competing against three very talented designers, so I knew I had to be focused,” said Jennings. His mind was racing with ideas. Nothing screamed ‘celebration’ to him more than a big birthday cake. Jennings’ “Colossal Dream Cake” design was not a literal interpretation of a party space, as Jennings thought that might be too easy and straightforward, but was a more creative approach: a giant birthday cake, dripping with icing, inside a gigantic gift box, surrounded by presents. “It was the fantasy of a 16 year old birthday girl, dreaming about her big day,” he explained. Jennings wanted to use the 10x10ft space as an outlet to infuse with creativity, and wait till you hear what he repurposed: lots of camouflage netting, hundreds of bandanas, t-shirts, bullets, colored roping, sailor hats and light sticks. “I wanted to show that I could think outside the box by creating a design inside a literal box!” he laughed.
He worked to find ways to reuse and repurpose all his existing items. The sofa’s inner foam became fluffy white icing; the chairs and tables were cut down, upholstered and turned into presents—in the fantasy of the dream they were filled with shoes and handbags, of course. The Army/Navy Surplus Store items were manipulated to become almost unrecognizable as what they really were; they became his bunting, frosting, piped icing, rosettes, sprinkles, and more.
Jennings finished early, and stayed under budget—even lent money to a fellow designer—and advised those who asked. In the end, designerArica Peterson won the ten thousand dollars—but he says they all won each others’ hearts.
“I know that seems unexpected,” he admitted. He went on to explain that after spending time with such creative people, being whisked from place to place with cameras and producers, on early morning and late night shoots, somehow it glued them all together.
The experience allowed them to make friends with each other from the moment they met. And although it never appears this way in the final episode—“Drama is more fun to watch, after all!” he says, smiling—he assures me that Ursalie Smith, Jeremy Grubb, the winner Arica and he all found excitement and fun from being together, sharing this experience, and getting to know each other.
Jennings says we shouldn’t be surprised that he found something beautiful amidst the stress of filming; “I’m a lifestyle expert; I love to repurpose things into something cherished.” Jennings first book continues this theme; currently available, it is the best-selling gardening reference LIFE ON MAR’S, A Four Season Garden. His next book LIFE ON MAR’S, Creating Casual Luxury, will invite the public inside his Westport, Connecticut, home to explore his six design principles for creating a casual luxury home. This deluxe oversized coffee table book will be filled with photographic essays highlighting his philosophy, plus practical applications and resourcefulness applicable for any home or space. Both books retail for $19.99
Jennings’ award-winning website www.marjennings.comis one of the best resources for home and garden design tips. In addition to the above, Jennings is currently in pre-production on several television programs and was recently asked to participate on HGTV’s Flea Market Flip, hosted by Lara Spencer this fall.
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New York/CT– Emmy-nominated TV Host, Lifestyle Expert and best-selling author Mar Jennings throws pre-launch Gatsby themed garden party for his upcomingLIFE ON MAR’S, Creating Casual Luxury national book release scheduled for September 2013.
Jennings is a master at entertaining, as 250 guests from the worlds of television and publishing—along with colleagues and personal friends—arrived to a Gatsby inspired party with all the bells and whistles of the roaring twenties.
Two vintage classic cars perched on the drive set the tone: a 1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Tilbury Sedan and a 1931 Cadillac V-12 Convertible Coupe, both provided by Dragone of Westport, Connecticut. The scene immediately prompted guests to journey back in time, aided by French champagne, in glasses with a Roaring Twenties silhouette, of course—prohibition was definitely over.
The centerpiece of the garden party buffet was a spectacle created by Classic Cakes, located in West Hartford: a recreation of Jennings’ home "Rosebrook Gardens" in perfect scale as a delicious Coconut cake.
Jennings greeted his guests in a white linen suit from Brooks Brothers, perfectly conjuring the image of Leonardo DiCaprio in the recent film. Guest toured the featured inspired home and experienced firsthand Jennings’ approach for creating a casual luxury home and garden while summery jazz played from hidden speakers. Why the twenties theme? “We tend to look back on all eras with nostalgia, but there is something about the combination of the elegance and carefree nature of the twenties that still appeals to everyone,” said Jennings. “It reminds me of how I want my guests to feel in my home, and what I want to capture with casual luxury in a modern way.”
Casual luxury is Mar Jennings’ signature style and in his new book LIFE ON MAR’S, Creating Casual Luxury he offers six design principles as the cure to all design dilemmas. “No matter what size space or style you may have, my design principles provide you with the much needed tools to make the right choices. From choosing colors to furniture placement and everything in between. Casual luxury can work in your home regardless of its size or the spaces within it; casual luxury has no boundaries and can be applied in any home,” Jennings says. The hardcover, coffee-table book is already available for pre-orders through Barnes & Noble or Amazon.com at the suggested retail price of $19.95 with already record breaking demand.
Most recently Jennings was selected to appear on several HGTV series, including The White Room Challenge and Flea Market Flip. He is an on-going correspondent and home and garden expert for The Better Show, a nationally syndicated lifestyle show. Over the years he has made multiple appearances on the Today Show, The Food Network, ABC, CBS, CNN and QVC. For more information about this upcoming book, publication dates, interviews, speaking engagements or media tours click here.
Miami, FL, July 22, 2013- Joy Agness, CEO of South Miami’s Joy Agness Events, presents Love & Sunshine, a global destination wedding conference and expo scheduled for Sunday, October 20, 2013 at the world-renowned Biltmore Hotel located in Coral Gables, Florida.
Love & Sunshine Destination Wedding Conference & Expo is the premier training resource for wedding professionals in the luxury market to network with industry leaders, keep up with the latest trends, and learn effective business strategies to grow their skills in the destination wedding industry.
“I’m delighted to offer such an event for the industry while also providing a platform for other businesses to highlight their professional services and products. There is no better place to bring the magic and the passion of the wedding industry together to help professionals learn to grow their own businesses than surrounded by the ambiance of The Biltmore Hotel. Preston Bailey and Mar Jennings are incredible, and offer just an example of the guest speakers we will have at this our first event. I anticipate great responses from the industry all over the world, wedding businesses and the local press as they have all embraced the business of making dreams come true,” said Joy Agness.
This one-day event will feature Preston Bailey who is globally-celebrated for his ability to completely transform raw, ordinary spaces into lush, theatrical environments. Bailey is known for his unique ability to translate the dreams of each client into an awe-inspiring reality. Preston will share stories, tips, inspirations, and lessons he has learned in his 30-plus year career.
Special guest star and speaker Mar Jennings, a nationally renowned TV Host, Lifestyle Expert and best-selling author known for his signature style Casual Luxury, will speak on building your own empire and brand one day at a time. Jennings is the host of many lifestyle shows, including Dream Wedding and is the columnist behind “You Can’t Get Married without MAR” for CT Gets Married; over the years, he has appeared on HGTV, the Today Show, QVC, the Style Network, Food Network, FOX, ABC, CBS and CNN.
About Joy Agness:
Joy Agness is a certified Preston Bailey Wedding & Event Designer with accreditation from Lovegevity Wedding Planning Institute (LWPI) and holds a Wedding Planning Diploma. Joy has 24 years experience in the Wedding & Event Planning industry. She was called upon to host the annual Reggae Carnival Fest, a multicultural music festival featuring international artistes and promoters in South Florida. Joy has also been called on by other planners in the industry to assist and manage large scale events. She is a preferred vendor at numerous venues and premiere wedding affiliated firms.
She was inducted into the Cambridge WHO's WHO for outstanding Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs in 2008 and has been inducted in the Strathmore’s WHO's WHO Worldwide for exemplary professionals in 2012.
Joy Agness Events (954) 345-7517
LIFE ON MAR’S: Creating Casual Luxury
CULTURAL ALLIANCE OF WESTERN CONNECTICUT
TO HONOR BUSINESS, COMMUNITY, AND VOLUNTEER LEADERS
FOR THEIR PHILANTHROPIC SUPPORT OF ARTS & CULTURE
AT 7TH ANNUAL “BUSINESS SUPPORTS THE ARTS” BREAKFAST
ON AT CROWNE PLAZA DANBURY
TV PERSONALITY MAR JENNINGS IS KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Each year at its annual signature breakfast, the Cultural Alliance of
Western Connecticut recognizes extraordinary business, community, and
volunteer leaders who have made an impact in the Greater Danbury
region through their vital giving to the arts, history, and culture.
There are three honors given every year: the “Business Supports the
Arts” award, the “Arts in the Community” award,” and the “Heart of the
Arts” award. On , at Crowne Plaza Danbury,
Danbury Hospital & Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, Steve Greenberg,
Chairman of Ives Concert Park, and Barbara Manners, Ridgefield
Selectwoman, will step up to the podium before a room full of their
peers to receive their much deserved commendations. The Cultural
Alliance will also present a special acknowledgement to the Newtown
Cultural Arts Commission for its “HealingNewtown” project. TV
personality Mar Jennings is the keynote speaker (pictured below). The
2013 “Business Supports the Arts” breakfast’s bank sponsors are Union
Savings Bank and Fairfield County Bank. For individual tickets, table
sponsorships, and ad packages, go to
The prestigious “Business Supports the Arts” award, presented this
year to Danbury Hospital and the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, is
presented to mid-sized to large businesses for exemplary giving
practices. Their significant collaboration to produce “Sweet Dreams,”
a CD of lullabies from around the world, led to the distribution of
1000 copies of the CD to patient families cared for in the Spratt
Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Danbury Hospital. The
partnership’s vital contributions to fund and support the project
demonstrated a critical understanding of the value of the arts to all
members of our community, including the tiniest, their families, and
Steven Greenberg, Chairman of Ives Concert Park, is the recipient of
the “Arts in the Community” award, promoting innovative approaches to
using the arts to build and sustain creative communities that focus on
economic development. Since appointed Chairman in 2005, the Ives
Concert Park has generated an average attendance of 50,000 to 60,000
guests annually to its many concerts, festivals, and performances.
Under Steve’s leadership, the Ives has become a creative flagship and
critical generator for economic development for the region.
The “Heart of the Arts” award recognizes outstanding volunteer effort
and an individual’s contribution to nurture arts and culture in their
community to increase quality of life. Honoree Barbara Manners,
Ridgefield Selectwoman and ardent arts leader, has dedicated sixteen
years to promoting the arts in Ridgefield and throughout Connecticut.
She has served on the board of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra, the
advisory board for the Connecticut Folk Festival & Green Expo,
formerly served as President of the Ridgefield Playhouse, and founded
CHIRP, an outdoor summer series, and Acoustic Celebration, an indoor
series during the colder months, in 2002.
Keynote Speaker, Mar Jennings, an Emmy-nominated TV host, lifestyle
expert and best selling author, is a master at creating a casual
luxury lifestyle made simple and sMARt—and making it quickly
understood and easy-to-apply with his trademark sMARt tips and
techniques. Jennings comes from a background in banking and offers an
interesting perspective on the value of creativity in work and
personal lives. He has been featured on HGTV, the Today Show, QVC,
Food Network, ABC, CBS, CNN, and NBC. Jennings and his home and garden
designs and tips have been profiled and featured in The New York
Times, Huffington Post, Better Homes & Gardens’ Decorating Magazine,
Home Magazine, Quick & Simple Magazine, and Small Gardens Magazine. He
is the author of the nationally acclaimed, best selling “Life On
Mar’s: A Four Season Garden.” Media and consumers alike rave about his
award-winning website www.marjennings.com as one of the best resources
for home and garden tips.
The Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut, based in Danbury,
Connecticut, is a leader in supporting a vibrant arts and culture
community in Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield Counties. The
Cultural Alliance promotes and advocates for arts, history, and
culture as a primary driver of the economy and as an enriching
influence for communities and people. The Cultural Alliance
understands and believes that the arts sector is a critical engine for
growth through creativity, innovation and collaboration. The Cultural
Alliance of Western Connecticut, a 501c-3, is the largest and only
regional service organization working to ensure better access to arts
and culture for all residents and visitors in the Housatonic Valley
region. The Cultural Alliance is supported by public funding,
corporate and private contributions, and by its membership.
Actor Paul Reiser will headline the third annual Comedy Night Fundraiser, a benefit for Mikey’s Way Foundation, on Saturday, Nov. 2, 7 p.m. at Stamford’s Palace Theatre.
New York comedian Chris Monty will open the show, which will be hosted by TV personality, best selling author and lifestyle expert Mar Jennings.
There will be a “Meet & Greet” shortly after the conclusion of the event.
Based in Fairfield, Mikey’s Way Foundation helps “connect and enrich the lives of children suffering with cancer, and other life threatening illnesses,” according to the organization’s website.
Reiser is best known for his part in the 1990s TV sitcom “Mad About You.” The role earned him nominations for an Emmy, a Golden Globe, an American Comedy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Mar Jennings Classic New England Christmas House Tour
WHS’ House Tour Delivers the Joy of Christmas
Imagine a spacious New England country home whose rooms reflect all the cheer and warmth of the holidays. Throw a log on the fire to add to the glow.
On Saturday, Dec. 8, you can experience the special magic of a New England Christmas as part of the Westport Historical Society’s 27th Annual Holiday House Tour and toast the season at an “Eat, Drink & Be MARry” party at Terrain, one of Westport’s most imaginative home and garden retail spaces.
The after-party will feature hors d’oeuvres prepared by Terrain’s staff; wine and music; and the chance to bid in live auction on such fabulous holiday gifts as a trip to Africa and tickets to the Emmys.
“This will be the event of the year when it comes to celebrating the holiday season,” said lifestyle expert Mar Jennings, who is helping the Historical Society with preparations. “It will be like a Bing Crosby Christmas special.”
The homes for this year’s tour have been selected to showcase the special Christmas spirit of New England, and all will be decked out in designer holiday finery.
Here’s the glittering lineup:
Docents will be available in every open room of the homes to discuss the décor and design features, and in some cases the designers themselves will be present to answer questions.
And there’s more. On Jennings’ street there will be a pop-up Terrain store, carolers in Victorian costume and a lute ensemble, and Mar will be selling copies of his new book, “Life on Mar’s: Creating Casual Luxury.”
So what are you waiting for? Buy your ticket now! Where else can you see inside five beautiful homes, gather designer decorating tips, shop, raise a glass to the holidays in beautiful surroundings and get to chat with TV personality Mar Jennings.
Call the Westport Historical Society at (203) 222-1424 for tickets. Cost of the Holiday House Tour is $50 for WHS members, $40 for nonmembers, $55 day of tour, and the Eat, Drink and Be MARry party is $75.
These two unique holiday events are the Westport Historical Society’s major fundraiser of the year. All proceeds help it fulfill its mission of presenting and celebrating history in Westport.
Jennings (also the author of "LIFE ON MAR'S: A Four Season Garden"), who has dispensed his design advice on HGTV and QVC, takes the reader on a tour of his Connecticut home to illustrate his design aesthetic of "casual luxury." Showing off every room of his house, as well as the garden, through 200-plus beautiful photographs, Jennings describes how he creates a timeless and comfortable look. Throughout, he adds design tips while adhering to his six design principles (represent Mother Nature, embrace light and reflection, incorporate natural materials and colors, repurpose, repeat shapes and patterns, and consider size and scale). A downloadable worksheet at the conclusion of the book is a useful tool to evaluate one's own abode. VERDICT: Given the practical advice here, as well as Jennings's renown as a lifestyle expert, this book will be helpful for do-it-yourselfers.
Library Journal (02/01/2014) Copyright 2014 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
With a review like that, shouldn't your local library stock it? Meanwhile, to order your own personal copy, click here: LIFE ON MAR'S: Creating Casual Luxury
America’s Top Lifestyle Expert Mar Jennings Headlines this year’s VINES & VIGNETTES SPRING GARDEN FANTASY EXPERIENCE
On Saturday, May 31, 2014, from 10:00am- 5:00pm, a one-of-a-kind experience and fundraiser will be held on the grounds of the historic Chimneys mansion in the heart of Black Rock, CT. Vines & Vignettes will be a visual feast for garden enthusiasts and a day full of unique garden vignettes featuring over 30 vendors and boutiques.
Some of Fairfield County’s finest landscape designers, nurseries, and garden antique dealers will create over twenty vignettes on the exquisite grounds of the Greek-Revival mansion. These vignettes will be featured in the many garden spaces, terraces and walkways encompassing over three acres overlooking the St. Mary’s-By-The-Sea waterfront. Vintage and antique automobiles will be on display in the estate’s original slate Motor Court.
Emmy-nominated TV Host and best-selling author Mar Jennings will be there all day to meet visitors and give gardening and design tips. “I’m excited to join Vines & Vignettes and I cannot wait to see this year’s garden fantasy come to life. I am a big fan of the work this organization does to support the children and The Black Rock Food Pantry. I'm delighted to be involved and get a chance to see everyone there. Please join in the fun and fantasy!”
Visitors are invited to spend an enchanting day perusing the elaborate grounds, getting garden and decorating ideas, shopping the specialty boutiques, and taking part in short workshops lead by leading landscape and design experts while sampling foods and wine from the region.
Some of our premier Vendors who will be transforming the unique grounds for our guests’ enjoyment include: Austin Ganim Landscape Design LLC, Ganim's Garden Center & Florist LLC, Oliver Nurseries, Lindquist Landscape Design, Beau Maas Antiques, and Epicure of Design.
To purchase tickets for this annual event, please log on to: www.vinesandvignettes.com. Tickets will be sold in advance online for $35.00 and at the door the day of the event for $40.00. In the event of inclement weather, the event will take place on Sunday, June 1, 2014.
All proceeds and donations to Vines & Vignettes will benefit St Ann Academy, Christian Heritage School, and The Black Rock Food Pantry. These funds will help expand school programs and resources, support students and teachers and allow these schools to continue their mission of providing quality education and support to the children of our community.
Summer Parties Overflow with Mojitos, Not Mosquitoes with Dynatrap
Milwaukee, Wis. This season—with the help of Dynatrap®, the award-winning line of pesticide-free and environmentally-friendly flying insect traps, and Mar Jennings, home and garden expert and best-selling author—homeowners, domestic divas, families, grill kings and poolside revelers from coast to coast will enjoy summer living because buggy party crashers will be trapped if they try to invade.
Dynatrap®’s line of mosquito prevention products is an essential ingredient for the perfect outdoor gathering. Dynatrap® traps attract mosquitoes, biting flies and other flying insects without pesticides or chemicals, and are easy to set up, low maintenance and environmentally-friendly. Dynatrap® products are versatile and can be used inside or outside, and can be hung or mounted on walls and poles.
Jennings’ expertise in hosting and decorating will help homeowners create the perfect atmosphere by discreetly designing Dynatrap into outdoor landscapes to transform seasonal spaces into fun, beautiful, bug-free environments. Jennings urges entertaining enthusiasts to consider these tips to transform their outdoor fun zones into bug-free environments:
About Dynatrap® and Dynamic Solutions Worldwide, LLC:
Launched in 2006, the Dynatrap® brand introduced consumers to their original insect trap, the DT1000, designed to provide an alternative to expensive propane traps. Dynamic Solutions Worldwide, LLC acquired Dynatrap® in 2010 and looked to expand on the brands success. By 2012, Dynamic Solutions Worldwide, LLC has more than doubled the Dynatrap® line, including more versatile models available for indoor and outdoor use, wall-mountable and standing traps, as well as developing new products such as the Dynazap®, an extendable racket zapper with an articulating head that can reach over three feet. Dynamic Solutions Worldwide, LLC Dynatrap® brand continues to introduce new and innovative ways to keep your yard and home insect free. Stay up to date on all that Dynamic Solutions Worldwide, LLC has to offer at www.Dyntrap.com.