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Spring Quarantine

Making flowers in the rain

Bringing some happy color and blossoms grown outside inside, JAM founder, Helen Hwang, spent a recent afternoon with quiet calm even in relentlessly loud, beautiful rain - later adding a speaker playing K-pop and jazz, steaming hot coffee and her husband to document on their back deck. So much gratification in simple cleaning, sculpting, arranging and breathing.

So excited, lucky and grateful to be delivered an epic bounty of flora during quarantine, I remember learning traditional Korean songs as a child about the flower genari, 개나리, which symbolizes spring's arrival. Forsythia stands for spring sun and anticipation. After winter, we are all longing for warmth, for nature to bloom, more daylight. Up close these amber blossoms have four petals, but from afar they look like a sea of gold. The brilliant yellow color and the endless amount of flowers on each branch is even more welcome this season while we take care bunkering in our homes and carry on in hopeful anticipation of when we can get to the next new normal.

JAM in House forsythia

Forsythia's intense yellow to superbly brighten any space

JAM in House flowers

Peach peonies, butterfly ranunculus, fringed tulips = spring

JAM in House flowers table

Helen on her back deck taking in the splendid scents of spring rain and flowers



Krystal Chang

Krystal Chang is a writer and designer of flowers, installations, and landscapes in Los Angeles. Her background in architecture and construction informs the spatial quality of her work. She creates bespoke florals for events and clients including Esters Wine Shop, Lunya, Design Within Reach, and Poketo. She designs landscapes for residential and commercial clients with a focus on native and sustainable gardens. Currently she is mostly thinking about food: what to get, where to get it, how to cook it, how to save it. Also, trying to work, reading, and tending to the care and feeding of too many indoor plants and a sourdough starter.
IG: @krystalchang

JAM in House contributpr Christina

Christina Graci is a lover of all things beauty, health and wellness. She has been busy in the industry for 15 years. She is currently doing lots of self care, cooking, and staying active, reconnecting with herself, partner and friends.

JAM in House baby photo wdad

Dedicated to dad

Thank you to my daughter, Imogen and husband, Jeremy, my mom and dad, my friends and family, my sister and brother, my JAM team and especially to all the doctors, nurses, volunteers, and people around the world risking their lives to help us all get through "in this time."