Now And Zen
By Eric C. Leese on September 11, 2006

Residential Media Systems Ltd. showcases their talents in Lancaster General Hospital’s 2006 Decorator Show House.

Enter Room Twenty of this year's Lancaster General Hospital show house and you will find yourself in a room unlike any other.  The room, aptly named "Now and Zen," utilizes the latest in home automation technology to envelop a weary visitor and encourage a deep level of relaxation.


A single tap on the user friendly touch screen surrounds you in the environment of your choice. Be it calming ocean waves, a relaxing rain forest, tranquil water falls, or a peaceful snowfall, the combination of lighting, music, and high definition visuals wisks away the stress of everyday and clears the path for deeper thought and meditation.  Elegant zen accents, simple design, and the integration of earth tones with the natural artistry of Brad Stroman combine together to bring the interior of this room full circle.

Show House Overview 

A historic family farm known as "Lime Spring Farms" will showcase the talents of Lancaster County interior design professionals and local artists September 9th-30th. More than 30 professionals, including designers, artists, florists, painters, chefs, craftspeople, and landscapers, will donate their time and talent to transform Lime Spring Farm into a showcase of home design for three weeks.


The show house is open for tours Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m to 4 p.m.; and Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m.to 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person or $18 for groups of 10 or more. Proceeds raised by the Decorator Show House will benefit cancer care and treatment at Lancaster General Hospital.  Ticket holders can also attend the many demonstrations, seminars, and other special events held on the property during the open house, providing design enthusiasts ample opportunities to learn about home and garden design as well as entertaining tips.


In addition to house tours, guests are invited to enjoy a meal or snack at the “The Farmhouse Café,” featuring the culinary talents of local caterers. Guests can also stop by “La Boutique pour le Cure,” for a unique shopping experience featuring work by local craftspeople, designer fabrics, garden accessories and entertaining necessities.
The café and boutique are open during regular show house tour hours. Guests need not purchase a tour ticket to sample the cuisine or shop at the boutique. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 717-544-4661.
Through volunteering, fundraising, and special projects, The United Auxiliaries to the Lancaster General Hospital supports the efforts of the hospital in improving the health and wellness of the Lancaster community. Through the commitment and dedication of its members and generous support of its sponsors, The United Auxiliaries has been able to provide the necessary funding for new medical services with the latest medical technology. The United Auxiliaries celebrates its 59th anniversary this year. 

The History of Lime Spring Farm
Located at 2452 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, PA, "Lime Spring Farm” was originally built by Peter Lehman in 1720 and was inhabited by nine generations of his descendents. The Lehmans were a philanthropic and politically connected family. The 110-acre farm, just west of Rohrerstown, is one of the oldest homesteads in Lancaster County. 

Besides hosting lavish parties, Lime Spring Farm was the scene of leisurely picnics, open-invitation fishing and ice-skating — and a terrible family tragedy. But the graceful tree-lined lane off Marietta Avenue is easy to drive right past, never hinting at the beauty and history that lie just beyond the curved driveway.

Today, the Lehman descendants number just four. In 2004, sisters Peggy Neff and Nancy Tanger were the last family members to move off the farm, which includes four homes. The always-philanthropic family donated the $6 million proceeds from the farm’s sale to the Lancaster County Historical Society. But for all its gracious hospitality, the historic farm’s 18th-century homes have never opened to the public, until now. 

Sep 11, 2006 / Articles