The First of Summer!


Gouda Dutch Vase with Hand-Painted Floral Decoration (LEO Design)


Today is the First Day of Summer!  It is also called "The Summer Solstice"—the "longest day of the year."  Technically, the Summer Solstice occurs today at 10:57 am (Eastern Time)—the precise moment when the Northern half of the Earth is most-tilted toward the sun. Because of this maximum tilt, the Earth gets maximum sunlight (thus, it's the longest day). Going forward, the Northern axis will slowly tilt away from the Sun and each day will get a little shorter (until the Winter Solstice—the shortest day of the year—when the Northern axis begins to resume it's annual crawl-back toward the sun).

Shown above, a summery Dutch vase.  Made in Gouda, Netherlands, in the Twenties, it boasts a wonderfully-sunny hand-painted floral decor—a perpetual reminder of Summer, twelve months a year.

As American writer, Henry James, once wrote: "Summer afternoon—summer afternoon. To me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." Have a Happy Summer!

And click on the photo above to learn more about this wonderful, summery vase.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (

We also can be found in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248