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Joni Loves : July 2013

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1 - Fly Fishing

Had a blast fly fishing with my family at Catamount Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

2 - Terra Cotta

Very old terra cotta mosaic in a friend’s apartment building in Washington, D.C.

3 - Art Expo

At the Steamboat Art Museum. Her piece that we placed in the One Steamboat Place lobby was in it. I adore her work!

4 - Rodeo

Rick caught this shot at a rodeo…love the colors and the composition.

5 - Summer Garden

Our garden in the summer.

I hope you are having a great summer!


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Design Team Favorites: Fabrics and Wallcoverings

Designers deal with fabrics and wallcoverings daily.  It is their discerning eye that can look at two fabric samples, which to others might seem identical, and determine which would look best on a piece a furniture.   Presented with new samples daily, most of the designers have pinned up the fabrics they love or that inspire them around their desks. This month, we asked everyone  to share their current favorites. With so much love for fabrics and wallcoverings, you might just call us a bunch of …

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1. Pierre Frey ‘Grace’ in Confetti – Kelly Caron 2. Mark Alexander ‘Trip’ in Mojave – Kristin Magowitz 3. Larsen ‘Philmore’ in Red Tulip – Kelly Caron 4. Lorca ‘Coquine’ in Fuschia-Buttermilk – Courtney Enright 5. Manuel Canovas ‘Kazan’ in Rose Indien – Kelly Caron 6. Pierre Frey ‘Eve’ in Confetti – Kelly Caron 7. Stanford Furniture ‘Fine Linen’ – Jenny Ladutko 8. Brentano ‘Coloratura’ in Giovanna – Lisa Whitley 9. Manuel Canovas ‘Bella’ in Rose Indien – Courtney Enright 10. Schumacher ‘Betwixt’ in Spark-Ivory – Heather Lemieux 


1. Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Shumacher ‘Darya Ikat’ in Caravan – Diane Lancaster 2. Donghia ‘Casino’ in Color Mirage – Diane Lancaster 3. Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Shumacher ‘Adras Ikat’ in Caravan – Diane Lancaster 4. Schumacher ‘Imperial Trellis in Velvet’ in Chartreuse – Diane Lancaster 5. Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Shumacher ‘Sinhala Linen’ in Bittersweet – Diane Lancaster 6. Threads for Lee Jofa in ‘Exuberance’ in Indigo-Celery – Lisa Whitley 7. Designtex ‘W’ in Pear – Katherine Brink 8. Osbourne & Little ‘Catamaran’ in Marina – Heather Lemieux 9. Larsen ‘Sunset’ in Grass Green – Kelly Caron 10. Kravet Couture ‘Fluid Design’ in Quince – Heather Lemieux


1. Kelly Wearstler for Groundworks ‘Water Stripe’ in Juniper-Lake – Laura Page 2. Holland and Sherry ‘Dedale’ in Celadon – Adrienne Warner 3. Zoffany ‘Amoura’ in Emerald-Lime – Laura Page 4. Elitis ‘En Plein Desir’ in Aqua – Haley Grant 5. Designtex ‘Loop to Loop’ in Lagoon – Katherine Brink 6. Larsen ‘Edendale’ in Poppy Gold – Cindy Munn 7. Brunschwig & Fils ‘Zhen Velvet’ in Sapphire – Marianna Barbrey 8. Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Shumacher ‘Adras Ikat’ in Sky – Lisa Whitley  9. Link Outdoor ‘Zinnia’ in Azure – Adrienne Warner 10. Brunschwig & Fils ‘Bamboo Trellis’ in Blue – Marianna Barbrey


1. Clarence House ‘Labyrinth’ in Pale Blue – Jenny Ladutko 2. Jane Churchill ‘Oriel’ in Red and Blue – Heather Lemieux 3. Clarence House ‘Tibet Print’ in Pale Blue – Kelly Caron 4. Kerry Joyce Textiles ‘Rigoletto’ in Lagoon – Marianna Barbrey 5. Manuel Canovas ‘Safari’ in Jade – Heather Lemieux 6. Phillip Jeffries ‘Imperial Gates’ in Dove and Taupe on Linen – Heather Lemieux 7. Robert Allen ‘Calming Effect’ in Cornflower – Laura Page 8. Castel – ‘Kasuri’ in Nattier – Lisa Whitley 9. Elitis ‘Vulcano’ in VP 744 06 – Laura Page 10. Donghia ‘Stitch in Time’ in Rainforest Yellow – Laura Page


1. Hickory Chair ‘3928-99’ – Laura Page 2. Larsen ‘Sunset’ in Spice – Laura Page 3. China Seas ‘Aga Reverse’ in Brown on Tinted – Emily Morrel 4. Schumacher ‘Soho Weave’ in Charcoal – Heather Lemieux 5. Hickory Chair ‘3943-96’ in Gray-Black – Kristin Magowitz  6. M&K Textiles ‘Coral’ in Akbar Gray – Emily Morrel 7. Phillip Jeffries ‘The Voyage Collection’ in Grey on Raffia – Heather Lemieux 8. Pine Cone Hill ‘Painted Stripes in Linen Grey’ – Jennifer Jukofsky 9. Hickory Chair ‘3937-68’ in Gray-Black – Kristin Magowitz

The pictures of some of these gorgeous textiles don’t do them justice or show some of the incredible detail.  To see samples or for more information send us an email at info@jbanksdesign.com.



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DIY: Brass Ring Necklace

DIY HeaderI recently came across a brass ring necklace on Pinterest that caught my eye. Not only is the necklace super original, but it uses unconventional materials that make it such a statement piece.  So… I decided to head to the hardware store! Give this DIY project a try and you’ll absolutely love the finished product!

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Step 1. I began by selecting about four different sized brass rings and laid them out on the floor of the hardware store. I played around with different patterns and sizes until I decided on one shape. I took a picture of the pattern so that I could remember the layout and refer back to the original pattern once I brought the materials home.

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Step 2. Begin by taking the two center rings out of the bunch. Take a 12″ piece of nylon and connect the two rings by wrapping the cord about three to four times around the rings. Once you feel they are as secure as possible, tie a tight knot and trim both ends with scissors. This is where you will need to take your lighter out and melt each end.  Once you have burned one end, immediately take your lighter to the melted end and press the side of the lighter firmly against the melted tip. This will seal the knot and prevent the ends from separating or fraying.

You will essentially want to repeat this step with the next ring, working your way from the inside out.  Once you have connected the pattern, you will then need to make the strings from which the rings will hang from. Simply take two 40″ pieces of nylon and loop each cord through the top two rings of your pattern and adjust the length.

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Voila! There you have your very own brass ring necklace!

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Joni Loves : June 2013

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1 - Color Scheme

I love the color of these doors on this home on Lake Summit, NC.  It reminds me of a color I selected for the Palmetto Bluff post office (see insets).  We are using this color combination for a traditional cottage there now.  I will share photos when it is complete!

2 - Africa Food Truck

We saw these impressive food vendors in Ghana.

3 - Henri Bendel Bag

I spotted this brown and white laser cut barrel bag at Henri Bendel in New York City.  It is very similar to the one I am currently carrying!

4 - Ivanka Trump Store

Also while in New York I went to Ivanka Trumps Flagship Boutique and Bridal Salon with my daughters Grace and Sarah.  What a unique space.

5 - Dock Dining

We took this silly picture of my pug while eating on the dock one night. It is too cute not to share.

I hope you are having a great summer!


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Designer Terms Defined: Shagreen

Every now and then, we will explain through descriptive text and visual images, terms that we use regularly but that may be new to you. The proper terminology will undoubtedly bring out your inner designer, so without further ado:


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shagreen, stingray


shagreen stingray hide

Stingray Leather

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Shagreen Chair


Arteriors Lawton Grey Shagreen Embossed Lamp (Available through J Banks Retail)


Shagreen Trays by Made Goods (Available in J Banks Retail)

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Shagreen Collage

Shagreen bracelet and trays (both available at J Banks Retail), Shagreen earrings

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J Banks Designer, Shelley Wilkins, specified the faux shagreen garden stools from the J Banks Retail Store for the living room of the Coastal Living Palmetto Bluff Style Home

Do you have an interior design term you would like us to explain?  We would love to hear from you!



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DIY: Glasses Holder

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The J Banks retail store was in desperate need for a unique and shop-able eye glass display. I recently made a display similar to the one featured on this month’s DIY so I offered to make one for the retail store! One of the J Banks employees graciously donated her vintage mirror, thank you Jenn!! But you can really make this with any kind of mirror or frame of whatever size you feel like!

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Step 1. Since the mirror had been stored in the attic, I first dusted and cleaned the face of the mirror. I then flipped the mirror over, laying the front face down and measured with a pencil where I needed to place the screw eyes. It really just depends on how big of a piece you are working with and how many glasses you think you will be hanging on the frame.


Step 2. Once you have all of your holes marked, take out your drill and drill holes into the back of the frame.


Step 3. Then take your screw eyes and twist them into the holes you just marked until they are securely in place. Take your fishing line and weave the end of the line through your first screw eye. Make sure you are tying a secure knot or else the knot will slip when tension is created. Once your knot is secure, pull the line across to the other screw eye to give yourself an idea of how much length you will need. Cut the line, leaving yourself an extra 4-5 inches. Repeat this step for all of the screw eyes along the same side. Pull each line across across the front of the mirror as taut as it will allow and tie the same knot through each screw eye.

Step 4. Trim any excess fishing line you may have and hang the frame. Once it is hung, you can then display the glasses! However, don’t limit yourself to just using the frame as a sunglasses or glasses holder, as the piece would also be perfect for hanging jewelry as well! Check out the finished product below, now displayed in J Banks retail!




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