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The White Sofa Project

We took one sofa in our retail store and asked each of the J Banks Designers to style the sofa and surrounding space utilizing pillows, lamps and accessories.  Each Designer had the ability to create a space that not only showed their “of-the-moment” loves from our retail store, but also demonstrated how a design client can easily change a space by adding a few new elements. Every week a different Designer would style the space and the results were always unique. Below is an image of each design.

The White Sofa

Styled by Deb Van Plew

Styled by Hannah Fulton

Styled by Cindy Munn

Styled by Shelley Wilkins

Styled by Adrienne Warner

Styled by Patche Pratt

Styled by Janet Perry

Styled by Sharon Cleland

Styled by Lisa Whitley

Thank you to everyone who participated and helped with this project! It was fun seeing the same space interpreted through each different designer’s eyes.

If you’d like to purchase or receive additional information on any of these featured products, please feel free to stop by or contact our retail store at 843.682.1745. Thank you to KPM Flooring for donating the beautiful rugs that were used each week.

JB

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Setting the Perfect Table

Whether you are planning an informal or formal dinner party a proper place setting is especially important and sets the tone for the entire evening.  Many experts have more detailed ideas regarding a perfect place setting; however, arrangement and creativity are the keys to an artful and unique setting perfect for your style.  Whatever the occasion here are some general guidelines that will allow you to add your own creative twist!

The Everyday Basic Table Setting

The Everyday Basic Table Setting is probably the most common place setting we all use.  If you have monogrammed napkins, make sure that the monogram is on the corner that faces downward toward the edge of the table.  A few additional points to remember: the knife blades always face the plate and the bread and butter plate and knife are optional.  Use your silverware from the outside in.  Let the plates be your guide.  You will build on this basic setting when creating an informal and formal table setting.

We created the basic table setting above by using items from our retail store that include Vietri flatware and glassware, a Daisy Hill placemat, Dransfield and Ross napkins, L’Objet salt and pepper and  Antheor tabletop.

Informal Table Setting

An informal dinner usually consists of a three-course menu including soup or salad, entrée and dessert. This builds on the basic place setting to create an informal arrangement.  All napkins at this point should be cloth and you should allow two feet from plate center to plate center at your table setting- all other items should be equally balanced around the table. Optional dishes include: bread and butter plate, salad plate, dessert spoon and fork, and coffee cup and saucer.

We created the informal table setting above using Vietri flatware, glassware, salt and pepper and  Incanto patterned tabletop. Alligator serving piece from Arthur Court, Daisy Hill placemat, Kim Seybert napkin, Dransfield and Ross napkin ring and seder tree serving piece from Michael Aram.

We had to share a detail shot of these fabulous octopus napkin rings!

Formal Table Setting

A formal dinner usually consist of a five-course menu. Not limited to but including an appetizer, soup, salad, entrée and dessert. Your menu will dictate what utensils, china, and drinkware you will use, hence, you may not need all the utensils shown in the image above. Once again, creating balance among all the items on the table is essential to avoid clutter and to maintain a formal table setting.

Our formal place setting includes tabletop by Antheor, flatware by Vietri, glassware by Vietri, Kim Seybert napkin and napkin ring, Frances Stoia placemat and Sylvie Goldmark salt and pepper.


Above is an additional informal table setting that we created for a beautiful spring luncheon table.

For this tablescape we used Antheor china, Vietri flatware, Vietri glassware,Kim Seybert napkin, Kim Seybert placemat and Michael Aram salt and pepper.

Additional Table Setting Helpful Hints Include:

  • A great way to remember where the bread and butter plate goes is to make a lowercase ‘b’ with your fingers.  The left hand will show a lowercase ‘b’ and this will be the side you place your bread and butter plate.  Try it!
  • Always work from the outside in with your utensils.
  • Be creative with your selection of placemats, chargers, and napkin rings.
  • Bread and butter plate and knife should be set at 11 a.m. and your water glass should be placed at your 2 p.m. location.
All of the fabulous items shown in these pictures are available in our retail store.  For more information or assistance planning the perfect table setting call 843.682.1745.

Table setting images and some content from EmilyPost.com.

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The White Sofa Project: Sharon Cleland

In case you have missed our previous posts on the white sofa project, here is a quick update.  We have taken one sofa in our retail store and have asked each of the J Banks Designers to style the sofa and surrounding space utilizing pillows, lamps and accessories.  Each designer has the ability to create a space that shows off their “of-the-moment” loves from our retail store as well as how a design client can easily change a space by adding a few new elements.  Enjoy our most recent transformation!

Sharon Cleland designed the latest vignette.  Here is what she had to say about her choices:

JB: What is your favorite item or items in the vignette? Why?
Sharon: My favorite item in the vignette is absolutely the distressed antiqued mirror. I love to use mirrors in living spaces as they instantly add depth to the room, and, not only do they bounce light into the space, but also reflect the image of whatever is on the opposite side of the room. I like to think of mirrors as “windows” and especially am drawn to “antiqued” glass to add character and patina to the space.
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JB: Tell us a little bit about your color choices.
Sharon: I am a real  fan of “neutral” color choices for main upholstery pieces, but like to ‘anchor’ the look with a contrasting rug and accessorize with color. I fell in love with this 100% wool Soumak weave Indian rug and used the colors from the rug to pull pillows in a marigold shade with accent colors of taupe and slate. Since moving to this sub tropical climate last year from the cooler shores of Ireland, I am thrilled to introduce sharp fun colors and tropical greenery to interior schemes to reflect the lush outdoors.
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JB: What advice about accessories do you give your clients?
Sharon: Accessories will make or break an interior scheme. I LOVE fewer over-scaled statement pieces  as opposed to lots of small pieces. I chose a less predictable casual beachy theme incorporating  aged driftwood finishes in the cocktail table, and the statement accessory being  the driftwood horse head sculpture which has added impact being reflected in the mirror. The symmetrical overscaled lamps add drama and balance, and the horse theme repetition is echoed in the chess piece on the cocktail table. I collect old hard back books and incorporated them everywhere to add height and interest.
JB: What did you want the overall mood of the space to be?
Sharon: The mood I tried to create here is one of eclectic casual with a tropical flavor!

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Keep following our blog to see more designer interpretations and check out our previous white sofa designs by Deb Van PlewHannah FultonCindy Munn , Adrienne Warner, Shelley Wilkins , Patche Pratt, Janet Perry and Lisa Whitley.

If you’d like to purchase or receive additional information on any of these featured products, please feel free to stop by or contact our retail store at 843.682.1745.

JB

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The White Sofa Project: Lisa Whitley

In case you have missed our previous posts on the white sofa project, here is a quick update.  We have taken one sofa in our retail store and have asked each of the J Banks Designers to style the sofa and surrounding space utilizing pillows, lamps and accessories.  Each designer has the ability to create a space that shows off their “of-the-moment” loves from our retail store as well as how a design client can easily change a space by adding a few new elements.  Enjoy our most recent transformation!

Lisa Whitley designed the latest vignette.  Here is what she had to say about her choices:

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JB: What can you tell us about your color choices? 

Lisa: I’m really into the deep blue-green color seen in the pillows and the rug.  I like deeper, richer colors like this, brightened by a contrasting color.  In this case the brightness of the green in the leaves of the fiddle fig tree and the red and orange accents.  Using contrasting or accent colors sparingly tends to make a bigger visual impact.

JB: What is your favorite item and/or items in the vignette? Why? 

Lisa: I knew I really wanted to use the tree, the antique rubbed brass lamp (the one by the tree) and the trunk.  I love the shape of the leaves of the tree and what the height does for the space.  I really liked the finish and style of the lamp.  The style isn’t typical, and the finish works well with the other selections as it isn’t too harsh, and gives a softer look.  I loved the trunk when I first saw it…it reminds me of travel and using unexpected items, for traditional pieces in a room.   All of the other selections were chosen around these three items but it all feels like it evolved over time.

JB: What do you consider when making lighting selections for a space? 

Lisa: I think it’s important to use several different kinds of light in a space.  The brown ceramic lamps on the console give general lighting.  The lamps on the side table act as another level of general or ambient lighting.  They can also act as accent lighting as they are highlighting the pieces on the side tables.  The floor lamp acts as task lighting for reading in this chair, but also helps balance the height of the tree.  The scale of each is important as it helps balance the other elements in the space.  The finishes on all of the lamps used are rich, but not too harsh.  I think choosing anything in a nickel finish would have given this space a completely different feel creating more energy instead of the calmer, cozy feel that I wanted to achieve.

How fabulous is this velvet and mohair pillow from the J Banks Collection? We think it looks great the way that Lisa paired it with the cane back chair.

 JB: What advice do you give your clients when selecting and placing accessories into a space? 

Lisa: I always suggest to use things that you love in your space.  I envision the person living in this space as someone who is an avid traveler and has brought back treasures from their journeys.  Each piece tells a different story of a  different trip that was taken.  Let your space reflect you and what you enjoy.

Cocktail tables don’t always have to be traditional.  Lisa cleverly chose to use this trunk which is a great idea because you could also use the piece for added storage.

Our retail buyers love this agate clock by Rablabs.

Keep following our blog to see more designer interpretations and check out our previous white sofa designs by Deb Van PlewHannah Fulton ,Cindy Munn , Adrienne Warner, Shelley WilkinsPatche Pratt and Janet Perry.

If you’d like to purchase or receive additional information on any of these featured products, please feel free to stop by or contact our retail store at 843.682.1745.

JB

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The White Sofa Project: Janet Perry

In case you have missed our previous posts on the white sofa project, here is a quick update.  We have taken one sofa in our retail store and have asked each of the J Banks Designers to style the sofa and surrounding space utilizing pillows, lamps and accessories.  Each designer has the ability to create a space that shows off their “of-the-moment” loves from our retail store as well as how a design client can easily change a space by adding a few new elements.  Enjoy our most recent transformation!

Janet Perry designed the latest vignette.  Here is what she had to say about her choices:

JB: You obviously went with a sophisticated St. Patrick’s day theme but is green a color you like to use in a lot of your work? 
Janet: I love to use green. Just look outside! We are seeing this hue of green in fabrics and in fashion.
We love the gorgeous detail on these pillows!
What a great way to incorporate navy into the vignette through the lamps.
JB: What is important to you when selecting accessories for a space? 
Janet: It is important to have the accessories compliment the space as well as being practical and useful, i.e., lamps, frames for photographs, candles for soft light, etc.
JB: You did an excellent job of mixing different wood colors and finishes on your case goods, yet the room still looks uniform and put together.  Do you have any advice to others on how to do this with their own furnishings? 
Janet: I prefer the eclectic feel to a room. Items have been collected over the years, so taste and lifestyles have changed. So mix your treasures, and “tell” your story.
Using rolled blanket as a bolster – so clever!
JB: What is your favorite item or items in the vignette?  
Janet: The rug is where it all began! 

Keep following our blog to see more designer interpretations and check out our previous white sofa designs by Deb Van PlewHannah Fulton ,Cindy Munn , Adrienne Warner, Shelley Wilkins and Patche Pratt.

If you’d like to purchase or receive additional information on any of these featured products, please feel free to stop by or contact our retail store at 843.682.1745.

JB

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The White Sofa Project: Patche Pratt

In case you have missed our previous posts on the white sofa project, here is a quick update.  We have taken one sofa in our retail store and have asked each of the J Banks Designers to style the sofa and surrounding space utilizing pillows, lamps and accessories.  Each designer has the ability to create a space that shows off their “of-the-moment” loves from our retail store as well as how a design client can easily change a space by adding a few new elements.  Enjoy our most recent transformation!

Patche Pratt designed the latest vignette.  Here is what she had to say about her choices:

JB: The rug you selected is stunning.  What can you tell us about your rug choice?

Patche: I chose the rug for two reasons: I wanted a warm and cozy feel for one, and with the neutral sofa and wood floors as the background, I wanted a graphic pattern to add interest to the space.  The color palette has a washed or muted feel so it wasn’t too bold to take away from the coziness.

JB: What about your color choices?

Patche: I have always been drawn to varied shades of red in combination with black and or brown.  This gave me the inspiration and direction in selecting the patterned pair of throw pillows that pulls colors from the rug and adds pattern to the sofa.

JB: What is important to consider when selecting lighting choices?

Patche: When choosing lighting or lamps you need to consider the use for the space.  If it is for ambient lighting you can go with lower wattage and dark or metal shades.  If it is for reading and you don’t have sufficient over head lighting, you should go with a three way lamp and a lighter shade color.

JB: What did you like about the particular lamps selected?

Patche: I chose a pair of polished nickel lamps for several reasons.  I love the reflective quality in the finish, and it adds brightness to the vignette.  By using a pair, it also gives the space symmetry and balance.

JB: What advice do you give your clients about picking accessories? 

Patche: I like mixing materials not only in accessories, but also with casegood pieces (cocktail tables, end tables, etc…).  In my vignette I paired dark wood end tables with polished nickel lamps.  I also chose a glass vase with bright white orchids to serve as a contrast against the darkly stained wood.  The cocktail table has mixed materials as well – a rustic driftwood top and a metal base – and serves as a great juxtaposition to the refined and formal finish of the end tables.  Scale is also important.  The large cocktail table anchors the space and doesn’t get lost against the strongly patterned rug.  I am a “less is more” person so I feel that a few great cocktail table books and an interesting object (like a great decorative bowl) are all you need to accessorize a cocktail table.

JB: Is there anything  else you would like to add?  Your favorite pieces in the vignette, etc.?

Patche: One of my favorite pieces is the wing chair. I like the clean lines of the piece with the masculine tweed fabric and the polished nickel nail heads. The chair pairs well with the clean lines and finish on the lamps as well.  My other favorite is the Coast Guard spotlight lamp with the tripod wood base and leather accents.  You always need an unexpected conversation piece to give a room character.

We love Patche’s cool lighting choices and great use of texture. Keep following our blog to see more designer interpretations and check out our previous white sofa designs by Deb Van PlewHannah Fulton ,Cindy MunnAdrienne Warner and Shelley Wilkins.

If you’d like to purchase or receive additional information on any of these featured products, please feel free to stop by or contact our retail store at 843.682.1745.

JB

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The White Sofa Project: Shelley Wilkins

In case you have missed our previous posts on the white sofa project, here is a quick update.  We have taken one sofa in our retail store and have asked each of the J Banks Designers to style the sofa and surrounding space utilizing pillows, lamps and accessories.  Each designer has the ability to create a space that shows off their “of-the-moment” loves from our retail store as well as how a design client can easily change a space by adding a few new elements.  Enjoy our most recent transformation!

Shelley Wilkins designed the latest vignette.  Here is what she had to say about her choices:

JB: What is your favorite item or items in the vignette? Why? 

Shelley: The porcelain lamps. I love the silhouette.  They are a great size and the rectangular shade allows them to fit almost anywhere. I also love the color of the lamps. The porcelain is crackled and they are the perfect tea stained color.

JB: Can you tell us a little bit about your color choices and the emotions or feelings you wanted this space to convey?

Shelley: I chose more neutral colors….greens, golds, and browns which all help this vignette convey a sense of calmness. The colors are more natural and organic…very comfortable and quiet. The natural wood top on the cocktail table and the caning on the chair also bring in an undisturbed feeling.

Shelley: I always try to add greenery to a room.  It brings life into the space.

 JB: What is important to consider when selecting accessories for a room? 
Shelley: Scale!  I feel that lamps and accessories have to be the right scale and proportion.  Many people struggle with scale.  Lamps need to be a large chunky size, as well as the accessories …and less is more.  It helps keep a space from feeling cluttered.
Shelley: I love this hand embroidered pillow.  It’s a simple addition that warms up the leather chair. I also feel that every sitting area needs a throw blanket. This is perfect for curling up and reading a book.
Shelley: I love the carved detail and texture on this chest.  It is wrapped in a deep green grasscloth and then lacquered with a clear finish.
JB: We love things that have an unexpected shape.  This clover shaped side table is a great example.
Shelley: I also loved these monochromatic spined books.  The matching color allows them to look more sophisticated and less cluttered.
Keep following our blog to see more designer interpretations and check out our previous white sofa designs by Deb Van PlewHannah Fulton ,Cindy Munn and Adrienne Warner.

If you’d like to purchase or receive additional information on any of these featured products, please feel free to stop by or contact our retail store at 843.682.1745.

JB

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