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Kelly Caron: Posh Tots

I have recently been both overwhelmed and impressed by the creative interior design options for babies and children. From luxury bedding and luxe furniture options to fabulous boutique chic room themes and over-the-top one-of-a-kind designs, ‘Posh Tots’ now have a whole design category of their own. Check out some of my current favorite children’s rooms from Stanley’s Young America Collection, Dada and Letto Bambino!

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This room was called ‘Paint Box’ and was in the Stanley Furniture showroom during the April High Point Market. I love the Pantone DIY (Do-It-Yourself) concept of color blocking. What a great way to add creativity and interest without the expense of artwork.

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Here is another room in the Stanley Showroom.  They titled this room ‘Flock’ after the thousand multi-colored origami paper cranes. It is thought to be a powerfully lucky and benevolent charm to have 1,000 paper cranes hanging in a babys’ room.  This Japanese legend promises the baby a long life full of good luck. As the child grows older they are supposed to distribute the cranes as gifts to loved ones for birthdays, weddings and major life events.

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Appropriately titled, the ‘Gallery’ room featured cool Jackson Pollack inspired splatter floors.  I love the Picasso quote on the chalkboard portion of the wall that, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

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This room was called ‘Fly.’ Notice the bird house details and the clever tree wall mural.  I really like the symbolic concept of a ‘nesting’ place in a babies room and having birds watching over the sweet dreaming baby.

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This room was called ‘Fantasia.’  I really wanted to share this room because not only does it maximize a smaller space, but the flower poms are a low-budget high impact decor element.  They could be created in any color scheme, size or shape.

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We discovered the Italian vendor, Letto Bambino, while working on private residence for Castello di Casole.  I love how angelic and peaceful this space is.

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Here is another view of the room. The layers of white and different textures within the room create a sublime serene feeling.

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This chic monochromatic room is from French vendor DADA HOME.  What really caught my eye about this room was the clever horse task table/desk.  I’ve included an additional image of that piece below.

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This room was found on The Animal Print Shop blog. It is a perfect gender neutral modern approach to a nursery. I think any baby would have fun seeing these cute faces each day.

All of these furniture items are available through J Banks Retail.

In addition to overall room design are some to-cute-and-clever-not-too-include products!

Fantastic Furnishings

1. Horse desk from DADA-Home 2. Pouf  by Jiti (Available in J Banks Retail in several additional colors and styles) 3. Giraffe sconce 4. Uptown Crib by Nurseryworks (also available in black with white trim) 5. LULU DK fabrics and wallcoverings from Schumacher 6. Westin Acrylic Rocker in Ecru by Nurseryworks 7. Sobey Dresser by Post Tots 8. Knowledge Tree Bookcase by Posh Tots

Little Miss and Mister

1. Owl Backpack (Available at J Banks Retail)2. Play Canopy by Land of Nod for a little Princess or Astronaut 3. Elephant Storage Bins by Rosenberry Rooms 4. Rocking Mini Vespa (Available at J Banks Retail)

Fun for Any Little One

1. Hanging alligator and cow wall storage by Rosenberry Rooms 2. Porcelain Trinket Boxes perfect for a first curl or special memento (Available in J Banks Retail) 3. Owl Backpack. All of the pictured books are available in the J Banks Retail store.

I hope this post has been inspiring for you and offered a dose of creativity.  There is lots of fun to be had when it comes to fabulous ‘Posh Tots!’

Kelly Caron, Designer, ASID

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Hannah Fulton : Pretty in Pink!

Recently some friends and I threw a shower for our sweet friend, who is expecting a baby girl this month.  Pink was center stage and we took cues from fashion and design to pull the shower together with current style!

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The hostesses (and the mommy to be) love chevron!  This paper runner from the J Banks Retail Store ($34 for a 20” x 50” roll) was a perfect way to add a graphic pattern to our tabletop. Another of my favorite J Banks finds are these acrylic wine glasses.  I have a set of the tumblers and the wine glasses in clear, and another friend has the pink, so we combined them on the table and didn’t worry for a second about anything breaking!

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The shimmery gold and cream hues were set off by mercury glass votives that were sprinkled along the table. The look was so subtle and pretty, we decided to mirror it on chevron place cards and menus. The left over paper will be perfect gift wrap!

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When we designed the cake, we used an ombré concept on the icing, and within the cake for the layers!

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There is lots of love for ombré these days –ombré painted walls, furniture, fashion, finger nails and even hair.

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We also used this concept for our flower arrangement, starting with light blush colored roses and cascading into deep pink tones.

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And speaking of the flowers, nestled into the candelabra of fresh roses are (faux!) hydrangeas which I purchased from the J Banks retail store – at only $12 per stem. These were key in adding fullness to the arrangement, and because they are silk, they are hearty and not fragile, perfect to work with when creating this kind of detailed arrangement.

One of the hostesses is also a J Banks client, so it was fun to see our interior design as the perfect backdrop for our celebration.

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The elegant Osborne & Little window treatment fabric created a billowy, soft, dreamy background to our intimate table for twelve.

One of my favorites from the J Banks Collection for Stanford Furniture, the Deb chair, provided the perfect perch for the mother to be to open gifts!

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For this chair, our savvy client selected a textured aqua fabric. You’d never know it was suitable for outdoor use!  Not only does it look fabulous, but it performs well and is a suitable choice for her family of five.

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I gifted baby (who’s mother and I share a passion for cooking and gourmet foods) with a set of Vietri Bambino flatware in PINK of course!  (J Banks also carries these in blue and clear for other foodie babes.)

The menu was delicious but light (we had to leave room for that cake!).

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As guests arrived, they sipped on a bubbly rosé accented with a hot pink rock candy stick and nibbled on caprese sticks, melon and prosciutto pops and crab cakes. Baskets of assorted mini muffins were nestled on the table. A savory goat cheese soufflé was served aside spring greens tossed in a light balsamic, topped with roasted beets, candied walnuts and grilled chicken.

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‘….Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice!’

Party guests were invited to create their own favors using pink sweet treats! They chose from cotton candy, pink popcorn, hand dipped marshmallows and more – all displayed in clear glass vessels. We also used this darling book, What Are Little Girls Made Of? (J Banks Retail $7.00) as the guest book for the event!

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Despite the chilly temperatures lately, this shower has me in full spring mode!

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Check back soon for more inspired entertaining ideas!

Enjoy!

 

Hannah Fulton, Retail Designer

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Adrienne Warner : Take an (Italian) Seat!

Ciao Tutti! (Hi Everyone),

Chairs are a real passion of mine. Far more than just a ‘seat and four legs,’ the design options for chairs truly are endless. Recent travels abroad have allowed me to see many chairs that are not typically found in the states and I have discovered some truly incredible pieces.

On a trip to Italy last month, I saw some particularly amazing chairs. I hope you find them to be as inspiring as I did!

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A Cecotti Collezioni chair in Milano

These chairs are one of my favorites. They remind me of Beetlejuice.

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Chairs at Reverso Interiors, Firenze

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My current favorite, I love the scale and beautiful wood back and arms of these chairs.

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“Designer Heaven,” these chairs are so chic and comfy.

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The Hermes Pippa Chair in the Master Bedroom of our project in Tuscany, Campo al Doccio

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Flexform Thomas Chair in the Living Room of Campo al Doccio

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Another view of the Flexform Thomas Chair, affectionally known as our short, fat (and fabulous) friend!

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Poliform Ventura Chair and Pouf in the Guest Bedroom of Campo al Doccio

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Great market finds in Arezzo. This small town in Tuscany has a monthly antique market where we seek out well priced, special pieces for Castello di Casole.

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More chairs at the Arezzo Market

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This picture is from several years ago but I had to share it in this post about Italian chairs. The chair is made entirely out of Bisazza mosaic tile and was designed by Alessandro Mendini. You can see Joni’s daughter, Sarah, in the bottom right.

If you see a fabulous chair, please send us a photo and tell us why you love it!

Felice Venerdi (Happy Friday)!

Baci (A Kiss),

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Sharon Cleland: When Irish Eyes are ‘Designing’

(When we overheard our Irish colleague, International Designer Sharon Cleland, mentioning that she grew up right next to the mountain that St. Patrick himself lived on for six years – we immediately knew we needed her Irish edge for a blog post the week of St. Patrick’s Day!)

Hello everyone and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I want to take a moment to share some of my favorite Irish scenes and how they translate into elements of interior design. The rich tapestry of the landscape from the textures of the rugged countryside, peat bogs, cliffs and seascapes to the velvety, mossy fields, century old dry stacked stone walls and meandering country roads all seem to somehow translate into elements that can be used in design.

Tweed Landscapes and Velvet Hills

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Taking just a glimpse at this picture you can see the influence that the landscape undoubtedly had on the creation of tweeds.  The color scheme, texture and patterns all mirror the Irish countryside.

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Felted tweeds look like patchwork hills of planting fields!

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And these rolling hills in the Glens of Antrim look like the could be covered in velvet!

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Irish Arans

Seeing herds of sheep, or even experiencing a sheep induced traffic jam are not uncommon occurrences in rural Ireland. The wool of the sheep has allowed the country to produce some of the most beautiful woven goods in the world for centuries, including Irish Arans. Irish Arans, also known as ‘fishermen’s sweaters’ are made of wool that was traditionally undyed and cream-colored. Originally the jumpers were knitted using unscoured wool that retained its natural oils which made the garments water-resistant  and meant they remained wearable even when wet.

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I see the complex woven patterns that are found in the Irish Arans in so many domestic products including, throws and even ceramic pieces.

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Both the throw and ceramics pictured above are available in J Banks Retail!

Stacked Stones & The Giants Causeway, County Antrim

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The Giant’s Causeway has always been inspiring to me.

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And the century old piles of irregular meandering dry stacked stone walls will always remind me of my home.

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Being stateside I am reminded of these Irish elements in the most unlikely place – during tile selections! The geometry and permanence of tile in certain shades just seems so Irish! Like this stone mosaic (above), and this Carrara honed hex mosaic tile (below).

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I hope you have noticed some uncanny similarities and will consider Ireland for a moment as much more than just the land of leprechaun’s and shamrocks!

Irish Blessings,

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Sharon Cleland, International Designer

P.S. This is a picture of the area near County Antrim, Ireland where St. Patrick is said to have worked as a shepherd while a slave.  You can read more about St. Patrick here.

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Jenny Ladutko : In Full Bloom!

In Full Bloom

Say goodbye to your winter doldrums because flowers are popping up everywhere! From fashion to home decor, this design trend is sure to put a spring in your step. Just a touch of these fresh prints will brighten up the dullest day.

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1. Lucy Lui made heads turn in this elegant, yet whimsical floral gown at this years Golden Globe Awards. 2. No need to wait for spring, floral pants are the new must-have this season. 3. Swap out the plain black pumps and add a fun floral to the wardrobe. 4. A Gilt Rose bracelet looks like a family heirloom passed down for generations 5. Stunning floral ruching at the bottom of Gulianna Ransik’s 2013 Grammy gown

Teal Fabric

One of my new favorite fabrics is from Manuel Canovas’ new spring collection. The vibrant colorway takes a fresh spin on a traditional print. This would be gorgeous for upholstery.

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Inspired by flowers and feathers, the large scale, delicacy and textural quality of this wallcovering makes for a stunning backdrop.

Thomas Pheasant

Thomas Pheasant’s new Petal Drum Table for Baker Furniture, was inspired by the carved blossom facade of a 1930’s Art Deco building in Paris.

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Who said flowers were just for women? Check out this men’s wardrobe with walls upholstered in a red and green floral fabric. This is a great look for the classic gentleman.

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A gray, blue and white palette is fitting for both men and women.

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I am loving the Garden of Persia fabric in Mary McDonald’s new collection for Schumacher. The crisp white pattern against the chocolate brown and gray ground cloth is graphic yet sophisticated.

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Floral china is a classic way to incorporate beautiful florals into your home. It is easy to mix and match different patterns for a collected look that is always in style.

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Jewel tone floral pillows add life to this scheme. This is also a great example of using the same fabric on a grouping of pillows. Showcasing different parts of the fabric pattern on each pillow makes for the perfect balance of repetition and variation.

Marble Lotus Flower Bowls Marble lotus flower bowls look amazing on a stack of books. Available in the J Banks Retail Store, Designer Shelley Wilkins used these exact bowls in the Palmetto Bluff Style Home!

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A floral rug with bright happy colors, invites you to let loose and relax.

As you can see, there are a multitude of ways to embrace florals. Whether subtle or bold, traditional or contemporary, the time is now to bring the outside in and let the blooming begin!

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Jenny Ladutko, Commercial Staff Designer

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Doris Gilch : The New Workplace

The work place, and particularly workspaces, are forever changed. No longer are offices just for punching in and punching out. The modern office has become a place to relax, renew and reconnect as well. The invention of the laptop and wireless everything provides freedom to break away from the traditional desk setting into a more freeform work environment. The modern workplace has collaborative meeting spaces, convergence of the indoor and outdoors, and is multifunctional and personal.

Collaborative Meeting Spaces

One of the big trends in office design has been the implementation of collaborative meeting spaces. We are seeing workplaces with less and less private offices and more shared spaces to not only maximize square footage but to also encourage employee interaction and idea sharing. This system creates more of a team environment and overall increased office energy.

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I love the idea of creating meeting spaces throughout an offices like the one shown above that is located in the Paolo Alto, CA offices of AOL. This space is the perfect place for a quick conversation with a co-worker, but can also be closed off for a private meeting if needed.

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The J Banks office also has special nooks and meeting spaces for us to quickly gather and talk through our current projects and design concepts. Having large surfaces to lay out and discuss plans, concept images and selections are very helpful. They allow for sharing with co-workers which ultimately assists in the evolution of our designs.

Personalizing Your Space

Today, our homes and offices are becoming more intertwined. This is apparent in our workspaces. We are encouraged to bring objects from home that make us feel happy and inspired. Personal items such as pictures of our family, friends and pets, special mementos and greenery make us feel more comfortable and at ease. A quick tour around the J Banks offices will show that each workspace exhibits individual personalities and items that stimulate their creativity.

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Personalizing your office can even mean bringing a hobby into the workplace. This fun office space is at the Surfrider Foundation headquarters in San Clemente, CA. One of their employees even brought in their own drum set to the office for mental breaks and stress relief during the workday.

Convergence of the Indoors and Outdoors

The idea of bringing the outdoors in has always had an influence in most of our projects. The feeling of being outside and within nature creates a sense of peace and relaxing energy. Even though we would all like the opportunity to work outside on a perfect breezy, sunny day, we unfortunately cannot just pick up our desks and move outside. So let the outdoors come inside and create outdoor spaces that could serve as a work environment when the weather permits.

At J Banks we have incorporated many large windows to allow natural light to penetrate almost every area of our building. Not only does the office feel light and bright, but the health benefits of natural light help to keep employees healthier and more energized.

Natural Materials

Using natural and reclaimed materials is also something we’ve incorporated in our office design. Teak desks and reclaimed flooring throughout makes our spaces warm and inviting. 

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Our outdoor courtyard not only lends itself to lunches on a sunny day, but also gives us the chance to meet outside with co-workers or clients and enjoy the beautiful Hilton Head sunshine.

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A clever solution to bring the outdoors in for a small office space is to include vertical gardens like these featured in a LEED certified architecture firm in San Francisco. Clean and simple.

Multifunctional Spaces

Multifunctional spaces play a big role in current office design. These types of areas are space and time savers, and, like other modern updates, boost productivity. One of our larger multi-functional areas here at J Banks Design, the Sienna Room, lends itself to several uses such as vendor presentation space, client meeting space, video conferencing and a variety of other functions.

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The room uses several small tables that can be combined or separated and arranged into a variety of set ups.  The room can also be completely cleared and used as event space.

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A great solution for smaller offices can also be movable partitions. These partitions, at the Institute of Design at Stanford, CA,  do double duty as room separaters and movable presentation space. What a great space for client or staff meetings.

These are just a few trends that we continue to see incorporated into different types of office spaces.

As designers, we love to challenge ourselves to find new and innovative ways to transform a place of work into a place that fosters inspiration and creativity.

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Commercial Staff Designer

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Joni Vanderslice : Fall High Point Market Favorites

If you have never been to the High Point Furniture Market, let me tell you that it can be a fast and furious experience!  There is more to see than can ever be seen, and days are strategically planned to cover as much ground as possible.  Being from High Point, I also have the added bonus of getting to visit with family and friends during market week.  Now that I have been back from market and traveling for a few weeks, the dust has begun to settle and I wanted to take a moment to share some of my Fall High Point Market Favorites!

The J Banks Collection for Stanford Furniture is always the first stop on my list!  Several Spring 2012 introductions got a fresh new look with fun fabrics and lighter finishes. The Johnson Chair was  introduced with dark leather upholstery and stained wood in the spring – I love the light finish on the chair this fall.

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The Laura Chair looks completely different with this fabric and detail.

The Nassau home theatre is a great cabinet from Habersham. The shelf configuration is unique, but still functional.

I loved this island, and we purchased the piece along with several other unique case goods for our Retail Store.

This is a great banquette and table!

I saw many adaptations of the behind sofa bookcase.

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I loved Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair’s high lacquer finishes!

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On Monday October 15th, I was asked to speak on behalf of IDS, the Interior Design Society. I am thrilled that I was able to offer my “Master Editing” class for CEU credit!  I will be presenting again at the April 2013 High Point Market. Please join me if you will be in High Point.

Best,

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