Design Team Favorites: Outdoor Furniture and Accessories

The long warm days of summer are perfect for being outside. We asked our design team to share their favorites outdoor pieces and how they prefer to enjoy…

The Great Outdoors

Light1. Glowing planters from Serra Lunga for Tada Hospitality – Jennifer Jukofsky 2. Brantley Lantern in Verdigris with clear glass by Visual Comfort – Shelley Wilkins 3. Floor candles from Artesia – Janet Perry 4. Dedon Superarchimoon Lighting by Flos – Kristin Magowitz 5. Outdoor Lamp by Seasonal Living – Janet Perry 6. Glowing Ming High Family planters from Serra Lunga for Tada Hospitality – Laura Page

Lunch1.Gervasoni In Out table by Paola Navone – Haley Grant 2. Dedon Play bistro table – Doris Gilch & Dedon Play woven chair – Lisa Whitley 3. Tray, cake stand, glasses and ice bucket all by Guzzini and made of heavy duty, scratch resistant plastic – Anna Ruby 4. Outdoor firepit by AK47 – Doris Gilch 5. Exuma privacy lounge by Tuuci – Laura Page 6. Baronciole Rama Table – Adrienne Warner

Linger1. In Out Collection chairs by Gervasoni – Doris Gilch 2. Glazed Ridged Stool with removable padded seat by Seasonal Living – Janet Perry 3. Forest Chair by Janus et Cie – Lauren Thomas 4. McKinnon and Harris Otey Club Chair and Ottoman – Jenny Ladutko 5. Two Toned Ringed Cylinder Table from Seasonal Living – Lisa Whitley 6. Amari High Back Chair by Janus et Cie – Lisa Whitley

Lounge1. Swing Rest by Dedon – Kristin Magowitz 2. Nest Rest by Dedon – Laura Page 3. Swinging Day Bed by Lowcountry Originals – Shelley Wilkins 4. Santorini Outdoor Fabric in grapefruit pink by Donghia – Diane Lancaster 5. Bed Swing with X sides and X back by Lowcountry Originals – Jenny Ladutko 6. Leaf Chaise by Frank Ligthart for Dedon – Haley Grant 7. St. Barts outdoor fabric in tangerine orange by Donghia – Diane Lancaster 8. Baronciole Daybed – Adrienne Warner 9. ZigZag Sunbrella fabric by Donghia – Diane Lancaster 10. Fibonacci Double Vantanna Chaise by Janus et Cie – Lisa Whitley

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1. Private residence in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 2. The pool and surrounding patio of the Hotel Castello di Casole in Tuscany, Italy 3.Outdoor furniture at the J Banks  Design RBC Heritage Hospitality Tent.  This furniture now resides in the J Banks Courtyard and was designed by Philippe Starck for Kartell. The Bubble Armchairs can be used inside or outside and are made in Italy. 4. The Residences at Esperanza Resort, Los Cabos, Mexico 5. A gorgeous table we designed for an anniversary party.

 What is your favorite outdoor furnishing or decor item?

xo,

JB

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Q & A with Author Connie Sewell

Summer Saltz Book

We are so excited to host author Connie Sewell for a book signing and fashion show in the J Banks courtyard this week! We had the opportunity to interview Connie about what inspired her to write Summer Saltz. 

JB: Briefly explain your book and the storyline.

Connie: Summer Saltz is a fun-loving spunky girl always into something exciting.  When she gets a new pair of ever-so-sassy white sunglasses, she takes on a personality all her own.  But when she shows up for the party with her “I’m so Hollywood” attitude, she finds out showing off doesn’t pay off.  She learns some valuable lessons in the story about friendship, kindness, and what it really means to be “HOLLYWOOD.”

JB: Is this your first book? What inspired you to take the plunge and move forward with publication? 

Connie: This is my first book.  Once I had the general character and first draft, I met with my attorneys in New York and they convinced me I had something with this character and that I should move forward.  After the long editing process with a professional editor and the unexpectedly difficult process of selecting an illustrator the book began to take shape and I realized it was definitely worthy of publication.  I wanted to create a character that would stand the test of time and have a similar personality to many little girls I have had the opportunity to get to know.

JB: What is the biggest challenge you faced in the creation and publication of this book?

Connie: The biggest challenge I faced in the creation and publication of Summer Saltz was unfamiliarity with the publishing process.  There is a lot of information out there for publishing, but not a lot for publishing a children’s picture book.  Most of that information is closely held by the gatekeepers at the major publishing houses because they like to control the process and maintain merchandising rights.  I think it is tough to tackle a project like this even if you know the process.  I had no idea what was involved.  I just took each step and did the best I could with it.  Every step is probably as difficult as the next, especially if you are a perfectionist, and I hesitate to say it, but I really am.

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 JB: The book was largely inspired by your own daughter, Summer, what was her reaction to the book? 

Connie: Summer really enjoys reading the book.  She really gets a kick out of the part where Summer Saltz tries to put her dog, Penelope, in her purse, she thinks that is hilarious.  However, she dislikes the dialogue where the dad says the dog is like a bull in a china shop, funny.  She loves to wear the tattoos of Summer Saltz on her hands.  I think she really enjoys the concept that there is a book and all sorts of other products that are all about her.

JB: What is the message that you hope children receive after reading this book?

Connie: I hope children learn how to be kind to one another, the value of a good friendship and that showing off doesn’t pay off. There are many opportunities for parents to teach their children lessons throughout the book, such as importance of diet, figures of speech, and one of my favorites, the environmental comment on the back cover.  The comment is quite humorous, but it is an opportunity to explain to your kids how to love and care for the environment, and what ‘hugging a tree’ really means.

JB: Books are a big part of your life.  Why do you think it is important to read with and to your children?  

Connie: Oh, reading is the key to everything!  You have to teach your children at an early age to read and comprehend, as it is in everything we do.  The joy of reading and learning is one of life’s biggest gifts.  I particularly love to sit in my children’s beds at night and read with and to them, it is our bonding time.  To enjoy the emotions and adventures in children’s books, or any book, and to watch your children absorb the context, well, it’s just priceless.

 JB: Can we expect more adventures with Summer Saltz in the future? 

Connie: Absolutely!  Summer Saltz is going to be a series.  I am currently working on the second book draft.  It is going to be a lot of fun.  She will have the same humor and personality, but obviously the story line will be much different.  What I can tell you about the next book is that Summer will find out which sports she is good at and which sports she enjoys most.  This doesn’t come easy for her, and her situations and trials will have you laughing your way through the events in the story.  It will be a fun adventure.

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If you would like to pre-order a book, you may call J Banks Retail 843-682-1745 for more information. This event is suitable for children ages 4-8. To learn more about Connie, you may visit her website at http://www.summersaltz.com.

xo,

JB

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Trend Alert: Spring has Sprung!

With the resurgence of colorful floral prints in the fashion and design world, it’s easy to lose track of the source of all of that blooming inspiration – the real deal.

We were reminded of nature’s beauty on a recent trip to Joni’s home! Here’s a little snippet into nature’s bounty…Vanderslice style.

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As soon as we pulled up we noticed the gorgeous flowers leading to the front door.

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Foxgloves in a Row

The foxgloves (large white flowers) are undoubtedly the current garden showstoppers.

Foxgloves with Joni's door in the background

As we moved around to the side of the home we discovered Joni’s vegetable and herb garden.

Vegetable and Herb Garden

Joni’s plentiful garden is full of her favorite herbs including:

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She has veggies too – everything you need to make a fresh summer salad:

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Because a special centerpiece is always part of the table at the Vanderslice’s home, Joni grows flowers that she can snip whenever. Some examples include:

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We also saw signs of more blooms to come including hydrangea’s loaded with buds and canna lilies beginning to bud as well!

One of the advantages of having a garden is being able to have such easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables when entertaining!

Garden Vegetables for Salad

Garden fresh! Thanks to Lauren and Grace (Vanderslice) for creating this delicious dish for us.

Avocado, Garden, Salad, Vegetable

And Joni created this simple and beautiful centerpiece by mixing assorted bud vases and flowers on her dining table. The assortment of bud vases in varying heights is a twist on the traditional single arrangement.

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We hope that you’ve enjoyed these pretty pictures and invite you to go take a little break and get outside and ‘smell the roses.’

xo,

JB

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Joni Loves : May 2013

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 Accumulation No 1 by Yayoi Kusama

I saw this chair at the Museum of Modern Art while chaperoning a school trip for my daughters in New York.  At first I thought it looked like it was covered in shag carpeting. Upon closer inspection you can see that it is composed of sewn stuffed fabric, with some paint and chair fringe along the bottom. The piece is one of the earliest sculptures by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.  She hand sewed every element on the chair.

PETS ROCK cushion covers Takkoda

I saw several things at the April High Point Furniture Market that caught my eye.  The PETS ROCKS line by Takkoda puts pet faces on the heads of popular celebrities.  Their motto, is ‘Real Pets, Not Real Celebrities.’ I thought they were too fun not to share!

3 - Vintage Chair

I loved this vintage chair!

4 - Cocktail Table

Loved the GREEN of this cocktail table in the Worlds Away showroom.  The base is a gold leafed Greek key design. So cool!

5 - Bench with Lucite Legs

This bench is from the Somerset Bay Home collection for Stanford Furniture.  Stanford is the same company that manufactures our furniture line, the J Banks Collection.  I loved the lucite legs on this bench!

It has been a whirlwind spring with lots to see and lots to do.  I look forward to a few slower weeks ahead and sharing my summer favorites with you soon!

xo,

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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!

Stanley Young America - Paint Box

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.

Gallery

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.”

Fly

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.

Fantasia

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.

Letto Bambino Bassinette

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

Dada

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.

Finn Room

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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Trend Alert: Ga-Ga for Gatsby!

The release of The Great Gatsby movie today has us swooning over all things art deco. We are simply…

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Gatsby 1

1. The Design Legacy ‘Spectacles’  are reminiscent of the Dr. T.J. Eckleburg billboard 2. Mod Model pillow by Jonathan Adler 3. Dwell Studio Pierre Dresser in burled walnut and black lacquer 4. De Stijl headboard by Christopher Guy 5. French Conductor Lantern by Visual Comfort. We pictured this fixture with a green light bulb like the green light Gatsby would look for across the water.  (All of these items are available through J Banks Retail)

Gatsby 2

1. Mayfair Mirror by Jonathan Adler 2. Antique Brass Torch Sconce by Global Views 3. Lacquered Strie Wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries 4. Hood Chaise by Christopher Guy 5. Global Views Link Console in Black  (All of these items are available through J Banks Retail)

Gatsby 3

1. Mirrored Gemstone Boxes (Available in J Banks Retail) 2. Birkhall Chest of Drawers by Currey and Co. (Available through J Banks Retail) 3. Dining Chair by Christopher Guy (Available through J Banks Retail) 4. Antique French Bar Cart from Treadway Gallery.

Preview some of the beautiful imagery on the official website of the Great Gatsby Movie. We hope you are as inspired by the beautiful costumes and decor as we are!

xo,

JB

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DIY: Paper Flower Chandelier

DIY HeaderFor this DIY I worked with J Banks Designer, Deb Van Plew, to help her create a hanging centerpiece for our hospitality tent at the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament.  Deb envisioned a huge chandelier-like piece composed of vibrant tissue paper flowers intertwined with white paper lanterns that would provide scale and volume.

I was so excited to start this project because Pinterest is overflowing with images of tissue paper flowers and poms. One of the things I like about these flowers is that they capture the beauty of flowers but with a quirky and whimsical twist. Before we began to assemble the ‘chandelier,’ a few of the J Banks team members and I got together to start making the tissue paper flowers.

Materials

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Step 1. Begin by laying the tissue paper flat and stacking the colors in the order you want them to appear in the flower.  I used two pieces of tissue paper per color so that each color would pop!

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Step 2. Once you have laid out all of your tissue paper, start at one end and begin folding the stacked tissue paper like an accordian .  Try to keep the lines even.  This initial fold will be a guide for you throughout the creation of your flower.

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Step 3. Once you have folded the stack, separate all of the colors and fold them back into the accordian fold individually.

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Step 4. Lay the colors in the order in which you want them to appear in your flower. Begin trimming the ends of the tissue paper into curves or triangles.  We wanted our flowers to be a bit edgier so we went with the triangle shape.

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Step 5. As you are trimming the edges into triangles, begin staggering the length of the various colors of tissue paper.  The shortest pieces will appear in the center of your flower and the longer pieces will be on the outside of the bloom.

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Step 6. Starting with your longest section of tissue paper, carefully unfold the tissue paper sections and layer them on top of each other (like you did in Step 1.).

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Step 7.  Using your guide lines (from Step 2.) carefully refold the tissue back into the accordian shape.

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Step 8. Using a 12″ piece of floral wire, cinch the tissue paper in the middle and then twist the wire on the bottom to secure the fold. Leave the excess wire hanging off the bottom as this is what you will use to secure the flower to the rest of the arrangement later.

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Step 9. Pull the two inner edges of the flower together and begin to open up the bloom.

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Step 10. Starting in the middle of the flower, carefully lift each layer of tissue up.  The tissue is thin and you might have a few little tears in the middle where the paper is bound thickly, but that is okay, just keep going and take your time.  These little uh-ohs won’t show once your flower is complete.

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Step 11. Continue lifting up each layer of tissue paper.

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Step 12. Ta-Da!  Your have a beautiful tissue paper flower!

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Store the flowers somewhere safe and dry until you are ready to use them.

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On set-up day we laid all of the flowers out so we could see our color selection.

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Our friend Gene started to shape the ‘chandelier’ by hanging several of the white lanterns in bunches across the top of the tent.

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With Deb’s guidance, he began tying in the tissue paper flowers using the wire on the back of each flower.

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We varied the colors and sizes of the flowers.  The asymmetry looked great!

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And here is a picture of the finished product – our ‘Paper Flower Chandelier’ was the talk of the tent!

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After the tournament, we were able to reuse the flowers and lanterns for a retail display!

Stay tuned as I will have another DIY project for you again in June!

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Lauren Thomas, Marketing Assistant

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