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When is too much, simply too much?

Check out this photo of me back in 1986…can you figure out what the theme is here?!?  The funniest thing about it is that this was NOT my kid-friendly bathroom, this was our only bathroom!  Don’t you love how I styled the bears?

Happy Friday Y’all!

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The White Sofa Project: Adrienne Warner

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!

Adrienne Warner designed the latest vignette.  We asked her a few questions about her accessory selections.

JB: What would you say is important to consider when selecting accessories for a room? 
Adrienne: Symmetry and balance. I usually start with larger elements like lamps or artwork first, then add layers with smaller items. I think the best interiors are the ones that reflect the person and are a collection of their experiences and travels.  You can’t be too concerned with sticking with a particular style. If an object makes you happy, you should find a special place for it.  I like pieces that have a story and are unexpected.

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

Adrienne: I love the two nesting tables used in place of a larger cocktail table. They can be moved around easily and used together or apart which provides a lot of flexibility. The inlay detail is really beautiful and adds a graphic element to the space which I really like.

Adrienne: I also love the Van Plew Swivel Chair.  It’s one of my favorite pieces in the J Banks Collection.  The crocodile leather adds a little funk and the color works really well with the rug.
JB: Can you tell us a little bit about your color choices?
Adrienne: Everything started with the rug.  I fell in love with the over scaled, organic pattern.  I think it’s contemporary but could be used in more traditional spaces as well. I like the warmth the side tables provide in the space, and the ivory lamps from Visual Comfort really pop against the darker stained finish.  The gold detailing on the lamps also picks up the hardware on the tables.
JB: What emotions or feelings did you want this space to convey?
Adrienne: I’m drawn to spaces that aren’t too serious and make people feel comfortable. The “LIFE IS BEAUTY FULL” artwork behind the sofa makes me happy.
 DIY Tip: Fill glass canisters and vases with sunflowers, seeds, popcorn kernels, etc. to add texture and color to a display.

Keep following our blog to see more designer interpretations and check out our previous white sofa designs by Cindy MunnDeb Van Plew and Hannah Fulton.

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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Adrienne Warner : Inspired by Sunny Tuscany

When Life Gives you Lemons….Make Limoncello!

Ciao Tutti! (Hi Everyone),

Maybe it’s due to all of the warm weather we are having around here lately, or perhaps the New Year has me feeling especially optimistic, because I am totally into YELLOW right now. Check out these inspiration pictures below featuring my current favorite hue.

At Castello di Casole, the Limonaia was where they kept  the lemon trees during the winter. Later this year this building will be transformed into 5 Loft style suites with private terraces. Check out the site photos (below) along with a rendering of the completed space (above).

Each suite in the Limonaia will feature an original lemon painting from Tuscan artist Cassandra Wainhouse.

Check out the onice miele marble slabs that will be the flooring in the hotel entry. I had an amazing trip to Carrara to pick these slabs with Luigi, one of the construction managers in Italy.

FAB chairs! I found these last summer at the Pandolfini Auction House in Florence. I also found this great lamp with a reclaimed terra cotta base.

My stepson Aiden rocked a yellow shirt in Rome. I love this picture of him.

Outdoor floor lamp by Aresill!

Yellow keeps popping up everywhere for me including the pages of VerandaElle  and other fashion and decor magazines – like these two that I liked so much I tore them out to keep them!

The quintessential Italian diva, Sophia Loren!

One of my favorite Italian drinks is Limoncello. Let me leave you with this easy and quick recipe by Mario Batali:

Mario Batali’s Limoncello

Ingredients

  • 4 cups vodka
  • Zest of 10 lemons, no pith at all, may substitute 15 limes, 6 grapefruits, 10 blood oranges, 12 mandarin oranges, or 8 regular oranges
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups water

Directions

Place vodka and zest in a sealable jar, like a mason jar and allow to sit in a cool place for 4 days. On the fifth day place the sugar and the water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Allow to cook 5 minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool. Add sugar solution to the vodka solution and allow to stand overnight. Strain through a layer of cheesecloth in a conical sieve, pressing the solids firmly.Strain again through a second layer in the same manner. Chill and allow to stand 1 week. Serve very cold.

Here’s to a bright and sunny New Year!

Baci (A Kiss),

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