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Design Team Favorites: Lighting

We asked our staff to share some of their current favorite lighting fixtures, so without further ado…

1. Lens Chandelier designed by Alison Berger for Holly Hunt

2. Lens Sconce designed by Alison Berger for Holly Hunt

Jennifer Stewart: These light fixtures were inspired by an antique screw back earring (see above). I am always drawn to pieces that have a correlation to fashion. I believe that lighting should be like the ‘jewelry for a room,’ and these two pieces would fit that description perfectly!

1. Large Chandelier Gyro and Crystal by Halo Styles

Kelly Caron: I have always loved crystal chandeliers.  I am considering this piece for the living room in my home.

2. MOTHER chandelier designed by Baylar Atelier for Hudson Furniture

Haley Grant: The Mother chandelier from Hudson Furniture is a stunning work of art.  It’s perfection leaves me speechless!

3. Chamber Chandelier designed by Alison Berger for Holly Hunt

Jenny Ladutko: I love the organic shape of these industrial materials. The piece is simple, clean, and elegant and would be gorgeous over a dining table!

1. Marsh Grass Copper Chandelier by Lowcountry Originals

Diane Lancaster: I love this fixture because of the mix of the different metals and because it reminds me of the beach and marsh.

2. Custom made alabaster fixture by Romano Bianchi, a J Banks vendor located in Volterra, Italy – a town about an hour from our project Castello di Casole. Volterra is known for alabaster and the lighting, picture frames, and accessories they created from the stone.

Adrienne Warner: I love the warmth of the amber. It creates a lovely glow in the evenings and the heavy veining is dramatic. This is a real statement piece. Grazie mille Roberto!

3. Vine Ball by Lowcountry Originals

Adrienne Warner: I saw this piece at the Fall High Point Market. I love the organic, naturally chic feel and that you can customize the finish color, which dramatically changes the look.

1. Moon Glow Table Lamp in White Glass with Silk Shade designed by Barbara Barry for Visual Comfort (currently available in our Retail Store)

Jenn Farese: I love the clean lines paired with the fabulous glow that this lamp omits.  You can light the base, the top – or both!  I also love the quality of Visual Comfort lamps.  Not only are they beautiful, but they are well made and the company really stands behind their product.

2. Terri Cube Accent Lamp in Crystal with Natural Paper Shade designed by Thomas O’Brien for Visual Comfort

Jenny Ladutko: This lamp would be a fabulous small scale accent on a shelf or secretary desk. When turned on, it creates a beautiful glow.

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What is important to you when selecting lighting for a space? Which of these pieces is your favorite?

If you see a piece you just have to have – give our Retail Store a call at 843-682-1745 and we will be happy to order it for you!

JB

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Jennifer Stewart: Bananas for Byzantium!

When we received the new book of Byzantium Wallcoverings by Schumacher, J Banks Design Studio Coordinator, Diane Lancaster, knew to take it straight to our Expeditor Jennifer Stewart for a first look!

Jennifer has long had a swatch of the Shockwave fabric in black and jet at her desk.  She opened the new book and immediately paired it with the new Queen of Spain wallcovering in black and was smitten!

In addition, she loved the  Nasrid Palace Mosaic pattern in persimmon.

With so many beautiful new introductions it is easy to understand how it was difficult to pick just one favorite!

Schumacher explains about their new collection:

“Byzantium, the legendary and magnificent crossroads connecting east and west, sets the scene for this collection of exquisitely printed wallcoverings. Decorative geometrics, graphic borders, and tribal ikats are inspired by elaborately patterned mosaics discovered in the grand palaces of Marrakesh, royal chambers in Istanbul, and archways of Valencia.

These beautifully crafted wallcoverings blend together in a vibrant palette of deep persimmon, turquoise, indigo, and charcoal grey, layered with glamorous touches of metallic gold, silver, and glass. Quieter shades of alabaster, pearl, bone, and spa blue provide modern options for these traditional designs. Byzantium’s exotic pattern and rich color add dramatic sophistication to contemporary and classic living spaces.”

JB

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“Ciao!” from Joni Vanderslice

It’s all in the Details – The Italians take pride in their craft and beauty is the breathtaking result. Everything from making an espresso to the hand stitched detailing on a leather carry-on is immaculate. The execution of detail is why J Banks has fallen so hard for the country.

(Each time we walk past this building in Florence we have to stop just to take in the painted detailing.)

Our projects have allowed us to scour the country taking in all the different trades and offerings. Days are filled with short moments of awe because everything you see necessitates admiration. We savor in the product and salivate over the sheer art of the display!

Here are a few shots of some of our favorite details from our most recent trip….

1. In Italian Forte dei Marmi means “Fort of the Marbles.”  Appropriately, the gorgeous stone garden display made us “lose our marbles!”

2. The entrance to the Loro Piana outlet store sets the perfect stage for the luxurious cashmere that is waiting to be purchased, beyond the effortlessly chic decor.

3. The alabaster in the town of Voltaire is a must see. We love how adding light to the stone illuminates its beauty. We have forged an amazing relationship with a vendor who creates custom tables, lighting, and even pictures frames for us! Exquisite!

4. You have to do a double take with this photo… Designers in Wonderland – the scale of this piece would make even Alice smile. Now that’s what we call a High-Boy!

5. Even the olive oil bottles are chic when properly lit! This entrance detail at Borgo San Jacopo is almost as divine as the restaurant’s gourmet fare.

4/5. There’s always something we want to take home in our suitcases… and we often find ourselves wanting to take home SUITCASES! (We heart this carry-on.)

Some items are easier to whisk away than others, but we couldn’t resist this carved fireplace surround. It will be a key focal point for one of our next residential projects.

There will always be more to come and more to share!  If you have personal travel experiences or favorite foreign finds, please share with us.

Ciao tutti! (Goodbye everyone!)

Joni Vanderslice, JB

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