Brass is not just for doorknobs and switch plates. Brass has always been associated with traditional design but now it is popping up in all genres of home decor. We took a quick look around our J Banks Retail Store and recently completed projects, and selected a few of our current brass favorites.
These brass boxes from our friends at Madegoods are chic and unique. The brass color adds warmth and a bit of elegance to the industrial chain link design.
Many of our favorite brass accents are lamps. We love that brass comes in a variety of finishes such as oil rubbed (left) and polished (right). You can completely change the look of a brass piece just by altering the patina, or finish color of the metal.
Designer Shelley Wilkins recently used the oil rubbed lamp pictured above in a residential project.
A staff favorite, this Nixon end table comes with a reversible top that is walnut on one side and orange lacquer on the other.
You may have also spotted this table in Andy Cohen’s Clubhouse on Bravo!
This gorgeous oven is in Villa Scuola, located on the Castello di Casole property.
Do you have a favorite brass item? We would love to hear from you. Until then, “Stay brassy my friends.”
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:
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.
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.