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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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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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Go for the Gold!

Inspired by the Olympics, we asked our Designers to share some of their favorites in gold, silver and bronze.

Designers Janet Perry and Jenny Ladutko love these fabulous light fixtures that they specified for the Dataw Island clubhouse.

This sconce has a mercury glass look but is unique with its combination of gold as well as silver.

This light fixture has stunning details, and the gold candlesticks differentiate the piece from other chandeliers.

Janet and Jenny weren’t the only Designers loving golden light fixtures.  Deb Van Plew loves these Etch Shade pendant light fixtures from Tom Dixon.

These look great alone or hung in groups!

Deb also loved this bronze hued hand-rubbed table.

Designer, Doris Gilch, shared this amazing amber Murano glass light fixture that she, Joni and Adrienne just installed at our project, Hotel Castello di Casole in Tuscany, Italy!  The statement fixture is the perfect focal point and sets the ambiance for the wine room in the Ristorante Tosca.

Designer Hannah Fulton shared her current favorite faucet from Kohler’s Purist Collection.

Hannah loves the high spout and sleek design!

Jennifer Farese shared a fun fact. There was actually no bronze, silver or gold at the ancient Greek Olympic Games.  Winners were crowned with the beautiful, yet rather simple prize of an olive branch wreath, or kotinos. She loves how Michael Aram translated this symbol of victory into his signature Olive Branch Collection.

Available in our Retail Store, the Olive Branch Collection is created using castings of oxidized solid bronze. The pieces are simple and beautiful.

Lisa Whitley was also loving golden hued lighting.  She selected this antique brass lamp as one of her current favorites.

Lisa loves the brushed finish as it provides a softer look than a polished finish would.

Adrienne Warner shared this picture of a favorite golden landmark in Paris. The Renommée des Sciences (Fame of the Sciences) is on the right bank of the Alexander III Bridge.

What are your favorite gold, silver, and bronze items?

To learn more about any of these items, give us a call at 843.682.1745.

JB

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Janet Perry: Walk-in Closet to Home Office

I recently had a client who was in need of a home office workspace. Her initial plan of action was to move to another home, but she really loved her current space and location.  We found a solution to this challenge by turning an underused guest closet into a home office.  By adding paint, shelving, lighting and storage, we were able to make this space personal and functional.

We used lime oak flooring.

On one wall we used a sisal backsplash for pushpins and notes.  The desk was custom built from remnants of a beautiful teak species of wood in its natural state.

Keeping with the eclectic mix of materials, this individual stool fit the space perfectly and tucks right underneath the desk when not in use.

To make the space more feminine, we added a chandelier with bling.

We made sure that everything she would need had a space, and was organized.

We purchased baskets that fit in the shelving perfectly to maximize storage and eliminate clutter.

Under counter task lights were added for times when additional light was needed for reading or writing.

To make the space more personal, the owner selected a favorite piece of artwork from a local gallery.  The slate blue wall color was selected to quiet the room and make it an extension of the guest room when the space was being used by visitors.

This project was a success because not only was the client thrilled with the results, but we had fun as well!

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Sharon Cleland: How to Make a Grand Entrance

Initial impressions certainly do count, and the entry or foyer of a home is no exception. The presentation of this room sets the stage for the drama which will follow throughout the home. A careful choice of color, texture, lighting and scale of furnishings mixed with personal favorite items and objet d’art should exude calmness and warmth, and visually communicate “Welcome to our happy home.” Below are foyers which I found especially beautiful and appealing, and an explanation of the details and selections that I thought made them unique.

Note the successful mix of reclaimed floor boards in contrast to the elegant and sophisticated chandelier.

I like the dichotomy of style created by using dramatic artwork and mechanical elements.

Use of the antique mirrored glass and layered artwork adds visual depth and character.

Cool contemporary clean lines look fresh with the splash of color from the alliums.

This is an eclectic, subdued mix of old and new. The grouping of antique prints creates a great visual impact.

Monochromatic drama! Notice the major impact of the nailhead detail on the doors.

The inclusion of the organic elements, along with the rope and basket, add texture and interest.

The size and scale of this mirror is perfect with the ceiling heights in this entry. The elegant neutral hues and contrasting tones work well together as well.

Rustic flagstone floors, and the collection of walking sticks epitomizes English country manor living.

This entry is perfectly balanced with scale and symmetry created with the lamps and stools.

I love this assemblage of artwork, distressed buffet, whimsical flamingo and lamps.

The dramatic floor design with dark trim, and a punch of color in the bench seat are fabulous.

I created an entry vignette using items from the J Banks Retail Store. Components that I feel are important to include in entries include atmospheric lighting to create a warm welcome, an over scaled mirror to add visual depth, botanical greenery for texture, and fresh flowers from the garden for fragrance and to add cheer and happiness!

Entries are not only a first impression upon entering the house, but also the last impression upon leaving. Let this space take center stage to encapsulate personal style and impact.

Cheerio,

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