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Design Team Favorites: Show Some Leg

Who doesn’t love a shapely leg? A well-defined gam has added appeal, and this is especially true for some of the most memorable furniture pieces!

To prove this point, we asked our design team to…

Show Some Leg

J Banks Collection

From the J Banks Collection for Stanford Furniture: 1. June End Table 2. Daisy End Table 3. Lina End Table 4. A pair of Beatty Chairs in the Vanderslice living room

Light Wood

1. Monaco Console by Mr. Brown (Available in J Banks Retail) – Marianna Barbrey 2. Gilded Swan Leg Haley Grant 3. Venetian Library Table by Tritter Feefer (Available in J Banks Retail) Jenn Farese 4. Dipped Stools Kristin Magowitz

Dark Wood

1.  Cornered Table by Dylan Gold Doris Gilch 2. Great Scott Highboy by MacRae Designs Shelley Wilkins 3. Emma Chair by Julian ChichesterJenny Ladutko 4. Sabre Chest by Global Views Laura Page

Lucite

1. Linen and Lucite Stool by Grace and Blake Deb Van Plew  2. Bench with lucite legs Deb Van Plew 3. Table with lucite base by Hudson Laura Page

Unusual

1. Scrap Marble Table by Reeves DesignDoris Gilch 2. Rhino Chair by Maximo RieraHaley Grant 3. Hooved Stools Laura Page

Do you have a favorite furniture leg style?

xo,

JB

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Designer Terms Defined: Toile D’Jouy

Every now and then, we will explain through descriptive text and visual images, terms that we use regularly but that may be new to you. The proper terminology will undoubtedly bring out your inner designer, so without further ado:

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Brunschwig & Fils Rose Toile Fabric

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Brunschwig & Fils toile fabrics available through J Banks Design

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Joni Vanderslice specified this toile fabric for the draperies in a Hilton Head Island, SC residence.

Pink Toile wallcovering & couch

Toile wallcovering and upholstered sofa

Black & white toile wall covering

Toile wallcovering 

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Black & white Toile chair

Upholstered toile chair

Fifth Avenue Toile Buffet Lamp

Lamp with toile lampshade. Similar styles available through J Banks Retail 843-682-1742

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Red Toile pillow

Toile pillow

Embroidered Toile Sneakers

Toile patterned shoes

Do you have an interior design term you would like us to explain?  We would love to hear from you!

xo,

JB

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Valentine’s Treats – Made With Creative Love!

J Banks Design = Creativity & it even shows in our Valentine’s Day treats! We just had to show you some of the creative ways our team has shared “the love” this Valentine’s Day!

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From top left clockwise: A bottle of pink Moscato with goldfish in a box that say’s “Will you o’fish’ally be my Valentine?” A Valentine balloon bouquet and hot pink heart-shaped pancakes!

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Chocolate covered pretzels are salty sweet perfection!

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Oooh La La! Homemade Oreo Truffles! Divine!

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Homemade heart-shaped sugar cookies with icing in the middle! valentines 2

Homemade Valentine’s made from paint swatch cards and conversation heart rings and earring sets.

How did you celebrate today?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

xoxo,

JB

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Doris Gilch : The New Workplace

The work place, and particularly workspaces, are forever changed. No longer are offices just for punching in and punching out. The modern office has become a place to relax, renew and reconnect as well. The invention of the laptop and wireless everything provides freedom to break away from the traditional desk setting into a more freeform work environment. The modern workplace has collaborative meeting spaces, convergence of the indoor and outdoors, and is multifunctional and personal.

Collaborative Meeting Spaces

One of the big trends in office design has been the implementation of collaborative meeting spaces. We are seeing workplaces with less and less private offices and more shared spaces to not only maximize square footage but to also encourage employee interaction and idea sharing. This system creates more of a team environment and overall increased office energy.

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I love the idea of creating meeting spaces throughout an offices like the one shown above that is located in the Paolo Alto, CA offices of AOL. This space is the perfect place for a quick conversation with a co-worker, but can also be closed off for a private meeting if needed.

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The J Banks office also has special nooks and meeting spaces for us to quickly gather and talk through our current projects and design concepts. Having large surfaces to lay out and discuss plans, concept images and selections are very helpful. They allow for sharing with co-workers which ultimately assists in the evolution of our designs.

Personalizing Your Space

Today, our homes and offices are becoming more intertwined. This is apparent in our workspaces. We are encouraged to bring objects from home that make us feel happy and inspired. Personal items such as pictures of our family, friends and pets, special mementos and greenery make us feel more comfortable and at ease. A quick tour around the J Banks offices will show that each workspace exhibits individual personalities and items that stimulate their creativity.

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SURFRIDER FOUNDATION HEADQUARTERS OFFICE

Personalizing your office can even mean bringing a hobby into the workplace. This fun office space is at the Surfrider Foundation headquarters in San Clemente, CA. One of their employees even brought in their own drum set to the office for mental breaks and stress relief during the workday.

Convergence of the Indoors and Outdoors

The idea of bringing the outdoors in has always had an influence in most of our projects. The feeling of being outside and within nature creates a sense of peace and relaxing energy. Even though we would all like the opportunity to work outside on a perfect breezy, sunny day, we unfortunately cannot just pick up our desks and move outside. So let the outdoors come inside and create outdoor spaces that could serve as a work environment when the weather permits.

At J Banks we have incorporated many large windows to allow natural light to penetrate almost every area of our building. Not only does the office feel light and bright, but the health benefits of natural light help to keep employees healthier and more energized.

Natural Materials

Using natural and reclaimed materials is also something we’ve incorporated in our office design. Teak desks and reclaimed flooring throughout makes our spaces warm and inviting. 

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Our outdoor courtyard not only lends itself to lunches on a sunny day, but also gives us the chance to meet outside with co-workers or clients and enjoy the beautiful Hilton Head sunshine.

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A clever solution to bring the outdoors in for a small office space is to include vertical gardens like these featured in a LEED certified architecture firm in San Francisco. Clean and simple.

Multifunctional Spaces

Multifunctional spaces play a big role in current office design. These types of areas are space and time savers, and, like other modern updates, boost productivity. One of our larger multi-functional areas here at J Banks Design, the Sienna Room, lends itself to several uses such as vendor presentation space, client meeting space, video conferencing and a variety of other functions.

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Retail Seminar Room

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The room uses several small tables that can be combined or separated and arranged into a variety of set ups.  The room can also be completely cleared and used as event space.

Sienna Room Layout

INSTITUE OF DESIGN AT STANFORD

A great solution for smaller offices can also be movable partitions. These partitions, at the Institute of Design at Stanford, CA,  do double duty as room separaters and movable presentation space. What a great space for client or staff meetings.

These are just a few trends that we continue to see incorporated into different types of office spaces.

As designers, we love to challenge ourselves to find new and innovative ways to transform a place of work into a place that fosters inspiration and creativity.

Doris Signature

Commercial Staff Designer

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Trend Alert: Black & White!

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Joni always says that fashion and furnishings go hand and hand. This statement could not be truer of the current black and white trend that is appearing on the runways and within residences alike. Black and white is a classic duo that will never go out of style.  The two contrasting colors create drama and draw the eye, thus adding interest to any outfit or room! We’ve put together a few inspiration photos to show you how this trend translates from fashion to furnishings. See below for ideas on how you, and your home, can rock this eye-catching dynamic duo!

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Black and White CHEVRON

1. Black and white chevron dress  2. Men’s chevron black and white bow tie by Brookes & Company  3. Olivia Wilde wearing an Ella Moss ‘Ringo’ Chevron Blouson Maxi Tank Dress 4. Black and white upholstered chevron chairs 5. Ottavio vase in black and white chevron (similar styles available through J Banks Retail) 6. Elegant black and white chevron flooring 7. Uptown Barstool in black and white chevon print (similar styles available through J Banks Retail) 

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Black and White STRIPES

1. Black and white striped low-rise skinny jeans by Balmain (Spring 2013) 2. Classic black and white retro striped bathing suit 3. An off duty model in a Balmain jacket 4. Eicholtz library lamp with stylish black and white drum shade (similar styles available through J Banks Retail) 5. Eclectic black and white living room 6.  White wingback chair on a striped rug 7. Rustic setting incorporating black and white striped cushions and bolsters 8. Black and white striped upholstered chair and pillow 9. A black and white themed bedroom

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Black and White Graphic Prints

1. Black and white check at Louis Vuitton 2. Julia Moore wearing a Tom Ford gown at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards 3. Graphic check bangle 4. Bel Air office with graphic black and white flooring designed by Kelly Wearstler 5. Hampton links lamp (similar styles available through J Banks Retail) 6. Black and white marble flooring in our J Banks Design Project, Bar Visconti, at Hotel Castello di Casole, in Tuscany, Italy 7. Bold black and white striped entry hall 8. Chanel Surfboard 

We think Kate Spade said it best , “Black and white is always right.”

How will you make statement in your home and wardrobe with this season’s hot trend – black and white?

xo,

JB

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Twitter Contest: Help us name a new Spring 2013 J Banks Collection piece!

How would you like your name to be represented on a fabulously stylish piece of J Banks Collection furniture? Imagine editorial press featuring you, only in furniture form!    All you have to do tweet your answer to the following question –

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What is your favorite J Banks Collection piece?

The Details:

We are preparing to launch the Spring 2013 J Banks Collection in just a few months.

As we finalize the design and detailing of each piece, we want to invite you to be part of the process.  The winner of our special contest will get to choose a name for a fabulous pre-selected piece.

Entry Info:

To enter, simply tweet the name of your favorite J Banks Collection piece – mention us, @JBanksDesign, and add #NameYourJBC to the end of your tweet! Your tweet must contain our Twitter handle and the contest hashtag to be eligible.

The contest begins today, Thursday, January 24th and ends on Thursday, January 31st at 5pm.  At that time we will draw from the entries and announce a winner.

You may enter as many times as you like but just may not have duplicate tweets as this is a violation of Twitter rules.

You can view the entire J Banks Collection on the Stanford Furniture website.

Don’t forget to add @JBanksDesign and #NameYourJBC to your tweet to be eligible!

About the J Banks Collection:

The J Banks Collection is a line of chic, transitional upholstery and casegood pieces designed by Joni and manufactured by Stanford Furniture.  Launched during the Spring 2007 High Point Furniture Market, the collection has received numerous editorial features, appearing in publications including VERANDA, Coastal Living, Hamptons Cottages & Gardens and Interior Design – just to name a few!  Joni’s inspiration for the pieces comes from her continuous travel to different regions for J Banks’ interior design projects. Combining distinctive shapes, fashion-forward lacquer finishes and luxurious textures, the furniture line is fit for any vernacular or design style.  By merging over-sized structures with whimsical details and rich, vibrant finishes, the J Banks Collection breaks the mold of conventional furniture design.

Visit Stanford Furniture to view the entire collection. Below are a few pieces that debuted at the Spring High Point Market last year:

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Mary Jane Demi Lune, Kara Table, Ella Chair

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Caron Mirror, Stewart Console, Deb Chair and Lemieux Stool

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Conrad Sofa, Tia Scatter Table, Deb Chair and Aaron Console

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Clegg Sofa, Delancey Ottoman, Daisy Side Table (in back), Laura Chairs and Sammy Nesting Table

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Clegg Chair, Ketchum Ottoman, Lina Side Table and Whitley Sofa

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AND LAST YEAR’S CONTEST WINNER: The Johnson Chair

Named for our 2012 contest winner: Josh Johnson

Again, you can view the entire collection on the Stanford Furniture website.

Don’t forget to add @JBanksDesign and #NameYourJBC to your tweet to be eligible!

Good Luck!

JB

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Designer Terms Defined: Faux Bois

Every now and then, we will explain through descriptive text and visual images, terms that we use regularly but that may be new to you. The proper terminology will undoubtedly bring out your inner designer, so without further ado:

WORDS WE USE HEADER

Faux Bois

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Faux Bois Wrapping Paper

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Faux Bois on Houzz 2

Faux bois wall covering behind a bookshelf.

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Faux Bois Houzz

Faux bois items need not be brown and come in all hues, like this aqua wall covering.

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J Banks Designer, Cindy Munn, specified this Seabrook  faux bois wall covering for a bathroom in the Woodfield Long Point Clubhouse in Charleston, SC.

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All available through J Banks Retail | 843-682-1745 or info@jbanksdesign.com: 1.  Michael Aram Twig frame 2. Faux Bois Trunk Table Lamp 3. Faux Bois Trinket Box with Bird 4. Kelly Wearstler Collection for Lee Jofa Faux Bois Fabric in Lagoon/Aqua 5. Faux Bois Treat Jar and Dog Bowl in Brown (also available in white). 6. John Robshaw, the Nicolette Mayer Collection, for Duralee Chun Fabric.

Do you have an interior design term you would like us to explain?  We would love to hear from you!

xo,

JB

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