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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:


Faux Bois


Faux Bois Wrapping Paper

Faux Bois 2

Faux Bois on Houzz 2

Faux bois wall covering behind a bookshelf.

Faux Bois 3

Faux Bois Houzz

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


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

Faux Bois Collage

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!




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JB Hearts Our Interns

Every summer J. Banks gets many eager applications for a position as a summer intern. The spots have become coveted and applications competitive. This summer our interns have always been ready to help, learn, try new things, and grow.

We’ve loved getting to know them… so we thought you would too…

Ashley — a native Hilton Head Islander — is a junior at Winthrop University. She majors in interior design… and she is considering taking up a minor in Sustainability. (Cool, right?)

Her job this summer has been to manage the materials library, find “just the thing” (fabric, furniture, or lighting) for our busy designers, order samples, call on pricing, and so much more… all the things that keep the J.Banks gears turning.

When we asked about her personal style, Ashley said, “I’m young, so I’m still figuring that out… but I lean towards transitional, contemporary.”

When we asked about her favorite ice cream, Ashley was less tentative… “Butterfinger!” she declared with conviction. Mmmm!

We asked Ashley to pick out a few of her favorite things to share with you. This is what she found:

Embroidered Pillow: Baudard Linen Decorative Cushion – “I Love the embroidered flowers and the green and grey color scheme.”

Sofa: Duralee – “The simplicity is beautiful.”

Upholstery Fabric: Clarke & Clarke – “The green is fantastic, and the fabric is even named after me! ‘Ashley Pattern’ ”

Fixture: Crystorama – “Modern chandeliers are so cool.”

Inspiration Image: “Black frames & black and white art hung on an empty wall is my favorite…”

Finally, I asked Ashley, “What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned during your time at J.Banks?”

She said, “I guess the main thing I learned at J. Banks was never to be afraid to ask questions. Asking questions was the way that I was able to learn as much as I did during the internship.”

A great lesson… A great collection of cool items… And a great girl!

We will miss you Ashley.



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