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Kelly Caron: Posh Tots

I have recently been both overwhelmed and impressed by the creative interior design options for babies and children. From luxury bedding and luxe furniture options to fabulous boutique chic room themes and over-the-top one-of-a-kind designs, ‘Posh Tots’ now have a whole design category of their own. Check out some of my current favorite children’s rooms from Stanley’s Young America Collection, Dada and Letto Bambino!

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This room was called ‘Paint Box’ and was in the Stanley Furniture showroom during the April High Point Market. I love the Pantone DIY (Do-It-Yourself) concept of color blocking. What a great way to add creativity and interest without the expense of artwork.

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Here is another room in the Stanley Showroom.  They titled this room ‘Flock’ after the thousand multi-colored origami paper cranes. It is thought to be a powerfully lucky and benevolent charm to have 1,000 paper cranes hanging in a babys’ room.  This Japanese legend promises the baby a long life full of good luck. As the child grows older they are supposed to distribute the cranes as gifts to loved ones for birthdays, weddings and major life events.

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Appropriately titled, the ‘Gallery’ room featured cool Jackson Pollack inspired splatter floors.  I love the Picasso quote on the chalkboard portion of the wall that, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

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This room was called ‘Fly.’ Notice the bird house details and the clever tree wall mural.  I really like the symbolic concept of a ‘nesting’ place in a babies room and having birds watching over the sweet dreaming baby.

Fantasia

This room was called ‘Fantasia.’  I really wanted to share this room because not only does it maximize a smaller space, but the flower poms are a low-budget high impact decor element.  They could be created in any color scheme, size or shape.

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We discovered the Italian vendor, Letto Bambino, while working on private residence for Castello di Casole.  I love how angelic and peaceful this space is.

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Here is another view of the room. The layers of white and different textures within the room create a sublime serene feeling.

Dada

This chic monochromatic room is from French vendor DADA HOME.  What really caught my eye about this room was the clever horse task table/desk.  I’ve included an additional image of that piece below.

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This room was found on The Animal Print Shop blog. It is a perfect gender neutral modern approach to a nursery. I think any baby would have fun seeing these cute faces each day.

All of these furniture items are available through J Banks Retail.

In addition to overall room design are some to-cute-and-clever-not-too-include products!

Fantastic Furnishings

1. Horse desk from DADA-Home 2. Pouf  by Jiti (Available in J Banks Retail in several additional colors and styles) 3. Giraffe sconce 4. Uptown Crib by Nurseryworks (also available in black with white trim) 5. LULU DK fabrics and wallcoverings from Schumacher 6. Westin Acrylic Rocker in Ecru by Nurseryworks 7. Sobey Dresser by Post Tots 8. Knowledge Tree Bookcase by Posh Tots

Little Miss and Mister

1. Owl Backpack (Available at J Banks Retail)2. Play Canopy by Land of Nod for a little Princess or Astronaut 3. Elephant Storage Bins by Rosenberry Rooms 4. Rocking Mini Vespa (Available at J Banks Retail)

Fun for Any Little One

1. Hanging alligator and cow wall storage by Rosenberry Rooms 2. Porcelain Trinket Boxes perfect for a first curl or special memento (Available in J Banks Retail) 3. Owl Backpack. All of the pictured books are available in the J Banks Retail store.

I hope this post has been inspiring for you and offered a dose of creativity.  There is lots of fun to be had when it comes to fabulous ‘Posh Tots!’

Kelly Caron, Designer, ASID

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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.

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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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DIY: Zebra Drop Cloth Rug

These days the internet is overflowing with DIY (Do-It-Yourself) projects.  With so many options and variations out there, picking a project that seems not only fun – but also possible to complete – can be daunting.  We decided to take the guess work out of this equation by tackling one DIY project at least once a month.  We want to show that we can handle these projects and YOU CAN too! Our marketing assistant, Lauren Thomas, tackled our first DIY project – a Zebra Drop Cloth Rug!

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I recently embarked on a rather crazy DIY project – a stylish metallic gold zebra print rug! This project was inspired by the growing trendiness of animal prints, not only in the interior design world, but in all facets of fashion as well!

This was such a fun DIY-er and I enjoyed it so much I wanted to share my step-by-step guide and tips and tricks to crafting your very own!

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I first began by laying out my drop cloth on a large even surface where it was easy for me to begin sketching the outline of my zebra.

At first, I was a little nervous that the shape would not be perfectly symmetrical, but realized that the less perfectly sketched it was, the more real and authentic the shape would look-so I just went with it!

1- Sketched

I began sketching with a pencil in case I needed to erase. After I sketched the shape I wanted, I went over the lines with a sharpie, so that I could see the lines more clearly as I was cutting. I then cut the drop cloth with scissors and encouraged the edges to fray a bit, in an effort to make the rug look like an authentic hide.

2- Cut

After I was pleased with the shape, I ironed the drop cloth. Ironing makes the material smoother and eases the process of sketching and painting the stripes.

Then the painting began! I laid out a tarp that covered the surface area of the rug and began to apply the white base paint. The white paint serves not only as the background but also as a primer for the drop cloth. I used more than one quart of paint, as drop cloths absorb a TON of paint.  I recommended getting at least two quarts of paint so you can apply generously!

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It took about three hours for the paint to dry. During this time I began sketching my stripes with a pencil.  Just remember- no two zebras have the same stripes, so just have fun with it! You really can create any look you want!

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Once I was happy with the stripes I sketched, I began painting the stripes. This was my favorite step, as I loved seeing the whole process come to life! I actually mixed a tannish brown paint with a gold metallic to get a more subdued gold look.

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I loved how this technique turned out because none of the stripes are the same exact color, as some were mixed with more gold and vice versa. It gives the rug a more authentic feel!

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If you are happy with your rug with just one coat, then that is great! I chose to go back over the stripes with a second coat to add a bit more color and touch up a few light areas. Once your paint has dried completely (I would let it dry over night just to be sure) you can apply your polyurethane coat.

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I applied a light coat of polyurethane in hopes that it would increase the durability of the rug. But if you find that it slightly alters the shine or hue of the finish you wanted to achieve, then you should be fine without it as long your rug will not be in a high traffic area of your home.

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Voila!  Not too difficult at all! I ended up putting the rug in my room and layered it on top of the rug I already have in the space.

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Lauren Thomas, Marketing Assistant

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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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Holiday Decor: Inspiration to Creation

The task of decorating for the holidays can be daunting.  There are endless options and themes and it can be hard to decide where to begin!

We have been gearing up for this holiday season transforming our retail store into a winter wonderland. Beginning as early as September, our buyers and merchandisers gathered to pull inspiration photos, and to compare pictures of what was scheduled to arrive and what was currently on hand that could be used for this year’s displays.

One of our favorite approaches is repurposing existing items as well as buying the latest and greatest during the Fall Markets!  Mixing the old with the new creates interest, and better yet – allows you to save your dollars for gift giving!

Here is an example of one of the inspiration photos we used for our holiday vision – we love the simplistic, yet shimmering glamour of the tree!

Using this as our inspiration, we took our bare tree, metallic spray paint, and items already found in our store to make our perfect store entrance vignette.

Mercury bottle votives became cool over-scaled ornaments, and burlap ribbon became glitzy dressing by simply spray-painting it silver. The metallic theme was also applied to an older red wreath and voila – we had a new tree topper complete with ‘JB’ letters as the finishing touch!  Combining existing goods with our fabulous new mercury balls, sparkling vine orbs, and festive ornaments makes a grand statement.

Interested in repurposing your existing Christmas holiday décor into new ideas and displays?  We can help!  Our designers are available for hourly consultation to help you create displays that will dazzle.

And if all you need is a little inspiration, then please plan to join us for our Holiday Open House on Thursday, November 8th from 3-7pm.  All of our displays will be ready for gazing AND shopping!

We can assure you, J Banks Retail has the holidays covered with gift ideas for everyone on your list!

See you soon during all our holiday events!

JB

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