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Design Team Favorites: Outdoor Furniture and Accessories

The long warm days of summer are perfect for being outside. We asked our design team to share their favorites outdoor pieces and how they prefer to enjoy…

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Light1. Glowing planters from Serra Lunga for Tada Hospitality – Jennifer Jukofsky 2. Brantley Lantern in Verdigris with clear glass by Visual Comfort – Shelley Wilkins 3. Floor candles from Artesia – Janet Perry 4. Dedon Superarchimoon Lighting by Flos – Kristin Magowitz 5. Outdoor Lamp by Seasonal Living – Janet Perry 6. Glowing Ming High Family planters from Serra Lunga for Tada Hospitality – Laura Page

Lunch1.Gervasoni In Out table by Paola Navone – Haley Grant 2. Dedon Play bistro table – Doris Gilch & Dedon Play woven chair – Lisa Whitley 3. Tray, cake stand, glasses and ice bucket all by Guzzini and made of heavy duty, scratch resistant plastic – Anna Ruby 4. Outdoor firepit by AK47 – Doris Gilch 5. Exuma privacy lounge by Tuuci – Laura Page 6. Baronciole Rama Table – Adrienne Warner

Linger1. In Out Collection chairs by Gervasoni – Doris Gilch 2. Glazed Ridged Stool with removable padded seat by Seasonal Living – Janet Perry 3. Forest Chair by Janus et Cie – Lauren Thomas 4. McKinnon and Harris Otey Club Chair and Ottoman – Jenny Ladutko 5. Two Toned Ringed Cylinder Table from Seasonal Living – Lisa Whitley 6. Amari High Back Chair by Janus et Cie – Lisa Whitley

Lounge1. Swing Rest by Dedon – Kristin Magowitz 2. Nest Rest by Dedon – Laura Page 3. Swinging Day Bed by Lowcountry Originals – Shelley Wilkins 4. Santorini Outdoor Fabric in grapefruit pink by Donghia – Diane Lancaster 5. Bed Swing with X sides and X back by Lowcountry Originals – Jenny Ladutko 6. Leaf Chaise by Frank Ligthart for Dedon – Haley Grant 7. St. Barts outdoor fabric in tangerine orange by Donghia – Diane Lancaster 8. Baronciole Daybed – Adrienne Warner 9. ZigZag Sunbrella fabric by Donghia – Diane Lancaster 10. Fibonacci Double Vantanna Chaise by Janus et Cie – Lisa Whitley

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1. Private residence in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 2. The pool and surrounding patio of the Hotel Castello di Casole in Tuscany, Italy 3.Outdoor furniture at the J Banks  Design RBC Heritage Hospitality Tent.  This furniture now resides in the J Banks Courtyard and was designed by Philippe Starck for Kartell. The Bubble Armchairs can be used inside or outside and are made in Italy. 4. The Residences at Esperanza Resort, Los Cabos, Mexico 5. A gorgeous table we designed for an anniversary party.

 What is your favorite outdoor furnishing or decor item?

xo,

JB

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Design Team Favorites: Pillow Talk

A pillow with personality can change the aesthetic of an entire room.  With so many fabulous options out there we asked our design team to share their favorites with a little…

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Pillow Set 1

1. Dransfield & Ross Ostrich Feather Pillow in Aubergine (Available through J Banks Retail) – Deb Van Plew 2. Marbled Pillow from Design Legacy (Available now in J Banks Retail) – Kristin Magowitz 3. Green Sea Turtle from Design Legacy (Available through J Banks Retail) – Janet Perry 4. Links pillow with leather overlay from Jamie Young (Available through J Banks Retail) – Haley Grant 5. Dransfield & Ross Colorfield (Available through J Banks Retail) – Marianna Barbrey 6. Dransfield & Ross Gemstone in Smokey Quartz (Available through J Banks Retail) – Deb Van Plew

Pillow Set 2

1. Hermes Scarf Pillow Kelly Caron 2. Ankasa Allover Keshte Pillow (Available through J Banks Retail ) – Laura Page 3. Kilim Rug Pillow Laura Page 4. Carson & Company Scarf Pillow (Available now in J Banks Retail) – Hannah Fulton 5. Dransfield & Ross Trident Stripe Pillow (Available through J Banks Retail ) – Diane Lancaster 6. Indoor/Outdoor Red Pillow with Ruffle by Elaine Smith (Available now in J Banks Retail) – Heather Lemieux

Pillow Set 3

1. Zebra Pillow from Dwell Studios (Available through J Banks Retail) – Marianna Barbrey 2. Perfume Throw Pillow Lauren Thomas 3. Squares Pillow by Kelly Wearstler – Laura Page 4. Dransfield & Ross Greek Key Ribbon (Available now in J Banks Retail) – Marianna Barbrey 5. Dransfield & Ross Aurora Pillow (Available through J Banks Retail) – Laura Page 6. Summer Ikat Throw Pillow – Lauren Thomas

Pillow Set 4

1. Seashell pillow printed on guaze with burlap tape edging by Elizabeth Lucas (Available through J Banks Retail)Janet Perry 2. Dransfield & Ross  Tourmaline Pillow (Available now in J Banks Retail) – Anna Ruby 3. Houndstooth Pillow by Mr. Brown Home –  (Available now in J Banks Retail) – Anna Ruby 4. Dransfield & Ross Mineral Pillow (Available through J Banks Retail ) – Laura Page

Which pillow is your favorite?

xo,

JB

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Design Team Favorites: Mirrors

Mirror, mirror on the wall (we asked our design team to tell us) who’s….

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Set 1

1. Driftwood Mirror – Lauren Thomas 2. Venus Mirror by Made Goods (available through J Banks Retail) – Heather Lemieux 3. Dawn Mirror by Made Goods (available through J Banks Retail) – Lisa Whitley 4. Oyster Stick Mirror specified by designer, Cindy Munn, for the Woodfield  Long Point Clubhouse in Charleston, SC 5. Horn Mirror (available through J Banks Retail) – Jenny Ladutko 6. Coco Mirror by Made Goods (available through J Banks Retail) Jenny Ladutko

Set 2

1. Knot Mirror Haley Grant 2. Mandarin Mirror (available through J Banks Retail) – Shelley Wilkins 3. Erastos Mirror by Made Goods (available through J Banks Retail) – Lisa Whitley 4. Fennel Mirror by Hickory Chair (available through J Banks Retail) – Lisa Whitley 5. J Banks Designer, Shelley Wilkins, cleverly had these antique hand mirrors (found in an antique store in North Carolina)  hung on the wall of the ladies restroom of J Banks Design project, One Steamboat Place, Steamboat Springs, CO. 

Set 3

1 & 2. Antique gilded mirrors both purchased from the Pandolfini Auction House in Florence, Italy and installed in a private residence at Castello di Casole, Tuscany, Italy – Adrienne Warner 3. Beautiful mirrored dividers with mirrored table and chandelier – Sharon Cleland 4. ZZ Globe mirror by Christopher Guy (available through J Banks Retail) – Haley Grant 5. Twig mirror by Christopher Guy (available through J Banks Retail) – Haley Grant

Set 4

All from the J Banks Collection for Stanford Furniture: 1. The Caron Mirror and the Caron Mirror in namesake Designer Kelly Caron’s home (chest, light fixture and accessories all from J Banks Retail) . 2. The Marianna Mirror 3. The Jenny Mirror.  All of these mirrors can be finished in the purchasers choice of over 24 stains or any Benjamin Moore paint color. 

Set 5

1. Fiona Mirror by Made Goods (available in J Banks Retail) – Cindy Munn 2. Bound Mirror by Grain Design Doris Gilch 3. Nova Mirror by Ironies (available in J Banks Retail) – Laura Page 4. Capri Mirror by Kenneth WingardDoris Gilch 5. Brooke Mirror by Made Goods (available through J Banks Retail) – Marianna Barbrey

Do you have any ‘reflections’ for us? What’s your favorite mirror?

xo,

JB

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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…

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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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J Banks Design Group Gives Back

At J Banks Design Group, a large part of our culture is based upon giving back and the strength of family, community, laughter and love.

We are proud to announce that in 2012, J Banks Design Group contributed, or helped to contribute almost $60,000 in goods and services to local charities and not-for-profit organizations.

In the fall, we partnered with Palmetto Bluff, Coastal Living Magazine and Shoreline Construction in designing the Palmetto Bluff Style Home. Over a nine week period 3,731 people toured the home donating $10 each (sometimes more). These tours enabled us to raise a total of $38,396 for Bluffton Self Help and the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton.

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Representatives from Bluffton Self Help and the Boys & Girls Club of Bluffton accept checks for their organizations.

In addition to donating thousands of dollars in direct services, gifts and monetary contributions, during the holiday season, we also invited many organizations to host special shopping events within our retail store with a percentage of sales going back to the organization.

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Below is a list of the many groups we were able to assist in 2012.  We welcome you to explore these organizations, their needs and seek out opportunities to assist them.

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“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchhill

If you are a part of organization that is interested in partnering with J Banks Design Group for the donation of goods or services, please email info@jbanksdesigngroup.com for more information.

xo,

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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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