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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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Q & A with Author Connie Sewell

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We are so excited to host author Connie Sewell for a book signing and fashion show in the J Banks courtyard this week! We had the opportunity to interview Connie about what inspired her to write Summer Saltz. 

JB: Briefly explain your book and the storyline.

Connie: Summer Saltz is a fun-loving spunky girl always into something exciting.  When she gets a new pair of ever-so-sassy white sunglasses, she takes on a personality all her own.  But when she shows up for the party with her “I’m so Hollywood” attitude, she finds out showing off doesn’t pay off.  She learns some valuable lessons in the story about friendship, kindness, and what it really means to be “HOLLYWOOD.”

JB: Is this your first book? What inspired you to take the plunge and move forward with publication? 

Connie: This is my first book.  Once I had the general character and first draft, I met with my attorneys in New York and they convinced me I had something with this character and that I should move forward.  After the long editing process with a professional editor and the unexpectedly difficult process of selecting an illustrator the book began to take shape and I realized it was definitely worthy of publication.  I wanted to create a character that would stand the test of time and have a similar personality to many little girls I have had the opportunity to get to know.

JB: What is the biggest challenge you faced in the creation and publication of this book?

Connie: The biggest challenge I faced in the creation and publication of Summer Saltz was unfamiliarity with the publishing process.  There is a lot of information out there for publishing, but not a lot for publishing a children’s picture book.  Most of that information is closely held by the gatekeepers at the major publishing houses because they like to control the process and maintain merchandising rights.  I think it is tough to tackle a project like this even if you know the process.  I had no idea what was involved.  I just took each step and did the best I could with it.  Every step is probably as difficult as the next, especially if you are a perfectionist, and I hesitate to say it, but I really am.

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 JB: The book was largely inspired by your own daughter, Summer, what was her reaction to the book? 

Connie: Summer really enjoys reading the book.  She really gets a kick out of the part where Summer Saltz tries to put her dog, Penelope, in her purse, she thinks that is hilarious.  However, she dislikes the dialogue where the dad says the dog is like a bull in a china shop, funny.  She loves to wear the tattoos of Summer Saltz on her hands.  I think she really enjoys the concept that there is a book and all sorts of other products that are all about her.

JB: What is the message that you hope children receive after reading this book?

Connie: I hope children learn how to be kind to one another, the value of a good friendship and that showing off doesn’t pay off. There are many opportunities for parents to teach their children lessons throughout the book, such as importance of diet, figures of speech, and one of my favorites, the environmental comment on the back cover.  The comment is quite humorous, but it is an opportunity to explain to your kids how to love and care for the environment, and what ‘hugging a tree’ really means.

JB: Books are a big part of your life.  Why do you think it is important to read with and to your children?  

Connie: Oh, reading is the key to everything!  You have to teach your children at an early age to read and comprehend, as it is in everything we do.  The joy of reading and learning is one of life’s biggest gifts.  I particularly love to sit in my children’s beds at night and read with and to them, it is our bonding time.  To enjoy the emotions and adventures in children’s books, or any book, and to watch your children absorb the context, well, it’s just priceless.

 JB: Can we expect more adventures with Summer Saltz in the future? 

Connie: Absolutely!  Summer Saltz is going to be a series.  I am currently working on the second book draft.  It is going to be a lot of fun.  She will have the same humor and personality, but obviously the story line will be much different.  What I can tell you about the next book is that Summer will find out which sports she is good at and which sports she enjoys most.  This doesn’t come easy for her, and her situations and trials will have you laughing your way through the events in the story.  It will be a fun adventure.

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If you would like to pre-order a book, you may call J Banks Retail 843-682-1745 for more information. This event is suitable for children ages 4-8. To learn more about Connie, you may visit her website at http://www.summersaltz.com.

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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Sharon Cleland: When Irish Eyes are ‘Designing’

(When we overheard our Irish colleague, International Designer Sharon Cleland, mentioning that she grew up right next to the mountain that St. Patrick himself lived on for six years – we immediately knew we needed her Irish edge for a blog post the week of St. Patrick’s Day!)

Hello everyone and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I want to take a moment to share some of my favorite Irish scenes and how they translate into elements of interior design. The rich tapestry of the landscape from the textures of the rugged countryside, peat bogs, cliffs and seascapes to the velvety, mossy fields, century old dry stacked stone walls and meandering country roads all seem to somehow translate into elements that can be used in design.

Tweed Landscapes and Velvet Hills

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Taking just a glimpse at this picture you can see the influence that the landscape undoubtedly had on the creation of tweeds.  The color scheme, texture and patterns all mirror the Irish countryside.

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Felted tweeds look like patchwork hills of planting fields!

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And these rolling hills in the Glens of Antrim look like the could be covered in velvet!

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Irish Arans

Seeing herds of sheep, or even experiencing a sheep induced traffic jam are not uncommon occurrences in rural Ireland. The wool of the sheep has allowed the country to produce some of the most beautiful woven goods in the world for centuries, including Irish Arans. Irish Arans, also known as ‘fishermen’s sweaters’ are made of wool that was traditionally undyed and cream-colored. Originally the jumpers were knitted using unscoured wool that retained its natural oils which made the garments water-resistant  and meant they remained wearable even when wet.

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I see the complex woven patterns that are found in the Irish Arans in so many domestic products including, throws and even ceramic pieces.

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Both the throw and ceramics pictured above are available in J Banks Retail!

Stacked Stones & The Giants Causeway, County Antrim

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The Giant’s Causeway has always been inspiring to me.

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And the century old piles of irregular meandering dry stacked stone walls will always remind me of my home.

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Being stateside I am reminded of these Irish elements in the most unlikely place – during tile selections! The geometry and permanence of tile in certain shades just seems so Irish! Like this stone mosaic (above), and this Carrara honed hex mosaic tile (below).

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I hope you have noticed some uncanny similarities and will consider Ireland for a moment as much more than just the land of leprechaun’s and shamrocks!

Irish Blessings,

Sharon Signature

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Sharon Cleland, International Designer

P.S. This is a picture of the area near County Antrim, Ireland where St. Patrick is said to have worked as a shepherd while a slave.  You can read more about St. Patrick here.

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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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