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Designer Terms Defined: Shagreen

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:


Shagreen 1

shagreen, stingray


shagreen stingray hide

Stingray Leather

Shagreen 2


Shagreen Chair


Arteriors Lawton Grey Shagreen Embossed Lamp (Available through J Banks Retail)


Shagreen Trays by Made Goods (Available in J Banks Retail)

Shagreen 3

Shagreen Collage

Shagreen bracelet and trays (both available at J Banks Retail), Shagreen earrings

shagreen garden stool

J Banks Designer, Shelley Wilkins, specified the faux shagreen garden stools from the J Banks Retail Store for the living room of the Coastal Living Palmetto Bluff Style Home

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DIY: Glasses Holder

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The J Banks retail store was in desperate need for a unique and shop-able eye glass display. I recently made a display similar to the one featured on this month’s DIY so I offered to make one for the retail store! One of the J Banks employees graciously donated her vintage mirror, thank you Jenn!! But you can really make this with any kind of mirror or frame of whatever size you feel like!

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Step 1. Since the mirror had been stored in the attic, I first dusted and cleaned the face of the mirror. I then flipped the mirror over, laying the front face down and measured with a pencil where I needed to place the screw eyes. It really just depends on how big of a piece you are working with and how many glasses you think you will be hanging on the frame.


Step 2. Once you have all of your holes marked, take out your drill and drill holes into the back of the frame.


Step 3. Then take your screw eyes and twist them into the holes you just marked until they are securely in place. Take your fishing line and weave the end of the line through your first screw eye. Make sure you are tying a secure knot or else the knot will slip when tension is created. Once your knot is secure, pull the line across to the other screw eye to give yourself an idea of how much length you will need. Cut the line, leaving yourself an extra 4-5 inches. Repeat this step for all of the screw eyes along the same side. Pull each line across across the front of the mirror as taut as it will allow and tie the same knot through each screw eye.

Step 4. Trim any excess fishing line you may have and hang the frame. Once it is hung, you can then display the glasses! However, don’t limit yourself to just using the frame as a sunglasses or glasses holder, as the piece would also be perfect for hanging jewelry as well! Check out the finished product below, now displayed in J Banks retail!




Happy DIY!

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Lauren Thomas, Marketing Assistant


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Designer Terms Defined: Boucle

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:


Boucle 1

Boucle Yarn

Boucle Yarn

Boucle 2

Double Boucle Throw -weave process

Boucle 3

Boucle Rug

Boucle Rugs

Mandarin Oatmeal Boucle Chairs

Mandarin and Oatmeal Boucle Fabric Chairs

Foam Alpaca Boucle Fabric

Boucle Fabric Detail

Boucle Cocoon by Hilary Carr

Boucle Cocoon by Hilary Carr

Dransfield & Ross Boucle Pillow

Dransfield & Ross Boucle Pillow (Available through J Banks Retail)

TOMS Guthrie Boucle shoes

Boucle Tom’s

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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:


Toile 1

Brunschwig & Fils Rose Toile Fabric

Brunschwig & Fils Berry Toile

Brunschwig & Fils Blue Toile

Brunschwig & Fils toile fabrics available through J Banks Design

Toile 2

Deveer Guest room

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 

Toile 3

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

Toile 4

Red Toile pillow

Toile pillow

Embroidered Toile Sneakers

Toile patterned shoes

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Man Caves & What Dads REALLY Want

Man caves are becoming more and more popular among the male population.

Wikipedia defines a man cave specifically as:

A man cave, sometimes a mantuary or manspace, is a male sanctuary, such as a specially equipped garage, spare bedroom, media room, den, or basement. It is not a cave, but rather a metaphor describing a room inside the house … or outside the house, such as a wood shed or tool room, where “guys can do as they please” without fear of upsetting any female sensibility about house decor or design.

We love the notion that men are wanting to designate an area of the home specifically to their distinct tastes (we can give some creative freedom here) and needs.  In honor of Father’s Day, we wanted to showcase a few man caves that we felt would not “upset any female sensibility about house decor or design” and actually thought were pretty impressive.  And, in case your still stumped about what to get dear old Dad, we’ve shared a few of our gift ideas for you too!

Guys can have an unusual or sentimental collection. These mini bottles take on the form of art when displayed on glass shelves with a lighted back.

This collection of clocks looks cool on a distressed piece of furniture.

Joni Vanderslice: Rick LOVES knives (he is a surgeon!).  He chose these great pocket knives for our retail store.

Heather Lemieux: My husband is an aerospace engineer and loves anything to do with planes, but he never buys anything for himself!   I love these planked airplane panels from Pottery Barn – these would be perfect for his home office.

Haley Grant: My dad works for CenturyLink telephone company.  One of his favorite gifts of all time was an antique wall-telephone, similar to this one.  It now adds a bit of humor to his living room.

Using creative objects or found items can make a man cave unique, and may even provide bragging rights among buddies.

This oil barrel has been converted to a sink.  A perfect personal touch for any man cave.

Jennifer Farese: I am buying my Dad this animal tracking book for Father’s Day. He’s an avid hunter and sportsman.

A man cave is a perfect place to hang a hunting trophy.  This gathering of animal items is unique and even chic.

Marianna Barbrey: My Dad never buys frames or has pictures printed.  For birthdays and holidays I like to buy him a nice frame with a family picture placed inside.  I love these Tabacchino (Cigar Leaf) wooden frames we have right now.  This would look great on his desk.

Even a work space can be converted into a man cave. How cool is this octagonal shaped office?

Do you or your significant other have a man cave?  Please send us a picture. There are just so many fun variations on this concept and we would love to see what you’ve come up with!

And to all the Dads out there – Happy Father’s Day!


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This Just In: Chair Aprons

We are in love with the new chair aprons that have just arrived in our retail store! Not only do they look chic but they are functional as well. Each chair apron is made of linen with a built-in spill and stain repellant. Most messes can simply be blotted off with a paper towel, or light surface cleaning. Mother’s everywhere rejoice! Now child-proof no longer means chic-proof!

What a great way to transform the look of your dining space in minutes. The streamlined design includes a straight skirt, and is available in a variety of cotton prints. Easy to apply and remove, each chair apron comes with a set of ties and a securing buckle.

Start with any standard sized chair in your home.

Select the chair apron color or print of your choice. Place the chair apron on the chair. Secure the back bow and buckle underneath and voila – a fresh new look!

Chair aprons are perfect for families, machine washable and completely free of any PVC, BPA, Lead, Phthalate and Formaldehyde. They are easy to maintain and just need occasional straightening and or wiping with a sponge. They have double the durability because they are made of cotton that has been laminated.

The chair aprons come in a standard size that fits chair seats up to 22″W x 22″D. All sizes are designed to have a 4″ edge around the sides and front of the chair. To see our complete collection of chair aprons or to learn more about our retail inventory, stop by our showroom at 35 Main Street on Hilton Head Island, or call 843-682-1745 for more information.


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The White Sofa Project: Hannah Fulton

We took one sofa in our retail store and will have a different designer each week style the surrounding space using pillows, lamps and accessories.  The end result will show how accessories can change the overall feeling of a room.

Hannah Fulton was second to style the space. Here is what she had to say about her selections:

JB: What did you want the mood or feel of the space to be?

Hannah: To me, this space is a cool, comfortable retreat. The fish accessories hint at a location close to the water. I could see someone returning from the beach or lake and settling in comfortably for a cocktail.

(We ADORE the brass box on the cocktail table)

JB: What is your favorite item or items in the vignette and why?

Hannah: I love the rug from KPM.  It’s new but was made to look antique. The shades of blues and the patchwork pattern really ground the vignette and reiterate the ‘fun yet sophisticated’ look.  I always think antique elements and collected treasures add to the character of a room.

JB: What can you tell us about your accessory choices?

Hannah: I used accessories minimally so that there was an uncluttered feel.  If I’m on vacation, I don’t want to be surrounded by things. Clean lines and ‘functional’ accessories like the baskets, clock, book and a box to hide remote control, etc. are key!

JB: Tell us about your color choices.

Hannah: I was inspired by our fabulous Trina Turk pillows in vibrant shades of blue and green. The pillows set the tone  and really make the space pop.

We love the sophisticated but relaxed space that Hannah created. Keep following our blog to see more designer interpretations.

If you’d like to purchase or receive additional information on any of these featured products please feel free to contact our retail store at 843.682.1735.



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