Had a blast fly fishing with my family at Catamount Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Very old terra cotta mosaic in a friend’s apartment building in Washington, D.C.
At the Steamboat Art Museum. Her piece that we placed in the One Steamboat Place lobby was in it. I adore her work!
Rick caught this shot at a rodeo…love the colors and the composition.
Our garden in the summer.
I hope you are having a great summer!
I love the color of these doors on this home on Lake Summit, NC. It reminds me of a color I selected for the Palmetto Bluff post office (see insets). We are using this color combination for a traditional cottage there now. I will share photos when it is complete!
We saw these impressive food vendors in Ghana.
I spotted this brown and white laser cut barrel bag at Henri Bendel in New York City. It is very similar to the one I am currently carrying!
Also while in New York I went to Ivanka Trumps Flagship Boutique and Bridal Salon with my daughters Grace and Sarah. What a unique space.
We took this silly picture of my pug while eating on the dock one night. It is too cute not to share.
I hope you are having a great summer!
With the resurgence of colorful floral prints in the fashion and design world, it’s easy to lose track of the source of all of that blooming inspiration – the real deal.
We were reminded of nature’s beauty on a recent trip to Joni’s home! Here’s a little snippet into nature’s bounty…Vanderslice style.
As soon as we pulled up we noticed the gorgeous flowers leading to the front door.
The foxgloves (large white flowers) are undoubtedly the current garden showstoppers.
As we moved around to the side of the home we discovered Joni’s vegetable and herb garden.
Joni’s plentiful garden is full of her favorite herbs including:
She has veggies too – everything you need to make a fresh summer salad:
Because a special centerpiece is always part of the table at the Vanderslice’s home, Joni grows flowers that she can snip whenever. Some examples include:
We also saw signs of more blooms to come including hydrangea’s loaded with buds and canna lilies beginning to bud as well!
One of the advantages of having a garden is being able to have such easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables when entertaining!
Garden fresh! Thanks to Lauren and Grace (Vanderslice) for creating this delicious dish for us.
And Joni created this simple and beautiful centerpiece by mixing assorted bud vases and flowers on her dining table. The assortment of bud vases in varying heights is a twist on the traditional single arrangement.
We hope that you’ve enjoyed these pretty pictures and invite you to go take a little break and get outside and ‘smell the roses.’
I saw this chair at the Museum of Modern Art while chaperoning a school trip for my daughters in New York. At first I thought it looked like it was covered in shag carpeting. Upon closer inspection you can see that it is composed of sewn stuffed fabric, with some paint and chair fringe along the bottom. The piece is one of the earliest sculptures by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. She hand sewed every element on the chair.
I saw several things at the April High Point Furniture Market that caught my eye. The PETS ROCKS line by Takkoda puts pet faces on the heads of popular celebrities. Their motto, is ‘Real Pets, Not Real Celebrities.’ I thought they were too fun not to share!
I loved this vintage chair!
Loved the GREEN of this cocktail table in the Worlds Away showroom. The base is a gold leafed Greek key design. So cool!
This bench is from the Somerset Bay Home collection for Stanford Furniture. Stanford is the same company that manufactures our furniture line, the J Banks Collection. I loved the lucite legs on this bench!
It has been a whirlwind spring with lots to see and lots to do. I look forward to a few slower weeks ahead and sharing my summer favorites with you soon!
You can’t get more traditional than a tartan – but we love this classic pattern used in whimsical and unexpected ways. Every April, Hilton Head is covered red tartan – the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament trademark. In honor of one of our favorite spring events on Hilton Head, we’d like to share some idea’s for you too…
1. A tartan shade looks chic on a clear lamp base 2. Bright yellow painted plaid wall 3. Tartan passport covers 4. Joni Vanderslice’s collection of tartanware lines the mantle of her living room 5. Plaid cufflinks by Wurkinstiffs (available in J Banks Retail)
1. Plaid dining chairs in Casale San Giuseppe at the Castello di Casole, a J Banks Design project in Tuscany 2. A bright plaid shirt paired with trendy accessories 3. Plaid salad plates (available in J Banks Retail) 4. Tartan pumps by Christian Louboutin
1. The ever fashionable Princess Kate donning a plaid ensemble and knee high boots 2. A Burberry-inspired plaid painted building 3. Plaid chocolate covered strawberries 4. A large multi-plaid jar (available in J Banks Retail)
A classic study yearns for perfect plaids (especially for our clients who have a love affair with anything Scottish)! We upholstered the walls in plaid and used it for window treatments, chairs, footstools and event throws!
We hope to see many of our friends at the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament this week!
Get Your Plaid On!
I went to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta with my family last week. There were so many fabulous exhibits. These were some of my favorites!
There is a Gogo Ferguson exhibit there now. I have a few pieces of her jewelry and have always loved her work. Gogo uses natural elements she finds around her home on Cumberland Island, GA to create beautiful jewelry. The necklace above is composed of beads and silver pieces that are made from the mold of an armadillo scapula. The other necklace and earrings are made of pearls and silver cast from the mold of a rattlesnake jawbone.
This was a cool piece made of maple, various preexisting drawers, jute furniture mover’s strap and metal.
Loved this little door. My daughter, Sarah, stepped in as model to demonstrate scale.
The Lichenstein house in front of the museum! It was such a treat to go exploring through the museum with my husband Rick and daughter Sarah!
These skirts were part of an African textile exhibit that we LOVED. The skirt on the right is from Tanzania!
If you are in the Atlanta area I highly recommend a visit to this fabulous museum!
We are excited to introduce a new feature on our blog – Joni Loves! Every month Joni Vanderslice will share her five current “Loves.” Take it away Joni!
On a recent trip to Ghana I bought Kente cloth. I had pillows made and a chair recovered with the fabric for my home. Kente cloth is full of history and meaning. Read more about Kente cloth here.
This is a bathroom from our project, Castello di Casole, in Italy. I love the juxtaposing elements of the contemporary Bisazza tile with the old world Tuscan materials of stone and wooden beams.
My pug wearing emerald, the Pantone Color of the Year!
These are AMAZING hand painted linen panels I found at NYIGF. The panels, which look like old charcoal sketches of Paris, can be used for shower curtains, drapery, headboard walls, etc.
The Steamboat Ice Castle is an amazing structure of ice and turquoise-colored tunnels that I was able to explore with my family this winter. Definitely a must see attraction if you are in Steamboat Springs, CO.