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Trend Alert: Black & White!

Black and White Header

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!

Black & White Chevron

Black and White CHEVRON

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) 

Bold Black & White Stripes

Black and White STRIPES

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

Graphic Black & White Colorblock and Check

Black and White Graphic Prints

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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Joni Vanderslice: A Summer Under the Tuscan Sun

Ciao!

I have been traveling a lot this summer but have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to bring my children with me. The majority of my travel time has been in Italy as I have been putting the finishing touches on our seven year design project, the Castello di Casole.  On my first trip in June, I was able to bring my daughter Grace,  and on my second trip in July, I was able to bring my daughter Sarah and her best friend Ella.

There is something about traveling with children that makes the entire experience special. They can be less serious about the experience and they savor every bite and take in every detail.  While these trips to Italy were primarily work related, I was lucky to be able to turn them into “work-cations.” I’d like to share some pictures of the two trips through the eyes of my daughters and their friend by sharing their photographs.

My first trip to Italy was with my youngest daughter Grace.

Grace chronicled our trip with her camera.  Here she is in the Bargalgi chapel with our dear friend Lina Loconsolo. We rarely get to go in this chapel and it was so beautiful. What a treat! Lina is our right hand and more in Italy.

I love how Grace captured so many details of the trip, including these lemons that are growing in the courtyard of the Hotel.

The photographer’s feet.  Love the nail polish!

Grace was in Italy for the initial stages of the Hotel Castello di Casole installation.  It was great that she was there to photograph the install process, and I sent these pictures back to the rest of the company so that they could see the progress of the project.  In this picture, workers were installing the marble around columns in the Bar Visconti.

She also took this detail shot of the sconces in the lobby of the Hotel.

Being around during the beginning of a project has its perks.  Grace will forever carry the title as the “First American in the pool” at the Hotel Castello di Casole!

Towards the end of our trip we even came across this parade!

At the end of July, I headed back to Italy and brought my oldest daughter, Sarah, and her best friend Ella.

Here are the two fashionistas on a shopping trip for antiques and accessories for the Hotel.

Shopping for Italian ceramics.

We did a lot of sight seeing, including visiting the Duomo in Florence.

Ella was our official photographer.  She has a great eye for detail. Here is a great shot from a building in Pisa.

We ate A LOT of Gelato!

We visited the studio of Linda Leopold in Casole d’Elsa. Linda’s work is in Tosca, the restaurant in the Hotel Castello di Casole.

Here is Sarah examining her work …. totally enamored!

The girls would have a mini-photoshoot wherever we went.  Here is Sarah posing on the balcony in Siena Piazza Del Campo.

A shot with Ella and Sarah.

We were also able to eat a lot of delicious food. Ella captured the details of each meal so beautifully.

This is the bread basket at the Tosca Restaurant in the Hotel Castello di Casole.

A delicious dessert, also from Tosca.

It was amazing to see the Hotel open and to enjoy the fruit of our labors. Here are Designer, Adrienne Warner, and I in the Hotel Courtyard.

And here I am with Sarah.

This is a detailed shot of a fence in Florence on the Ponte Vecchio. Couples lock their love together forever symbolically on these gates.

Artists in Siena.

And of course…more gelato!

I came across an Italian phrase recently. ‘Cuori sorridenti e luoghi allegro danno vita a moment lieti’ translated to English means ‘Smiling Hearts, Beautiful Faces, Good Times, Happy Places.’  This saying perfectly captures what my trips to Italy brought for me this summer. If you haven’t had the chance to travel to this fabulous country, I hope you can do so soon.  Take your children if possible, or do your best to take on the experience as a ‘child at heart.’

Visit Castello di Casole!  http://www.castellodicasole.com

Ciao! Ciao!

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Adrienne Warner : Inspired by Sunny Tuscany

When Life Gives you Lemons….Make Limoncello!

Ciao Tutti! (Hi Everyone),

Maybe it’s due to all of the warm weather we are having around here lately, or perhaps the New Year has me feeling especially optimistic, because I am totally into YELLOW right now. Check out these inspiration pictures below featuring my current favorite hue.

At Castello di Casole, the Limonaia was where they kept  the lemon trees during the winter. Later this year this building will be transformed into 5 Loft style suites with private terraces. Check out the site photos (below) along with a rendering of the completed space (above).

Each suite in the Limonaia will feature an original lemon painting from Tuscan artist Cassandra Wainhouse.

Check out the onice miele marble slabs that will be the flooring in the hotel entry. I had an amazing trip to Carrara to pick these slabs with Luigi, one of the construction managers in Italy.

FAB chairs! I found these last summer at the Pandolfini Auction House in Florence. I also found this great lamp with a reclaimed terra cotta base.

My stepson Aiden rocked a yellow shirt in Rome. I love this picture of him.

Outdoor floor lamp by Aresill!

Yellow keeps popping up everywhere for me including the pages of VerandaElle  and other fashion and decor magazines – like these two that I liked so much I tore them out to keep them!

The quintessential Italian diva, Sophia Loren!

One of my favorite Italian drinks is Limoncello. Let me leave you with this easy and quick recipe by Mario Batali:

Mario Batali’s Limoncello

Ingredients

  • 4 cups vodka
  • Zest of 10 lemons, no pith at all, may substitute 15 limes, 6 grapefruits, 10 blood oranges, 12 mandarin oranges, or 8 regular oranges
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups water

Directions

Place vodka and zest in a sealable jar, like a mason jar and allow to sit in a cool place for 4 days. On the fifth day place the sugar and the water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Allow to cook 5 minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool. Add sugar solution to the vodka solution and allow to stand overnight. Strain through a layer of cheesecloth in a conical sieve, pressing the solids firmly.Strain again through a second layer in the same manner. Chill and allow to stand 1 week. Serve very cold.

Here’s to a bright and sunny New Year!

Baci (A Kiss),

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