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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.

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

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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!

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Happy DIY!

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Lauren Thomas, Marketing Assistant

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Twitter Contest: Help us name a new Spring 2013 J Banks Collection piece!

How would you like your name to be represented on a fabulously stylish piece of J Banks Collection furniture? Imagine editorial press featuring you, only in furniture form!    All you have to do tweet your answer to the following question –

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What is your favorite J Banks Collection piece?

The Details:

We are preparing to launch the Spring 2013 J Banks Collection in just a few months.

As we finalize the design and detailing of each piece, we want to invite you to be part of the process.  The winner of our special contest will get to choose a name for a fabulous pre-selected piece.

Entry Info:

To enter, simply tweet the name of your favorite J Banks Collection piece – mention us, @JBanksDesign, and add #NameYourJBC to the end of your tweet! Your tweet must contain our Twitter handle and the contest hashtag to be eligible.

The contest begins today, Thursday, January 24th and ends on Thursday, January 31st at 5pm.  At that time we will draw from the entries and announce a winner.

You may enter as many times as you like but just may not have duplicate tweets as this is a violation of Twitter rules.

You can view the entire J Banks Collection on the Stanford Furniture website.

Don’t forget to add @JBanksDesign and #NameYourJBC to your tweet to be eligible!

About the J Banks Collection:

The J Banks Collection is a line of chic, transitional upholstery and casegood pieces designed by Joni and manufactured by Stanford Furniture.  Launched during the Spring 2007 High Point Furniture Market, the collection has received numerous editorial features, appearing in publications including VERANDA, Coastal Living, Hamptons Cottages & Gardens and Interior Design – just to name a few!  Joni’s inspiration for the pieces comes from her continuous travel to different regions for J Banks’ interior design projects. Combining distinctive shapes, fashion-forward lacquer finishes and luxurious textures, the furniture line is fit for any vernacular or design style.  By merging over-sized structures with whimsical details and rich, vibrant finishes, the J Banks Collection breaks the mold of conventional furniture design.

Visit Stanford Furniture to view the entire collection. Below are a few pieces that debuted at the Spring High Point Market last year:

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Mary Jane Demi Lune, Kara Table, Ella Chair

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Caron Mirror, Stewart Console, Deb Chair and Lemieux Stool

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Conrad Sofa, Tia Scatter Table, Deb Chair and Aaron Console

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Clegg Sofa, Delancey Ottoman, Daisy Side Table (in back), Laura Chairs and Sammy Nesting Table

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Clegg Chair, Ketchum Ottoman, Lina Side Table and Whitley Sofa

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AND LAST YEAR’S CONTEST WINNER: The Johnson Chair

Named for our 2012 contest winner: Josh Johnson

Again, you can view the entire collection on the Stanford Furniture website.

Don’t forget to add @JBanksDesign and #NameYourJBC to your tweet to be eligible!

Good Luck!

JB

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Sharon Cleland: How to Make a Grand Entrance

Initial impressions certainly do count, and the entry or foyer of a home is no exception. The presentation of this room sets the stage for the drama which will follow throughout the home. A careful choice of color, texture, lighting and scale of furnishings mixed with personal favorite items and objet d’art should exude calmness and warmth, and visually communicate “Welcome to our happy home.” Below are foyers which I found especially beautiful and appealing, and an explanation of the details and selections that I thought made them unique.

Note the successful mix of reclaimed floor boards in contrast to the elegant and sophisticated chandelier.

I like the dichotomy of style created by using dramatic artwork and mechanical elements.

Use of the antique mirrored glass and layered artwork adds visual depth and character.

Cool contemporary clean lines look fresh with the splash of color from the alliums.

This is an eclectic, subdued mix of old and new. The grouping of antique prints creates a great visual impact.

Monochromatic drama! Notice the major impact of the nailhead detail on the doors.

The inclusion of the organic elements, along with the rope and basket, add texture and interest.

The size and scale of this mirror is perfect with the ceiling heights in this entry. The elegant neutral hues and contrasting tones work well together as well.

Rustic flagstone floors, and the collection of walking sticks epitomizes English country manor living.

This entry is perfectly balanced with scale and symmetry created with the lamps and stools.

I love this assemblage of artwork, distressed buffet, whimsical flamingo and lamps.

The dramatic floor design with dark trim, and a punch of color in the bench seat are fabulous.

I created an entry vignette using items from the J Banks Retail Store. Components that I feel are important to include in entries include atmospheric lighting to create a warm welcome, an over scaled mirror to add visual depth, botanical greenery for texture, and fresh flowers from the garden for fragrance and to add cheer and happiness!

Entries are not only a first impression upon entering the house, but also the last impression upon leaving. Let this space take center stage to encapsulate personal style and impact.

Cheerio,

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The White Sofa Project: Sharon Cleland

In case you have missed our previous posts on the white sofa project, here is a quick update.  We have taken one sofa in our retail store and have asked each of the J Banks Designers to style the sofa and surrounding space utilizing pillows, lamps and accessories.  Each designer has the ability to create a space that shows off their “of-the-moment” loves from our retail store as well as how a design client can easily change a space by adding a few new elements.  Enjoy our most recent transformation!

Sharon Cleland designed the latest vignette.  Here is what she had to say about her choices:

JB: What is your favorite item or items in the vignette? Why?
Sharon: My favorite item in the vignette is absolutely the distressed antiqued mirror. I love to use mirrors in living spaces as they instantly add depth to the room, and, not only do they bounce light into the space, but also reflect the image of whatever is on the opposite side of the room. I like to think of mirrors as “windows” and especially am drawn to “antiqued” glass to add character and patina to the space.
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JB: Tell us a little bit about your color choices.
Sharon: I am a real  fan of “neutral” color choices for main upholstery pieces, but like to ‘anchor’ the look with a contrasting rug and accessorize with color. I fell in love with this 100% wool Soumak weave Indian rug and used the colors from the rug to pull pillows in a marigold shade with accent colors of taupe and slate. Since moving to this sub tropical climate last year from the cooler shores of Ireland, I am thrilled to introduce sharp fun colors and tropical greenery to interior schemes to reflect the lush outdoors.
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JB: What advice about accessories do you give your clients?
Sharon: Accessories will make or break an interior scheme. I LOVE fewer over-scaled statement pieces  as opposed to lots of small pieces. I chose a less predictable casual beachy theme incorporating  aged driftwood finishes in the cocktail table, and the statement accessory being  the driftwood horse head sculpture which has added impact being reflected in the mirror. The symmetrical overscaled lamps add drama and balance, and the horse theme repetition is echoed in the chess piece on the cocktail table. I collect old hard back books and incorporated them everywhere to add height and interest.
JB: What did you want the overall mood of the space to be?
Sharon: The mood I tried to create here is one of eclectic casual with a tropical flavor!

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Keep following our blog to see more designer interpretations and check out our previous white sofa designs by Deb Van PlewHannah FultonCindy Munn , Adrienne Warner, Shelley Wilkins , Patche Pratt, Janet Perry and Lisa Whitley.

If you’d like to purchase or receive additional information on any of these featured products, please feel free to stop by or contact our retail store at 843.682.1745.

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