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Jennifer Stewart: Bananas for Byzantium!

When we received the new book of Byzantium Wallcoverings by Schumacher, J Banks Design Studio Coordinator, Diane Lancaster, knew to take it straight to our Expeditor Jennifer Stewart for a first look!

Jennifer has long had a swatch of the Shockwave fabric in black and jet at her desk.  She opened the new book and immediately paired it with the new Queen of Spain wallcovering in black and was smitten!

In addition, she loved the  Nasrid Palace Mosaic pattern in persimmon.

With so many beautiful new introductions it is easy to understand how it was difficult to pick just one favorite!

Schumacher explains about their new collection:

“Byzantium, the legendary and magnificent crossroads connecting east and west, sets the scene for this collection of exquisitely printed wallcoverings. Decorative geometrics, graphic borders, and tribal ikats are inspired by elaborately patterned mosaics discovered in the grand palaces of Marrakesh, royal chambers in Istanbul, and archways of Valencia.

These beautifully crafted wallcoverings blend together in a vibrant palette of deep persimmon, turquoise, indigo, and charcoal grey, layered with glamorous touches of metallic gold, silver, and glass. Quieter shades of alabaster, pearl, bone, and spa blue provide modern options for these traditional designs. Byzantium’s exotic pattern and rich color add dramatic sophistication to contemporary and classic living spaces.”


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The White Sofa Project: Lisa Whitley

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!

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


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

Lisa: I’m really into the deep blue-green color seen in the pillows and the rug.  I like deeper, richer colors like this, brightened by a contrasting color.  In this case the brightness of the green in the leaves of the fiddle fig tree and the red and orange accents.  Using contrasting or accent colors sparingly tends to make a bigger visual impact.

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

Lisa: I knew I really wanted to use the tree, the antique rubbed brass lamp (the one by the tree) and the trunk.  I love the shape of the leaves of the tree and what the height does for the space.  I really liked the finish and style of the lamp.  The style isn’t typical, and the finish works well with the other selections as it isn’t too harsh, and gives a softer look.  I loved the trunk when I first saw it…it reminds me of travel and using unexpected items, for traditional pieces in a room.   All of the other selections were chosen around these three items but it all feels like it evolved over time.

JB: What do you consider when making lighting selections for a space? 

Lisa: I think it’s important to use several different kinds of light in a space.  The brown ceramic lamps on the console give general lighting.  The lamps on the side table act as another level of general or ambient lighting.  They can also act as accent lighting as they are highlighting the pieces on the side tables.  The floor lamp acts as task lighting for reading in this chair, but also helps balance the height of the tree.  The scale of each is important as it helps balance the other elements in the space.  The finishes on all of the lamps used are rich, but not too harsh.  I think choosing anything in a nickel finish would have given this space a completely different feel creating more energy instead of the calmer, cozy feel that I wanted to achieve.

How fabulous is this velvet and mohair pillow from the J Banks Collection? We think it looks great the way that Lisa paired it with the cane back chair.

 JB: What advice do you give your clients when selecting and placing accessories into a space? 

Lisa: I always suggest to use things that you love in your space.  I envision the person living in this space as someone who is an avid traveler and has brought back treasures from their journeys.  Each piece tells a different story of a  different trip that was taken.  Let your space reflect you and what you enjoy.

Cocktail tables don’t always have to be traditional.  Lisa cleverly chose to use this trunk which is a great idea because you could also use the piece for added storage.

Our retail buyers love this agate clock by Rablabs.

Keep following our blog to see more designer interpretations and check out our previous white sofa designs by Deb Van PlewHannah Fulton ,Cindy Munn , Adrienne Warner, Shelley WilkinsPatche Pratt and Janet Perry.

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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The White Sofa Project: Deb Van Plew

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

Deb Van Plew was the first designer to tackle the project and she did an amazing job!  We asked her a few questions about her selections.

JB: I noticed one of the first things you grabbed when you began styling this space was the large basket that you placed on the cocktail table.  Can you tell us about that choice?

Deb: The basket  is one of my favorite items and influenced my decisions throughout the space.  I used the basket as both my inspiration and color palette.

JB: What emotions or feelings did you want the space to convey?

Deb: I wanted it to feel easy and relaxed … the type of place where you can put your feet up or put a drink on the table and not feel like anything is too precious or fussy.

(We LOVED the rolled blankets used as bolsters!)

JB: Tell us about your lighting choices.

Deb: I wanted levels of lighting that produced a soft room light.  I wanted it to be ‘functional light’ that would be good for reading, etc.

JB: When you designed this vignette, what were your inspirations?

Deb: With this space I really felt inspired by nature. I wanted a rustic organic look.

We loved the cool global chic space Deb created.  Stay tuned for more vignettes coming soon!



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