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The White Sofa Project

We took one sofa in our retail store and asked each of the J Banks Designers to style the sofa and surrounding space utilizing pillows, lamps and accessories.  Each Designer had the ability to create a space that not only showed their “of-the-moment” loves from our retail store, but also demonstrated how a design client can easily change a space by adding a few new elements. Every week a different Designer would style the space and the results were always unique. Below is an image of each design.

The White Sofa

Styled by Deb Van Plew

Styled by Hannah Fulton

Styled by Cindy Munn

Styled by Shelley Wilkins

Styled by Adrienne Warner

Styled by Patche Pratt

Styled by Janet Perry

Styled by Sharon Cleland

Styled by Lisa Whitley

Thank you to everyone who participated and helped with this project! It was fun seeing the same space interpreted through each different designer’s eyes.

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. Thank you to KPM Flooring for donating the beautiful rugs that were used each week.


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The White Sofa Project: Patche Pratt

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!

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

JB: The rug you selected is stunning.  What can you tell us about your rug choice?

Patche: I chose the rug for two reasons: I wanted a warm and cozy feel for one, and with the neutral sofa and wood floors as the background, I wanted a graphic pattern to add interest to the space.  The color palette has a washed or muted feel so it wasn’t too bold to take away from the coziness.

JB: What about your color choices?

Patche: I have always been drawn to varied shades of red in combination with black and or brown.  This gave me the inspiration and direction in selecting the patterned pair of throw pillows that pulls colors from the rug and adds pattern to the sofa.

JB: What is important to consider when selecting lighting choices?

Patche: When choosing lighting or lamps you need to consider the use for the space.  If it is for ambient lighting you can go with lower wattage and dark or metal shades.  If it is for reading and you don’t have sufficient over head lighting, you should go with a three way lamp and a lighter shade color.

JB: What did you like about the particular lamps selected?

Patche: I chose a pair of polished nickel lamps for several reasons.  I love the reflective quality in the finish, and it adds brightness to the vignette.  By using a pair, it also gives the space symmetry and balance.

JB: What advice do you give your clients about picking accessories? 

Patche: I like mixing materials not only in accessories, but also with casegood pieces (cocktail tables, end tables, etc…).  In my vignette I paired dark wood end tables with polished nickel lamps.  I also chose a glass vase with bright white orchids to serve as a contrast against the darkly stained wood.  The cocktail table has mixed materials as well – a rustic driftwood top and a metal base – and serves as a great juxtaposition to the refined and formal finish of the end tables.  Scale is also important.  The large cocktail table anchors the space and doesn’t get lost against the strongly patterned rug.  I am a “less is more” person so I feel that a few great cocktail table books and an interesting object (like a great decorative bowl) are all you need to accessorize a cocktail table.

JB: Is there anything  else you would like to add?  Your favorite pieces in the vignette, etc.?

Patche: One of my favorite pieces is the wing chair. I like the clean lines of the piece with the masculine tweed fabric and the polished nickel nail heads. The chair pairs well with the clean lines and finish on the lamps as well.  My other favorite is the Coast Guard spotlight lamp with the tripod wood base and leather accents.  You always need an unexpected conversation piece to give a room character.

We love Patche’s cool lighting choices and great use of texture. Keep following our blog to see more designer interpretations and check out our previous white sofa designs by Deb Van PlewHannah Fulton ,Cindy MunnAdrienne Warner and Shelley Wilkins.

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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Patche Pratt: Delivering Happiness

Several months ago I watched an interview with Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh speaking about his book, Delivering Happiness, and his concept of “giving his clients a wow.” This concept resonated with me because I feel that is our top priority at J Banks Design and what we strive for everyday with our clientele. No matter what size project or what your budget may be, we want to ‘deliver happiness’ and give you the wow factor that each project deserves.

I have been very fortunate over the past 24 years with J Banks to have clients that trust me and continue to retain me as their designer. Even though we are in a down economy, we have continued to stay busy. We have been fortunate to work on several renovation projects both locally and nationally. In working on renovations, we get to do before and after portfolios, and there is no better visual tool to show clients a space’s potential.

I have included a few photos from The Hilton Oceanfront Resort that was formerly the Mostly Seafood Restaurant and has now been transformed into XO Wine and Champagne Bar. In addition, we redesigned The Regatta Lounge and transformed the space into HH Prime, an incredible steak and seafood dining destination.

“When we embarked on our plans to make a strategic shift with our brand, market and community image ….the J Banks team partnered with our vision and delivered us a 5 diamond facility. Our customer feedback results have improved by 22% and revenues are up 300%. The work of the J Banks Team has elevated our resort and put us back on the map in our community.”

Earl Nightingale – General Manager, The Hilton Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Head Island, SC

The interiors of Mostly Seafood (above) had not been updated for 20 years.

New XO Wine & Champagne Bar

Here is another photo from the 1984 space.

Our design of the new XO Wine and Champagne Bar is impressive.

This is a picture of the Regatta Lounge from 1984. You can see the old stage and atrium ceiling which were both removed.

The new space has impressive two story ceilings and a tabby fireplace. We also incorporated some fabulous leather Deb Chairs from the J Banks Collection.

This is another image of the Regatta Lounge with decor from 1984.

The new HH Prime Restaurant. No more mauve walls or ceiling fans! Note the custom light fixtures, wall sconces and sculptural sheet rock wall. The custom staircase takes you to the mezzanine level.

Another loyal client, Toll Brothers, a national luxury homebuilder who developed Hampton Hall in Bluffton, SC, has kept me busy up and down the East coast with their existing clubs. When the President of the Golf & Country Club Division calls you to say their “food and beverage business increased by 40%” after our renovation, it makes it worthwhile and confirms that we are ‘delivering happiness.’ The ability to take a tired unused space and give it a whole new dynamic makes me happy as well!

I was hired by Toll Brothers to renovate the previous Fleur de Lis Cafe within the Frenchman’s Reserve Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. We transformed the space into the new Frenchman’s Parc Restaurant. We wanted the palette to capture the bold and vibrant colors Palm Beach is known for as well as the authentic architectural aspects one would expect in a Parisian café or bistro. The vintage look of the mosaic tile and distressed wood floors along with the pewter bar top and cozy leather banquettes set the stage. In addition, the awning and market umbrellas allow for dining al fresco which truly defines the complete experience.

This is the old cafe space that was in need of a facelift.

This is the cafe space of the new Frenchman’s Parc Restaurant. We divided the space with a 60″ high banquette to separate the bar from the dining area.

The old bar with expected brown finishes everywhere

Now with the cool new pewter bar top and mosaic floors it has an updated vibe.

Al fresco dining area

The existing vestibule was drab and had no character.

We added the mosaic floors to the space and found a great antique piece which serves as a main focal point.

This mirror is another fun piece we found to give the space additional character and depth.

The best part of my job is ‘delivering happiness’ to my clients. These projects are a few examples of how I have been able to do just that. I look forward to sharing more “before and after” projects soon!

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