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DIY: Brass Ring Necklace

DIY HeaderI recently came across a brass ring necklace on Pinterest that caught my eye. Not only is the necklace super original, but it uses unconventional materials that make it such a statement piece.  So… I decided to head to the hardware store! Give this DIY project a try and you’ll absolutely love the finished product!

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Step 1. I began by selecting about four different sized brass rings and laid them out on the floor of the hardware store. I played around with different patterns and sizes until I decided on one shape. I took a picture of the pattern so that I could remember the layout and refer back to the original pattern once I brought the materials home.

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Step 2. Begin by taking the two center rings out of the bunch. Take a 12″ piece of nylon and connect the two rings by wrapping the cord about three to four times around the rings. Once you feel they are as secure as possible, tie a tight knot and trim both ends with scissors. This is where you will need to take your lighter out and melt each end.  Once you have burned one end, immediately take your lighter to the melted end and press the side of the lighter firmly against the melted tip. This will seal the knot and prevent the ends from separating or fraying.

You will essentially want to repeat this step with the next ring, working your way from the inside out.  Once you have connected the pattern, you will then need to make the strings from which the rings will hang from. Simply take two 40″ pieces of nylon and loop each cord through the top two rings of your pattern and adjust the length.

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Voila! There you have your very own brass ring necklace!

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Hannah Fulton : Pretty in Pink!

Recently some friends and I threw a shower for our sweet friend, who is expecting a baby girl this month.  Pink was center stage and we took cues from fashion and design to pull the shower together with current style!

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The hostesses (and the mommy to be) love chevron!  This paper runner from the J Banks Retail Store ($34 for a 20” x 50” roll) was a perfect way to add a graphic pattern to our tabletop. Another of my favorite J Banks finds are these acrylic wine glasses.  I have a set of the tumblers and the wine glasses in clear, and another friend has the pink, so we combined them on the table and didn’t worry for a second about anything breaking!

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The shimmery gold and cream hues were set off by mercury glass votives that were sprinkled along the table. The look was so subtle and pretty, we decided to mirror it on chevron place cards and menus. The left over paper will be perfect gift wrap!

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When we designed the cake, we used an ombré concept on the icing, and within the cake for the layers!

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There is lots of love for ombré these days –ombré painted walls, furniture, fashion, finger nails and even hair.

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We also used this concept for our flower arrangement, starting with light blush colored roses and cascading into deep pink tones.

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And speaking of the flowers, nestled into the candelabra of fresh roses are (faux!) hydrangeas which I purchased from the J Banks retail store – at only $12 per stem. These were key in adding fullness to the arrangement, and because they are silk, they are hearty and not fragile, perfect to work with when creating this kind of detailed arrangement.

One of the hostesses is also a J Banks client, so it was fun to see our interior design as the perfect backdrop for our celebration.

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The elegant Osborne & Little window treatment fabric created a billowy, soft, dreamy background to our intimate table for twelve.

One of my favorites from the J Banks Collection for Stanford Furniture, the Deb chair, provided the perfect perch for the mother to be to open gifts!

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For this chair, our savvy client selected a textured aqua fabric. You’d never know it was suitable for outdoor use!  Not only does it look fabulous, but it performs well and is a suitable choice for her family of five.

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I gifted baby (who’s mother and I share a passion for cooking and gourmet foods) with a set of Vietri Bambino flatware in PINK of course!  (J Banks also carries these in blue and clear for other foodie babes.)

The menu was delicious but light (we had to leave room for that cake!).

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As guests arrived, they sipped on a bubbly rosé accented with a hot pink rock candy stick and nibbled on caprese sticks, melon and prosciutto pops and crab cakes. Baskets of assorted mini muffins were nestled on the table. A savory goat cheese soufflé was served aside spring greens tossed in a light balsamic, topped with roasted beets, candied walnuts and grilled chicken.

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‘….Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice!’

Party guests were invited to create their own favors using pink sweet treats! They chose from cotton candy, pink popcorn, hand dipped marshmallows and more – all displayed in clear glass vessels. We also used this darling book, What Are Little Girls Made Of? (J Banks Retail $7.00) as the guest book for the event!

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Despite the chilly temperatures lately, this shower has me in full spring mode!

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Check back soon for more inspired entertaining ideas!

Enjoy!

 

Hannah Fulton, Retail Designer

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Valentine’s Treats – Made With Creative Love!

J Banks Design = Creativity & it even shows in our Valentine’s Day treats! We just had to show you some of the creative ways our team has shared “the love” this Valentine’s Day!

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From top left clockwise: A bottle of pink Moscato with goldfish in a box that say’s “Will you o’fish’ally be my Valentine?” A Valentine balloon bouquet and hot pink heart-shaped pancakes!

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Chocolate covered pretzels are salty sweet perfection!

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Oooh La La! Homemade Oreo Truffles! Divine!

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Homemade Valentine’s made from paint swatch cards and conversation heart rings and earring sets.

How did you celebrate today?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

xoxo,

JB

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Jenny Ladutko : Think Pink!

In the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, let’s think pink!  Pink is not just for Barbie’s Malibu home! Using pink in a space can be daunting for many, but it does not have to be so. By manipuating hue, saturation and balance, the color can become complex and create an interior that is warm, whimsical, sophisticated and bold.  Check out these spaces that celebrate pink!

This elegant hall is painted in the ideal shade of coral pink to accentuate the china blue elements. Using the same tone of pink on the walls, upholstery and decor makes the look more refined and livable.

The hot pink leather on these chairs makes a statement. The color and material combination adds a fun contemporary pop.

A bold, sophisticated use of color creates that “wow factor.”

The soft, muted pink in this scheme enhances a calm and relaxed space.

This armoire adds a subtle vintage charm in a pale hue of pink.

If pink on a wall or on large pieces of furniture requires too much of a commitment, try adding pink accents such as pillows and artwork.

Hickory Chair showcased these dining chairs at the October 2012 High Point Market. The inset of pink fabric is a fresh, graphic way to incorporate color while keeping a chic, tailored look.

As shown in the Coastal Living Style Home at Palmetto Bluff, nothing brightens up a room like a pink floral arrangement.

Whether subtle or vibrant, pink can effectively enhance any room. The next time you are looking for some color, try embracing pink and discovering endless possibilities!

For more information on National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and how you can celebrate the power of pink, visit Susan G. Komen For the Cure at ww5.Komen.org.

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Hannah Fulton : Summer Entertaining

I love to entertain. Whether it’s a casual picnic on the beach, or a formal dinner party – I enjoy nothing more than sharing delicious food and tasty drinks with friends. As a Designer, it’s second nature to add whimsical touches to my soirees. One of my favorite ways to spice up a party is to put together my tabletop using design elements in unique ways – urns as vases, lamps ON the table and special finds as centerpieces. Here are few photos that have inspired me!

This color combination is so classic! The blue and white stripes provide a crisp nautical feel while the touches of pink soften the look. I love the blue and white vases, and the concept of taking a collection you would typically see indoors on bookshelves and showcasing the pieces on the center of the table.

 

Bringing a substantial furniture piece outside can set the stage for your outdoor soiree. Add lamps, and your guests will feel right at home!

The lamps and bold pillows add a whimsical touch to this table.

This tabletop shows how ‘simple’ can be oh so sophisticated.  Planning a scheme around one color (or white!), and then adding a pop of color with beautiful flowers is a great way to make the (sometimes overwhelming) task of setting a beautiful table easy.

The setting is the star!  The subtle grey and mercury glass touches, along with the airy white sheers, play up the weathered wood docks and turn this casual space into an elegant setting.

I can’t help but to take home MANY of the wonderful tabletop treasures which come into the J Banks Retail Store on a regular basis!  A few of my favorites which add whimsy and charm to my parties are:

My Dransfield & Ross crab, gator, flamingo and fish napkin rings are always a conversation starter and they look fun on a formal table. On my list (of one million items) of things to purchase from J Banks, are these great wavy dinner napkins, also from Dransfield.  I think everything that Dransfield & Ross comes out with for tabletop is so much fun!

These are my favorite cocktail napkins. The custom monograms by Julia B look like antiques! (But the initials are mine AND pink!)    

These bud vases are also placecard holders!  I recently used them at a 5 year old birthday party – perfect for little ladies and women alike!

In the summertime, these acrylic wine glasses are key to all of my outdoor entertaining.

This book makes concocting your signature cocktail a breeze!

Summer is one of my favorite times to entertain, and with so many delicious finds from my garden and the local farmer’s market, the menu is always easy to plan!  Here’s a little inspiration for you in the form of my favorite summer recipes…

This grape bruschetta is a nice change from the traditional tomatoes and basil version, and is served cold.  This recipe is refreshing with a pop of heat!

Grape Bruschetta

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup red grapes, diced
  • 1 cup blue and/or black grapes, diced (I used all red grapes)
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or flat leaf parsley (I used Cilantro)
  • Fresh cilantro or parsley leaves for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 4 slices whole grain bread, quartered (I used a baguette – but needed 1-1/2)
  • 6 ounces herbed goat cheese, slightly softened
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise

Directions:

1.      Combine grapes, onion, jalapeno pepper, cilantro and vinegar in medium bowl. Season, if desired, with salt and pepper. Let stand at least 30 minutes.

2.      Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Arrange bread on large baking sheet in a single layer and bake, turning once, 8 minutes or until lightly golden brown and crisp on both sides. Remove and let cool.

3.      Combine goat cheese with mayonnaise in small bowl until smooth. Season, if desired, with salt and pepper. Evenly spread cheese mixture onto crostinis, then top with grape salsa.

When it is hot and the tomatoes are bountiful, Tomato Pie is my ‘go to’ recipe.  It’s the perfect way to use a plentiful harvest of tomatoes, and great for a luncheon.

Tomato Pie (Serves 6 to 8)

Ingredients:

  • 9 inch pie shell (Baked)
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 4 tomatoes, peeled and sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces white cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350
  2. Spread the pie shell with Dijon mustard. 
  3. Layer the sliced tomatoes, salt and pepper, and cheeses in the pie shell ending with the cheese.
  4. Mix together the mayonnaise and parmesan cheese in a small bowl. 
  5. Spread on top of the pie. 
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes until bubbly. 
  7. Let cool and serve at room temperature.

Strawberry Salad

Ingredients:

  • Greens of your choice – for this salad, I love butter lettuce tossed with red leaf lettuce.
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Slivered almonds (toasted)
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Your choice of dressing. I love Brianna’s Blush Wine Vinaigrette

I love doing variations of this salad (in the winter, I substitute sweetened dried cranberries for the strawberries and do more of a rustic dressing  (stay tuned this fall)

Cold citrus delight! The perfect compliment to the rich Tomato Pie.

Frozen Lemon Souffle (Serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest plus 3/4 cup lemon juice (from 3 lemons)
  • 8 large eggs, whites and yolks separated
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup cold heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups raspberries (6 ounces)
  • Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting

Directions:

  1. Wrap outside of a 3 1/2-cup souffle mold or four 6-ounce ramekins with parchment, extending 2 to 3 inches above rim (it should fit snugly). Secure with tape; set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, whisk together granulated sugar, lemon zest and juice, egg yolks, and salt over medium-high. Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon and small bubbles form around edge of pan, about 5 minutes (do not boil). Immediately remove from heat while continuing to whisk. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a heatproof bowl, pressing on lemon curd with a rubber spatula.
  3. Place plastic wrap directly against surface of curd and refrigerate until cool, about 30 minutes (or up to overnight).
  4. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat egg whites on high until stiff peaks form, 2 minutes. Gently fold egg whites into cooled lemon curd. In the same large bowl, beat cream on high until stiff peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes. Gently fold whipped cream into lemon curd mixture. Pour into mold and freeze until firm, 6 hours (or up to overnight). To serve, remove parchment, top with raspberries and dust with Confectioner’s sugar.

I hope that you have been inspired and, will have fun setting your table!

Bon Appetit,

 

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