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Design Team Favorites: Mirrors

Mirror, mirror on the wall (we asked our design team to tell us) who’s….

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Set 1

1. Driftwood Mirror – Lauren Thomas 2. Venus Mirror by Made Goods (available through J Banks Retail) – Heather Lemieux 3. Dawn Mirror by Made Goods (available through J Banks Retail) – Lisa Whitley 4. Oyster Stick Mirror specified by designer, Cindy Munn, for the Woodfield  Long Point Clubhouse in Charleston, SC 5. Horn Mirror (available through J Banks Retail) – Jenny Ladutko 6. Coco Mirror by Made Goods (available through J Banks Retail) Jenny Ladutko

Set 2

1. Knot Mirror Haley Grant 2. Mandarin Mirror (available through J Banks Retail) – Shelley Wilkins 3. Erastos Mirror by Made Goods (available through J Banks Retail) – Lisa Whitley 4. Fennel Mirror by Hickory Chair (available through J Banks Retail) – Lisa Whitley 5. J Banks Designer, Shelley Wilkins, cleverly had these antique hand mirrors (found in an antique store in North Carolina)  hung on the wall of the ladies restroom of J Banks Design project, One Steamboat Place, Steamboat Springs, CO. 

Set 3

1 & 2. Antique gilded mirrors both purchased from the Pandolfini Auction House in Florence, Italy and installed in a private residence at Castello di Casole, Tuscany, Italy – Adrienne Warner 3. Beautiful mirrored dividers with mirrored table and chandelier – Sharon Cleland 4. ZZ Globe mirror by Christopher Guy (available through J Banks Retail) – Haley Grant 5. Twig mirror by Christopher Guy (available through J Banks Retail) – Haley Grant

Set 4

All from the J Banks Collection for Stanford Furniture: 1. The Caron Mirror and the Caron Mirror in namesake Designer Kelly Caron’s home (chest, light fixture and accessories all from J Banks Retail) . 2. The Marianna Mirror 3. The Jenny Mirror.  All of these mirrors can be finished in the purchasers choice of over 24 stains or any Benjamin Moore paint color. 

Set 5

1. Fiona Mirror by Made Goods (available in J Banks Retail) – Cindy Munn 2. Bound Mirror by Grain Design Doris Gilch 3. Nova Mirror by Ironies (available in J Banks Retail) – Laura Page 4. Capri Mirror by Kenneth WingardDoris Gilch 5. Brooke Mirror by Made Goods (available through J Banks Retail) – Marianna Barbrey

Do you have any ‘reflections’ for us? What’s your favorite mirror?

xo,

JB

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Sharon Cleland: When Irish Eyes are ‘Designing’

(When we overheard our Irish colleague, International Designer Sharon Cleland, mentioning that she grew up right next to the mountain that St. Patrick himself lived on for six years – we immediately knew we needed her Irish edge for a blog post the week of St. Patrick’s Day!)

Hello everyone and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I want to take a moment to share some of my favorite Irish scenes and how they translate into elements of interior design. The rich tapestry of the landscape from the textures of the rugged countryside, peat bogs, cliffs and seascapes to the velvety, mossy fields, century old dry stacked stone walls and meandering country roads all seem to somehow translate into elements that can be used in design.

Tweed Landscapes and Velvet Hills

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Taking just a glimpse at this picture you can see the influence that the landscape undoubtedly had on the creation of tweeds.  The color scheme, texture and patterns all mirror the Irish countryside.

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Felted tweeds look like patchwork hills of planting fields!

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And these rolling hills in the Glens of Antrim look like the could be covered in velvet!

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Irish Arans

Seeing herds of sheep, or even experiencing a sheep induced traffic jam are not uncommon occurrences in rural Ireland. The wool of the sheep has allowed the country to produce some of the most beautiful woven goods in the world for centuries, including Irish Arans. Irish Arans, also known as ‘fishermen’s sweaters’ are made of wool that was traditionally undyed and cream-colored. Originally the jumpers were knitted using unscoured wool that retained its natural oils which made the garments water-resistant  and meant they remained wearable even when wet.

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I see the complex woven patterns that are found in the Irish Arans in so many domestic products including, throws and even ceramic pieces.

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Both the throw and ceramics pictured above are available in J Banks Retail!

Stacked Stones & The Giants Causeway, County Antrim

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The Giant’s Causeway has always been inspiring to me.

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And the century old piles of irregular meandering dry stacked stone walls will always remind me of my home.

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Being stateside I am reminded of these Irish elements in the most unlikely place – during tile selections! The geometry and permanence of tile in certain shades just seems so Irish! Like this stone mosaic (above), and this Carrara honed hex mosaic tile (below).

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I hope you have noticed some uncanny similarities and will consider Ireland for a moment as much more than just the land of leprechaun’s and shamrocks!

Irish Blessings,

Sharon Signature

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Sharon Cleland, International Designer

P.S. This is a picture of the area near County Antrim, Ireland where St. Patrick is said to have worked as a shepherd while a slave.  You can read more about St. Patrick here.

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J Banks Retail – Fabulously Fresh!

Our J Banks Retail team never slows down in their ongoing quest to create displays that are visual delights! Our merchandising genius, Sharon Cleland, allowed us to tag along as she put together a “fresh” display!

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Sharon loves grouping like items for visual impact and balance.  In this case, the vivid green glass is the constant, and the added interest lies within the varying shapes and heights of the containers.

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Next Step:  Add fresh greens!  Sharon loves taking advantage of the beautiful foliage right outside our own doors.  

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DIY:  Gather palms, flowers and grasses from your own yard to add instant life to your entry console, cocktail table, kitchen island, etc….all you need are pruning scissors and a great vase!  

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This lady moves fast!

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The height of the branches adds dramatic impact (we call this the “wow” factor)!

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This is starting to look amazing!

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Add additional texture and color for interest.  Our ‘almost real’ hydrangea stems and greenery sprigs are the perfect finishing touch (both available through J Banks Retail).

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The arrangements are finished!

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The display is complete!  

Voila!   We have a gorgeous new entrance display!  And…….who knew a patterned rug could be such a fab table cover?  Great eye Sharon!

xo,

JB

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Design Team Favorites: Emerald

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Every December, Pantone identifies a shade it believes will be “the breakthrough color of the following year” after sifting through trends from around the world.

“Emerald is the color of balance and harmony, enhancing one’s sense of well-being and inspiring insight and clarity,” Pantone said.

A contrast to last year’s invigorating tangerine tango, emerald (Pantone 17-5641) is a lush hue that, “is the most abundant hue in nature – the human eyes sees more green than any other color in the spectrum, “said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

In honor of the 2013 Pantone Color of the Year, our staff shared their emerald favorites!

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1. Green chair in Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s Media Room – Joni Vanderslice 2. Antique Emerald Necklace from her Grandmother – Kelly Caron 3. Dransfield and Ross Strada Malachite Accessories (Available through J Banks Retail) – Anna Ruby 4. Green Agate Bottle Stopper (Available through J Banks Retail) – Kelly Caron 5. The Perry Chair by J Banks Collection for Stanford Furniture. 6. High Gloss Emerald Entrance Door Jenny Ladutko 7. Phil Luan Grath Emerald Croc Wallet – Joni Vanderslice 8. Serena Chandelier (Available through J Banks Retail) – Marianna Barbrey 

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1. Pressed Glass Pendants (Available through J Banks Retail) – Doris Gilch 2. Sitting Room with Emerald Walls Sharon Cleland 3. Classic Library Lamp – Kristin Magowitz 4. Emerald Stools with Black and White FlooringJenny Ladutko 5. The Diane Sofa by J Banks Collection for Stanford Furniture 6. Emerald Gown by Elie Saab – Marianna Barbrey


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1. Snake Reva Clutch by Tory BurchLaura Page 2. Agate Coaster Set (Available through J Banks Retail) – Kelly Caron 3. Pantone Clufflinks by Sonia Spencer – Jennifer Stewart 4. Mosaic Tile Wall by Bisazza

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1. Tory Burch’s Living Room with interior design by Daniel Romualdez – Sharon Cleland 2. Holiday decorations at Castello di Casole by Lina Loconsolo. The vintage urn was purchased at Rama, one of the local vendors used for the project – Adrienne Warner 3. Dining Room with Emerald Drapery Hannah Fulton 4. Robert Allen Home Malakos fabric in Malachite – Morgan Burrows 5. Emerald Glitz Booty swith Boucle PantsJennifer Stewart

All of this talk of emerald makes us grin with trend-setting pride! We used this very color to introduce the J Banks Collection for Stanford Furniture during the 2007 Fall High Point Market. Take a look at our 2007 showroom snapshots below!

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Joni recalls having to have the fabric specially milled because emerald fabric was simply unavailable at all of the factories. People were just not producing products in this hue. What a difference a few years can make.

We are excited to celebrate emerald in 2013!

Happy New Year!

xo,

JB

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