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Joni Vanderslice : Fall High Point Market Favorites

If you have never been to the High Point Furniture Market, let me tell you that it can be a fast and furious experience!  There is more to see than can ever be seen, and days are strategically planned to cover as much ground as possible.  Being from High Point, I also have the added bonus of getting to visit with family and friends during market week.  Now that I have been back from market and traveling for a few weeks, the dust has begun to settle and I wanted to take a moment to share some of my Fall High Point Market Favorites!

The J Banks Collection for Stanford Furniture is always the first stop on my list!  Several Spring 2012 introductions got a fresh new look with fun fabrics and lighter finishes. The Johnson Chair was  introduced with dark leather upholstery and stained wood in the spring – I love the light finish on the chair this fall.



The Laura Chair looks completely different with this fabric and detail.

The Nassau home theatre is a great cabinet from Habersham. The shelf configuration is unique, but still functional.

I loved this island, and we purchased the piece along with several other unique case goods for our Retail Store.

This is a great banquette and table!

I saw many adaptations of the behind sofa bookcase.


I loved Alexa Hampton for Hickory Chair’s high lacquer finishes!


On Monday October 15th, I was asked to speak on behalf of IDS, the Interior Design Society. I am thrilled that I was able to offer my “Master Editing” class for CEU credit!  I will be presenting again at the April 2013 High Point Market. Please join me if you will be in High Point.


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Market Report : Spring 2012 High Point Home Furnishings Market, High Point, NC

Twice a year, members of our design team head to the High Point Home Furnishings Market to see the latest and greatest new introductions from manufacturers. Here is a quick peek into some of their favorite finds.

The J Banks Collection was the unanimous group favorite! Joni introduced 19 new pieces including case goods and upholstery. Her designs are manufactured by Stanford Furniture and debuted in Stanford’s High Point showroom. We can’t wait to show everyone pictures, but we are saving them until our Hilton Head J Banks Collection launch which will be happening in our retail showroom later this summer. Above is a quick sneak peek of one of the pieces.  Joni unveiled several new nail head patterns that were a huge hit with buyers.

Here are more favorites and comments on why they stood out to us:

Diane Lancaster: I loved this fabulous ocean scene by artist Kitty Williams from Lucky Fish Galleries. She is an amazing artist and all of her work is beautiful, but this particular piece was so real. I felt as if I was in the middle of the ocean.  As always, her lovely works of art were showcased in the Lee Industries showroom.

Diane Lancaster: I also had the opportunity to meet the owner and designer of Curations Limited, and chat with her about her business. She was lovely! Her pieces are much like Restoration Hardware and very much on point for today’s trends. Fantastic case goods in gray and light coffee finishes, neutral fabrics, and comfy upholstered seating and sofa options.

Kristin Magowitz: Polart has the coolest collection of outdoor pieces.  They are very traditional, elegant silouhettes, but are made of hard plastic and sturdier outdoor upholstery materials.

Kristin Magowitz: Tempaper makes temporary wallpaper.  What a great way to quickly add character to a wall.

Hannah Fulton: I was inspired by creative details at this market. Whimsical zippers, contrast welts, decorative tapes and creative nailhead placements were everywhere – especially within the J Banks Collection!

Sharon Cleland: It was very difficult for me to narrow down the treasures I spotted at Market, but these pictures are of my absolute favorites.

Sharon Cleland: I love the lamps and the mix of materials and finishes at Currey and Company.
Sharon Cleland: I love this contemporary twist on the traditional chandelier.
Sharon Cleland: The simplicity of this cross based table makes it flexible for use in a traditional or transitional setting.

Sharon Cleland: The bracket legs of this table add character, and are perfectly suited for a small entryway.

Deb Van Plew: Rustic – simplistic – sophisticated – LOVE. MacRae – museum crate console

Deb Van Plew: Moroccan rug – the foundation to an amazing room

Deb Van Plew: Cool retro vibe

Deb Van Plew: LOVE!!  I could move right in to this room.

Deb Van Plew: Color – texture – pattern- hip vibe

Marianna Barbrey: I loved this take on the standard folding chair in the Moe’s showroom.  What a great way to add interest to such a typically blah item.

Marianna Barbrey: These gold leaf bowls by Selamat were so pretty.  They came in silver leaf as well.

Marianna Barbrey: This blue bottle chandelier in Arteriors was the coolest!  It reminds me of the bottle trees that some locals in the Lowcountry will put in their yard.  While in the showroom, we also got to meet Mark Moussa, the creative mind behind the Arteriors designs.  What a treat!

Shelley Wilkins: I LOVE this lamp!  It clips to any side table or console.  It is so classic in design with a retro feel.

Shelley Wilkins: I fell in love with this pillow.  It is so simple, but has so much punch.  It is three simple, plain linen fabrics constructed into a chevron pattern….fabulous!

Market means long days on your feet.  Look at the sweet surprise from Joni’s daughters, Sarah and Grace, to keep us motivated.  It made our day!

We hope that you enjoyed our picks and found some inspiration of your own!



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It’s a Ruff Life at J Banks

When we received shipments of adorable new pet items for our retail store, we felt that the best way to share them would be to mix in a few (okay, more than a few) pictures of our favorite four-legged friends.

Dog food containers need not be bulky or unsightly. We love these large canisters by Harry Barker.

Beaufort (Laura Page)

P-Nut ‘PVP’ (Deb Van Plew)

Adorable doggy raincoats that zip up and store in the pouch built into the back.

Dixie (Cathy Duane)

Dixie (Check out the champagne bottle and high heel toys from J Banks Retail)

These ‘good dog’ buckets come with tennis balls!

Daisy and June Pug (Joni Vanderslice)

Daisy relaxing on a sectional sofa from the J Banks Collection.

June Pug  in the Van Plew chair from the J Banks Collection.

Fun new argyle collars….

…and dog toys!

Finlay and Bree (Jenny Ladutko)

Sparta (Doris Gilch)

We have new dog bowls in fresh fun designs.

Sassy Pants (Janet Perry)

Jake (Shelley Wilkins)

Nautical collars are perfect for any beach or boat loving dog.

Penny (Jennifer Stewart)

Waldo and Norman (Kristin Magowitz)

Wally (the woven dog) is now standing guard by the door (and he may even be modeling one of our new raincoats).

Avenger (Lisa Whitley)

Miller (Heather Lemieux)

Reese and Woodford (Tia Kilduff)

Sailor (Marianna Barbrey)

We have lots of collars and leashes in different sizes and colors.

Sailor fast asleep in her new Harry Barker collar.

Stella and Bruce (Adrienne Warner)

McDuff ‘Duffy’ (Catherine Builder)

Jennifer Farese doesn’t have a dog but she wanted to share this adorable pic of her “pet” chickens too!

If you are interested in purchasing any of these items (dogs not included) please contact our retail store at 843-682-1745.


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The White Sofa Project: Adrienne Warner

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!

Adrienne Warner designed the latest vignette.  We asked her a few questions about her accessory selections.

JB: What would you say is important to consider when selecting accessories for a room? 
Adrienne: Symmetry and balance. I usually start with larger elements like lamps or artwork first, then add layers with smaller items. I think the best interiors are the ones that reflect the person and are a collection of their experiences and travels.  You can’t be too concerned with sticking with a particular style. If an object makes you happy, you should find a special place for it.  I like pieces that have a story and are unexpected.

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

Adrienne: I love the two nesting tables used in place of a larger cocktail table. They can be moved around easily and used together or apart which provides a lot of flexibility. The inlay detail is really beautiful and adds a graphic element to the space which I really like.

Adrienne: I also love the Van Plew Swivel Chair.  It’s one of my favorite pieces in the J Banks Collection.  The crocodile leather adds a little funk and the color works really well with the rug.
JB: Can you tell us a little bit about your color choices?
Adrienne: Everything started with the rug.  I fell in love with the over scaled, organic pattern.  I think it’s contemporary but could be used in more traditional spaces as well. I like the warmth the side tables provide in the space, and the ivory lamps from Visual Comfort really pop against the darker stained finish.  The gold detailing on the lamps also picks up the hardware on the tables.
JB: What emotions or feelings did you want this space to convey?
Adrienne: I’m drawn to spaces that aren’t too serious and make people feel comfortable. The “LIFE IS BEAUTY FULL” artwork behind the sofa makes me happy.
 DIY Tip: Fill glass canisters and vases with sunflowers, seeds, popcorn kernels, etc. to add texture and color to a display.

Keep following our blog to see more designer interpretations and check out our previous white sofa designs by Cindy MunnDeb Van Plew and Hannah Fulton.

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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Help us name a Spring 2012 J Banks Collection new introduction!

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Help us name a Spring 2012 J Banks Collection new introduction!

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 is answer two fun little questions in the comments section below –

What is your favorite J Banks Collection piece and why?

The Details:

We are preparing to launch the Spring 2012 J Banks Collection in just a few months and are heading to the Stanford Furniture factory in Claremont, NC this week.

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 an insider’s peek of our new introductions, get to choose their favorite and then to name the piece after themselves!

Entry Info:

Provide your answer to our questions by 5pm on Monday, January 30th.   On Tuesday, January 31,st we will randomly select and announce the winner!  Make sure that you are our friend on Facebook or Twitter so that we may contact you.  If not, like or follow us now by clicking on the icon links to the right.  Only one entry per person please.

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.

Anna Sofa and Catherine End Table

Edmond Dining Table and Banquette composed of Wendy, Dana and Bella Dining Chairs

Cubbage Sofa and Jessica End Table (far left)

Deb Chair and Mary Jane Demi Lune

Diane Sofa

Deb Wing Chair and Amy Ottoman

Darcie Chair and Catherine End Table

Wilkins Banquette and Edmond Dining Table

Slice Chair

Aaron Console and Natalie Stool

Kristin Bed and Lemieux Stool

Van Plew Swivel Chair

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

Good Luck!



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Q & A with Joni Vanderslice : Showtime ITMA Market

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Joni Vanderslice to discuss her experiences at the December 2011 Showtime ITMA (International Textile Market Association) textile, leather and trimmings market. The Showtime market, located in High Point, NC, is a biannual event and is the largest trade show for textiles, leather and trimmings in the Western Hemisphere. It is a pre-eminent upholstery event and showcases the latest and greatest in new product introductions and color trends. The show boasts more than 113 professional exhibitors and is attended by more than 800 international trade visitors with direct buying power. Showtime is essentially the beginning of any fabric’s story.  If you have ever owned a couch, sat in an upholstered booth at a restaurant or purchased window treatments of any kind, the fabric used to make those items first appeared here.

JB: What was your primary reason for attending the fabric market this year?

Joni: My primary reason for attending the market this year was to select fabrics for the upholstered pieces of my Spring 2012 J Banks Collection.

JB: What particular fabric patterns, textures and materials were you looking for?

Joni: I was focused on finding ikats, suzannis, trellis designs, boucles, flocked velvet on linen and Belgian linens.

JB: Speaking of being focused, how did you prevent yourself from getting overwhelmed with the multitude of choices?

Joni: I think it is important to go into these situations knowing what you are looking for and keeping your focus narrow.

JB: What particular trends did you see that you were impressed with? 

Joni: There were so many beautiful new fabrics but I really loved the pieces with tribal influences. I was also very excited to see more true Belgian linens being offered.  This was a very rare option just a few short years ago so to see these fabrics readily available is really exciting for designers.

JB: You brought some fabric samples to share with us.  Can you tell us a little bit about those? 

Joni: Sure. Of course I was looking for suzannis and ikats. These Valdese (top left) fabrics were great and I loved the flame patterned  fabric and the Missoni inspired fabric. I found this great Robert Allen (below right) flocked velvet.  The trellis design (above left) particularly appealed to me in that it features a pattern composed of X’s and O’s which has become a recurring motif of J Banks.

JB: We can’t wait to see how these fabrics look on the new J Banks Collection pieces that will be unveiled at the April High Point Furniture Market.  Thanks for sharing with us Joni! JB

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