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Design Team Favorites: Outdoor Furniture and Accessories

The long warm days of summer are perfect for being outside. We asked our design team to share their favorites outdoor pieces and how they prefer to enjoy…

The Great Outdoors

Light1. Glowing planters from Serra Lunga for Tada Hospitality – Jennifer Jukofsky 2. Brantley Lantern in Verdigris with clear glass by Visual Comfort – Shelley Wilkins 3. Floor candles from Artesia – Janet Perry 4. Dedon Superarchimoon Lighting by Flos – Kristin Magowitz 5. Outdoor Lamp by Seasonal Living – Janet Perry 6. Glowing Ming High Family planters from Serra Lunga for Tada Hospitality – Laura Page

Lunch1.Gervasoni In Out table by Paola Navone – Haley Grant 2. Dedon Play bistro table – Doris Gilch & Dedon Play woven chair – Lisa Whitley 3. Tray, cake stand, glasses and ice bucket all by Guzzini and made of heavy duty, scratch resistant plastic – Anna Ruby 4. Outdoor firepit by AK47 – Doris Gilch 5. Exuma privacy lounge by Tuuci – Laura Page 6. Baronciole Rama Table – Adrienne Warner

Linger1. In Out Collection chairs by Gervasoni – Doris Gilch 2. Glazed Ridged Stool with removable padded seat by Seasonal Living – Janet Perry 3. Forest Chair by Janus et Cie – Lauren Thomas 4. McKinnon and Harris Otey Club Chair and Ottoman – Jenny Ladutko 5. Two Toned Ringed Cylinder Table from Seasonal Living – Lisa Whitley 6. Amari High Back Chair by Janus et Cie – Lisa Whitley

Lounge1. Swing Rest by Dedon – Kristin Magowitz 2. Nest Rest by Dedon – Laura Page 3. Swinging Day Bed by Lowcountry Originals – Shelley Wilkins 4. Santorini Outdoor Fabric in grapefruit pink by Donghia – Diane Lancaster 5. Bed Swing with X sides and X back by Lowcountry Originals – Jenny Ladutko 6. Leaf Chaise by Frank Ligthart for Dedon – Haley Grant 7. St. Barts outdoor fabric in tangerine orange by Donghia – Diane Lancaster 8. Baronciole Daybed – Adrienne Warner 9. ZigZag Sunbrella fabric by Donghia – Diane Lancaster 10. Fibonacci Double Vantanna Chaise by Janus et Cie – Lisa Whitley

Look

1. Private residence in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 2. The pool and surrounding patio of the Hotel Castello di Casole in Tuscany, Italy 3.Outdoor furniture at the J Banks  Design RBC Heritage Hospitality Tent.  This furniture now resides in the J Banks Courtyard and was designed by Philippe Starck for Kartell. The Bubble Armchairs can be used inside or outside and are made in Italy. 4. The Residences at Esperanza Resort, Los Cabos, Mexico 5. A gorgeous table we designed for an anniversary party.

 What is your favorite outdoor furnishing or decor item?

xo,

JB

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Designer Terms Defined: Gauffrage

Every now and then, we will explain through descriptive text and visual images, terms that we use regularly but that may be new to you. The proper terminology will undoubtedly bring out your inner designer, so without further ado:

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Andre de Dauphine - Diva Gaufffrage in Silk Velvet

Gauffrage on a silk velvet

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Example of a Gauffrage embossing roller - lelievre -eu

A gauffrage hot pressure cylinder.  You can see how the pattern from the cylinder would transfer to the fabric.

Edelman Leather royal suede gauffrage in Tile Blue

‘Royal Suede’ gauffrage in Tile Blue by Edelman Leather (Available through J Banks Design)

Wesley Hall Settee with Velvet Gauffrage

Settee with velvet gauffrage

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Ralph Lauren ‘Staunton’ mohair gauffrage in Truffle (Available through J Banks Design)

Noel Mohair Gauffrage - Lacquer by Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren ‘Noel’ mohair gauffrage in Lacquer (Available through J Banks Design)

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Club chairs upholstered in a gauffrage fabric in the living room of San Regalo at Castello di Casole, a J Banks Design Group project in Italy.

Do you have an interior design term you would like us to explain?  We would love to hear from you!

xo,

JB

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Trend Alert: Get Your Plaid On!

You can’t get more traditional than a tartan –  but we love this classic pattern used in whimsical and unexpected ways.  Every April, Hilton Head is covered red tartan – the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament trademark. In honor of one of our favorite spring events on Hilton Head, we’d like to share some idea’s for you too…

Get Your Plaid On

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1. A tartan shade looks chic on a clear lamp base 2. Bright yellow painted plaid wall 3. Tartan passport covers 4. Joni Vanderslice’s collection of tartanware lines the mantle of her living room 5. Plaid cufflinks by Wurkinstiffs (available in J Banks Retail)


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1. Plaid dining chairs in Casale San Giuseppe at the Castello di Casole, a J Banks Design project in Tuscany 2. A bright plaid shirt paired with trendy accessories 3. Plaid  salad plates (available in J Banks Retail) 4. Tartan pumps by Christian Louboutin

Plaid 3

1. The ever fashionable Princess Kate donning a plaid ensemble and knee high boots 2. A Burberry-inspired plaid painted building 3. Plaid chocolate covered strawberries 4. A large multi-plaid jar (available in J Banks Retail)

Residential with Plaid

A classic study yearns for perfect plaids (especially for our clients who have a love affair with anything Scottish)!  We upholstered the walls in plaid and used it for window treatments, chairs, footstools and event throws!

We hope to see many of our friends at the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament this week!

Get Your Plaid On!

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Adrienne Warner : Take an (Italian) Seat!

Ciao Tutti! (Hi Everyone),

Chairs are a real passion of mine. Far more than just a ‘seat and four legs,’ the design options for chairs truly are endless. Recent travels abroad have allowed me to see many chairs that are not typically found in the states and I have discovered some truly incredible pieces.

On a trip to Italy last month, I saw some particularly amazing chairs. I hope you find them to be as inspiring as I did!

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A Cecotti Collezioni chair in Milano

These chairs are one of my favorites. They remind me of Beetlejuice.

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Chairs at Reverso Interiors, Firenze

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Reverso Interiors, Firenze

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Reverso Interiors, Firenze

My current favorite, I love the scale and beautiful wood back and arms of these chairs.

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Reverso Interiors, Firenze

“Designer Heaven,” these chairs are so chic and comfy.

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The Hermes Pippa Chair in the Master Bedroom of our project in Tuscany, Campo al Doccio

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Flexform Thomas Chair in the Living Room of Campo al Doccio

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Another view of the Flexform Thomas Chair, affectionally known as our short, fat (and fabulous) friend!

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Poliform Ventura Chair and Pouf in the Guest Bedroom of Campo al Doccio

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Great market finds in Arezzo. This small town in Tuscany has a monthly antique market where we seek out well priced, special pieces for Castello di Casole.

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More chairs at the Arezzo Market

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This picture is from several years ago but I had to share it in this post about Italian chairs. The chair is made entirely out of Bisazza mosaic tile and was designed by Alessandro Mendini. You can see Joni’s daughter, Sarah, in the bottom right.

If you see a fabulous chair, please send us a photo and tell us why you love it!

Felice Venerdi (Happy Friday)!

Baci (A Kiss),

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Joni Vanderslice: A Summer Under the Tuscan Sun

Ciao!

I have been traveling a lot this summer but have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to bring my children with me. The majority of my travel time has been in Italy as I have been putting the finishing touches on our seven year design project, the Castello di Casole.  On my first trip in June, I was able to bring my daughter Grace,  and on my second trip in July, I was able to bring my daughter Sarah and her best friend Ella.

There is something about traveling with children that makes the entire experience special. They can be less serious about the experience and they savor every bite and take in every detail.  While these trips to Italy were primarily work related, I was lucky to be able to turn them into “work-cations.” I’d like to share some pictures of the two trips through the eyes of my daughters and their friend by sharing their photographs.

My first trip to Italy was with my youngest daughter Grace.

Grace chronicled our trip with her camera.  Here she is in the Bargalgi chapel with our dear friend Lina Loconsolo. We rarely get to go in this chapel and it was so beautiful. What a treat! Lina is our right hand and more in Italy.

I love how Grace captured so many details of the trip, including these lemons that are growing in the courtyard of the Hotel.

The photographer’s feet.  Love the nail polish!

Grace was in Italy for the initial stages of the Hotel Castello di Casole installation.  It was great that she was there to photograph the install process, and I sent these pictures back to the rest of the company so that they could see the progress of the project.  In this picture, workers were installing the marble around columns in the Bar Visconti.

She also took this detail shot of the sconces in the lobby of the Hotel.

Being around during the beginning of a project has its perks.  Grace will forever carry the title as the “First American in the pool” at the Hotel Castello di Casole!

Towards the end of our trip we even came across this parade!

At the end of July, I headed back to Italy and brought my oldest daughter, Sarah, and her best friend Ella.

Here are the two fashionistas on a shopping trip for antiques and accessories for the Hotel.

Shopping for Italian ceramics.

We did a lot of sight seeing, including visiting the Duomo in Florence.

Ella was our official photographer.  She has a great eye for detail. Here is a great shot from a building in Pisa.

We ate A LOT of Gelato!

We visited the studio of Linda Leopold in Casole d’Elsa. Linda’s work is in Tosca, the restaurant in the Hotel Castello di Casole.

Here is Sarah examining her work …. totally enamored!

The girls would have a mini-photoshoot wherever we went.  Here is Sarah posing on the balcony in Siena Piazza Del Campo.

A shot with Ella and Sarah.

We were also able to eat a lot of delicious food. Ella captured the details of each meal so beautifully.

This is the bread basket at the Tosca Restaurant in the Hotel Castello di Casole.

A delicious dessert, also from Tosca.

It was amazing to see the Hotel open and to enjoy the fruit of our labors. Here are Designer, Adrienne Warner, and I in the Hotel Courtyard.

And here I am with Sarah.

This is a detailed shot of a fence in Florence on the Ponte Vecchio. Couples lock their love together forever symbolically on these gates.

Artists in Siena.

And of course…more gelato!

I came across an Italian phrase recently. ‘Cuori sorridenti e luoghi allegro danno vita a moment lieti’ translated to English means ‘Smiling Hearts, Beautiful Faces, Good Times, Happy Places.’  This saying perfectly captures what my trips to Italy brought for me this summer. If you haven’t had the chance to travel to this fabulous country, I hope you can do so soon.  Take your children if possible, or do your best to take on the experience as a ‘child at heart.’

Visit Castello di Casole!  http://www.castellodicasole.com

Ciao! Ciao!

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Crazy for Quatrefoils!

During our recent work in Italy on the interiors of the Hotel Castello di Casole we started to notice a trend.  Quatrefoils everywhere!  While this shape is certainly not new, (even the name is old meaning “four leaves”  from the Latin quattor, four, plus folium, a leaf), we love the modern twists it has taken. When we returned home, we began seeing quatrefoils in items in our Retail Store, and even in the J Banks Collection for Stanford Furniture. Take a look at what we found.

 This is a cabinet detail in the Hotel Castello di Casole.

Do you spy the quatrefoil moulding in the Visconti Bar of the Hotel Castello di Casole?

Here is a better angle

Joni fell in love with these Greenwich Side Tables at the Spring 2012 High Point Market.  Oomph creates them in so many fabulous colors and finishes. We adore this funky modern take using quatrefoils, and we can’t get enough of their creative creations!

These hurricanes are elegant and classic. The combination of brass and mercury glass is just perfection.

The Marianna Mirror is a new piece from the J Banks Collection for Stanford Furniture.  Joni based it on a chapel floor that  she saw in Tuscany (see picture above). This particular version of the shape is called a ‘barbed quatrefoil.’ A barbed quatrefoil is a quatrefoil that has triangular projections at the intersection of two adjacent foils. This mirror can come finished in any  Sherwin Williams color.  The possibilities are endless!

Where have you seen quatrefoils?  How would you incorporate them into your home decor?

JB

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Adrienne Warner : Inspired by Sunny Tuscany

When Life Gives you Lemons….Make Limoncello!

Ciao Tutti! (Hi Everyone),

Maybe it’s due to all of the warm weather we are having around here lately, or perhaps the New Year has me feeling especially optimistic, because I am totally into YELLOW right now. Check out these inspiration pictures below featuring my current favorite hue.

At Castello di Casole, the Limonaia was where they kept  the lemon trees during the winter. Later this year this building will be transformed into 5 Loft style suites with private terraces. Check out the site photos (below) along with a rendering of the completed space (above).

Each suite in the Limonaia will feature an original lemon painting from Tuscan artist Cassandra Wainhouse.

Check out the onice miele marble slabs that will be the flooring in the hotel entry. I had an amazing trip to Carrara to pick these slabs with Luigi, one of the construction managers in Italy.

FAB chairs! I found these last summer at the Pandolfini Auction House in Florence. I also found this great lamp with a reclaimed terra cotta base.

My stepson Aiden rocked a yellow shirt in Rome. I love this picture of him.

Outdoor floor lamp by Aresill!

Yellow keeps popping up everywhere for me including the pages of VerandaElle  and other fashion and decor magazines – like these two that I liked so much I tore them out to keep them!

The quintessential Italian diva, Sophia Loren!

One of my favorite Italian drinks is Limoncello. Let me leave you with this easy and quick recipe by Mario Batali:

Mario Batali’s Limoncello

Ingredients

  • 4 cups vodka
  • Zest of 10 lemons, no pith at all, may substitute 15 limes, 6 grapefruits, 10 blood oranges, 12 mandarin oranges, or 8 regular oranges
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups water

Directions

Place vodka and zest in a sealable jar, like a mason jar and allow to sit in a cool place for 4 days. On the fifth day place the sugar and the water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Allow to cook 5 minutes, remove from heat and allow to cool. Add sugar solution to the vodka solution and allow to stand overnight. Strain through a layer of cheesecloth in a conical sieve, pressing the solids firmly.Strain again through a second layer in the same manner. Chill and allow to stand 1 week. Serve very cold.

Here’s to a bright and sunny New Year!

Baci (A Kiss),

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