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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

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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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Trend Alert: Ga-Ga for Gatsby!

The release of The Great Gatsby movie today has us swooning over all things art deco. We are simply…

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Gatsby 1

1. The Design Legacy ‘Spectacles’  are reminiscent of the Dr. T.J. Eckleburg billboard 2. Mod Model pillow by Jonathan Adler 3. Dwell Studio Pierre Dresser in burled walnut and black lacquer 4. De Stijl headboard by Christopher Guy 5. French Conductor Lantern by Visual Comfort. We pictured this fixture with a green light bulb like the green light Gatsby would look for across the water.  (All of these items are available through J Banks Retail)

Gatsby 2

1. Mayfair Mirror by Jonathan Adler 2. Antique Brass Torch Sconce by Global Views 3. Lacquered Strie Wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries 4. Hood Chaise by Christopher Guy 5. Global Views Link Console in Black  (All of these items are available through J Banks Retail)

Gatsby 3

1. Mirrored Gemstone Boxes (Available in J Banks Retail) 2. Birkhall Chest of Drawers by Currey and Co. (Available through J Banks Retail) 3. Dining Chair by Christopher Guy (Available through J Banks Retail) 4. Antique French Bar Cart from Treadway Gallery.

Preview some of the beautiful imagery on the official website of the Great Gatsby Movie. We hope you are as inspired by the beautiful costumes and decor as we are!

xo,

JB

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Design Team Favorites: Lighting

We asked our staff to share some of their current favorite lighting fixtures, so without further ado…

1. Lens Chandelier designed by Alison Berger for Holly Hunt

2. Lens Sconce designed by Alison Berger for Holly Hunt

Jennifer Stewart: These light fixtures were inspired by an antique screw back earring (see above). I am always drawn to pieces that have a correlation to fashion. I believe that lighting should be like the ‘jewelry for a room,’ and these two pieces would fit that description perfectly!

1. Large Chandelier Gyro and Crystal by Halo Styles

Kelly Caron: I have always loved crystal chandeliers.  I am considering this piece for the living room in my home.

2. MOTHER chandelier designed by Baylar Atelier for Hudson Furniture

Haley Grant: The Mother chandelier from Hudson Furniture is a stunning work of art.  It’s perfection leaves me speechless!

3. Chamber Chandelier designed by Alison Berger for Holly Hunt

Jenny Ladutko: I love the organic shape of these industrial materials. The piece is simple, clean, and elegant and would be gorgeous over a dining table!

1. Marsh Grass Copper Chandelier by Lowcountry Originals

Diane Lancaster: I love this fixture because of the mix of the different metals and because it reminds me of the beach and marsh.

2. Custom made alabaster fixture by Romano Bianchi, a J Banks vendor located in Volterra, Italy – a town about an hour from our project Castello di Casole. Volterra is known for alabaster and the lighting, picture frames, and accessories they created from the stone.

Adrienne Warner: I love the warmth of the amber. It creates a lovely glow in the evenings and the heavy veining is dramatic. This is a real statement piece. Grazie mille Roberto!

3. Vine Ball by Lowcountry Originals

Adrienne Warner: I saw this piece at the Fall High Point Market. I love the organic, naturally chic feel and that you can customize the finish color, which dramatically changes the look.

1. Moon Glow Table Lamp in White Glass with Silk Shade designed by Barbara Barry for Visual Comfort (currently available in our Retail Store)

Jenn Farese: I love the clean lines paired with the fabulous glow that this lamp omits.  You can light the base, the top – or both!  I also love the quality of Visual Comfort lamps.  Not only are they beautiful, but they are well made and the company really stands behind their product.

2. Terri Cube Accent Lamp in Crystal with Natural Paper Shade designed by Thomas O’Brien for Visual Comfort

Jenny Ladutko: This lamp would be a fabulous small scale accent on a shelf or secretary desk. When turned on, it creates a beautiful glow.

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What is important to you when selecting lighting for a space? Which of these pieces is your favorite?

If you see a piece you just have to have – give our Retail Store a call at 843-682-1745 and we will be happy to order it for you!

JB

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Go for the Gold!

Inspired by the Olympics, we asked our Designers to share some of their favorites in gold, silver and bronze.

Designers Janet Perry and Jenny Ladutko love these fabulous light fixtures that they specified for the Dataw Island clubhouse.

This sconce has a mercury glass look but is unique with its combination of gold as well as silver.

This light fixture has stunning details, and the gold candlesticks differentiate the piece from other chandeliers.

Janet and Jenny weren’t the only Designers loving golden light fixtures.  Deb Van Plew loves these Etch Shade pendant light fixtures from Tom Dixon.

These look great alone or hung in groups!

Deb also loved this bronze hued hand-rubbed table.

Designer, Doris Gilch, shared this amazing amber Murano glass light fixture that she, Joni and Adrienne just installed at our project, Hotel Castello di Casole in Tuscany, Italy!  The statement fixture is the perfect focal point and sets the ambiance for the wine room in the Ristorante Tosca.

Designer Hannah Fulton shared her current favorite faucet from Kohler’s Purist Collection.

Hannah loves the high spout and sleek design!

Jennifer Farese shared a fun fact. There was actually no bronze, silver or gold at the ancient Greek Olympic Games.  Winners were crowned with the beautiful, yet rather simple prize of an olive branch wreath, or kotinos. She loves how Michael Aram translated this symbol of victory into his signature Olive Branch Collection.

Available in our Retail Store, the Olive Branch Collection is created using castings of oxidized solid bronze. The pieces are simple and beautiful.

Lisa Whitley was also loving golden hued lighting.  She selected this antique brass lamp as one of her current favorites.

Lisa loves the brushed finish as it provides a softer look than a polished finish would.

Adrienne Warner shared this picture of a favorite golden landmark in Paris. The Renommée des Sciences (Fame of the Sciences) is on the right bank of the Alexander III Bridge.

What are your favorite gold, silver, and bronze items?

To learn more about any of these items, give us a call at 843.682.1745.

JB

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The White Sofa Project: Shelley Wilkins

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!

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

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

Shelley: The porcelain lamps. I love the silhouette.  They are a great size and the rectangular shade allows them to fit almost anywhere. I also love the color of the lamps. The porcelain is crackled and they are the perfect tea stained color.

JB: Can you tell us a little bit about your color choices and the emotions or feelings you wanted this space to convey?

Shelley: I chose more neutral colors….greens, golds, and browns which all help this vignette convey a sense of calmness. The colors are more natural and organic…very comfortable and quiet. The natural wood top on the cocktail table and the caning on the chair also bring in an undisturbed feeling.

Shelley: I always try to add greenery to a room.  It brings life into the space.

 JB: What is important to consider when selecting accessories for a room? 
Shelley: Scale!  I feel that lamps and accessories have to be the right scale and proportion.  Many people struggle with scale.  Lamps need to be a large chunky size, as well as the accessories …and less is more.  It helps keep a space from feeling cluttered.
Shelley: I love this hand embroidered pillow.  It’s a simple addition that warms up the leather chair. I also feel that every sitting area needs a throw blanket. This is perfect for curling up and reading a book.
Shelley: I love the carved detail and texture on this chest.  It is wrapped in a deep green grasscloth and then lacquered with a clear finish.
JB: We love things that have an unexpected shape.  This clover shaped side table is a great example.
Shelley: I also loved these monochromatic spined books.  The matching color allows them to look more sophisticated and less cluttered.
Keep following our blog to see more designer interpretations and check out our previous white sofa designs by Deb Van PlewHannah Fulton ,Cindy Munn and Adrienne Warner.

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.

JB

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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.

JB

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