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The White Sofa Project: Sharon Cleland

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!

Sharon Cleland 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?
Sharon: My favorite item in the vignette is absolutely the distressed antiqued mirror. I love to use mirrors in living spaces as they instantly add depth to the room, and, not only do they bounce light into the space, but also reflect the image of whatever is on the opposite side of the room. I like to think of mirrors as “windows” and especially am drawn to “antiqued” glass to add character and patina to the space.
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JB: Tell us a little bit about your color choices.
Sharon: I am a real  fan of “neutral” color choices for main upholstery pieces, but like to ‘anchor’ the look with a contrasting rug and accessorize with color. I fell in love with this 100% wool Soumak weave Indian rug and used the colors from the rug to pull pillows in a marigold shade with accent colors of taupe and slate. Since moving to this sub tropical climate last year from the cooler shores of Ireland, I am thrilled to introduce sharp fun colors and tropical greenery to interior schemes to reflect the lush outdoors.
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JB: What advice about accessories do you give your clients?
Sharon: Accessories will make or break an interior scheme. I LOVE fewer over-scaled statement pieces  as opposed to lots of small pieces. I chose a less predictable casual beachy theme incorporating  aged driftwood finishes in the cocktail table, and the statement accessory being  the driftwood horse head sculpture which has added impact being reflected in the mirror. The symmetrical overscaled lamps add drama and balance, and the horse theme repetition is echoed in the chess piece on the cocktail table. I collect old hard back books and incorporated them everywhere to add height and interest.
JB: What did you want the overall mood of the space to be?
Sharon: The mood I tried to create here is one of eclectic casual with a tropical flavor!

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Keep following our blog to see more designer interpretations and check out our previous white sofa designs by Deb Van PlewHannah FultonCindy Munn , Adrienne Warner, Shelley Wilkins , Patche Pratt, Janet Perry and Lisa Whitley.

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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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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