Just as I started to write this letter, we received word that four of the properties that we have worked on received amazing awards! These properties include Hotel Castello di Casole, The Sebastian – Vail, Esperanza Resort and The Inn at Palmetto Bluff. While I am so excited about these awards, it is obvious that it takes much more than great interiors to garner this attention. Timbers Resorts’ entire team, led by David and Sandy Burden, along with operations, marketing, PR, and their design team whom we worked so closely with deserve a big congratulations and a thank you for allowing us to work on such great projects. Kudos! We are also very grateful for the relationships that we have with Palmetto Bluff and Esperanza Resort and we wish them a huge congratulations on their multiple awards!
At J Banks, we are fortunate to have so many projects we adore and our staff is constantly traveling. I love hearing their travel stories, sharing photos and experiencing design through them. Our phones and cameras are always full of details we loved, new colors, designs, ideas and inspiration. Through our blog posts and this newsletter, you can also partake in the world of design we experience here on the island and everywhere our travels take us.
So much of my travel this year has been with my daughters as they play in volleyball tournaments, compete in horse shows, attend camps, and complete internships. Whether we are vacationing in Steamboat Springs at One Steamboat Place (A Timbers Resorts project with J Banks Design’s interiors), canoeing in Maine, experiencing a Georgetown University Volleyball camp or a Teen Vogue Fashion Design Camp, I end up with new ideas, new business opportunities, new photos and new inspiration to bring home as well. The girls all love Instagram and share their experiences with me and probably with many of you. I love seeing the world through their eyes. My girls and my staff are sure to convert me to personally jumping into social media in the very near future! Stay posted!
I have really enjoyed speaking at various gatherings this year. I especially loved my time with the students at East Carolina University, my alma mater, and at Anderson University. We were involved in working with the ECU students in their hospitality project, which was a great experience. These school trips along with the J Banks’ internship program are very important to me and I really enjoy connecting with the students.
While writing about things that are dear to my heart, I have to give a quick update on the project I am working on in Tanzania, The Valentine Project, www.valentineproject.net. We are so excited that we have great momentum and are looking forward to actually moving children into our orphanage by the end of the winter! We have hired our Director of Operations, Simon Seruwooza. Simon has been trained by Global Orphan and we are so excited by what he brings to the table…including his contribution of piglets to raise to help feed the children! You will be hearing more about our groundbreaking in the near future. Thank you to each of you for your support. I take your support, comments, feedback, and business very seriously and appreciate you!
1,3 & 4. Joni’s daughters Grace, Sarah & Joni fly fishing with family in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. 2.Celebrating the Fourth of July – Italian style! Dining al fresco at one of our projects in Italy. 5. A J Banks field trip to the Cloister in Sea Island, Georgia, where we previewed the latest collections from Kravet Textiles. 6. We can’t resist the Bocce ball glass chandelier! This was taken during an install at one of our private residential projects in Tuscany, Italy. 7. Joni at her Alma Mater, ECU working with design students. 8. An image from Lisa Whitley’s project at the Kohala Coast Resort for Exclusive Resorts in Pauoa Beach, Hawaii. 9. A photo taken by Joni’s husband, Rick, at a rodeo in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. 10. Designer, Shelley Wilkins, loved the architecture from her residential project in Phoenix, Arizona. 11. Hard at work- Sarah’s working space at Teen Vogue Fashion Camp in New York City this summer. 12. An image of fabulous colors and patterns taken while Joni was fabric shopping in Ghana, Africa. 13. A picture from the Francois & Co plant in Atlanta during a sample approval walk-through. 14. Joni with Director of Design, Kristin Magowitz, having a little fun while visiting the School of Interior Design at Anderson University. 15. A penthouse view from our project, The Auberge Private Residences at Esperanza, Cabo San Lucas.