Creating a Space for Entertaining

Recently, J Banks Retail and J Banks Design collaborated to create beautiful spaces within the retail store. This past month we challenged two of our designers to recreate our J Banks Collection room with summer festivities in mind.

Both designers transformed the available cocktail table and furniture into an area prepared to welcome company!

Hannah concentrated on providing a comfortable and functional space enhanced with coastal blues and fresh flowers suitable to entertain a group without any hassle.jbanks_jbanksdesign_entertaining_interiordesign_designerspotlight

Jenny’s approach incorporated various mixed metals with a neutral color palate to create an elegant area to share with guests.jbanks_jbanksdesign_entertaining_interiordesign_designerspotlight

Both renditions resulted in stunning and effective displays.


Hannah, known for her understanding of the southern lifestyle, created a space perfect for anyone who tends to entertain on a whim.  To effectively utilize the available space, Hannah incorporated design accessories that conveyed a sense of southern hospitality but also served a practical purpose.

jbanks_jbanksdesign_interiordesign_entertaining_designerspotlightAdding a polished natural stone slab helped to serve a dual purpose.   The accessory successfully ties colors together and could also be used as a serving platter.  By removing the picture frame, the piece turns into a cheese board when friends join you for hors d’oeuvres!  The oyster votive and hydrangeas bring a refined glimpse of the low country’s beauty to the indoor arrangement.


jbanks_jbanksdesign_entertaining_designerspotlightAn upside down woven basket gives great height to this everyday look, adding texture to your normal stack of coffee table books.  The best part: if unexpected company arrives, flip it right side up and it becomes a great place for cocktail napkins and utensils.


jbanks_jbanksdesign_interiordesign_entertaining_designerspotlightBeing prepared with additional seating  is also a must!  You never know who might drop in unexpectedly.


jbanks_jbanksdesign_entertaining_interiordesign_designerspotlightDelight your guests in a space inspired by Jenny’s design.  Gold and silver details have been paired to perfection creating an entertainment area that balances a casual feel with sophistication.  The contrasting colors and spiral pattern on the coasters provide a whimsical touch to the serving area of the cocktail table.


jbanks_jbanksdesign_entertaining_interiordesign_designerspotlightJenny selected assorted glassware mixing different pattern styles that add interest to her arrangement.


jbanks_jbanksdesign_interiordesign_entertaining_designerspotlightVibrant lemons and fresh rosemary sprigs add pops of color to the table décor and complete the look of this charming space to provide inspiration for hosting in style.

Hosting a summer get-together can be as simple or as extravagant as you want.  Whether you are looking to accommodate your book club with afternoon coffee or plan an evening of wine and cheese with your closest friends, you can entertain with ease.  For more inspiration, stop by J Banks Retail!

Keeping you timeless and inspired.

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