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Living Barbados November 2015, featuring Jenny Blanc.

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Living Barbados is a fabulous magazine which strikes the perfect balance between lifestyle, interiors and fashion combined with essential information for both residents and visitors to the island! I always look forward to picking up a copy when I’m visiting and am so pleased to be featured in the November 2015 edition!

To read the full article you can either pick up a complimentary copy for yourself at any of Barbados’ leading hotels or view the entire magazine online here. For those curious about how we go about creating a luxurious home from home on the island the article gives a great insight into the process of working with us and the benefits that an experienced interior designer can bring. Here’s a little taster which I hope will inspire.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Scheme Board and Floorplan of Recent Design Project

Above: A scheme board and floorplan give an insight into the process and are presented alongside a shot of the finished master bedroom from one of our recent design projects.

‘The company strives to make the whole design process enjoyable for its clients with an exciting momentum building up to the final happy conclusion.’

‘Once the design fees and the scope of the commission have been agreed, work starts immediately on preparing scaled furniture layouts for a presentation meeting with the clients showing possible options for each room. At this meeting the designers, who have extensive experience of what is required to live in the tropics, recommend the best use of each area and will show some exciting initial ideas for fabrics and furnishings, listening to the clients’ feedback and response to these suggestions. This is usually a long meeting and can last up to 4 hours while the team get deeper into the clients’ wishes and aesthetics and ensure the project is going in the right direction. As soon as the layouts are agreed, the priority is always to prepare electrical detailing for the builders so that everything is in place in good time.’

Jenny Blanc Blog - Choosing Fabrics and Furniture of Recent Design Project

Above: Our clients enjoy the process of choosing fabrics and furniture as it is at this point that they can begin to visualise the end result.

‘Concept boards are then prepared for each room and the furnishings summarised in every detail with costs and quantities. This is the point where the clients start to enjoy working on the project. The selection of beautiful fabrics and elegant furnishings for their home sparks real excitement and diffuses what to them can seem a daunting task. At a further two meetings these concepts will be fine-tuned and, where necessary, the costings adjusted. The company ensures that at all times the clients are in control of expenditure and throughout the project they are kept up to date with a detailed summary of costs.’

Jenny Blanc Blog - Detailed Floorplans Cover Sockets and Lighting to Pot Plants

Above: Detailed floor plans cover every detail from the placement of electrical sockets and lights right down to the pot plants.

I hope this has given you a taster of what’s to come – do have a read of the article in full and let me know what you think!

Jenny writes… A blooming marvellous trip to Top Drawer!

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Above: An inspiring floral display at this year’s first Top Drawer exhibition.

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Top Drawer is one of the UKs leading international design exhibitions held twice a year at Kensington Olympia. It brings together brands from all over the world and covers everything from gifts and stationary to home accessories and soft furnishings! It’s an event I always look forward to as it’s a fantastic opportunity to source new products for our UK and Barbados showrooms but it also gives me the chance to get a feel for the latest trends that are going to appeal to our customers during the months to come. Today I would like to share with you a few things which caught my eye during my time at the show!

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Above: The main hall at Kensington Olympia, home to some of London’s best exhibitions including Top Drawer.

With thoughts now turning towards the warmer months to come, there is a fresh interest in all things floral! Artificial flowers in particular have become very sophisticated in recent years and some of those on display at Top Drawer looked deceptively like the real thing! One of my favourite companies combined individual stems to create dramatic, downwards sweeping arrangements tumbling out of urns and vases which have been cited as the next big thing by industry trend spotters! Artificial flowers can be very useful particularly at this time of year in the UK when spring is still a long way off. We currently have some fantastic artificial arrangements in both our UK and Barbados showrooms which not only provide an eye catching centrepiece but will save a fortune on buying fresh cut flowers every week! The trick is to combine them with a mixture of real flowers and foliage to create beautiful, long lasting arrangements.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Display of Hydrangeas Peonies and an Urn with a Pink Flamingo

Above: A stunning display of hydrangeas and peonies tumble from an urn whilst a pink flamingo nods to the trend for all things tropical!

Another trend which caught my eye were the fabulous tropical prints which popped up on everything from stationary to purses, trays and even lampshades! Tropical prints are a really fun way to introduce a dash of vibrant colour into your home this Spring but tropical doesn’t have to mean bright – as the gold embossed pineapple note cards pictured below demonstrate!

Jenny Blanc Blog - Tropical Note Cards

Above: These fabulous note cards demonstrate the trend for all things tropical – whether vibrant and bright or something more sophisticated.

If you would like to dip your toe into the water with this trend then a palm leaf print is the perfect place to start – these vibrant green leaves are instantly recognisable and feel natural and fresh whilst giving a nod to the tropical theme. Whether in the UK or abroad, the palm print invitations, cocktail napkins and dinner plates would set the scene for a summer garden party perfectly.

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Above from left to right: Palm print invitations, cocktail napkins and paper dinner plates.

One very broad trend which I noticed throughout the show was a renewed appreciation for natural forms. Whether it’s a beautiful piece of coral or a gilded clam shell like the one pictured below, everywhere I turned I saw raw materials which were designed to be displayed and admired for their natural beauty alone. Coral objets and shells have always been popular in our Barbados showroom but this trend isn’t limited to the tropics. Wood, horn and minerals such as agate slices adorned everything from place mats to jewellery boxes at the show and make wonderful objet in their own right.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Gilded Clam Shell

Above: A gilded clam shell makes an eye catching centrepiece.

I hope all this talk of spring flowers and tropical colour hasn’t made you too desperate for summer as (in the UK at least) we’ve still got plenty of cold weather to come but I hope I have provided some inspiration for what the rest of the year might hold. We’re currently planning our Spring window and I look forward to sharing that with you later in the year!

Ins & Outs of Barbados 2016…

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The 2016 edition of Ins & Outs of Barbados.

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We are so pleased to be featured in this year’s edition of ‘Ins & Outs of Barbados’ magazine with an article all about my Barbados made furniture collection! Ins & Outs of Barbados is an annual publication filled with fascinating articles about the history, culture and art of the island along with essential information for visitors such as must-see places and not-to-be-missed events.

If you’re sadly unable to pick up a copy for yourself, here are a few excerpts to whet the appetite before the magazine is available online later in the year.

‘Jenny Blanc’s inspiring showroom in St.James features a host of enticing, original products for the home and offers an unbeatable range of services to help you create beautiful interiors. The full design service, run from their West London studio, is underpinned by their many years of experience of designing houses in the Caribbean and has access to the most exquisite collections of fabrics and furnishings available internationally.’

Jenny Blanc Blog - Grand Master Bedroom of Best Interior Design Award Barbados

Above: The grand master bedroom in one of our award winning homes in Barbados features a romantic four poster mahogany bed made by local artisans on the island. This home went on to win the title of ‘Best Interior Design’ in Barbados at last year’s International Property Awards!

‘As part of their full interior design service Jenny Blanc has created a range of mahogany furniture inspired by the rich heritage of Barbados and made by joiners on the island. Barbados mahogany was abundant when the island was first settled by Europeans. Used by the settlers as the main material for construction, fuel for early sugar cane factories, boat building and furniture, only small groves now remain. Furniture made from this hardwood is prized for it’s durability, its resistance to termites, its superb quality and beautiful reddish brown colour.’

Jenny Blanc Blog - Bespoke Bar Made From Barbados Mahogany

Above: A bespoke bar made from rare Barbados mahogany (which only becomes available if a tree falls or is trimmed), was designed by Jenny for this exquisite home on the island and features panels painted with  local ‘Green Monkeys’.

‘Jenny Blanc interiors has revisited historic Barbadian furniture styles with their designs for beautiful mahogany and cane armchairs, elegant mahogany and marble coffee tables and romantic four poster beds with matching dressing tables. Outstanding pieces – made from rarely available Barbados mahogany – such as a bar with painted panels featuring the local green monkeys, have been designed by Jenny Blanc and are made locally by talented artisans. This beautiful mahogany furniture, with it’s reflections of an earlier cultural heritage and style, adds depth and character to contemporary interiors and contributes influences of an original plantation house.’

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Jenny Blanc featured in this year’s edition of ‘Ins and Outs of Barbados’ magazine.

The image above features a beautiful green monkey sculpture carved from coral stone by a local Barbadian artisan which I designed exclusively for this award winning project. This stunning family home competed against other exclusive properties on the island at last years International Property Awards in the category for Interior Design and was awarded ‘Best in Barbados’ by a panel of expert judges. You can find more information about the property awards on our blog here!

 

Jenny Writes… Making way for Spring with the London showroom winter sale!

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Above: The Jenny Blanc Grand sofa – now with 15% off (excluding fabric). The blue velvet cushions pictured above are also in the sale at 50% off.

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Jenny Blanc is celebrating 20 years since the launch of our fabulous showroom and interior design service on Teddington High Street.  To start this landmark anniversary with a bang we are holding a sensational Winter sale with exceptional discounts! Over the coming weeks the showroom will be undergoing a transformation as we create an exciting new environment, full of inspiration for accessorising your home.

For our customers, sale time is always an exceptional opportunity to purchase home accessories and gifts with incredible savings. As part of our 20th anniversary celebrations we are also currently offering 15% off Jenny Blanc sofas and furniture – including the Grand sofa, pictured above. Pop into our London showroom to experience the full range for yourself or call us on 020 8943 4144 for more information.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Gigi by Jardins D'Ecrivains Scented Candle and Clock

Pictured above from left to right: ‘Gigi’ by Jardins D’Ecrivains, scented candle and clock.

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Above: All the ingredients for a beautifully feminine dressing table, now on sale.

Why not take advantage of our sale to treat your dressing table to a few uplifting new additions? The beautiful clock pictured above is a truly elegant design which would look fantastic on a dressing table or bedside table. Part of our current range of accessories, it is now available at 30% off alongside the beautiful glass votive also pictured above. Don’t forget you can always use the jar as a trinket box once you have finished enjoying the candle!

The Jardins D’Ecrivains range of scented candles and fragrances are hand crafted in the heart of Paris and combine exceptional ingredients with sophisticated fragrances. ‘Gigi’ eau de parfum evokes the famous heroine of Collette – walking through 1900’s Paris she seduces by her simplicity, her insouciance and her outspokenness. To celebrate her, Jardins D’Ecrivains evokes a theme of white flowers, perfect for a fresh start and a New Year and best of all… now half price!

Jenny Blanc Blog - Humidor and Leather Luggage Label Jardins D'Ecrivains Orlando Eau de Parfum and Pear Votive

Pictured above from left to right: Humidor and leather luggage label in ox blood red, now 30% off. Jardins D’Ecrivain’s ‘Orlando’ eau de parfum and pear votive, now 50% off.

Men can be very tricky to buy for but we have come to the rescue with a fantastic range of masculine objets, now at fantastic reductions! The humidor pictured above makes the perfect gift when presented alongside his favourite cigar whilst the burgundy pear opens to reveal a beautifully scented candle! Jardins D’Ecrivains created the fragrance ‘Orlando’ after Virginia Woolf’s infamous heroine. Quirky blends with the eclectic and timeless in this spellbinding fragrance which can be worn by men or women.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Champagne Flutes and Glass Candle Sticks with Glass Hurricane Vase

Pictured above from left to right, champagne flutes and glass candle sticks, now 30% off. Glass hurricane vase, now 50% off.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Linen Napkin with Embellished Napkin Ring

Above: linen napkin with embellished napkin ring, now 30% off.

Our sale also includes tableware like the gorgeous napkins, candle sticks and hurricane vase pictured above which would make an elegant addition to the dining room the whole year round. As always there’s so much more to see in store but if you are unable to visit us in person and would like to buy something you have seen here on the blog please don’t hesitate to call us on 020 8943 4144 – our showroom team will be happy to arrange delivery for you.

Don’t forget that a small selection of our products are available to order online via our Trouva boutique! The showroom sale will run throughout January. For details on how to find us and our opening hours head over to our main website.