The Classics Collection by Colefax & Fowler

Jenny Blanc Blog - Colefax and Fowler Fabric Cushion

We have been using Colefax and Fowler’s fabrics, wallpapers and trimmings in our design projects and at the UK showroom since we first opened our doors 20 years ago and they are as popular now as ever before. Today we’re very excited to share our favourite designs from the new ‘classics’ collection which epitomise elegant but relaxed English style. All the fabrics pictured below are available to order from our UK showroom – call us on +44 (0)20 8943 3133 or better still, pop in to see us at 59 High Street, Teddington, London, TW11 8HA and let us show them to you in person and take advantage of the expert advice of our Just Rooms service.

The enduring beauty of these designs, exclusive to Colefax and Fowler, lies in the draughtsmanship of the exquisitely drawn patterns, the quality of the printing and Colefax’s unique colour palette; often offbeat, but always sophisticated, with shades of crushed raspberry, pale greens or faded greyish-blues. The resulting colours are subtle and easy to live with – ideal for contemporary interiors as well as still blending with the style of yesteryear, and encapsulating the restrained elegance forever associated with Colefax and Fowler.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Summerby Fabric

Jenny Blanc Blog - Kendal and Jubilee Rose Fabrics

Jenny Blanc Blog - Colefax Fowler Fabric Screen

Jenny Blanc Blog - Snow Tree Fabric

Jenny Blanc Blog - Fuchsia and Wyndham Fabrics

Jenny Blanc Blog - Colefax and Fowler Curtains

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With special thanks to Colefax and Fowler for providing the images for today’s post

Jenny Blanc Barbados Summer Sale

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From 8th August until 2nd September we are delighted to offer customers at our Barbados showroom 20% off everything in store in addition to further reductions and special offers!

We are also offering 20% off all orders as we continue to celebrate our 20th Anniversary!

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You can keep up to date with the
latest news and promotions via
our newly launched Barbados Facebook
page, don’t forget to ‘like’ us to be the
first to know!

For even bigger reductions on furniture, lamps
rugs, interior and exterior home accessories
fabrics and soft furnishings head to the
Jenny Blanc Warehouse Sale
from 15th – 26th August.

See the Jenny Blanc Barbados Facebook page
or call the showroom on +1 (246) 432 0989
for more details!

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Jenny Writes: Lazy English summer days…

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With August and the warmth of summer finally here in the UK it feels like the perfect time to share this light and airy idea for a beautiful breakfast room or conservatory. This pretty scheme is based around four gorgeous fabrics by Jane Churchill who is ever popular at our London showroom. The fabric pictured top right features a graceful, flowing ‘sweet angel’ vine which would look perfect with a natural rope tie back. The printed fabric in the bottom right hand corner (pictured here alongside a beautiful white wooden planter by Capital Garden Products) is the classic ‘Anouska’ design in red and green. Along with contrasting green piping it would make a gorgeous cushion for a window seat or bench – the perfect spot to sip coffee and read the papers!

Simon Oxley is one of our top choices for outdoor furniture – the Rissington pedestal table and chairs pictured bottom right would look fantastic in a soft white or pale cream paint finish. For the seat cushions we have chosen ‘Layla’ by Jane Churchill – a small scale design in green which coordinates perfectly with the other fabrics in the scheme.

The mirror sample pictured top left is an exclusive design by Jenny Blanc and handmade to order by Patrick Ireland. A stunning lantern by Vaughan in a hand painted, soft green finish would bring light to the finished room. Last but not least, I couldn’t resist adding these sweet little espresso cups by Bulgari – they’re the perfect shade of softest pink and green and the last ones currently available at our UK showroom!

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Jenny Blanc Blog - Lantern and Planter

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Product details:

Fabrics by Jane Churchill:

Curtains – ‘Delphine’ in pink / green (78% linen, 13% viscose, 9% polyester) £69 per metre.

Window seat main fabric – ‘Anouska’ in red / green (92% cotton, 8% viscose) £59 per metre.

Window seat piping ‘Ava’ in Leaf – £32 per metre.

Chair cushion fabric – ‘layla’ in green (100% cotton) £35 per metre.

Rope tie back £85 each.

Capital Garden Products planter £440 (available in any colour).

Simon Oxley ‘Rissington’ pedestal table £595 and matching chairs £375 each (more sizes and styles available).

Vaughn ‘Thetford’ lantern £1785

Patrick Ireland mirror (100 cm x 80 cm) £1,225 (made to order).

Bulgari espresso cups £55 each.

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Adding colour and comfort with rugs…

Jenny Blanc Blog - Goats courtesy of Misha rugs

Photo courtesy of Misha Rugs.

Think about furnishing a room and the chances are a rug won’t be the first thing that springs to mind! In our experience though most rooms will benefit from a beautiful rug – weather it’s perfectly neutral, sitting quietly alongside the other furnishings or discreetly interesting, playing with different textures underfoot. At the other end of the scale a rug can be colourful and bold, acting as a piece of art for the floor. There are practical considerations too of course – a busy passageway will require something very different to a formal sitting room but still needs to look good so the choice of material is crucial. Today we’re excited to introduce you to misha rugs – a new supplier of beautiful mohair rugs which will be coming to our UK showroom soon, as well as a few of our favourite rug designs that are available now.

The beautiful Angora goats pictured above are reared in South Africa and produce a fine mohair yarn. Mohair is a remarkable fibre with exceptional properties – soft and silky, with a lustrous sheen, mohair retains its gloss even with intensive use and is resistant to felting. The curly long hair results in a robust, strong yarn with natural spring. The whiteness of the yarn and high dye absorbency allows fantastic clarity of colour. One of the most durable of yarns, mohair is stain resistant and easily cleaned whilst being naturally flame retardant.

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The image above shows just a handful of the 40 colours available – these samples demonstrate the ‘flat weave’ style, made from 100% combed mohair which is hand woven. Available in contemporary bespoke geometric designs, the stunning range of colours make it possible to create a bespoke rug which perfectly matches the other fabrics and furnishings in your room.

The images below show samples from the ‘naturals’ range by Misha Rugs. These are made from 100% uncombed mohair, handwoven in six harmonious muted colours and five subtle two colour blends. Contemporary geometric designs combining different colours are a further option.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Mohair natural range samples

Both the flat weave and the uncombed mohair rugs feel luxuriously decadent underfoot and are a great option for bedside rugs. We’re particularly excited about the breadth of beautiful colours that are available in the flatweave range, making them very versatile. We’re looking forward to stocking them at our UK showroom soon!

Jenny Blanc Blog - Nobilis rug samples

The Nobilis rug sample pictured above is called ‘Coco’ and has a contemporary look blending wool and viscose with a gold lurex thread which adds a subtle sparkle. Metallic touches in wallpaper and fabric have become more popular in recent years so it’s very exciting to see the addition of metallic to floor coverings also.

Jenny Blanc Blog - GP & J Baker Kamu rug samples

The GP&J Baker ‘Kamu’ rug is a new design and already proving to be very popular. The pattern is embossed with an interesting texture, combining iridescent and matt fibres in subtle and neutral colours. The interlocking diamond design has a loose, organic feel, reminiscent of water. Perfect for a light and airy, contemporary living room.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Kravet Barbara Barry rug samples

The beautiful rug samples above are by Barbara Barry for Kravet. Made from 100% bamboo silk, they’re perfect for our design projects in Barbados and other climates where wool can be affected by the damp and humid conditions. The rugs are hand loomed giving them a beautiful variegated appearance and just enough interest whilst blending harmoniously into the background.

Caribbean Harvest Summer Blog

By Tyra Woodroffe

The summer months are officially upon us with warmer weather and the joy of the summer harvest! During this time Barbados is being rejuvenated after the dry season with the welcomed rains of the wet season. Days very often begin sunny and bright, are punctuated by cooling showers then end with colorfully painted skies at dusk.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Barbados sky at dusk

Photograph courtesy of miketoy.com

All the while an abundance of rich flora is springing forth, such as mangoes, Bajan ackees, avocados and sea grapes. The rains encourage a revival of these local fruits and the entirety of the island’s expanse begins to appear even more beautifully lush. The beautiful Flamboyant trees are now in full flower all over the island as if to welcome the Summer

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Photograph courtesy of miketoy.com

Coupled with the jubilance of the Crop Over festival, which marks the end of the sugar cane harvest, Barbados is now teeming with energy and activity.

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Photograph courtesy of miketoy.com

The festival attracts numbers of visitors to Barbados’ shores every year as it is the perfect time to experience “Bajan” culture at its best. Local music telling satirical and celebratory stories can be heard across the radio waves and is the basis for phenomenal parties and parades. A rich display of colour is exhibited throughout the festival, from our indigenous cuisine to elaborate costumes.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Local colourful parades

Photograph courtesy of miketoy.com

All a reflection of the splendor of our natural environment, therefore it is only natural that we are now more than ever inspired to find creative ways to add a dose of tropical flair to our summer décor as well! So many of our favorite suppliers have come out with collections these last few months that employ colour and motifs borrowed from the exuberance of a Caribbean climate.

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Colour Concept Board Featuring Osborne and Little- Pina Colada Fabric and Kai- Savannah Palm Fabric

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Jane Churchill’s Maracatu Fabric, Ceramic Leaf Platers with Mangoes from the trees behind our West Coast Showroom

The tabletop also provides a great way to inject some tropical heat into your home’s décor. Below we see how bright shades of orange, green and yellow compliment a neutral palate and a touch of warm gold adds the element of luxury.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Hand painted porcelain plates drinking glasses and jugThis collection of Jenny Blanc’s own hand painted Limoges porcelain plates , tinted drinking glasses and jug as well as sculpted metal dining accessories from Aram’s Palm Collection can all be found on sale at the Barbados showroom.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Limoges porcelain plates collection