The perfect gift for Mother’s Day and beyond…

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Above: A classic white orchid arrangement on top of a bespoke wrought iron console table designed by Jenny Blanc.

Finding the perfect gift for Mother’s Day couldn’t be simpler – either call our Barbados showroom on +1 (246) 432 0989, email showroombarbados@jennyblanc.com or pop in to see us and let us help you choose the perfect floral arrangement.

Jenny Blanc, Frangipani, Sunset Crest, Holetown, St. James, Barbados.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Selection of Flower Arrangements

Real orchids are timelessly elegant, unquestionably beautiful and unfortunately, very tricky to look after! Much better to choose a deceptively lifelike, faux version instead. Our hand assembled orchids and other flowers are the absolute pick of the bunch – we know because we have sourced them from around the world, especially for our Barbados showroom in St. James.

As part of our 20th Anniversary celebrations we’re currently offering 20% off the marked price of everything in our London and Barbados showrooms – including the fabulous floral arrangements pictured above! We also have a fantastic selection of Mother’s Day cards and other gifts, all at 20% off for a limited time only. It’s our gift to you and the perfect excuse to spoil your Mum this Mother’s Day.

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For those with homes on the island, a beautiful floral arrangement can really breathe life into a room. Our larger plants look perfect on console tables, coffee tables and even outside on terraces (where they can stand up to the strongest island breezes!). Smaller plants are perfect for adding a dash of colour to a quiet corner or smaller room. Our Phalaenopsis orchid centrepiece is very popular at our Barbados showroom – just add twinkling candles to set the mood for a fabulous dinner party! Best of all, the orchids can be easily removed from their containers making them incredibly versatile.

The print featured above is ‘Maringa Tropical’ by Kai. All prices are in Barbados dollars.

A Unique Wedding List Service by Jenny Blanc!

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Compiling a wedding list is without a doubt one of the most exciting times in any couples life. Making plans for the future and visualising your life together in the run up to the big day should fill you both with a wonderful sense of anticipation for all that is to come. At Jenny Blanc we pride ourselves on our tailor-made Wedding List Service, designed to help you enjoy making your selection, simplify the present buying process for your guests and use our interior design expertise to select beautiful gifts for your home.

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Both the UK and Barbados showrooms are the perfect environment to relax with a glass of bubbles while we get to know you and your lifestyle before the process of selecting presents begins! We offer a wonderful selection of unique pieces at every price level, hand-picked from around the world.  In addition, we can of course supply essentials like china, glass and cutlery of your choice.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Glass Candle Holder with CandleWe also supply gift vouchers, split purchasing between two or three guests and finally, all presents will arrive beautifully wrapped and labelled at a time to suit you.

For more information or to book an appointment, please call Chrissie Marshall at our UK showroom on +44 (0)20 8943 4440/4144 or Emma Blanc at the Barbados showroom on + 1 (246) 432 0989 alternatively email us at connect@jennyblanc.com.

From the Caribbean to Surrey – A Jenny Blanc Pool Party!

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Above: Grab a glass and read all about Jenny’s essential ingredients for the perfect pool!

With the days getting longer and brighter thoughts naturally turn towards summer and the chance to entertain by the poolside once more. Just like any room in the house, a pool comes with its own set of considerations. A well designed pool goes far beyond sunbathing and swimming – each poolside that I design always includes a BBQ area when possible and a bar for serving drinks day or night as well as comfortable seating areas for relaxed lounging. If outdoors, gazeebos for show stopping pool side dinner parties are absolutely essential! Whether the property is in the UK or the tropics, furniture must be practical as well as beautiful. For houses in the Caribbean, all materials must be suitable for a tropic marine environment as the salty air will rust anything less, not to mention the scorching heat, humidity, heavy rainfall and strong winds! Our Jenny Blanc hurricane lanterns were designed with these conditions in mind and are made from marine grade stainless steel making them well suited to the tropics! Those in the UK often want indoor pools that can be used all year round yet still retain the feeling of poolside living that is enjoyed in warmer climates. Our challenge here is to create a space that is a warm and luxurious cocoon, away from the wind and rain that may be raging outside! Today I’m very excited to share my designs for three very different poolside areas which I hope will provide some ideas and inspiration!

 

A traditional plantation style house for a busy, happy Family in Barbados

Jenny Blanc Blog - Perfect Outdoor Entertaining with Several Areas

Above: The pool area at this grand plantation style house.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Outdoor Wooden Dining Table and Coral Stone Console Designed by Jenny Blanc

Above: A covered outdoor dining gazeebo is the perfect place to host poolside dinner parties. The wooden dining table and coral stone console table are designed and made exclusively by Jenny Blanc and can be supplied in a range of sizes and finishes to suit your requirements. To the right are two sun loungers by Kettal.

This grand plantation style house is owned by a large, bustling family and required plenty of areas for outdoor entertaining in this more traditional poolside environment. In addition to several outdoor dining areas we used chose sun loungers by Kettal to create areas for comfortable relaxation. The powdered wrought iron frames echo the use of this traditional material throughout the rest of the property and along with natural stone and brick floor coverings, suit the style of this traditional house perfectly. Ambient lighting throughout the pool area creates the perfect romantic poolside environment at night for relaxing, dining and entertaining!

 

A luxurious indoor pool at a private residence in Surrey

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Above: A wall of illuminated smooth, white pebbles set into resin creates a waterfall effect in the seating area at this luxurious indoor pool in Surrey, England.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Illuminated Glass Art Set into Niches Along the Pool

Above: The view towards the Jacuzzi with illuminated glass art set into niches along the pool.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Poolside Loungers with Steps Featuring White Pebbles and Shell Shaped Wall Lights

Above clockwise from left to right: Poolside loungers by Cane-Line, steps featuring natural white pebbles inlaid in resin  lead the way to the pool and spa, shell shaped wall lamps by Porta Romana.

Here we created the perfect indoor pool as part of a complete renovation project. Our client wanted it to feel like a luxurious spa but also retain the sense of water and light that outdoor pools in warmer climates benefit from. An indoor pool environment is very different to the outdoor way of life in the Caribbean – here we used coloured ambient lighting to create atmosphere at night alongside large French windows which can be opened to allow plenty of fresh air and natural light in during the day. We designed bespoke decorative glass panels set into niches along the far wall which were illuminated for maximum effect. Porta Romana shell wall lamps add a classic touch to an otherwise contemporary pool area. Furniture by Cane-Line complements the contemporary feel – the clean lines have a feeling of elegance and the padded cushions ensure comfort. The palette of neutral creams and soft aqua looks bright and fresh in natural light and under the atmospheric glow of the coloured pool lighting, helping to retain that waterside feeling.

 

A fabulous holiday home decorated in traditional Caribbean style

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Above: A sweeping view from Polo Ridge on the West Coast of Barbados down to the sea makes the pool look wonderfully inviting at this traditional property.

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Above: ‘An umbrella by Tuuci, teak sun loungers by Triconfort and a Jenny Blanc clam shell complete with pink beach towels.

The image above from one of our more traditional properties shows the Jenny Blanc clam shell in action once more! As we design so many pools in the Caribbean it seemed a natural step to develop our own range of towels. Available in turquoise, orange and lime green from both our Barbados and UK showrooms, the Jenny Blanc beach or pool towels are wonderfully and the bright, fresh colours can really help transform the look of an outdoor space. My clients often choose a signature colour – like the pink towels pictured above which look stunning against the lush green foliage of the garden.

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I hope you have enjoyed today’s delicious dose of poolside inspiration. If you’re thinking of refreshing your pool area but are not ready to embark on a full renovation project our Just Rooms service will be able to help you choose the perfect furniture and accessories. For more information please call Caribbean Director Emma Blanc at our Barbados showroom on (246) 432 0989 or UK showroom on 020 8943 4440.

 

Spring’s new arrivals at the UK showroom!

Jenny Blanc Blog - New Arrivals Flock of Sheep Draught Excluder Paperweight and Door Stop

Above: Sheep doorstop, paperweight and draft excluder.

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Up and down the country spring lambs are taking their tentative first steps and our London showroom is no exception! I always appreciate a touch of fun and humour in the home and this fabulous sheep doorstop, paperweight and draft excluder (pictured above) add just the right amount of whimsy. It’s my favourite time of year here at our showroom in West London as beautiful new things arrive almost daily. Today I want to share a few of my favourite pieces which I hope will give you an idea or two. For those in the area, a visit to us in person is a must as we have so many new cushions, textiles and home accessories to inspire. Many of our smaller items start from as little as £15 – the perfect excuse to give your home a little lift or pick up gifts for the wedding season ahead!

Jenny Blanc Blog - Duo of Boxes

Above: This duo of boxes in pale duck egg faux shagreen are ideal for dressing table storage and a beautiful colour for spring.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Versatile Trays

Above: Gorgeous trays like the one pictured above are incredibly versatile. Use it to serve drinks at cocktail hour, place it on top of a sideboard to hold bottles of your favourite liquors or use it on a bedside table or vanity unit with a decanter of water and a vase of fresh spring blooms.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Silver Plated Floral Candle Stick Holders

Above: The silver plated floral candle stick holder and vase pictured above are real show stopping pieces. A special insert means that you can switch between vase or candlestick easily, making them very useful additions to the home! These beautiful taper candles are also new to the showroom for spring and are available in pink or soft green.

Jenny Blanc Blog - New Cushions in Spring Colours

Above: New cushions in beautiful spring colours are the easiest way to transform your home for the season ahead. At our UK showroom we have some beautiful styles to choose from like the one pictured above, featuring printed hummingbirds on linen which have been incredibly popular. Also pictured is a stunning white bamboo throw and pink silk eiderdown – both very useful items to have on hand whilst the evenings still have a nip in the air!

Jenny Blanc Blog - Exclusive Cushions Features Jean Monro Fabric

Above: This stunning cushion is exclusive to Jenny Blanc and features Jean Monro Fabric with a silk wrapped bead trim by GP & J Baker. Pictured here on top of our Jenny Blanc bamboo throw.

Jenny Blanc Blog - New Arrivals Owl Paperweight

Above: This owl paperweight is one of our bestsellers and you can see why! With his fabulous expression and beautiful fabric he makes a light-hearted addition to desktops or a sweet decoration perched atop a book case or mantelpiece. The wallpaper you can just glimpse behind is also new to the London showroom. It’s a stunning design by Manuel Canovas called Imperialis – shown here in ‘Rubis’ and is available to order at £120 per roll.

I hope you have enjoyed a peek at some of our new arrivals. As always if you live further afield but would like to purchase anything you have seen on the blog today please don’t hesitate to call us on 020 8943 4144. Alternatively a small selection of our products are available to order online via our Trouva boutique. Keep your eyes peeled for more items popping up over the coming weeks!

Happy Easter from Jenny and the team!

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Above: Celebrating Easter, Jenny Blanc style.

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With a long Bank Holiday weekend stretching out ahead of us here in the UK and in Barbados I thought it would be fun to share some of my essential ingredients for an Easter morning breakfast which I hope will inspire!

Our beautiful cherub urn (pictured above) is a real showstopper and a very versatile accessory. Here it has been planted with daffodils for a fun ‘Easter egg hunt’ that would make the perfect centrepiece on the dining table this weekend.

 

Jenny Blanc Blog - Celebratory Easter Morning Breakfast

Above: Pink and green linen napkins with beautiful mother of pearl napkin rings, a pink crystal glass and gilt bon bon dish, glass hurricanes, pink taper candles, cranberry glassware and blossom branches all set the scene for a celebratory Easter morning breakfast.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Antique Cranberry Glassware

Above: It’s the perfect time of year to pull out all the stops with antique cranberry glassware, available at our UK showroom

Jenny Writes: Diving in to a tropical scheme for a master bedroom…

Jenny Blanc Blog - View From Balcony of Recent Project in Barbados

Above: A stunning view from the balcony of one of our fabulous design projects in Barbados.

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Last week we went behind the scenes in the design room as we prepared different options for the main rooms in a current Barbados design project. This week let’s take a closer look at the scheme I am creating for the master bedroom. It’s still a work in progress but I am very excited by the beautiful fabrics we are using with such bold patterns and colours.

 

 

Jenny Blanc Blog - Tropical Leaf Print Fabric of Caribbean Master Bedroom

Above: An eye catching tropical leaf print fabric provides inspiration for the colour scheme of this Caribbean master bedroom.

The fabric pictured above is a striking tropical leaf print which features foliage in a vibrant shade of teal green. It was this fabulous shade of teal which first caught my eye – I love the contrast between the teal and the coral and have carried this through to the other textiles in the room. This bold print will make a wonderful statement on large bed cushions and sets the tone nicely for tropical drama in the bedroom! I am introducing some neutral tones to keep things cool but maintaining the dominant colours on soft furnishings and upholstery.

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Above: Samples of some of the different textiles, accessories and surfaces that will be used in the creation of this master bedroom.

The scheme above should help set your imagination into motion as to how a tropical print fabric can harmonise with strong stripes, solids and other subtly textured fabrics and surfaces to unite an exciting colour palette.

I thought it might be fun for me to take you along for the ride as we work towards creating the finished bedroom as part of this design project – I’ll pop back soon to share the final scheme and perhaps one or two more ‘behind the scenes’ photographs as we work towards the installation. I’m looking forward to revealing the finished room in all its glory – in the meantime don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for a daily dose of interiors inspiration!