Christmas Holidays in the Caribbean

The countdown to Christmas is on and the Jenny Blanc showroom on the West Coast of Barbados is looking gloriously festive. For those with homes on the island our exclusive collection of Christmas decorations and tableware will help you prepare for the arrival of friends and family – sparkling beaded placemats, table runners, metallic votives, shimmering glassware and stunning centrepieces all help set the scene for an elegant Caribbean Christmas and Party season. Our unique collection of gifts and decorative objet take the hard work out of finding that perfect present or hostess gift!

Here are a few of our favourite pieces which we hope will inspire. For more information please call the showroom on +1 (246) 432 0989.

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Jenny Blanc welcomes Shakieta Marshall to the team in Barbados…

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Prince’s Trust International is a youth charity recently established in Barbados with the aim of helping disadvantaged young people on the island gain vital skills to move into education, training or employment. The Trust, formally launched last November in Malta by its President HRH The Prince of Wales, has partnered in Barbados with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth for the first pilots of the ‘’Get Into’’ employability programme on the island. Jenny Blanc were delighted to support Prince’s Trust International by offering a work experience opportunity at our Barbados showroom during September 2016.

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Shakieta Marshall has a strong interest in Interior Design and is very creative both as a current student of the Barbados Community College’s Art and Design programme and in her own time. Prince’s Trust International’s ‘’Get Into’’ programme provided the opportunity for Shakieta to begin to bridge the gap between education and employment. Shakieta spent a week and a half at our showroom in St. James where she gained hands on experience with some of the most important areas of the business. Whilst based in the showroom Shakieta assisted the team with pricing, cleaning and greeting customers as well as filing and organising fabric samples. Shakieta also visited our warehouse to measure, count and catalogue the fabric stock, giving her an overview of some of the practicalities of running a design and retail showroom.

Design Director Sue Thomas-Richardson who is Barbadian herself was based at the showroom during this time and was able to conduct training with Shakieta on floor planning, drafting, how to work effectively with design clients as well as taking Shakieta on a site visit to a West Coast residence. Shakieta put her knowledge and training to the test drafting a lamp and shade for a customer request.

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The work experience placement was a real success and Jenny Blanc would like to thank Shakieta for all of her hard work. We’re happy to report that Shakieta will be staying on with us, working in the showroom on Saturdays. We look forward to her continued development towards a successful career in Interior Design!

Celebrating 50 Years of Independence!

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Above right: Map of Barbados from Ins & Outs magazine 2016.

Wednesday 30th November 2016 marks 50 years of independence for the island of Barbados and Jenny Blanc are very pleased and proud to join in the celebrations at our design showroom on the West Coast of the island. Our windows have been transformed for the occasion with beautiful floral arrangements reflecting the colours of the Barbadian flag. Fabulous African head ties in fabrics specially designed for the occasion and accents of gold provide the finishing touch for this ‘golden’ Anniversary.

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The island will be alive with events and celebrations all week – the Jenny Blanc showroom will be closed on Wednesday 30th November reopening Thursday 1st December.

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Island Life: Time to get your home ready for another busy Barbados season!

As Barbadians and regular visitors to the island will know, October signals the beginning of the high season as people flock from all around the world for a dose of tropical sunshine. As we get closer to Christmas the buzz becomes tangible and for those with homes on the island, entertaining and socialising are the order of the day. The start of the season is therefore the best time to take stock of your home and perhaps make one or two upgrades before the festivities begin in earnest!

At the Jenny Blanc Barbados showroom our bespoke cushion making service is incredibly useful for those wishing to refresh bedrooms and living spaces before guests come to stay. Choose from our extensive array of indoor and outdoor fabrics and trimmings and let us do the rest of the work as we create exquisite cushions to meet any requirements, all delivered to your home in time for Christmas.

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New lampshades are another simple way to give rooms a completely new look and you’ll be delighted at the difference a bespoke shade can make to an existing lamp. Many of the fabrics in our library can be used to create a lampshade in an array of styles – perfect for creating a focal point and adding soft, ambient light come the evening.

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One of the most frequently used elements of a tropical home is the tableware. When guests come to stay you can be sure that leisurely breakfasts, long lunches and decadent dinner parties will be high on the agenda so it’s worth making sure that you have a dinner service that is both beautiful and practical. Our blue and turquoise ocean inspired range is the perfect combination of form and function that is perfect for casual dining or more formal occasions.

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With just over 8 weeks to go until Christmas, now is the time to pay us a visit to ensure that your beautiful new homewares are delivered in time for Christmas.

For more information please contact the Barbados showroom on +1 (246) 432 0989 or showroombarbados@jennyblanc.com

Tropical Cushions to Brighten Your Day

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1) £65 / BDD $290 45 cm x 45 cm approx. 2) £65 / BDD $495 50 cm x 50 cm approx. 3) £65 / BDD $290 45 cm x 45 cm approx. 4) £65 / BDD $290 45 cm x 45 cm approx. 5) £65 / BDD $290 45 cm x 45 cm approx. 6) £55 / BDD $185 43 cm x 28 cm approx.

These fabulous, tropically inspired cushions are unique to Jenny Blanc and coming soon to our West London showroom! Also available in Barbados, the cushions feature contrasting plain fabric on the reverse side with matching piping so mix and match beautifully. Perfect for adding a touch of the tropics to your home wherever you are!

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Tropical Inspiration…

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This week we have three beautiful printed fabrics to share – each taken from schemes for tropical homes that we are currently working on. The fabric above is ‘Miami’ by Pierre Frey and is the perfect choice for a traditional and elegant Caribbean property. The exotic flowers and leaves are depicted in vibrant shades of green, orange and violet adding a feeling of tropical heat and vitality. This fabric pairs perfectly with traditional dark mahogany furniture which helps ground the scheme in sophisticated, earthy tones.

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‘Salina’ by Manuel Canovas (pictured above) has a much more contemporary feel with painterly fish shown here in shades of blue and purple. Pairing the fabric with woodwork in a pale pine finish adds to the contemporary mood and keeps the whole scheme light and fresh.

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‘Barbary Toile’ by Nina Campbell has an undeniably traditional feel but by bringing in more contemporary elements, like white wicker furniture and textured fabrics in the same coral colour, we have created a scheme with depth and interest – perfect for a more transitional property.

All fabrics pictured are suitable for use in tropical climates – for more information or to place an order please call + 44 (0)20 8943 4144.