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

Christmas at the Jenny Blanc Barbados showroom…

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Above: Jenny chooses glassware and napkin rings for an elegant Caribbean dinner at our Barbados showroom.

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By now you’ve probably seen plenty of pictures of the gorgeous Christmas window at our London showroom and I hope I have given you some ideas for how to create a cosy cocoon to nurture yourself through the tough British winter! Today I would like to give you a little peek at how we prepare for Christmas on the other side of the world, at our Caribbean showroom in St. James, Barbados.

I make several trips to Barbados each year to meet with clients, visit design projects and spend time at our showroom. The run up to Christmas is my absolute favourite time to visit as the season is underway and the island is full of life!

The main elements for a Caribbean Christmas are the same as anywhere else in the world – family, friends and feasting are the order of the day. The difference is that most of the entertaining takes place outside under blue skies and pink sunsets. As darkness falls it’s important to bring outside areas to life with soft candle light to create a beautiful, festive ambience. The hurricanes in our Barbados showroom are all marine grade stainless steel – anything less would simply rust in the salty sea air!  The dining table is the centre of attention at Christmas time and at our Barbados showroom you’ll find inspiration for creating some beautiful table settings.

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Above left: Our exclusive Barbados Green Monkey sculptures perch underneath a beautifully laid table in our Barbados showroom. Above right: A burgundy pear conceals a scented candle whilst softly glowing votives bring sparkling tableware to life.

I always think a good table setting begins with a place mat and in our Barbados showroom we have some stunning mats to choose from, each individually hand crafted from shimmering beads and shells. Keep the feeling light and fresh with soft silver and gold tones which allow the natural, sandy colour of the shells to really shine. Once you’ve chosen your placemats a charger followed by smaller plates will help create a layered look with plenty of depth – I find this really creates a sense of anticipation about the gorgeous meal to come. Shell shaped plates made from glass like the ones sold in our Barbados showroom will allow the beauty of the beaded placemats to show through and keep the feeling light and fresh. Just like in the UK, I always top each place setting with a beautiful bauble or scented candle which makes a lovely keepsake for your guests. Napkin rings are another opportunity to add a beautiful, tropical accents to your table scheme and one made from a highly polished shell like the one I’m holding above will shine under candle light!

Sticking to a palette of soft metallics means that your place settings will harmonise with any other accent colours that you wish to add – our damson champagne flutes, sundae dishes and cut glass votives add just the right amount of jewel like colour to help set the scene for Christmas.

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Softly glowing votives, glass hurricanes, snow globes and beautiful baubles at our Barbados showroom.

I hope I have given you some ideas for your tropical Christmas décor! Our Barbados showroom will be open every day in the run up to Christmas – from 9.00am – 6.00pm Monday to Saturday and from 11.00am – 4.00pm on Sunday the 20th December so there’s plenty of time to pick up those last minute gifts and finishing touches! Our friendly and knowledgeable showroom team will be happy to help you choose the perfect gift or select accessories to complement your scheme beautifully. You can contact the showroom directly by telephone on +1 (246) 432 0989 or by email at showroombarbados@jennyblanc.com.

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Above: A festive window at the Jenny Blanc showroom in Barbados.

Jenny’s Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide

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Christmas at our London and Barbados showrooms is my favourite time of the year – in Barbados, the season is by now in full swing and those with holiday homes on the island fly in with friends and family to celebrate Christmas the Caribbean way – at beach BBQs and pool parties across the island. In London the weather is decidedly colder but the inviting glow of candle light and the promise of mulled wine mean that no one minds and thoughts turn towards making one’s home feel as cosy and inviting as possible.

Today I’m excited to share my ‘ultimate gift guide’ – 22 fantastic present ideas for every age and every budget! Gentleman can often be very tricky to buy for so I’ve included plenty of inspiration for masculine gifts such as the fantastic book ends or burgundy decanter with matching glass. Teenagers and grownups alike will adore our fabulous fluffy slippers and pom pom shoe clips whilst the lady in your life is sure to be over the moon with a stunning jewellery box – available in a soft salmon pink or pale aqua faux lizard skin.

When you visit either our London or Barbados showrooms in person you can benefit from the expertise of our friendly and knowledgeable showroom team who will be happy to help you pick the perfect gift. Our showrooms are the perfect place to escape the bustle of busy town centres at this time of year and are a beautiful environment in which to shop. At our UK showroom from now until Christmas you can take advantage of our free Christmas gift wrapping service – let us do the hard work while you relax with a glass of bubbles!

1)    Exquisite Swarovski crystal scented pear candle in rich damson red with gold twig detailing. Perfect to use as a trinket box once the candle has been burnt, or simply as a beautiful objet. £450
2)    Beautifully embroidered tiger cushion on a snow white background (45 cm square) includes man made filler. £85
3)    Crimson Red and silver votive which radiates a warm candle light £9.95 (Height 7 cm)
4)    Purple ombre champagne flutes (height 26cm) £35 for the pair
5)    Dazzling dyed sliced Agate pendant, surrounded by Zircons with an onyx bead necklace £99
6)    The ultimate warm and cosy faux fur slipper in size 5-6 for those cold winter nights £59.95
7)    Pretty sachets, filled with rose buds, handmade with antique lace and satin (15cm x 13cm) £14.50 each
8)    Dramatic gotham orb book ends in black nickel, stainless steel and granite (W14.5cm x D14.5cm x H12cm) £305
9)    ‘Naughty and Nice’ A gorgeous duo of two candles in black glass containers (height 10  cm) housed in a sleek black gift box with gold lettering. The ‘naughty’ candle contains fragrance notes of cinnamon, orange, clove freesia, vanilla, amber, spicy cedarwood, musk and patchouli. The ‘nice’ candle contains fragrance notes of blood orange, grapefruit, nectarine, jasmine, peach, orange peel, vanilla and sweet musk. £59.95
10)    A classic Italian design, this decanter is crafted from pewter and glass with a matching burgundy glasses. Decanter height: 27 cm, Glass height: 24 cm. Decanter £295, glass £85.
11)    The ultimate bar keepers guide to spirits, mixers and cocktails £14.99
12)    Gorgeous soft velvet purple cushion, backed with neutral linen and man-made cushion filling (W55cm x H35cm). £65
13)    A vivid red version of our soft velvet cushion, finished with a linen back and man-made cushion filler. (W55cm H35cm). £65
14)    A lovely faux lizard salmon pink box, perfect for jewellery, letters and treasures. (W24cm x D16cm x H10cm). £39.95
15)    Dusky blue pom pom shoe clips that can be attached to any shoe whether it’s a pair of high heels, flats or pumps. A great way to turn a plain shoe into a ‘party shoe’! £29.95
16)    A soft aqua version of the faux lizard box. A great place to keep all of your most prized possessions! (W24cm x D16cm x H10cm). £39.95
17)    Decorative purple and clear cut glass votive or shot glass (Height  6.5 cm). £14.50
18)    To match the votive are these elegant purple sundae dishes (H12cm x 11.5 cm diameter). £35 each
19)    Snow white faux fur comforter throw (W90cm x L145cm). £145
20)    Jessica Russel Flint small make up bag (23cm x 18cm) in soft pink with Caribbean pineapples. This can be used at the poolside or even beach parties as a clutch! £49.95
21)    This is a firm favourite of mine! This large Jessica Russel flint jungle print bag is a really useful size which can be used as a makeup bag, beach bag or lingerie bag. (39cm x 25cm) £99

If you’re unable to visit us in person don’t forget that you can always contact our London showroom by phone on 0208 943 4144 where Showroom Director Chrissie Marshall and Showroom Manager Sian Davies will be happy to assist you. For the Barbados showroom contact Emma Blanc on 001.246.4320989 or 001.246.2668099. We can help you choose the perfect gifts this Christmas and arrange to have them delivered to your door! You can also purchase a selection of our beautiful items online via our Trouva boutique.

A gift idea each day until Christmas with the Jenny Blanc Trouva Boutique!

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With the countdown to Christmas well and truly underway, don’t forget that a selection of gifts from our UK and Barbados showrooms are available to order online via our Trouva boutique! Of course, visiting our showrooms in person is always well worth it in order to browse our full collection and benefit from our friendly and knowledgeable showroom assistants who will be happy to help you with all your Christmas gift requirements.

When you order through our Trouva boutique, your items will arrive beautifully gift wrapped and ready to put under the tree, leaving you with more time to spend with your loved ones this Christmas. With worldwide delivery, 1 hour shuttle service for local customers or the option to ‘click and collect’ in store, we have Christmas quite literally ‘all wrapped up’.

Don’t forget to pop by later in the week when Jenny will be sharing her favourite home accessories and gifts from the London and Barbados showrooms in her ‘Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide’!

1) Le Dame aux Camelias is a beautiful fragrance with floral notes presented in a traditional atomiser which looks stunning as a dressing table ornament. £95

2) Our exclusive Jenny Blanc notebook has the words of wisdom ‘Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much’ embossed in gilt lettering on the front cover. £41.50

3) This fern print notice board makes a useful addition to any home and works perfectly in kitchens, studies and sitting rooms. £75

4) Our sumptuous embroidered cat cushion is the purrrrrrrfect gift for the cat lover in your life! £85

5) These delicate tea light holders emit a soft glow through their clever leaf shaped design. £29.95 each.

6) Our crocodile magnifying glass makes a fantastic, quirky desk accessory. £26.95

7) This stunning, hand blown glass dish is a beautiful object which looks perfect on a sideboard or large dining table. £235

8) This oyster shaped letter opener comes complete with a beautiful pearl. £39.95

9) This ice blue glass decanter is the perfect combination of form and function and makes an eye catching centrepiece for festive entertaining. £165

10) Our hand blown glass vase looks wonderful on its own or alongside the matching glass dish. £325

11) La Pomme Grande Scented Candle contains the fresh and uplifting notes of crisp Fuji apple, vetiver, oak moss and patchouli. £120

12) Give the gift of serenity this Christmas with our elegant Thai Buddha statue. £75

13) Crafted in Italian pewter, this lobster salt and pepper cruet will bring a smile to everyone’s faces at the dining table this year. £450

14) Our scented sachets contain a soft, feminine fragrance suitable to use throughout the home. £35

15) Jardins D’Ecrivains candles are hand crafted in the heart of Paris. The Casanova bedside candle contains notes of almond and magnolia. £16

16) This gothic gentleman’s desk clock is a modern twist on a classic gothic design which makes a wonderful gift, especially when presented alongside the gothic gentleman’s desk set. £110

17) Our yellow Swarovski clutch is the perfect pop of colour for the darker months in the year and very popular with the daughters and granddaughters that visit our London showroom! £135

18) This beautiful ‘reach for the moon’ snow globe is the perfect gift to commemorate that special first Christmas! £80