Our Barbados Showroom’s summer sale is always eagerly anticipated by those on the island who look forward to making significant savings on many of our beautiful items of furniture and accessories for their homes. The sale will run until the end of August so there’s plenty of time, although, as many of our items are one of a kind, we always recommend paying us a visit sooner rather than later!
For those with houses to furnish, our summer sale is the perfect opportunity to invest in a beautiful piece of furniture to last a lifetime like this stunning wooden dining table, inlayed with natural slate. We also have many matching sets available to take home today such as the classic Lloyd Loom style three seater sofa and foot rest (below). For those who do not have the facilities to collect, our showroom team are happy to arrange delivery locally. All the furniture in our Barbados showroom has been specially selected because of it’s suitability for life in a tropical climate – washable fabrics and metals that won’t rust in the sea air are just some of the considerations. Drop in for a chat with our friendly and knowledgeable showroom team and let them help you find the perfect centrepiece for your tropical home.
The unique ceramic lamps (below) are one of a kind and are currently reduced by 25%. They’re a fantastic way to add colour and interest to a console – the plain linen shades let the craftsmanship of the ceramicist really stand out; bright enough to be noticed but classic enough to harmonize with your existing scheme. Each lamp is full of character and ready to take home today.
The unique, handmade, bird of paradise lamps are absolutely exquisite and are currently reduced by 25%. The shape of these exotic flowers are captured perfectly and they give off a soft, flattering light – perfect to use as ambient lighting in a bedroom.
For visitors to the island our range of stunning accessories and decorative objet for the home could provide and inspired souvenir. Candles by Neom are marked down alongside aromatic diffusers, hand painted butler trays and tissue boxes featuring scenes of local wildlife – the perfect way to bring the spirit of the island home with you.
We simply love the vibrant colours and attention to detail in this wonderful ‘Jamaica’ print cotton by Parisian fabric house Manuel Canovas (above). Gorgeous cushion covers featuring this tropical print are exclusive to Jenny Blanc and are available in the sale now. They are just the right size to roll up and tuck in your suitcase as a reminder of sunshine filled days in the Caribbean.
The Barbados showroom is located in Sunset Crest, St James, Barbados and is open Monday to Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm. Sundays by appointment only (Tel: +1 (246) 432 0989). The summer sale will run until Monday 31st August 2015.
This year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show was blessed with wonderful weather for it’s 25th anniversary! It was a busy week for Jenny Blanc as her son Olivier Blanc’s award winning Henri Le Worm garden attracted hundreds of visitors.
Henri Le Worm is a animated character designed to inspire children to grow, cook and eat good food through an interactive and educational app designed by Olivier Blanc and Charlotte Salt. Henri’s colourful world was brought to life at this years RHS Hampton Court Flower Show by BBC gardener Chris Collins.
Jenny still found time to explore the show and admired the high quality of this years exhibitors. Here she shares some of her personal highlights.
Award winning gardens…
The Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism’s Garden of Paradise caught my eye with it’s riot of red, purple, orange and white blooms. The garden played with scale and proportion, placing tiny, brightly coloured wild flowers like heather and borage alongide stately lillies and exquisite ‘Benjamin Britten’ and ‘David Bussel’ roses to create a garden full of depth and interest. I really admired the bold use of colour here and encourage anyone who is considering dipping their toe into the water when it comes to unusual colour combinations in the garden to take the plunge!
It’s a well known adage that colours in nature rarely clash but it couldn’t be more true! Combining different shades and tones from the same colour pallete can look really sophisticated, especially when placed alongside lush green foliage and brilliant blue water features as seen here.
Another gold winning garden which I adored was the Noble Caledonia ‘Spirit of the Aegean Garden’ which used shades of cobalt, aqua and cornflower blue to evoke ‘the timeless notion of unspoilt lands, beautiful scenery, and lime-washed villages’. The bright blue wall inlayed with white trellis matched the curved outdoor seating, resulting in a garden which looked cool and inviting. I love using bright, clear colours for outdoor living as softer colours which may look vibrant indoors often appear washed out in the sun. Even in 34 degree heat this garden looked refreshing thanks to its cool colour pallet and carefully placed water features.
One of my favourite tips is to combine plants of different heights to create a layered effect, adding interest to boarders and flower beds. Try brilliant blue Agapanthus and white Cephalaria Gigantea alongside purple Veronicastum. Petersham Nurseries in Richmond is close to our London showroom and always has a wonderful selection of plants to choose from.
Beautiful garden accessories…
As regular visitors to the RHS Hampton Court flower show will know, there is much more to see besides the gardens themselves. This year’s exhibitors pulled out all the stops to create inspiring displays of accessories for outdoor living. I was pleased to discover Historic Royal Palace’s fantastic range of gifts for garden lovers featuring three wonderful new prints. These wellington boots and garden kneeler, featuring a crimson and viridian Tudor rose print, were my favourite and felt very apt given our location! They are also available in Baroque and Royal Crown prints from Historic Royal Palaces.
Sourcing outdoor furniture that is both robust enough to withstand the rigors of the British climate whilst harmonising with a natural setting can be tricky. Luckily for those at the flower show there was a fantastic range to choose from. The furniture and accessories that I selected for the Henri Le Worm Community Garden featured sustainable, natural materials in rustic, organic shapes like this coffee table/bench, rustic bench and side table. The organic shapes of the wood harmonised with the rest of the garden and provided an attractive focal point, even when not in use.
Of course garden furniture doesn’t have to be rustic – I also love some of the more contemporary pieces in the range like this steel topped table which would be fantastic for outdoor dining or as a dramatic focal point in a conservatory.
These glass hurricanes are so versatile – filled with delicate eucalyptus branches and topped with a floating candle they make a wonderful centrepiece for a dinner table or could be used as part of a wedding scheme to add height and create atmosphere. In the Henri Le Worm Community Garden we filled them with a display of rosemary and chillies to showcase these vibrant, fresh ingredients. You can get really creative with whatever materials you have to hand which is what makes them so popular in our London showroom.
After a busy day in the sun, this garden hut by Breeze House looked most inviting. Breeze House produce some wonderful garden buildings in which to entertain and dine – or just relax with a good book! Full of tropical style, the buildings feature Scandinavian Redwood frames with Canadian Forest Cedar roof tiles, completed with natural reed thatch. Each hut is big enough to accommodate a dining table and is the perfect way to bring some Island style to your garden. I think they would look wonderful styled with some of the home accessories available in our London and Barbados showrooms!
Wonderful British food…
Outdoor living goes hand in hand with outdoor dining so it was no surprise that this year’s show was full of wonderful things to eat. I was so pleased to discover Ogilvy’s British Orchard Honey – a raw honey, sourced from apple and pear orchards in Kent. Nothing beats the taste of real, artisan honey – it’s an entirely different experience to the overly sweet, mass produced variety that you find in the supermarket. I always try to buy my honey locally to support the independent farmers who do so much to protect our honey bees and to benefit from the wonderful anti-hayfever properties that local honey affords.
Simple Simon’s Perfect Pies were simply marvellous – I enjoyed their Highland Scotch Salmon pie so much I even took one home for supper. You needn’t take my word for it though as Simon’s pies are available to order online by the boxful and keep in the freezer for up to six months. They’re the perfect thing to have on hand when the cupboards are bare and the British Summer leaves you firing up the wood burner and reaching for a cardigan.
Now Summer is in full swing I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the RHS Flower Show through my eyes and are feeling inspired to introduce some big, bold floral colour into your garden this year. If you went to this year’s show do leave me a comment and let me know what you enjoyed the most!
For more information about Henri Le Worm (as well as delicious recipes!) visit the website here.
Mark Plant is a digital marketing guru who knows exactly what a company needs to do in order to put their best foot forward in the exciting world of social media. As Marketing Operations Director at Micro Focus, a multinational software and information technology firm, Mark is well placed to offer advice and the team at Jenny Blanc are so lucky to have him consult with us on all things digital.
We always look forward to Mark’s visits and recently took him for a spin around our London showroom which is the perfect place to start to get a glimpse into the world of interior design. Not only does the showroom act as a showcase for some of the wonderful home accessories that Jenny and the team travel the world to source, it’s also the ideal setting for showroom director Chrissie Cocks to meet with clients for our Just Rooms service and reps from all the major fabric houses who routinely drop by to present the latest exclusive collections.
What did Mark make of it all? In his own words, here’s what he thought…
‘Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping’. Bo Derek
Words of wisdom from Bo Derek – and you know what? I tend to agree. Shops these days are usually so bereft of expertise and personality that I only ever walk voluntarily into most of them to make the actual transaction. Prior to crossing a retail threshold I’ve typically done all my research online. I know precisely which shop sells whatever it is I am after, for the best price or with the easiest ‘returns’ policy. I’ve always phoned beforehand to ensure that the inevitable battle with traffic and parking wardens will be worthwhile.
Just for the record I don’t think shopping online is really any easier! Before you begin to play cat and mouse with courier companies and delivery slots you have to read all those product reviews and fine-tune Google searches. Unfortunately this is usually a much more productive way forward than asking the average retail worker for purchasing advice these days which is why I go to Google first!
But Bo Derek knows something that all of us know too. There are shops that offer the experience that puts the ‘therapy’ in retail and Jenny Blanc’s Teddington show-room is a fine example if you ask me. I know absolutely nothing about interior design except that what I like is what I like by my own admission. But I do know that everyone in that showroom is an expert. For starters the showroom itself is a masterpiece in interior design that forces you into a relaxed submission. Inspiring, beautiful design ideas entice even the most retail averse shopper to investigate and browse! I make my way towards the tableware and an amazing chicken-jug that’s caught my eye……
I do always feel like a bit of an ignoramus walking around the showroom because it’s obvious that everyone employed by Jenny is intent on you walking away happy. Hearing snippets of conversation reassures you that the design team here are only interested in selling anything if it will really work for you.
Regardless of whether it’s a lowly scented candle or a lofty chandelier you’re after, you will be treated with the dignity and professionalism that creates raving fans. And it really doesn’t matter that I don’t know anything about interior design at all – I’d happily come back here to find out and learn.
If you spend more than 15 minutes in the shop you’ll see Jenny’s design team listening, advising and consulting with confident product knowledge. That’s the difference that a store like Jenny Blanc delivers. Trying to extend that amazing experience digitally isn’t easy but follow Jenny Blanc on Twitter and Facebook and let her know what you think of your online experience! She’s intent on providing the same levels of retail therapy online as experienced by the many visitors to her physical shop!
After my last trip to Teddington my advice is very simple: if you need Interior Design expertise at any point or want to see how a retail business should be running make sure you drop in! You’ll pick up incredible ideas for your home, a great gift or two. If you play your cards right you might even enjoy an amazing cup of coffee too!
Jenny Blanc Interiors were proud to sponsor the Henri Le Worm Community Garden at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. Henri Le Worm is a popular children’s app created by Jenny’s Son, Olivier Blanc and Charlotte Salt which aims to ignite a lifelong passion for food and cooking by engaging children using a range of animated characters, voiced by actor Simon Pegg. Henri’s colourful, virtual garden was brought to life at this year’s flower show by BBC horticulturalist Chris Collins and Jenny Blanc. Our garden caught the eye of the judges immediately, winning a bronze medal in its inaugural year!
Our delight at being awarded a bronze medal was doubled when Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall personally chose to visit the Henri Le Worm garden in order to learn more about the work that creators Oli Blanc and Charlotte Salt are doing with children, parents and schools. The Duchess met Jenny and the Henri Le Worm team before spending time looking around the garden. She then helped children from East Sheen Primary School participate in a cookery demonstration using fresh ingredients from the garden to create a delicious and refreshing gazpacho soup (very welcome on the hottest day of the year!).
The garden was divided into five sections featuring a demo garden for schools to water and plant, an edible shed, a recipe garden growing seasonal produce, an outdoor kitchen and a chicken coop! Visitors to the garden were encouraged to touch, smell and taste everything and went away with Henri Le Worm recipe cards so they can create some of Henri’s fantastic dishes at home.
The garden used bold blocks of colour to appeal to children – like the bright blue edible shed and orange brick work. This was complimented by a range of original outdoor furniture, fabricated from ecologically sustainable and recycled wood specially sourced for the garden by Jenny Blanc. “This, original, stylish garden furniture is unique and full of character. The ethos of using sustainably sourced materials chimes with the garden’s philosophy of encouraging a knowledge of nature and preserving it for future generations” Jenny Blanc
The garden also contained plenty of ideas that would be easy to re-create at home. For example, these wonderful insect houses which are great to look at but also provide important shelter for all kinds of creepy crawlies which help to keep a garden healthy.
The garden has been immensely popular throughout the week of the show and we’ve had some fantastic reviews. We were even featured on the BBC coverage of the show which is available now on iPlayer. The Flower Show may be over but life for the Henri Le Worm community garden has just begun! Following the show the entire garden will be relocated to a working farm in Charlton, South East London where it will become a community garden for local schools – we hope it will be the first of many.
The April 2015 issue of Living Barbados, the renowned magazine on the island, featured our wonderful Jenny Blanc Design Director, Sue Thomas-Richardson, whose knowledge of the island where she grew up has been fundamental in shaping the company as it stands today…
In 2002 award winning interior design company Jenny Blanc, set up their first office in Barbados from which to administer the increasing number of projects they were being commissioned to work on in the Caribbean. In December 2011 the company opened their highly successful lifestyle showroom in St. James which has become a target destination for visitors looking for beautiful, original furnishings for their homes. Barbados is a central hub for the rest of the Caribbean and the showroom serves to represent Jenny Blanc’s design style to the many holiday home owners on the island. Key to the success of their expansion into this area, has been Barbadian – born, Sue Thomas-Richardson, Design Director for the company, whose indispensable wealth of local knowledge and expertise ensured that the beautiful interiors they designed were perfectly suited for the tropical climate.
Sue comes from a very old Barbadian family, her ancestors having arrived on the island in the 1600’s as settlers of the New World. Her family all have a strong artistic leaning. Her mother, Audrey Thomas, internationally renowned and respected as a horticulturalist, is the shining light of the gold medals awarded over many years for the famous Barbados exhibits at the Chelsea Flower Show. Audrey was awarded the Barbados Centennial Honour for her services to horticulture on the island and this year, at the eminent age of 92, she opened her beautiful garden to the public to raise funds for the Barbados Horticultural society. Two of Sue’s brothers own and manage Growing Things, one of the leading landscape companies in Barbados.
Sue was educated at Queens College in Barbados and in her teens threw javelin for her school and later Barbados. She held the Caribbean record for several years. In the 1970’s she joined her parents on an extended trip to the UK and decided to take the opportunity to further her education, finally training as a nurse and qualifying as an SRN in 1978.
Returning home in the 1980’s, Sue worked for several years in the travel industry for a British company specialising in luxury villa holidays on the West Coast of Barbados. She was based in the offices of real estate company, Alleyne & Aguilar, now Altmans Real Estate. She started her career in interior design when she was offered a job by Heather Aguilar-Swan, one of the most prominent designers on the island. Here she learnt all the essential basics of interior design and assisted on large hotel projects, private residences and commercial properties on the island. During this period, she tuned into her natural artistic talent and gained valuable expertise on designing in the tropics. She developed a love of paint techniques and in 1987 returned to London to study at the Leonard Pardon School in Knightsbridge. In 1990, she moved full-time to the UK as a freelance designer/decorator for interior designers both in the UK and Barbados. Sue was also a key member of the team at Holbein Collection in the UK, a leading manufacturer of bespoke curtain accessories. A painting commission introduced Sue to Jenny Blanc and thus an enduring design partnership was created.
In addition to the awards of World’s Best Interior Design for a Private Residence for a UK property in 2012 and Best International Interior Design for a Port St. Charles, Barbados Apartment in 2007, Jenny Blanc has won four awards for the design team’s work in the Caribbean. As Design Director, Sue’s knowledge and creativity were invaluable in these winning projects in some of the most prestigious areas of the island including the West Coast, Port St. Charles, Royal Westmoreland Estate and Apes Hill.
Sue is still Bajan to the core and very proud of her Barbadian heritage. Through her work she is very keen to promote the talents and expertise of her fellow Bajans. Many of the design projects include pieces of furniture she has designed and had made locally by skilled artisans in Barbados. Jenny Blanc is currently developing an exclusive range of Barbadian made furniture which will be available throughout the Caribbean and beyond. In 2014 Sue and Jenny created the Jenny Blanc Design Scholarship to enable design students from the Barbados Community College to fine tune their skills at a London college and gain invaluable hands-on experience at both their London and Barbados showrooms. The first scholarship winner has spent 6 months working at the London showroom and passed her exams in computer aided design with flying colours. She is now using her new skills and experience in the Jenny Blanc Barbados showroom.
Stunning glassware is a luxury that doesn’t have to be really expensive. From creating the perfect finishing touch on a graceful dining table to a special wedding gift, there is a glass for every occasion. I want to show the amazing variety that you can find. Sourcing fantastic products from around the world was one of the most fundamental premises when it came to starting the business, and when it comes to glassware I have made no exception. The range of shapes, finishes, and materials is absolutely staggering…
What greater luxury could there be than the selection of Italian crystal glass goblets above? Also within the range are tumblers, decanters as well as a gorgeous petit fours dish all finished in gilt. The shapes are so individual, and can be mixed and matched as well as presented in single colour ways – like the blue glass above.
Of course traditional glasses are a fail-safe when it comes to elegant entertaining and dining. These hand engraved champagne flutes are no exception, and are also available as coupes.
For the whisky connoisseur, a wonderful heavy based-glass decanter and glasses in a matching design would be ideal for scotch and ice.
I was so delighted to be able to create these coloured glasses, which come as a set of six in grey, aurora yellow and aurora. The glass is hand-blown in France and the sets are exclusive to Jenny Blanc. The fresh and unique colour selection would be a wonderful compliment to Pimms on a summer’s evening.
Fine wine is so much more enjoyable when using appropriate glassware. And, this burgundy glass with a pewter stem is the perfect size for swirling the wine around to produce its fantastic aroma.
These gorgeous little tumblers are engraved with a pretty blossom design and are perfect water glasses for a dining table. They work very well with clear glassware, and add a wonderful flash of colour to a more casual or plainer table setting. These glasses also make a fun wedding present!
These glasses, engraved with a tropical and sea-life design are perfect for entertaining by the coast or abroad, especially poolside or by the beach
I just love this vodka set. It’s perfect for any celebration or party and a match made in heaven with Grey Goose!
Again, these colours can be mixed together, or simply one colour used to make up a set. I think it is such fun to have such a wonderful display of colours on show. But, at the same time a single colour or design can be the final touch to a matching room scheme.
Flowers are so essential for creating beautiful design, and I am thrilled that Jenny Blanc Interiors will be one of the sponsors of Henri le Worm children’s garden at this year’s Hampton Court Flower Show. Henri Le Worm is an exciting, interactive animated children’s app and website that aims to encourage children to engage with food and nature in a fun and playful way. Created by Olivier Blanc and actress Charlotte Salt, Henri le Worm and his amazing cooking adventures brings to life the journey of plot to pot, with the voice of Simon Pegg as the characters.
The opportunity to contribute to help create the shows garden at this year’s prestigious Hampton Court Flower Show (30 June – 5 July 2015) not only seemed an exciting step, but a natural way to encourage children to get back outside exploring and gardening.
The Henri le Worm children’s garden (stand number F443) will be overseen by horticulturist Chris Collins and will be delivered to an RHS standard. The centre of the garden will have an outdoor kitchen area where Raymond Blanc will be doing a cooking demo using ingredients directly from the garden.
The garden, will be full of exciting and interactive features such as an edible shed, hanging baskets, a heritage fruit border, raised beds bordered by carved sleepers and colourful gravel and to top it off there will be a 3 meter wicker sculpture of Henri himself! Jenny Blanc Interiors will be displaying a wonderful furniture range, hand-made using natural materials.
Children will be encouraged to touch, smell and taste the fresh produce and learn more about Henri and his friends. Jenny Blanc Interiors have provided some beautiful garden furniture to add to the ambience and there will be a member of the team with information on site for interested parties throughout the show. We would be delighted if you could come and join us to enjoy this lovely event and the garden we have helped to create.
With a heatwave in London what better way to anticipate Summer than with some simply gorgeous tropical prints? Don Loper created the banana leaf print wallpaper in 1942 for The Beverly Hills Hotel (see above). The palm leaf is an especially timeless motif; from bold geometrics to more traditional prints, which were introduced in colonial times, images of tropical leaves and palm trees are a go-to for creating a sense of the exotic, luxury, travel, and therefore, adventure. The verdant green leaves create a sense of lush fertility. However, the current trend sees tropical plants represented in all different forms and colours by the major design houses. From tonal variations in green and blue by Nobilis, to oranges and golds. There is a real trend, wherever you may be, for bringing an exotic touch into the home.
Nobilis Nobilis have created a stunning and hugely varied collection of palm leaf prints in their Cosmopolitan collection…
Cole & Son
With Palm Jungle Cole & Son have created a traditional style of print using more subtle colour ways within the Contemporary Restyled Collection…
Of course there are not only tropical leaves, but also birds of paradise, which Sahco have used to create a magnificent aviary with this modern wall panel in their newest collection…
Christopher Farr’s fabric range, Brisa, featuring tropical palm prints in a vibrant and sophisticated selection of colourways is also available as a custom made wallpaper…
The spring sunshine is finally appearing and what better way to see in a brighter season than with this mood board filled with platinum colours, which we will be using for a formal drawing room. The scheme mixes contemporary designs and finishes – such as a modern lamp or metallised fabric – with traditional patterns and accessories to create a timeless interior in a contemporary-classic look.
The scheme centres around this beautiful double weave by Alton Brooke (above) called Brocatelle, which I would use on an occasional sofa – finished with buttons on the back and studs on the frame. The fabric features a wool and silk embroidery on Hessian. The yellow and sand colours and traditional pattern create elegant, understated chic.
Reflecting the embroidery of the sofa fabric, the pattern of this stunning rug (below) in an old gold colourway by Stark is the perfect compliment.
Accessorising the scheme with a contrasting mixture of this contemporary glass lamp, with a gold finish and pewter shade, by Porta Romana and a French style antique wall lamp from Beaumont & Fletcher, provides the perfect accompaniments to the colours and textures of the fabrics.
The pattern of the sofa fabric (above) is mirrored in the gorgeous curtain fabric by Lizzo, which is a modern take on a cut velvet in a damask pattern with an antiqued finish and silvered effect, which is complimented by a pale lining from Manuel Canovas. The curtains would be accentuated with a custom made crystal trim.
Dressing the sofa with cushions covered in textured velvet by Manuel Canovas, Ashley Wilde’s golden silk-effect yellow, a paisley by Watts of Westminster and GP&J Baker’s trim (all below) will create a scattering of delicate patterns, as well as the paisley reflecting the floral embroidery of the sofa. This paisley ties in all the colours I have used in this scheme, and the velvet by Manuel Canovas echoes the pattern of the curtains.
The distressed look of the sofa fabric goes well with the parchment-creased wallpaper by Casamance (above), which is flecked with glitter to subtly pick up the light.
Equally the leather by Futura (below) from the Selvaggio Collection in Walnut, which, in this case, will be used to cover a club fender – you can use studs or buttons to finish – compliments the metallised fabric that would be used for window seats by Lelievre in Oxide, Cendre finished with a fine, rope trim by Samuel & Sons.
For me, a bedroom is one of the most important rooms in a house. It is a space to relax and rest as well as to sleep. And, there is nothing more cheering than the prospect of a cosy and beautifully decorated bed to come home to. From your mattress to the type of bed you like, as well as accessories such as bedside tables and throws, there are just so many different ways of creating a space that really reflects what most appeals to you in terms of comfort, as well as aesthetically. When it comes to pillows the sizes and shapes available are again so varied, but I like two rectangular pillows and a large square pillow to lean on when reading – and always feather. The bedroom we created in Barbados (above) reflects this concept beautifully; the elegant four poster with voiles and an inset padded headboard is the centrepiece of the room. From there stems matching mahogany furniture and accessories in aqua, cream, silver and white.
Whether you prefer your mattress hard or soft, quality is important. As the only carbon neutral bed maker, Hypnos uses the finest natural and sustainable materials. Unlike most mattresses, which are stuffed with synthetic fillings that can make you hot during the night, all of Hypnos’ mattresses are made using generous layers of natural, sustainable and breathable fibres such as wool, cashmere, teased hair, cotton and silk. My go to supplier for Vispring is And So To Bed. These mattresses are also made from natural materials, including wool from the Shetland isles, Bamboo from China which is incredibly soft and wicks away moisture to ensure that you awake feeling fully refreshed, Mohair, Silk, Cashmere, Horsetail, and Cotton. A typical Vispring mattress has four full fleeces within its upholstery. In both cases, this choice in fillings help to promote air flow and reduce moisture to help regulate body temperature, they also repel allergens and enhance the sleeping experience.
On the other hand, there is a huge trend in memory foam mattresses like Tempur, and these are always an option. However, as these mattresses are made from synthetic materials, they are known to raise body heat, so bear in this mind if you like to stay cool when sleeping.
And, of course, bed bases can be a wonderful way of creating storage in smaller spaces; whether you have drawers or the entire mattress is able to lift up and storage is created underneath.
Above are the three styles of headboard, which are most popular at the moment. You can cover these plain headboards in any fabric that you like, as well as varying the types of trim you use and buttoning or stud detail.
Below is a contemporary bedroom we designed using a buttoned headboard in dark, purple velvet. Like the traditional bedroom above, the bed dictates the surrounding colour scheme and accessories; modern statement lamps with contrasting lime lampshades, and cushions in chocolate and a Moroccan style print – which also ties in with the blinds. There is a huge range of bedside cabinets and tables available, and a bench or sofa (as above) situated at the end of the bed is a lovely addition to any bedroom.
For a more traditional look, a Bateau Lit or a French style bedstead (as below) is just heavenly. The Bateau Lit ties in with the oak beams of this 15th century country house, as well as the bedside cabinets. The look is lifted by the light blue floral patterns of the duvet cover and chair, as well as flashes of dark green.
This bedroom (above) is one of my favourites, with the bedstead matching the curtains in fabric by Jean Monro. The flashes of aqua in the fabric are reflected in the traditional bed valence and this, in turn, is echoed in the pale aqua chaise lounge, which is another option if you’re not featuring a stool, bench or sofa.
A trunk at the end of a bed (below) is hugely useful for extra storage. The red chinoiserie fabric of the headboard here is reflected in the fabulous bath that we installed in this bedroom. The red throw ties into the scheme as does the throw in the aqua scheme above.
The recipient of the inaugural 2014 Jenny Blanc Design Scholarship, Tyra Woodroffe, is back from London and seeking to inspire other students at the Barbados Community College.
Woodroffe, a 19 year-old graduate of the BCC’s Design Program, this week visited the institution after completing a six-month stint at the England headquarters of international designers, Jenny Blanc Interiors.
Along with giving an overview of her “eye-opening” experience in London to the BCC’s 2014-2015 Interior Design class, Woodroffe and Jenny Blanc’s Caribbean Director, Emma Blanc, presented the students with hundreds of samples of fabric of varying colours, textures and designs.
“Designing is an exciting career and my trip to London allowed me to be more involved in the hands-on aspect. It was different and enlightening and the exposure also allowed me to benefit from a wider scope of design techniques and experiences,”
Explaining why she opted to provide the current BCC students with such a varied range of fabric samples, the emerging designer said BCC students were always challenged to find wide varieties of fabrics and they would certainly be useful.
This was underscored by Design Tutor, Stephen Jackman, who accepted the samples on behalf of the class and thanked Woodroffe and Jenny Blanc for their kind gesture. “Fabric samples are essential for interior designers and will enhance their portfolios and knowledge,” he said.
While in England, Tyra also succeeded in gaining City and Guilds certification in computer-assisted designing (AutoCAD 2), which was presented to her Jenny Blanc Design Director Sue Thomas-Richardson. The qualification will fulfil the second half of her scholarship programme through a six-month attachment at the Holetown-based showroom of Jenny Blanc in Barbados
Through the partnership with the BCC, Tyra emerged as the first winner of the Jenny Blanc all-expenses-paid scholarship last June after students were assessed on their course-work and a special project that included the interior design of a four-bedroom luxury home – complete with furniture, fabrics, lighting and functional spaces.
The next scholarship will be offered in 2016 and Jenny Blanc Interiors also revealed to students that the top two BCC students from the 2014-2015 class and the top two from the 2015-2016 class will all be eligible to compete for the prized all-expenses paid scholarship.
And in Tyra’s Words…
Having settled happily back into the warm embrace of the Caribbean beauty that is my island home Barbados, it is no doubt that I’m also enjoying the second phase of the Jenny Blanc design scholarship. With the comfort of a familiar environment, I’m now experiencing the other side of the Jenny Blanc business with renewed zeal.
The Barbadian team has welcomed me with open arms and I feel as though I’ve adapted happily into the dynamic of their operation. That being said it’s very valuable to note the differences in the happenings of the two locations and what particular skills they develop. The main design office of the company resides in London where they have the resources to handle larger scale projects in a comprehensive way. This allows for first hand exposure to the vast range of fabric, furniture and accessory supply companies the world has to offer, whereas in the Barbados office, things are hands on in a different capacity. The focal point here is the retail aspect where other variables come into play. This means that design is developed from a merchandising standpoint where products are displayed for sale and to inspire those visiting the showroom. Successfully inspiring onlookers, who may be in need of a designer, encourages them to choose your establishment. Attention to detail, proper maintenance and excellent customer service – while having a knack for very subtle, gentle persuasion – can go a long way.
A substantial amount of business traffic occurs in Barbados where many clients can need anything from a single room revamp through our Just Rooms service, an entire refurbishment, or a new build project. The challenge of going into spaces, having conversations with clients and measuring for initial drawings is an exciting one. Eventually it is followed by the final installation process where you interact directly with the pieces of a scheme that begin to transform a residential or commercial interior. The practical and functional nature of design then becomes most apparent. I look forward to being involved in this process in the upcoming months with the team.
Time has been going very swiftly but the experience here is enjoyable while beneficial. I still reflect on the fond and amusing memories of my UK trip and feel so fortunate to have been blessed with this opportunity that has aided in my personal growth in so many ways.
Our Caribbean Director and resident of Barbados, Emma Blanc, talks about the world famous performing arts festival at Holders Season… The 22nd Holders Season hosted by the Kidd family in the beautiful grounds of the 17th century Holders Plantation House overlooking the beautiful West coast, has yet again been one of the high lights of this year’s season in Barbados. Wendy Kidd, producer of the festival, pictured below with model daughter Jodie ensures that each year is as memorable as the last and this year has been no exception. Many visitors plan their time in Barbados to coincide with this event and it is a must do in most of our diaries, especially mine as I spent many years in the Performing arts and events before moving into the Design world.
This year the first two evenings featured a Cabaret Dinner, where guests saw performances from acrobats and magicians in the Holders Gallery.
The following nights saw performances including The Music of Hollywood, and other themed nights such as Cajun, Cuban and American Soul and the City performed by artists from all over the world. The Theatre Night was opened by the OTT (Operation Triple Threat) – a developmental performing arts program for local students between the ages of 7 and 21, a division of “Live-Breathe Music!” a company dedicated to offering superior training to musicians and aspiring ones and also one of this year’s beneficiaries of the festival. OTT will also be performing their version of THE WIZ next month at the Frank Collymore Hall in our capital, Bridgetown.
The programme of events saw its finale on Saturday 21st March with a Gala night featuring the UK’s most wonderful Opera Band “ Blake” – back this year by popular demand along with the very talented Canadian singer songwriter Sarah Boulton all preceded by the Mosaic Steel Orchestra. A brilliant end to another fantastic Season.
After that dreadfully cold winter we’ve had, March means spring, and all of a sudden hundreds of flowers are in season. I just love delicate pinks and greens together. Our Senior Designer, Abbie, presented her mood board on our blog back in January – look out for her new mood board coming up in the next few weeks. She used soft pinks and mossy greens to freshen up a feminine bedroom for spring. We loved it so much we made it our London Showroom window!
Pretty spring flowers bring softness, intrigue, and of course a wonderful fragrance to any room as well as enhancing already existing colours and textures. I simply love little antique vases and jugs that you can fill with all kinds of wild flowers for a very natural look. I visited my favourite flower shop The Secret Garden in Thames Ditton, Surrey, which was absolutely full of a magnificent array of flowers in the lead up to Mother’s Day. With two weeks to Easter, what better way to decorate your home than with fresh, seasonal flowers. The pretty yellows, pinks and blues signal that spring is truly here. From Narcissus and Tulips to Cowslips and Cherry Blossom, there is a huge amount to choose from.
Here at Jenny Blanc we sponsor the Broadway to Barbados Charitable trust, whose Chairman & Project Coordinator is our friend and client Robert J. Bourque. The trust has been set up to raise money for The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, especially its new Medical Intensive Care Unit, of which the island is in great need. The trust also aims to create a ‘Nurses Appreciation Program’ to improve the morale of 600+ nursing staff, as well as the repair of equipment, training programs, and a ‘Kids Helping Kids Program.’ Every year this fantastic organisation puts on a Broadway Musical Revue over a period of seven days, flying the best Broadway stars to the island for a truly memorable experience, and to raise money for this important cause.
This year Emma Blanc our Caribbean Director, and Sue Thomas-Richardson our Design Director accompanied some of our wonderful clients and friends to a performance on Thursday 19th February 2015 at Frank Collymore Hall. They gathered at the famous Tides restaurant for drinks and canapés before the performance, serving Sir Cliff Richard’s wine Vida Nova, which he has recently launched in Barbados.
The performance was produced by award-winning Neil Berg, who has created many Broadway hits including The Prince and the Pauper and Closer Than Ever. The cast of Broadway Stars performed hits from The Phantom of The Opera, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jersey Boys and Gypsy. This year’s theme was ‘Return to Paradise’, and is sponsored by Diamonds International and Bulgari amongst other organisations.
– Broadway to Barbados is a registered charity No. 1057
When I started this business with my Showroom Director Chrissie Marshall in 1995 I couldn’t have anticipated that our West London showroom could have expanded to the level of an award-winning, international interior design company. It is something that gives me an immense feeling of pride. Nevertheless, the original premise of the business was to provide wonderful and unique soft furnishings, fabrics, home accessories and gifts. Over the years we have made close connections with all of the most exclusive and luxurious brands, compiling an extensive samples library, and access to the latest furniture, lighting, fabrics, wallpapers, flooring, mirrors and artwork collections, as well as superior curtain, cushion and blind treatments and upholstery. But, I still believe that everybody should be able to have something beautiful, even if their budget does not extend to a full design project.
Therefore, in the care of Chrissie in London, and my daughter Emma Blanc, the Caribbean Director in Barbados, we created Just Rooms. Chrissie and Emma provide fantastic expertise on all of the above, whether you need a few accessories to personalise a room, to creating a whole new dining room, living room or bedroom and everything in between. So this week, I thought I’d show a few rooms that we have transformed in the hope that you will be inspired, and also to provide you with some design food for thought…
This week Caribbean Director, Emma Blanc, speaks about the special connection that Jenny Blanc has with The Barbados Sea Turtle Project and the wonderful products that we have had specially commissioned in the name of this crucial cause…
Having lived on the beach for the last 5 years I have had the privilege and pleasure of witnessing the nesting and hatching of many of the now critically endangered Hawksbill Turtles of Barbados, even having to rescue over 100 hatchlings from the pool in front on our building as they mistook the lights for the moon.
Sadly they have become endangered due to over-harvesting by man, primarily for the illegal trade of the shell but also for their meat & eggs. The population recovery is an extremely slow process and even their nesting beaches are under threat from irresponsible beach front developments which can result in their nests being washed away.
Thankfully, The Barbados Sea Turtle Project offers sound advice to our visitors and residents on how to interact with the nesting and hatching process and what you should and should not do if you are fortunate enough to be in the right place. The project has a special hotline to call as soon as you see activity on the beach, and The Barbados Sea Turtle Project website is www.barbadosseaturtles.org
Jenny Blanc has therefore pledged its support to The Barbados Sea Turtle Project, and we are donating 5% from the sale of each turtle item we have at the Barbados Showroom from coasters to cushions to our very own Limited Edition Turtle Sculptures.
If you want to see the Turtles for yourself they nest on all beaches of the south and west coast of the island. However, due to concerns about safety, The Sea Turtle project usually recommends the South Coast Boardwalk as the best place for observing sea turtles.
Barbados is extremely important for these lovely creatures having the second largest Hawksbill nesting population in the wider Caribbean, about 500 a year! Most other islands have populations of less than 200 a year down to a miniscule 2 -5 per year.
As tempting as it may be to try and get close, it takes a mother over an hour to lay her eggs. So, she needs to be left to do this in as much peace as possible. The same goes for the hatching process, if you see them emerge at night and they are moving towards the sea, let them go!
These wood carving branches below are formed from a naturally occurring, mushroom-like growth that embeds itself into the bark of a White Cedar or Chinaberry tree. The growths are so hard and dense that they don’t decay when the tree is dead and rots away leaving them to be picked up and the used as a beautiful base for our Swimming Turtles, crafted by talented artisans.
The majority of team at The Barbados Sea Turtle Project are all volunteers and it is seriously underfunded, which is why we would like you to help us help them and at the same time enhance your home with something lovely from our Turtle collection at the Barbados showroom in St James.
I’ve always loved wallpapers because they set the scene for the room, and create atmosphere. But, I often find that people aren’t aware of the fantastic variety of texture and style in wallpapers. For a long time wallpaper has been seen as only very traditional. Recently, however, the design houses have come up with contemporary designs that work in many different styles of home. Wallpapers are now THE thing to have. Even if you have a very large design you can have a feature wall and two plainer walls with tonally schemed paints.
So, this week I’ve shown some delightful schemes, which demonstrate the wonderful capabilities of wallpaper for transforming a room. Of course, a traditional, floral print is an easy way of creating comfort, and colour as you will see below. But, there are many more contemporary or modern prints and materials that can have really beautiful effects. From a simple paper to silk and shells, the materials that can be used today are truly remarkable, and the effects even more so. I hope you love the schemes as much as I do!
The huge increase in the creation of stunning, contemporary designs is truly evident in these Jim Thompson wallpapers. A bold geometric, paired with a modern combination of colours in a floral print, shows the subtle influence of a traditional design with a contemporary twist through colour.
Traditional, floral prints, with a modern twist from the Baptista collection by Colefax and Fowler show that traditional wallpaper isn’t outdated, but in fact has been brought right up to date, and immediately creates a sophisticated and elegant look.
A featured wall in textured wallpaper such as Seychelles above by Nobilis, made from Capiz shells, or a textured woven silk such as Sands of Lazaro by Philip Jeffries, is a fantastic way of creating a unique and magical room.
Maco Magazine was the first of its kind as a high-end glossy magazine dedicated to Caribbean lifestyle and architecture throughout the Windward Islands and retailed internationally including Barnes & Noble and Borders. We featured in a two-page spread in the January 2015 edition, which details the fantastic range of services that are on offer in our showroom in St. James, Barbados, built on 12 years of expert knowledge and experience, from our complete interior design service to advice on accessorising. This issue featured a sensational front cover, with a lush, tropical scene that simply invited you to delve in. We hope you enjoy it…
International interior design company, Jenny Blanc, has built up an impressive portfolio of homes and apartments in the Caribbean over the past 12 years. Their head office, beautiful lifestyle showroom and design studio, based in West London, are ideally located for UK-based clients with homes abroad or in Britain to attend design meetings and concept presentations. The company’s talented designers have developed indispensable local knowledge and specialist expertise on the best furnishings for tropical living in terms of style, quality and durability. The calibre of their work has been acknowledged with three International Property Awards for projects in the Caribbean and in 2012 the company won World’s Best Interior Design for a private residence in the UK.
In December 2011, Jenny Blanc launched their hugely successful and popular showroom in Barbados which works in close synergy with the design office and showroom in London and serves as a linchpin in the Caribbean for the interior design service offering an unsurpassed selection of the most beautiful, original products for the home. Three years on the showroom goes from strength to strength as a wonderful design resource throughout the islands and is a magnet for international home owners.
The experienced and knowledgeable showroom staff are always on hand to give a friendly and efficient service and with professional help and advice to customers. Both showrooms offer an extensive range of stunning and carefully sourced products and services:
Homes Accessories: Tabletop: special occasion tableware, glasses, coasters, table mats, table cloths and napkins. Living: an extensive library of the beautiful fabrics and soft furnishings, furniture, rugs, cushions, objets, sculptures and original artwork for walls. Lighting: standard lamps, table lamps, chandeliers, candles and storm lanterns. Outdoor: beach towels, beach bags, picnic and outdoor dining ware.
The showroom also offers an accessorising service visiting your home to add those extra finishing touches such as cushions, objets, lamps, mirrors and artwork.
Home Furnishing Service: If you are looking to furnish your home yourself you can benefit from the experience and advice of the professional team to help you select the most suitable pieces, whether it be for a whole house in private use or for the more practical and durable items for holiday rentals; even if just to furnish one room. Many items are available from stock or you can enjoy beautiful furniture designed by the company and made locally in Barbados. There is also an extensive library of catalogues from the best international suppliers from which to make your selection. Our team will then manage the ordering and shipping of your purchases from door to door.
Outdoor Furniture Ranges: The company prides itself on representing many of the finest collections of outdoor furniture and the experienced showroom staff will be only too pleased to advise on the best and most suitable pieces for you. All ranges can be purchased through both showrooms with many examples available to view.
Cane-Line * Vincent Sheppard * Oxleys * Sika Design * Ego Paris * * Janus et Cie * TUUCI
Beautiful Gifts: You will find a unique range of exquisite gifts for those special occasions all beautifully gift wrapped just for you.
The company sources products from all over the world offering only the best, most stylish items which can be shipped anywhere in the Caribbean and beyond.
Ever since I created Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons with my ex-husband Raymond Blanc I’ve had a passion for dressing dining tables, it has become one of my favourite design elements when completing any commission. I cannot emphasise enough how important a stunning table is for creating a sense of occasion. Of course it is well known that French and Italian families gather together around the dining table, taking their time to enjoy a meal and the company – more so than the British – and with that goes the cooking and the table presentation. It comes as no surprise therefore that the most beautiful and practical table top ware is made in France and Italy, from tablecloths and mats, to china and glasses. When we opened Le Manoir I dressed tables with pink tablecloths, little individual antique silver milk jugs filled with pink tea roses, and a very pretty lamp on each table, the effect was delightful!
It is disappointing that beautiful linens, china and table-top items in my West London Showroom are rarely purchased. However, we are asked for plastic wipe clean mats, which do have their place of course. Actually, we have some fun new ones coming in soon, as well as a range of our own designs.
My passion for table top designs is now being fulfilled! With the opening of our second showroom in Barbados, I quickly recognised the demand for unusual, exotic, and simply beautiful table accessories as well as the more practical and everyday. I get so much pleasure from travelling and sourcing new and exciting items, knowing they are in such demand and appreciated for the Caribbean lifestyle. The abundance of the Caribbean’s colourful nature from tropical flowers to natural materials such as shells and coral provide a wealth of resources for table decoration. Using flowers and candles are a must of course, and flowers can be wild, from the countryside or just from your garden. They don’t have to be costly.
My Design Director, Sue Thomas-Richardson has just come back from a trip to Barbados working in our showroom and on design projects. During her visit she went for lunch with a friend, John Chandler, at Lancaster Great House for one of their famous Bajan Buffets – you may have seen the blog about the launch of John’s fabulous book, Hotel Barbados, at Lancaster Great House in November. The magnificent table setting above has inspired me to write my blog this week on the many unique, fantastic ways that table settings in the Caribbean can totally bring a room to life and create a memorable special occasion. The Dining Room at colonial style Lancaster Great House was transformed into a vivid cornucopia of luscious tropical flowers in contrasting pinks and purples, making the brunch a truly splendid event.
This sophisticated Caribbean dining table uses the natural greens of tropical plants, as well as a fabric embossed with velvet flowers. The two large hurricanes on bold, iron stands are fantastic centrepieces, decorated with shells and coral, which is picked up in the napkin rings. Special glassware – the featured glasses engraved with palm trees, matching the tropical surroundings – is a very easy way of making a meal special (available in our Showrooms).
The delicate red and yellow flowers in this centrepiece set off the green and orange table scheme and compliment the chargers, hand-painted with tropical fruits and leaves. Like the coral napkin rings above, these beaded, leaf napkin rings, add a subtle touch of frivolity and sparkle to the table. Due to the tropical climate it is very important to use resilient fabrics in the Caribbean. This gorgeous fabric by Perennials called Vintage Stripe in Mandarin is just right. ‘Perennial’ means persistent and enduring and this fabric can be used indoors and outdoors, so is just right for enhancing a Caribbean dining table. The green placemats (used above and below) also look so sophisticated with silver:
The subtle tones of the chairs covered in fabric embroidered with a pineapple, are complimented by the stunning Hillaby dining table by Jenny Blanc (made to order). The wreath of flowers, as a simple centrepiece, totally lifts the finish of the setting, picking out the pink embroidery in the napkins and the pink shells on the napkin rings.
Lighting is so important for creating a romantic ambience. Hurricanes always look fabulous on a tropical table and, paired with the flower arrangement, this trio creates a gentle glow over evening dining.
In this light and elegant outdoor terrace, the white and aqua scheme is mirrored in the chargers and bowls on the table. We used Coral Bay Pool by Kravet on the cushions, in a contemporary twist on a classic coral print. The white flowers surrounding a large candle on the table mirror the stunning floral chandelier. The table setting, with chargers and bowls in a sea-life design, completes the sophistication of this wonderful outdoor dining experience.
The plates, chargers and bowls used in the place settings above are all available in the Jenny Blanc Showrooms
Senior Designer, Abbie, creates regular mood boards inspired by the latest collections. For Spring she has put together a romantic combination of soft pinks and mossy greens with touches of mother of pearl and silver to give a contemporary classic feel for a luxurious bedroom. Abbie writes…
My inspiration for the colour scheme was the beautiful beaded Maasai Crystal and Raffia Fringe trim from Samuel & Sons (below left). For the curtain fabric, I selected the show-stopping weave, Hanover, from Hodsoll & McKenzie’s collection Mayfair (below left). Echoing a classic damask design, it has been given a clever contemporary twist with its sculptural construction and slight metallic sheen. I also love the delicate sparkle of clear glass beads and the lustrous finish of the fabric which combine to reflect light and draw the eye. The trim would look fabulous used with this fabric, just like the arrangement that we created for one of our clients (below right).
For a feature wall I have chosen this stunning painted floral wallpaper by Nina Campbell, which would pair well with Cole & Son’s textured, metallic wallpaper, Random Match. The delicate sprays in the wallpaper pick out the trio of fresh, spring colours that are the motif of this scheme, set against a silver background.
I absolutely adore the lighting from Visual Comfort & Co. This wall sconce and floor lamp are classic pieces with contemporary touches; the hand-rubbed, brass wall sconce has crystal on the floral detail at the centre, and the floor lamp with a linen shade has a Quatrefoil detail, which is such an elegant flourish and very popular with many furniture designers this season. Both details pick out the floral pattern on the fabric and wallpaper.
This sumptuous mother of pearl, art deco headboard – available at Jenny Blanc – carries on the bedroom’s theme of classic pieces with a contemporary twist. It would create such an air of elegance, and luxury as a truly extraordinary statement piece. The curves reflect the floral motifs on all the furniture and lighting, including the mirror below, with a reflective, pearlised frame (also available at Jenny Blanc).
This elegant, French Louis XVI style chair is covered in a chic linen fabric called Soundless by Veere Grenney, which echoes the flower motif in the soft pink that repeats throughout this room scheme. It is such a pretty and feminine piece that, again, is a contemporary take on a classic design.
A stool covered in Turoa Copper, a pink, opalescent leather by Whistler would be just enough sparkle to contribute to the other metallic materials in this scheme without being too much. Other furniture could be covered in Bintan, a textured sage green and white weave by Nina Campbell, with cushions in pink silk by Colefax & Fowler and green silk by Zimmer + Rohde.
Jenny loves the elegance and romantic colours of this scheme and has decided to recreate the look in the London showroom’s window in time for Valentine’s day.
Keep an eye out for our blog in a few weeks’ time where we reveal some of the fabulous Valentine’s gifts on show in our spring window. They will also be available on our Streethub page, which you can visit by clicking here