Category Archives: Barbados

Say Hello to Summer at Jenny Blanc…

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Dive into a world of colour with new fabrics by Matthew Williamson, exclusively available in Barbados from our West Coast design showroom. As specialists in outdoor furniture and soft furnishings, we know the powerful role that curtains, cushions and upholstery play in transforming our clients homes. Refreshing your Caribbean home is easy – start with a visit to the Jenny Blanc showroom in St. James to view our look books and you’ll soon be brimming with inspiration. Our talented design team will help you choose your fabrics, expertly blending colours and textures to create a look that’s all you. Think of it as high fashion for the home! Then simply sit back and relax whilst we oversee the production and installation of your new soft furnishings, ready to wow guests this summer.

In need of a little inspiration? Read on…

Tropical Trip

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We’ve paired Matthew Williamson’s Habanera print fabric with accents of teal and bright orange for a tropical look that packs a punch. Suitable for curtains and upholstery, imagine seat cushions with contrast piping or extra-large floor cushions with a teal or orange reverse. We think that this pattern, with its delicate foliage and tropical fruit, is destined to be the backdrop to both elegant dinners and wild parties this Summer.

 

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Above: ‘Habanera’ by Matthew Williamson – The Cuban rhythmical dance lends its name to this toil featuring pineapples and butterflies.

 

The Dark Arts

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Things take a turn for the dramatic with ‘Plumas’ and ‘Mariposa’ by Matthew Williamson. Two stunning fabrics that feature peacock feathers and butterflies respectively, in subtle and sophisticated tones of teal, indigo and turquoise. Darker fabrics are an ideal way to ground a paler scheme and provide a focus for the room – like the cluster of scatter pillows on the white sofa above.

 

Jenny Blanc Blog - The Dark Arts - Mariposa Silk Linen Fabric
‘Mariposa’ is the Spanish word for butterfly – this silk and linen jacquard of darting monochrome butterflies is perfectly suited to curtains or blinds.

 

Jenny Blanc Blog - The Dark Arts - Plimas Silk Viscose Fabric
‘Plumas’ gives Matthew Williamson’s signature peacock feather a fresh interpretation in a luxurious silk/viscose jacquard – a beautiful choice for full length curtains.

 

Outdoor Living Made Easy

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‘Talavera’ by Matthew Williamson takes its name from the town of Talavera de la Reina, located in Toledo in mainland Spain. The town is renowned for its ceramics and glazed tilework. This stunning fabric features a vibrant assortment of Mediterranean fruit, flowers and colourful birds against a restful blue and white backdrop reminiscent of provincial table linens. We think it would look stunning as cushions – we’ve chosen a hot pink accent colour. Elevate your outdoor living space further with an outdoor rug, specially made to be durable, washable and fade-resistant. Faux flowers and foliage add another layer of interest and best of all, there’s no need to water!

 

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We hope we have left you feeling inspired! Remember at Jenny Blanc we specialise in:

    • Bespoke curtains and blinds for every room, in every style.
    • Hand-made cushions for both indoors and outdoors – take advantage of our design teams expertise to choose fabrics and trimmings that will elevate look of the entire room.
    • Furniture re-upholstery for indoors and outdoors – choose from our specially curated fabric library including specialist outdoor fabrics that are resistant to salt, chlorine and sun lotion!
    • Outdoor furniture – order from some of the world’s best suppliers then put your feet up whist we coordinate the shipping, customs clearance and installation.
    • Home Accessories – we can source the perfect outdoor rug, faux foliage, hurricane vase or any other finishing touch needed to complete your living space.

For more information on our services and contact details, visit our NEW website here.

 

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Barbados Mother’s Day: 17 Ways To Make Her Day…

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Jenny Blanc Blog - Happy Mothers Day ImageWhether she’s a new mother or a Great-Grandmother, Mother’s Day is the perfect chance to show her how much she means to you. A framed photograph makes a beautiful gift that will be treasured for years to come – discover our hand-picked collection available exclusively at our showroom in St. James. For more great gift ideas for every budget, read on for the Jenny Blanc Mother’s Day gift guide!

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1. Our Silver Bamboo Effect Frames are a modern twist on a classic design that will harmonise with any interior. 8’’x10’’ BBD $175 , 5’’x7’’ BBD $100

2. Spoil her with this stunning White Orchid Ring Catch by Michael Aram which makes a beautiful addition to any dressing table. H 5.5’’ x W 4’’ BBD $245

3. This Enamel and Pearl Photo Frame in ‘champagne’ makes an elegant home for a cherished photograph. 5’’ x 7 ‘’ BBD $135

4. A beautiful Mother of Pearl Keepsake Box is a thoughtful finishing touch, ideal for storing rings and other trinkets. Small: W 2.5’’ x H 1.5’’ BBD $145, Large: W 3.5’’ x H 2’’ BBD $195

5 & 6. Reflective Photo Frames by Michael Aram are sleek and modern – it’s no wonder they’re one of the most popular designs at our West Coast showroom! 8″ x 10″ BBD $495.00 and the 5″ x 7″ BBD $395.00

7. The intricate coral design on the Miniature Photo Frame is handcrafted in white bronze and makes it the perfect place to display a photo from a cherished holiday. 3’’ x 4‘’ BBD $595

8. The matching Coral Clock completes this elegantly matching set. W 3.5’’ x H 3 BBD $500

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9. A handbag essential for any stylish Mum – our Monstera Leaf Keyring is a fun and elegant way to keep keys safe. 4’’ x 1.5’’ BBD $55

10. Longer lasting and easier to take care of than the real thing, our Faux Orchids are beautifully realistic and make a welcoming sight in any home. H 30’’ BBD $770

11. The Cocktail Garden: Botanical Cocktails For Every Season will look as at home on the coffee table as in the kitchen and she’s bound to find her new favourite tipple within its pages. 12’’ W x 7’’ H BBD $85

12. Having extra special stationery on-hand is one of life’s little joys. This eye-catching Set of Notecards, featuring vibrant watercolour birds, will give her a lift every time she uses them. 5’’ x 7’’ BBD $75

13. For the Mum who has everything, this Clutch Bag has been specially designed for the beach and poolside. With a real leather strap and soft cotton interior, it’s ideal for keeping personal belongings safe and sand-free. 12’’ W x 7’’ H BBD $ 279

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14. A special notebook is the perfect place to let dreams unfold – we have designed ours to be beautiful to look at, tactile to hold with the most luxurious paper inside. W 4’’ x H 6’’ BBD $140

15. Keep wardrobes and linen cupboards smelling sweet with a hanging lavender fish. Handmade in Nottinghamshire, England, the fish filled with fragrant French lavender. W 9’’ x H 2.5’’ BBD $65

16. These unusual scented sachets are made from dupion silk with vintage English lace in vibrant hues and are filled with dried rose buds. Place them in drawers and let their heavenly fragrance infuse clothes and linen. W 6’’ x H 4.5’’ BBD $65

17. Un Soir A L’Opera (or ‘A Night at the Opera’) have captured the fragrance of three of operas most enduring tales. Choose from Don Giovanni, Madam Butterfly or Swan Lake. A beautiful gift for Mother’s Day or at any time of the year. H 4’’ x W 3’’ BBD $195 In a hurry?

Simply call ahead and we can gift-wrap any of our products and have them ready for collection. For opening times, contact information and to find us on the map, click here.

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Lighting Sale at Jenny Blanc Barbados

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Jenny Blanc Blog - 50% Off Lamps Image

For a limited time only save up to 50% on all single, ex-display lamps at our showroom on the West Coast of Barbados. From opulent chandeliers to sleek and simple table lamps – and everything in between! A single lamp makes the perfect addition to dressing tables, studies, reading corners and more. Read on for a peek at some of our favourites but hurry, at half price they won’t be around for long.

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  1. The ultimate statement piece, this eight-light chandelier is hand fabricated with a painted steel frame in a rust finish with pressed glass flowers.
  2. Sculpted to resemble white coral, this wrought iron chandelier is covered in an application of sand giving it a realistic texture. The six-light chandelier is anchored at the bottom by a textural pot from which its arms of coral richly extend.
  3. Strands of tumbled sea-glass will bring hints of the ocean into your interior. Subtle aquamarine and sea-foam tones come alive against the gold leaf band that encircles this frothy three-light pendant.

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  1. With its white wooden base this lamp will harmonise with your existing furniture beautifully.
  2. This ceramic stool style table lamp is a classic design – the high gloss white glaze and lion’s head handles make it an eye-catching and uplifting addition to the home.
  3. A classic ceramic basket style table lamp in a rich crimson red will add a splash of colour to your scheme. This lamp comes with a classic French drum shade in vanilla linen.
  4. One of our most popular designs, this table lamp is decorated on all four sides with tropical parrots.
  5. This ceramic lamp has a textured surface reminiscent of coral, ideal for bringing a touch of calm to studies and bedrooms.
  6. The vibrant tropical design and green shade on this ceramic lamp make a bold statement. An eye-catching addition to lounges and entryways this lamp looks equally fabulous in a classic or contemporary setting.

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  1. Handmade from iron with an old bronze finish, this lamp is part light, part sculpture. It’s life-like, tropical leaves stand tall at 32 inches making it suitable for the floor or table-top.
  2. A classic floor lamp made from hand-painted brass with a bamboo effect, this lamp makes a beautiful addition to classic interiors.
  3. This antique shell lamp makes an unusual and eye-catching addition to the home. Try displaying it on a bookshelf where it will cast an ambient glow.

For more information on any of the lamps featured above contact us here.

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Exclusively at Jenny Blanc Barbados: The 12 Days of Christmas Decorations Sale

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Jenny Blanc Exclusive Christmas Decorations Sale 2017We’re very excited to announce that our special ’12 Days of Christmas Decorations’ Sale will be launching at our showroom on the West Coast of Barbados on Sunday 24th December!

For 12 days only we will be offering fantastic discounts across our whole range of Christmas decorations including baubles and hanging ornaments, decorative object like our fabulous gold pineapples, tableware including luxury festive place cards, napkins and napkin rings. It’s the perfect opportunity to find that last minute finishing touch to complete your Christmas décor this year or get ahead of the game and stock up for next year. A beautiful ornament is also the perfect souvenir from a Christmas holiday spent in the sun!

Here are some of our favourites – discover the full collection exclusively at our showroom in St. James.
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  1. On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me… A Peacock in a Palm Tree!

Our fabulous peacock shines in sparkling turquoise, blue and purple. WAS $25 BDS NOW $18.75 BDS

  1. On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Two Hummingbirds

Add a tropical touch to your tree with a pair of hummingbirds in clear and silver acrylic. WERE $18 BDS NOW $13.50 BDS

  1. On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Three French Fairies

With sparkling frocks and pearlescent wings, a fairy (or three) will add a sprinkle of magic to your Christmas tree – tres bien! WERE $35 BDS NOW $26.25

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  1. On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Four Dragonflies

Our jewelled dragonflies have a clever, clip-on design – attach them to place settings, table centrepieces, Christmas gifts and more! WERE $15 BDS NOW $11.25

  1. On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Five Gold Stars!

Large and visually striking in a shade of deep, antique gold, our Christmas stars look fantastic hung in groups of odd numbers for maximum impact! WERE $40 BDS NOW $30 BDS

  1. On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Six Pineapples

Whether you choose six or just one, our gold pineapples make beautiful decorative objet all year round. Make them the centrepiece for your Christmas table or add a touch of tropical glamour to your bar area. WERE $75 BDS NOW $56.25 BDS

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  1. On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Seven aqua baubles

The shade of the season, a deep, rich aqua looks stunning paired with gold on these luxurious glass baubles. WERE $15 BDS NOW $11.25

  1. On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Eight Festive Place Cards

The key to the perfect Holiday party is in the seating plan. Take control with our festive place cards then watch the evening unfold. WERE $40 BDS NOW $30

  1. On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Nine Cocktail Sticks

It’s all in the details – our festive cocktail sticks add that extra finishing touch. Set of four WERE $45 NOW $33.75

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  1. On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Ten Christmas Napkins

Entertaining essentials get a festive twist with these luxurious paper napkins – stock up now to make sure you’re not caught short! Cocktail napkins WERE $20 BDS NOW $15, Lunch napkins WERE $25 BDS NOW $18.75 BDS

  1. On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Eleven Jingle Baubles

With glittering baubles, frosted berries and sparkling foliage, our jingle bauble napkin rings look stunning glinting by candle light on the dining table. WERE $60 BDS each NOW $45 BDS

  1. On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Twelve Starburst Napkin Rings

These show stopping beaded napkin rings are the finishing touch that will set the scene for a wonderful celebration. Bursting with glamour and fun, each features hundreds of beautiful glass beads that catch the light beautifully all year round. WERE $100 BDS each NOW $75

 

We look forward to seeing you at our showroom in St. James this holiday season. For directions and Holiday opening hours, or just to get in touch, visit our website here.

Caribbean Beach Weddings at Jenny Blanc

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Jenny Blanc - Caribbean Wedding List
Photograph by Gina Francesca, Event Design: Emma Corrie

If you are looking for the ultimate beach wedding & the perfect gifts inspired by tropical settings, Jenny Blanc have a fantastic selection of beautiful gifts, table top settings & unique Caribbean inspired wedding favours.

As we offer a wedding list service from both our Caribbean and London showrooms, you can choose where to have your items listed and delivered to according to your requirements.

Make an appointment in either location with our London or Caribbean team to discuss your wish list while sipping on a cool cocktail or a glass of champagne.

Jenny Blanc will help you compile a tailor made list that compliments your special day and deliver your chosen items, gift wrapped, to your door.

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Product Information
All products are available in both our Caribbean and UK showrooms

  1. Sea Urchin Sculpted Candle
    This delightful candle is scented with sheer musk, driftwood, freesia, lily and sea spray to evoke the scent of the coast. A hand crafted sea urchin porcelain pot topped delicately with a piece of coral makes a wonderful wedding gift.
    Porcelain Bisque, Nickel Plate
    Dia 11.5cm H10.5cm
  1. Ocean Coral Vodka Bucket
    A truly unique piece, this ocean coral design vodka chiller bucket comes with six shot glasses, perfect for any beach wedding.
    Nickel plated stainless steel
    Vodka Bucket W25cm H20cm Dia 20cm
    Caviar Dish W19.5cm H9.5cm Dia 16cm
    Spoon L11.5cm
  1. Ocean Coral Caviar Dish
    This stunning caviar dish is accompanied by a delicate spoon and rests on a beautiful coral branch.
    Nickel plated stainless steel
    Caviar Dish W19.5cm H9.5cm Dia 16cm
    Spoon L11.5cm
  1. Coral Hurricane
    This coral design hurricane lamp looks beautiful in any setting in the home adding a subtle elegance to any area.
    Nickel Plated
    H33cm Dia 16cm
  1. Ocean Collection Serving Set
    These charming servers are inspired by the ocean coral and are fab at any lunch or dinner party.
    Nickel plated stainless steel
    Fork L28cm
    Spoon L29cm
  1. Capiz Shell Placemats
    Eye catching at any place setting, these hand dyed Capiz shell placemats are just what you need for that special occasion.
    Available in 2 colours, Natural (as pictured) and Champagne
    Dia 38cm
  1. Handcrafted Palm Leaf Sculpture
    This stunning palm leaf objet is handcrafted undergoing a series of casting, filing and oxidising techniques meaning no two are the same, a truly unique decorative piece.
    Antique Goldtone, Aluminium
    W91.5cm H67cm
  1. Palm Tree Candleholders
    Inspired by the beauty of a windswept palm tree, these candle holders make a beautiful statement on any table.
    Antique Goldtone and Marble
    Tall – W25cm x H53cm
    Short – W23cm x H43cm
  1. Palm Leaf Dinner Napkin Holder
    This elegant napkin holder with marble base is a beautiful and practical addition to your dinner table.
    Marble, Antique Goldtone, Stainless Steel
    W16cm L16cm H2.5cm
  1. Giant Clam Shell
    These fabulous giant clamshells are a real statement piece indoors or out, whether using them for storing towels by the poolside or filling with copious amounts of ice and bubbly!
    Cast resin
    W104cm D61cm H33cm
  1. Limited Edition Ceramic Sea Turtle
    Made exclusively for Jenny Blanc, this adorable limited edition ceramic turtle is hand crafted from clay using the Raku technique, making it a perfect memento to remember any Caribbean wedding by.
    L25cm W8cm
  1. Jenny Blanc Exclusive Designed Carriage Lantern
    Our exclusive Jenny Blanc branded bronze carriage lanterns look wonderful in the evening light in any outdoor or indoor setting, (use with pillar candles and even the addition of shells to make them a little extra special).
    Marine grade with tempered glass
    W29x29cm H66cm

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The Perfect Place setting…

  1. Silver Coral Detail Charger Plate
    Timeless and elegant, this glass charger plate features a delicate hand silk screen and is finished in a shiny and frosted silver coral design. A beautiful piece to create that magical Caribbean place setting.
    Dia 35cm  H1.8cm 
  1. Ocean Coral Seafood Picks
    Every element of a meal should be beautiful and these ocean coral handled seafood picks are no exception.Nickel
    L20cm approx
  1. Palm Tree Etched Glasses
    Engraved on lead free crystal-glass, these beautiful palm designed glasses add a sense of topical luxury to any occasion.Balloon Wine Glass Dia10cm H20cm
    Wine Glass Dia8cm H21cm
    Champagne Glass D5.5cm H23cm
  1. Hibiscus Floating Candles
    Available in three colours, these fun and tropical floating candles will make any pool or table display truly magical.Orange Blue and Green available
    Dia10cm H5cm
  1. Coral Design Glasses
    Beautiful, delicate hand painted coral design crystal glasses add ocean beauty to any occasion.H10cm D8cm
  1. Dot Fan Place Mat
    Inspired by ancient Japanese Kimonos, these placemats boast a charming dotted fan pattern, taking table dressing from every day to elegant.Available in 3 colours; Paprika (pictured) Shimmer and Saxon Green (pictured under coral charger)
    Dia38cm
  1. Embroidered Shell Design Napkins
    These hand Embroidered 100% cotton napkins are made exclusively for Jenny Blanc and are available in 4 unique shell designs; starfish, spider conch, scallop and turbo shell.W48cm L48cm
  1. Curly Shell Napkin Ring
    Made with a combination of shell, wood and glass these napkin rings will add a touch of class to any table setting.L10cm W8cm

Call us on +1 (246) 432 0989 in Barbados or +44 (0)20 8943 4144 in the UK to place your order.

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Barbados End of Season Sale

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Jenny Blanc Blog - Barbados End of Season Sale

We have had a wonderful year so far, seeing old friends and meeting new faces in our Sunset Crest showroom. As the season comes to a close we welcome you to enjoy our end of season sale, with a wonderful selection of popular products on offer at unbeatable prices as shown below!

 

Handcrafted Stool – 17.5”H x 14”D
A beautiful handcrafted stool featuring natural history prints.
Was BBD $1,795.00, NOW BBD $1,010.00

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Blossom Ceramic Stool – 13”D x 17”H
This ceramic stool would be perfect inside or outside as a stool or small side table.
Was BBD $1,965.00, NOW BBD $1,335.00

 

Brass Coffee Table – 39.4” x 39.4” 13.8”H
A truly stunning brass coffee table handcrafted in Paris.
Was BBD $15,105.00, NOW BBD $9,100.00

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Brass Side Table – 23.6″Dia. x 19.7″H
This unique brass table hand crafted by a Parisian artist is a beautiful addition to any home.
Was BBD $7,500.00, NOW BBD $5,420.00

 

Rattan Open Weave Table/Stool – 20.25” sq x 19.5” H
This rattan open weave table would be perfect on a covered terrace.
Was BBD $1,920.00, NOW BBD $1,155.00

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Outdoor Wicker Swivel Stool – 25.5″Dia. x 22.75″H x 17″SH
This outdoor swivel stool is supported by a metal frame which is then covered in a hand woven high quality all weather synthetic wicker.
Was BBD $3,845.00, NOW BBD $2,315.00

 

Loop Side Table – 20″Dia. x 20″H
A very light side table that is easy to move around as it’s made of powder coated aluminium and wicker.
Was BBD $925.00, NOW BBD $510.00

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Multi- Media Unit – 19”H x 23”D x 63”L
This classy yet discreet dark wood unit is perfect for housing your TV and multimedia devices.
Was BBD $6,820.00, NOW BBD $4,110.00

 

Stone Round Side Table – 18.5″Dia. x 26″H
This unique side table is equally suited inside or out.
Was BBD $3,995.00, NOW BBD $2,525.00

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French Dining Table – Dimensions- 43”W x 31”H x 98”L
A bespoke French dining table with a distinct slate top, perfect for indoor dining or on a covered terrace.
Was BBD $12,000.00, NOW BBD $7,360.00

 

Two Seater Sofa – 62.9”L x 31.5W x 29.1”H
A stylish two seater sofa covered in a sand coloured fabric.
Was BBD $12,500.00, NOW BBD $7,370.00

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White Ceramic Side Table – Small 11.8”W x 11.8”D x 20”H
Large 13.8”W x 13.8”W x 16.9”H
Italian White ceramic coffee tables function equally well as stools or as side tables. Sturdy and durable, they can be used both indoors and outdoors.
Small: Was BBD $1,675.00, NOW BBD $995.00
Large: Was BBD $1,750.00, NOW BBD $1,050.00

 

Call us on +1 (246) 432 0989 or email showroombarbados@jennyblanc.com in Barbados to place your order and for more information.

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Broadway to Barbados

Jenny Blanc Blog - Broadway to BarbadosWhen you think of Barbados, you may see (think of) miles of golden beaches, the clear blue sea or maybe the native green monkeys. I doubt you would think of Broadway musicals and yet the glitz and glamour of Broadway has arrived in Barbados!

We are delighted to have been able to support our good friend and client, Mr Robert Bourque with his charitable trust “Broadway to Barbados” over the past five years.  The trust brings over some of Broadway’s biggest stars from New York to take the guests through a musical journey of popular Broadway hits.

The trust was created to help buy vital equipment for Barbados’ main hospital, The Queen Elizabeth, which services not only Barbados but provides emergency care for many of the surrounding islands.  When Mr Bourque approached us we were only too happy to support such a worthy cause. This year our Barbados showroom has donated some beautiful bespoke gifts to go into the event’s silent auction.  We will continue to support this wonderful initiative for as they say on Broadway, “The show must go on!”

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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.

Jenny Blanc Barbados Summer Sale

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

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

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You can keep up to date with the
latest news and promotions via
our newly launched Barbados Facebook
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first to know!

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

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

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Caribbean Harvest Summer Blog

By Tyra Woodroffe

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

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Photograph courtesy of miketoy.com

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

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Photograph courtesy of miketoy.com

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

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Photograph courtesy of miketoy.com

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

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Photograph courtesy of miketoy.com

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

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Colour Concept Board Featuring Osborne and Little- Pina Colada Fabric and Kai- Savannah Palm Fabric
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Jane Churchill’s Maracatu Fabric, Ceramic Leaf Platers with Mangoes from the trees behind our West Coast Showroom

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

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

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Farewell to Tyra…

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Above, clockwise left to right: Tyra Woodroffe, Yolanda Haynes, Emma Blanc, Sian Davies.

Tyra Woodroffe is our Design Showroom Assistant in Barbados and the winner of the inaugural Jenny Blanc Design Scholarship, in partnership with the Barbados Community College. Before we bid her farewell as she begins an exciting new chapter (furthering her design education in New York) Tyra has a few words to share about her time with the Jenny Blanc team!

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Above: Caribbean Director Emma Blanc (left) presents Tyra with her scholarship.

As I approach my last few weeks with Jenny Blanc Interiors, I reflect fondly on my time as the first design scholarship winner. It has been an exciting journey of change from being a curious design student, to someone who has been able to witness firsthand, the processes, skill and dedication it takes to run a successful, inspirational design practice. And to believe that it all began almost two years ago!

My start at Jenny Blanc was a wonderful one with my time at the London showroom and design studio. Having the opportunity to experience travel is incredibly enriching in itself, as it encourages personal growth and expands one’s knowledge substantially. Added to that was the great hospitality and mentorship I was fortunate to experience in my 6 months with the UK Team.  In such a creative field, actually being able to see, feel and interact with all the aspects that make a beautiful scheme come together is invaluable. And while with the UK design team lead by Design director Sue Thomas, I was able to witness the decision making process in an environment where access to a plethora of resources such as fabric, lighting and furniture is unlimited.

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Above: Tyra and the Jenny Blanc London team in 2014.
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Above: A scheme for Barbados designed by Tyra during her time in London.

Although this time abroad was so stimulating, eventually homesickness set in and I happily returned to Barbados ready to take on second leg of the learning experience. The lovely Barbadian showroom provided a setting for me to find out all about retail, visual merchandising and installations as we manage local projects.  The Barbadian team lead by Caribbean Director Emma Blanc have provided a unique shopping experience on the island with products both local and from around the globe.

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Above: Tyra returns to Barbados Community College with fabric samples gifted by Jenny Blanc, to help future students with their work.

Even after the prescribed one year duration of the scholarship had elapsed, the team was gracious enough to keep me on as the Assistant Showroom Manager where I’ve had such an unforgettable time. Every site visit, every satisfied shopper and every trade show have further solidified my passion for design. It was only natural that I take the next step and pursue even more experience and higher education for this career path. I am therefore, off once again for a full B.Sc Degree in Interior Design from an accredited New York university.

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Above: Tyra at Just Rooms client consultations in Barbados.

Despite excitedly anticipating this new chapter, is not without some sadness that I leave the fantastic Jenny Blanc establishment after having nestled so comfortably into its embrace. But I do so with heaps of affection and gratitude for my colleagues and confident that I’ve been equipped with an impenetrable foundation for the future of my interior design craft.

– Tyra Woodroffe

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Above: Tyra at a UK design project site visit.

Visit the blog archives to read more about the Jenny Blanc Design Scholarship, Tyra’s time in the UK and her return to Barbados.

Fun and sun in Barbados!

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Above: ‘Monkey Puzzle’ by Bennison Fabrics.

We’ve been busy creating fun and inspirational ideas for our work in the Caribbean! With the sunshine making a much anticipated appearance again here in the UK it feels like the perfect time to share two exciting new schemes finalised this week in Barbados as part of our Just Rooms service!

Jenny Blanc Blog - Finalised Scheme in Barbados Sitting RoomThe above fabric is ‘Monkey Puzzle’ by Bennison Fabrics and is the focus of this beautiful, relaxed sitting room for casual, comfortable living by the sea. The scheme features a fun colour palette with nautical elements and quirky touches which add interest to this otherwise classic, contemporary Caribbean living room. The coffee table, media unit and side table are part of the Jenny Blanc furniture collection made locally by a team of very talented and skilled Barbadian artisans whom we are proud to have built a longstanding relationship with.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Finalised Scheme in Barbados Sitting RoomThe second scheme (pictured above) is for a very large dining and relaxing terrace overlooking the sea on the West Coast of Barbados! This scheme features sophisticated outdoor furniture including sofas, armchairs and sun loungers, all upholstered in nautical white fabric. We have created a selection of bespoke scatter cushions using 10 different fabrics in shades of aqua, white and citron – the bold mixture of patterns and textures creates a much more relaxed and less formal feel. Aqua and citron is of course a firm favourite for tropical schemes, blending perfectly with the surrounding sea, sky and sun!

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Above: This image by Kirkby Design shows how a mixture of colourful cushions can add a splash of fun to a contemporary seating area.

When we choose fabrics for the tropics it’s essential that they are practical as well as beautiful. Good quality, outdoor fabrics which are UV resistant, washable and hardwearing are the perfect choice for terraces and poolside areas and are often used indoors too because of their durability.

We hope you have been inspired by today’s schemes for Barbados! If you would like more information on any of the products featured or our Just Rooms design service, please contact either the London or Barbados showroom.

Barbados Shines at Chelsea Flower Show!

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The Barbados Horticultural Society’s ‘This Place Barbados’ garden at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.
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Last week London was abuzz with the excitement of the Chelsea Flower Show (widely considered to be the ‘greatest flower show on earth’). I thoroughly enjoyed it this year as always however, today I’m going to be handing the reins over to Design Director Sue Thomas-Richardson who has a very personal connection with one garden in particular. So without further ado – over to Sue!

 

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Sue Thomas-Richardson

‘As a Barbadian born and bred, I was of course delighted that the Barbados Horticultural Society have been awarded a gold medal (their eighteenth in 28 consecutive years) at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. My mother is a long serving member of the BHS and brought the first Barbados exhibit to Chelsea Flower show in 1985. She was heavily involved every year after until her retirement in 2010 at the grand age of 88 so it has a very personal connection for me. Barbados is a very small island but thanks to the dedication of members of the BHS and it’s team of volunteers (both on the island and here in the UK) we can not only have a presence at a world class exhibition such as the Chelsea Flower Show but take home a gold medal – an absolutely incredible achievement!

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A Chelsea pensioner (left) and Ainsley Harriott (right), long-time friend of the island of Barbados, entertain press and visitors at the show last Monday.

 The theme for the 2016 exhibit, ‘This Place Barbados’  (in a year when we celebrate 50 years as an Independent Nation) vividly depicts the shape and topography of the island, complete with the country’s 11 Parishes, each one represented by different flowers and foliage, surrounded by several quintessential natural features and attractions. From the vibrant colours of Bridgetown Market and the Oistins fishing village in the south, to the swaying sugar cane and golden rum of St. Lucy in the north, visitors to the exhibit enjoyed a visual trip around Barbados that also magically reveals the magnificent underground splendour of Harrisons Cave and the lush botanical gardens found within the fertile tropical interior, including Orchid World, Andromeda, Flower Forest and Hunte’s Garden.

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Perhaps even more impressive than the garden itself though is the work that goes on behind the scenes by the Barbados Horticultural Society and its team of dedicated volunteers to bring this little corner of Barbados to Chelsea. Every bloom and piece of foliage used in the garden was grown on the island before being carefully packed into 72 cases and flown to London, free of charge, by Virgin Atlantic. It is worthy of mention that the judges at Chelsea pay special attention to the condition and quality of the individual blooms and foliage so the Barbados Horticultural Society team deserves further high commendation for successfully growing and acquiring such magnificent floral material at a time when Barbados was suffering drought conditions.

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One of the significant secondary roles of the BHS exhibit at Chelsea is to promote the importance of tourism to the economy and lifestyle of Barbados, as well as to portray how the amazing beauty of our natural environment is an integral factor in making our island such an attractive place to live or visit. On Monday’s special Celebrity and Media Day, Ainsley Harriott, long term friend of the country, charmed and entertained a steady stream of representatives of the press and media for over two hours. The tremendous BHS success story at the Chelsea Flower Show is a classic example of how Barbadians can achieve truly world-class standards when they work together as a team.’

The stunning photographs of the Barbados Horticultural Society’s ‘This Place Barbados’ garden seen here were taken by award winning flower and garden photographer Derek St Romaine. You can see more of his wonderful work on his website Garden Photo Library

I hope you have enjoyed todays peek at the ‘This Place Barbados’ garden! This year’s show is a particularly special one with Cleve West (who created the garden at our London showroom when we first opened 20 years ago) winning a gold medal for his ‘M&G Garden’. Raymond Blanc providing hospitality and my Son Olivier Blanc assisting with the Tom Smith Plant’s garden (pictured below). The Tom Smith Plant’s garden is a container grown fruit and vegetable garden designed to show what can be grown in a small space and was awarded a silver gilt medal at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. At last year’s Hampton Court Flower Show Oli won a bronze medal for his garden based on the world of Henri Le Worm, a colourful character created by Oli and his business partner, Charlotte Salt, which aims to inspire and educate children about growing, cooking and eating good food. The garden featured wonderful examples of home grown fruit and veg kindly provided by Tom Hare Plants so Oli was very pleased to be able to reciprocate and lend a hand at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. You can read about Oli’s success at last year’s Hampton Court Flower Show here and learn more about Henri Le Worm and his friends by visiting the website at www.henrileworm.com

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Above: Rainbow chard, beetroot and lettuce at The Tom Smith Plants Garden at this year’s Chelsea Flower show.
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Above: An orange tree and leek at The Tom Smith Plants Garden at this year’s Chelsea Flower show.

Did you attend the Chelsea Flower Show this year? Do let me know your highlights!

Five Fresh Ideas for Spring Flowers…

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A home filled with fresh flowers is one of life’s essentials – they’re the finishing touch that really bring a room to life and are so uplifting. One of the mistakes people often make though is thinking that they must always have an enormous bunch of blooms (more often than not accompanied by rather a lot of dark foliage) in the middle of the dining table and pay no attention to the rest of the house. Today I want to give you some ideas for some more creative and unusual ways to display flowers throughout your home that won’t cost the earth – in fact I absolutely forbid you to go out and buy a new vessel especially for the purpose but instead, look around your home with a fresh eye! Teacups, jugs, tureens and even shells make beautiful containers for flowers and require only a handful of blooms that more often than not, can be plucked straight from the garden. Happy picking!

Tiny buds and teacups…

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Teacups look very much at home on bedside tables – hinting at the promise of Sunday papers and a slow start to the day. Filled with flowers they create a fun and thoughtful finishing touch, especially for guest rooms. Delicate cups in unusual shapes work best – look for ones in pretty spring colours that you can match to the flowers. Above I have used a combination of Purple Lisianthus and sage for the green and purple tea cup and saucer. The sage leaves add an unexpected twist and the beautiful bloom of the leaves works perfectly in this bedroom with accents of duck egg blue. Earlier, I used Pink Elegance Lisianthus and Thlaspi in a pretty cup with a touch of pink for a really feminine bedside table. With both arrangements the key is to keep things loose – don’t try to pack too many flowers in, and offset the tight buds with some light and feathery foliage. The whispy Thlaspi and velvety sage leaves do the job perfectly here. Whilst these two arrangements might appear effortlessly put together, the secret (as is so often the case) is to start with good foundations. A small piece of oasis foam at the bottom of each cup will hold the flowers in place, allowing you to create space between each stem.

A single bloom in a shell…

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In Barbados, one of my favourite finishing touches for dinner parties is to dress each place setting with a beautiful polished shell filled with a fresh frangipani flower. Just imagine 24 of them all the way down the length of an outdoor dining table, lit with candles under the setting Caribbean sun! Over in the UK, an antique silver shell like the one pictured above works just as well – here I’ve filled it with a single camellia, freshly picked from my garden. The eglomise place mat that the shell rests on is one of my exclusive designs (inspired by this very camellia bush in fact!). There are six designs available from our UK showroom featuring a range of English garden flowers whilst over in Barbados the tropical versions are very popular!

An antique tureen makes the perfect planter…

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When looking for unusual vessels for your flowers the kitchen may seem like the logical place to start with glasses being an obvious choice, however, if you look at your tableware with a fresh eye you might find a serving dish, like this antique blue and white china tureen which could work perfectly! Larger and more robust than a teacup, a tureen is the perfect place to use a plant, rather than cut flowers to make a beautiful addition to a sideboard or as a centrepiece for outside dining. Here I’ve used a lavender plant but take a look at what’s in season – small spring bulbs like Grape Hyacinths and Narcissus work beautifully as well as pansies and some of the smaller varieties of nasturtiums and geraniums. The key here is to ask your florist for some fresh, green moss to cover all the soil around the base of the plant and add an inch or two of gravel to the bottom of the dish to help with drainage for a long lasting arrangement. If you don’t already have a china tureen, your local antique shop is the place to start looking as you won’t find a new one with half as much charm. Whichever one you choose make sure it comes complete with its matching saucer – its little touches like this that make all the difference.

A fresh idea from the tables of Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons…

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When Raymond and I opened Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons over 30 years ago, I spent several weekends hunting in my favourite antiques shops and bought 35 silver jugs (one for every table). Each one was different and each one beautiful in its own way. Every day we picked fresh spray roses from the gorgeous kitchen garden to create a centrepiece for each table. Back in the 80’s this was a very unorthodox idea – especially for a Michelin stared restaurant! They caught everyone’s eye and always sparked a conversation – I loved them because they were a fun nod towards the culinary setting whilst making the most of the beautiful surroundings. Here I’ve used the same idea but added rosemary for its beautiful fragrance and deep green colour. Once again a small piece of oasis foam is your friend here and will mean that you don’t have to pack the flowers in tightly in order for them to stand up. Many of us have a silver jug like this lurking at the back of the sideboard cupboard waiting for the day the queen pops in for tea – this is the perfect excuse to give it a polish and enjoy it every day of the week!

Coloured glassware and a single bloom…

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Coloured glassware can add a fun, unexpected twist to an otherwise simple arrangement – here I have used a majestic ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ peony alongside one of my antique cranberry jugs to create an elegant arrangement perfect for a small side table, dressing table, writing desk or even a kitchen window ledge! When it comes to the more expensive flowers such as peonies or roses, choosing just one, single bloom is a great way to keep the cost down – which of course means that you can treat yourself to a fresh one every week!

I hope you have enjoyed my ideas for creating floral arrangements in some smaller and more unusual containers – next time we’ll be pulling out all the stops with some ideas for floral arrangements at the other end of the scale! If you feel inspired to try any of my ideas at home do share a picture on Facebook or Twitter – use the hashtag #JennyBlancStyle so I can see what you’ve created!

Dreams do come true… celebrating our 20th Anniversary in style!

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This Wednesday marks 20 years to the day that Chrissie Marshall and I opened the doors to our beautiful showroom here in West London. Help us celebrate and join us for a glass of bubbly at our London or Barbados showrooms for the rest of this month! Enjoy some party nibbles and take 20% off the price of everything in store – our treat to say thank you for all your support over the last 20 years.

When I look at how far we have come I can’t quite believe it! Our vision back then was to be a source of beautiful, original furnishings, accessories and interiors expertise where people could shop in an environment that felt like a home from home.

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After we opened our Teddington showroom we very quickly found ourselves designing homes for a very loyal, local client base. When those clients outgrew their West London town houses and moved out to the country, they brought us with them to create the perfect family home for this new phase of their lives.

Having Barbadian Design Director Sue Thomas-Richardson on board from the outset proved invaluable as our reputation gradually grew by word of mouth and we started designing tropical holiday homes for our clients in Barbados and other islands. With our Caribbean client base growing and Sue’s unparalleled understanding of the island, it was an easy decision to open our showroom in Barbados – a dream which came true in 2011! My inspiration was always to create the best Interior Design showroom on the island and this is certainly something we have achieved – my daughter Emma Blanc is now firmly rooted on the island and as Caribbean Director, is perfectly placed to run the showroom as well as providing a very personal link for our design clients on the island.

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Today, with five International Property Awards under our belt (including the much coveted ‘World’s Best Interior Design, Private Residence’ in 2012), two stunning lifestyle showrooms, an exclusive range of Barbados made furniture as well as our own range of home accessories, I couldn’t be happier – or busier!

The sterling silver monkey bowl pictured above is our own unique design and is one of the pieces I’m the most proud of. Using natural coconut shells, each bowl is hand made by a skilled artisan – stylish, unusual and also versatile, it represents everything we stand for.

Before we dive headfirst into the next 20 years, here’s a little look at some of my favourite moments from the journey so far!

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