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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.

 

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‘Mariposa’ is the Spanish word for butterfly – this silk and linen jacquard of darting monochrome butterflies is perfectly suited to curtains or blinds.

 

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‘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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Ideas and inspiration for creating the perfect bedroom sanctuary

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Jenny Blanc London Showroom Window DisplayToday we are very excited to unveil the new window at our London showroom! This autumn we have chosen a beautiful collection of furniture with everything you need create the perfect bedroom sanctuary – a place to recharge and relax without the intrusions of everyday life as the nights draw in. The stars of the show are a beautiful salon chair and silver dressing table, complimented by a contemporary wall covering and fabric schemes blending classic colours and on-trend textures to create two different but equally inspiring looks.

Jenny Blanc London Showroom Window Display2Jenny Blanc London Showroom Window Mood-BoardCurrent fabric trends for interiors lean towards texture including cut velvet, embroidery and other three dimensional surface decoration techniques. The salon chair in our autumn window is complemented by a gorgeous new fabric by Jane Churchill featuring a cut velvet fan motif on a cotton satin ground. The dusky pink colour will add a feminine touch to any room without being cloying – especially when paired with rich chocolate brown. Textured velvet and a woven linen and viscose blend harmonise perfectly. An embroidered cushion with a geometric design pulls the look together and adds the finishing touch.

Jenny Blanc London Showroom Window CenterpieceIn the centre of the window we have featured a contemporary wallpaper by Arte who are known for their ground-breaking, textured wall coverings. Bold wallpaper is nothing to be afraid of with a design this sophisticated – far from dominating a room, the subtle pattern and colouring will soften the space and add an element of glamour creating the perfect backdrop for your furniture and accessories. This is the perfect choice for a feature wall and is available to order by the roll.

Jenny Blanc London Showroom Window ArtifactsJenny Blanc London Showroom Window Mood-Board2Our beautiful dressing table is complemented by a triptych mirror and elegant selection of accessories. A sophisticated fabric scheme blending cool tones of champagne, cream and taupe completes the look. For the main fabric we have featured a new design by Jane Churchill which again incorporates cut velvet depicting a peacock feather on a gold ground. We balanced this eye-catching fabric with two chenille velvets which add texture and a touch of lustre.

Accessories include a table lamp with a crystal base and gold coral alongside our signature shell dish with silver plated monkey and our show stopping silver hibiscus candle holder. A buttoned footstool like the one shown here is great for softening the overall look and is a practical choice when space is tight – simply slide it underneath the dressing table when not in use!

We hope you like our autumn window – let us know what you think by leaving a comment or sending a message via our website. If you would like to order any of the fabric, wallpaper or accessories featured simply call us on +44 (0)20 8943 4144. Fabric is available to order from as little as one metre and can be shipped worldwide along with wallpaper which is available to order by the roll. If you can’t quite make up your mind, visit our showrooms and take advantage of our expertise – we’ll find the right fabric and wallpaper for you, creating a scheme you’ll love for years to come.

Caribbean Beach Weddings at Jenny Blanc

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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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English Summer Weddings at Jenny Blanc

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All products are available in both our UK and Caribbean showrooms

  1. Ocean Coral Glass and Nickel Oval Plate
    Inspired by the beauty of the marine environment and the wonderful forms found there this glass and nickel coral handled plate is perfect for a statement piece at a cocktail party.
    Dimensions L: 36cm W: 6cm H: 5cm
    Also available Online
  1. Jenny Blanc Photo Frames
    Made exclusively for Jenny Blanc. These beautiful photo frames are bound in pearlised white faux leather and come in two sizes.
    Dimensions: Small – D 24cm x H 19cm. Large – D 26.5cm  x H 31.5cm.
  1. Marble Cheese Board and Cheese Knife
    Inspired by the arches and carvings of Eastern Palaces, this beautiful marble cheeseboard is finished with Mother of Pearl detail and comes with a nickel plated stainless steel cheese knife.
    Dimensions W: 25.5cm L: 38cm H: 8cm.
  1. Stainless Steel Cake Server
    Inspired by ancient craftsmanship this cake server is made using a molten metal technique, meaning that each piece is unique. Made from stainless steel and plated in nickel the finish is both refined and elegant.
    L: 26.5cm.
  1. Set of Six Hi-Ball Glasses
    A perfect gift for lovers of long cool mixed drinks. These glasses are hand made in Italy and decorated with silk screened silver bands presented on a beaten stainless steel tray.
    Hand Wash Only
    Dimensions: Glasses – D 7.5 cm x H 14.5 cm each glass
    Tray – W 11 cm x L 64 cm.
  1. A Pair of Silver Plated Candle stands
    This stylish pair of silver plated candleholders are a perfect gift or accessory for any home.
    Dimensions: H 7.5 cm x W 10.5 cm.
  1. Pair of Etched Champagne Flutes
    These beautifully proportioned champagne flutes feature a delicately etched leaf design. Small air bubbles within the stem and slight variations in thickness are a natural feature of this hand finished range.
    Dimensions: D 7 cm x H 18 cm.
  1. Lemon Detail Nut Bowl
    An elegant nickel plated nut bowl resting on a beautiful branch with Goldtone detailing, makes this a unique piece for your home.
    Dimensions Dia: 11.5cm H: 4.5cm.
  1. Champagne Cooler
    Perfect for celebrations and special occasions, this champagne cooler comfortably holds four bottles and is finished in a beaten stainless steel with a leather handle.
    Dimensions:  W 43 cm x H 21 cm.
  1. Set of Six Coloured Wine Glasses
    A stunning wine glass set. These multi coloured glasses have a unique and playful cut out pattern, which creates an interesting texture. Dishwasher safe and comes as a set of 6.
    Dimensions: D 10 cm x H 17 cm.
  1. Neom Happiness Candle
    A daily boost of happiness when you need it most… Light this scented candle for at least 2 hours to fill your room with 7 wonderfully uplifting essential oils, including Mimosa and lemon.
    Also available Online.
  1. Moroccan Tile Mirrored Tray and Table Base
    A beautiful hand-made tray table with delicate Églomisé style Moroccan design tray top (as pictured separately) is a unique and practical piece for any home. Available in different styles and in two sizes as shown
    Dimensions: Large – H57cm (inc tray top) Dia: 62cm. Small – H66cm (inc tray top) Dia: 48cm.

Call us on +44 (0)20 8943 4144 in the UK or +1 (246) 432 0989 in Barbados to place your order or selected items are available on our Jenny Blanc Boutique on Trouva.

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Just Rooms by Jenny Blanc

Can’t make a room come together? The innovative ‘Just Rooms’ design solution by Jenny Blanc has the answer.

Just Rooms is a pared down Interior Design service offering all the benefits of the Jenny Blanc Design department’s expertise with attention to detail and extensive product knowledge. We can help you make the right decisions and enjoy the process, resulting in a professionally designed room tailored just for you.

UK Living Room

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Beautiful accessories, carpets and rugs to suit your lifestyle, with an original selection of decorative and exciting lighting, mirrors and artwork.

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 Finished Touches

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Upholstery of existing and antiques can transform an old fashioned piece of furniture such as this old chaise (above) by choosing the right fabric to uplift it. The transformation is amazing!

Caribbean Terrace

Just Rooms Caribbean Poolside Lounging Table

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The Just Rooms service is available from both the Teddington, South West London and Barbados showrooms which include a wonderful selection of beautiful fabrics, furniture and accessories with the latest collections for both indoor and outdoor use.

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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Oriental influences at our West London showroom this autumn…

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This autumn we have taken inspiration from a beautiful pair of antique oriental lamps for our autumn/winter window display. The lamps have a ceramic bases in stunning cerulean blue with burnished gold hand painted cherry blossom branches. These are complemented by bespoke knife pleat shades with a silk wrapped bead trim. This gorgeous colour combination is perfect for this time of year in the UK as temperatures begin to drop and we look to our interiors for warmth, comfort and a touch of luxury. Blue and burnished gold combined with other earth colours form the basis of this year’s design which includes an unusual textured wallcovering by Arte, stunning eglomise mirror and a contemporary, oriental style console table.

The Jenny Blanc tub chair is one of the most popular and versatile designs on display at our West London showroom and can be ordered in fabric of your choice. It’s currently shown in ‘Coco Tweed’ by Nobilis which is complemented by a bespoke pair of cushions, exclusive to Jenny Blanc, with an ornately embroidered border and antique trim.

The floor lamp is by Heathfield & Co. and was first shown at Decorex in September. We immediately chose it for our West London showroom because of its elegant design – perfect for transitional or more contemporary interiors. The curtain fabric by William Yewoard is reminiscent of traditional oriental china in shades of white and blue. This fabric is excellent value and works beautifully for curtains and cushions.

Finishing touches include our fabulous coloured glassware which is new to the showroom for autumn, a bespoke tasselled pouf in complementary shades of blue and gold, a fabulous pair of ceramic birds and – very important at this time of year – a variety of candles perfect for creating a soft ambient glow as the evening draws in!

Jenny Blanc Blog - Showroom Design CollageFor more information about anything featured in our autumn / winter window please don’t hesitate to contact the showroom on +44 (0)20 8943 4144 or by email showroom@jennyblanc.com

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

Jenny writes: Decorex 2016

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Decorex is one of my favourite events in the autumn trade show calendar and one that I look forward to with much anticipation. It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet with some of my favourite designers and see their new collections first hand – nothing beats touching and feeling a product and as a designer, it’s very important to see fabrics, wallcoverings and furniture on a large scale. There were some stunning offerings this year from some of our longstanding suppliers including Baker & Gray, Tamerisk, Robert Langford and Heathfield & Co. but I was also surprised to discover so many exciting new brands – many of whom we will be welcoming to our West London and Barbados showrooms over the coming weeks!

Today I would like to share a few of the things that caught my eye this year. Below you’ll find stunning fabrics, contemporary lighting to spark the imagination and one or two exciting new products which are the perfect finishing touch to give your home a little lift this autumn and are coming soon to the UK showroom! I hope you enjoy – Jenny

Fabrics and Wallcoverings…

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Lighting…

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Finishing Touches…

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Let us take the hard work out of redecorating…

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…with the Jenny Blanc Just Rooms service! For those in the UK who have spent your summer holidays dreaming about redecorating or refreshing a room in your home, now is the time to turn that dream into a reality – especially if you’re planning on having it ready by a certain date in December!

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The Just Rooms design solution is a pared down interior design service which allows you to take advantage of our 20 years of design expertise, access to the best furniture and home accessories ranges from around the world, extensive fabric library and a complete installation service to redecorate your home one room at a time.

Just Rooms North London Bedroom

Visit our showroom in Teddington, West London, for an informal chat with Chrissie Marshall or Emma Blanc about your ideas for making a change. We’ll then visit your home and discuss your requirements in more detail before presenting you with a proposal and estimated budget.

The exciting design process then begins – we take away all the hard work as we create schemes for your consideration, working with you to finalise your new room!

This service not only helps you achieve a much more professional look but avoids costly mistakes as our expert team will ensure you get it right first time.

If you have a difficult space or have decorating regrets then we can work with you to solve the problem. We are often asked to incorporate clients existing furniture or to recover a piece that’s tired or outdated making the service completely flexible.

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The Just Rooms Service includes the following:

  • A room design created with expertise and knowledge.
  • Beautiful curtains, blinds, soft furnishings and upholstery.
  • Furniture – both indoor and outdoor sourced from all over the world.
  • An extensive array of indoor and outdoor fabrics.
  • A library of wallpapers and textured wall coverings both classic and contemporary.
  • Carpets, rugs and kilims to suit your style.
  • A uniquely curated selection of decorative lighting and mirrors.

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The Jenny Blanc range of furniture, available exclusively from the UK showroom, is always popular with our Just Rooms clients – especially our sofas! Each sofa is hand made to our design in the UK using fabric of your choice. Order by mid-October for delivery before Christmas with 20% off all sofas and furniture ordered during September.

We look forward to welcoming you to our West London showroom – find us at 59 High Street, Teddington, West London, TW11 8HA. The showroom is open Tuesday – Friday 9am-6pm and 9am-5pm on Saturdays and can be contacted by telephone on +44 (0) 208 943 4144 or by email at showroom@jennyblanc.com.

Jenny Writes: Thrilled to be featured in The English Home magazine again…

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The English Home is one of my favourite magazines and one that I really look forward to reading each month. It’s a perfect balance between seasonal inspiration and in-depth articles that I find tremendously enjoyable so I was so pleased to be featured in the August issue alongside Jane Churchill, Katharine Pooley, Joanna Wood and Nicky Haslam in an article all about the importance of details in the home.

Here’s a peek at my contribution – you can read the full article over on our website here.

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‘’Paying attention to the details can make the difference between a room which is simply nice and a room that takes your breath away. The word ‘detail’ encompasses so much – whether it’s hardware for doors or cabinetry, a beaded trim on cushions or soft furnishings, or simply the clever and thoughtful juxtaposition of colours and textures – it can be difficult to know where to start. For me, the function of a room is the natural starting point. In a grand, traditional house we added more glitter to an already glittering dining room in the form of a gorgeous crystal trim along the leading edge of the silk curtains (pictured above). These were further enhanced by a beautifully carved and gilded bespoke decorative pelmet.’’

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‘’In the project above we maintained a monochromatic scheme to complement the floor and intensify the drama. The large circular holdbacks [above right] provide an eye-catching contrast to the vertically striped fabric.’’

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‘’We love to introduce beautiful hardware to bespoke pieces of furniture old and new. These mickel-and-horn handles [right] look perfect against this walnut-and-leather bespoke desk in a chic London bachelor flat. For those looking to elevate an existing piece of furniture, changing the handles is the quickest way to a total transformation. Look for unusual materials that echo the shapes and textures in the rest of the room.’’

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.

The Classics Collection by Colefax & Fowler

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We have been using Colefax and Fowler’s fabrics, wallpapers and trimmings in our design projects and at the UK showroom since we first opened our doors 20 years ago and they are as popular now as ever before. Today we’re very excited to share our favourite designs from the new ‘classics’ collection which epitomise elegant but relaxed English style. All the fabrics pictured below are available to order from our UK showroom – call us on +44 (0)20 8943 3133 or better still, pop in to see us at 59 High Street, Teddington, London, TW11 8HA and let us show them to you in person and take advantage of the expert advice of our Just Rooms service.

The enduring beauty of these designs, exclusive to Colefax and Fowler, lies in the draughtsmanship of the exquisitely drawn patterns, the quality of the printing and Colefax’s unique colour palette; often offbeat, but always sophisticated, with shades of crushed raspberry, pale greens or faded greyish-blues. The resulting colours are subtle and easy to live with – ideal for contemporary interiors as well as still blending with the style of yesteryear, and encapsulating the restrained elegance forever associated with Colefax and Fowler.

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With special thanks to Colefax and Fowler for providing the images for today’s post

Jenny Writes: Lazy English summer days…

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With August and the warmth of summer finally here in the UK it feels like the perfect time to share this light and airy idea for a beautiful breakfast room or conservatory. This pretty scheme is based around four gorgeous fabrics by Jane Churchill who is ever popular at our London showroom. The fabric pictured top right features a graceful, flowing ‘sweet angel’ vine which would look perfect with a natural rope tie back. The printed fabric in the bottom right hand corner (pictured here alongside a beautiful white wooden planter by Capital Garden Products) is the classic ‘Anouska’ design in red and green. Along with contrasting green piping it would make a gorgeous cushion for a window seat or bench – the perfect spot to sip coffee and read the papers!

Simon Oxley is one of our top choices for outdoor furniture – the Rissington pedestal table and chairs pictured bottom right would look fantastic in a soft white or pale cream paint finish. For the seat cushions we have chosen ‘Layla’ by Jane Churchill – a small scale design in green which coordinates perfectly with the other fabrics in the scheme.

The mirror sample pictured top left is an exclusive design by Jenny Blanc and handmade to order by Patrick Ireland. A stunning lantern by Vaughan in a hand painted, soft green finish would bring light to the finished room. Last but not least, I couldn’t resist adding these sweet little espresso cups by Bulgari – they’re the perfect shade of softest pink and green and the last ones currently available at our UK showroom!

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Product details:

Fabrics by Jane Churchill:

Curtains – ‘Delphine’ in pink / green (78% linen, 13% viscose, 9% polyester) £69 per metre.

Window seat main fabric – ‘Anouska’ in red / green (92% cotton, 8% viscose) £59 per metre.

Window seat piping ‘Ava’ in Leaf – £32 per metre.

Chair cushion fabric – ‘layla’ in green (100% cotton) £35 per metre.

Rope tie back £85 each.

Capital Garden Products planter £440 (available in any colour).

Simon Oxley ‘Rissington’ pedestal table £595 and matching chairs £375 each (more sizes and styles available).

Vaughn ‘Thetford’ lantern £1785

Patrick Ireland mirror (100 cm x 80 cm) £1,225 (made to order).

Bulgari espresso cups £55 each.

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Adding colour and comfort with rugs…

Jenny Blanc Blog - Goats courtesy of Misha rugs
Photo courtesy of Misha Rugs.

Think about furnishing a room and the chances are a rug won’t be the first thing that springs to mind! In our experience though most rooms will benefit from a beautiful rug – weather it’s perfectly neutral, sitting quietly alongside the other furnishings or discreetly interesting, playing with different textures underfoot. At the other end of the scale a rug can be colourful and bold, acting as a piece of art for the floor. There are practical considerations too of course – a busy passageway will require something very different to a formal sitting room but still needs to look good so the choice of material is crucial. Today we’re excited to introduce you to misha rugs – a new supplier of beautiful mohair rugs which will be coming to our UK showroom soon, as well as a few of our favourite rug designs that are available now.

The beautiful Angora goats pictured above are reared in South Africa and produce a fine mohair yarn. Mohair is a remarkable fibre with exceptional properties – soft and silky, with a lustrous sheen, mohair retains its gloss even with intensive use and is resistant to felting. The curly long hair results in a robust, strong yarn with natural spring. The whiteness of the yarn and high dye absorbency allows fantastic clarity of colour. One of the most durable of yarns, mohair is stain resistant and easily cleaned whilst being naturally flame retardant.

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The image above shows just a handful of the 40 colours available – these samples demonstrate the ‘flat weave’ style, made from 100% combed mohair which is hand woven. Available in contemporary bespoke geometric designs, the stunning range of colours make it possible to create a bespoke rug which perfectly matches the other fabrics and furnishings in your room.

The images below show samples from the ‘naturals’ range by Misha Rugs. These are made from 100% uncombed mohair, handwoven in six harmonious muted colours and five subtle two colour blends. Contemporary geometric designs combining different colours are a further option.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Mohair natural range samples

Both the flat weave and the uncombed mohair rugs feel luxuriously decadent underfoot and are a great option for bedside rugs. We’re particularly excited about the breadth of beautiful colours that are available in the flatweave range, making them very versatile. We’re looking forward to stocking them at our UK showroom soon!

Jenny Blanc Blog - Nobilis rug samples

The Nobilis rug sample pictured above is called ‘Coco’ and has a contemporary look blending wool and viscose with a gold lurex thread which adds a subtle sparkle. Metallic touches in wallpaper and fabric have become more popular in recent years so it’s very exciting to see the addition of metallic to floor coverings also.

Jenny Blanc Blog - GP & J Baker Kamu rug samples

The GP&J Baker ‘Kamu’ rug is a new design and already proving to be very popular. The pattern is embossed with an interesting texture, combining iridescent and matt fibres in subtle and neutral colours. The interlocking diamond design has a loose, organic feel, reminiscent of water. Perfect for a light and airy, contemporary living room.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Kravet Barbara Barry rug samples

The beautiful rug samples above are by Barbara Barry for Kravet. Made from 100% bamboo silk, they’re perfect for our design projects in Barbados and other climates where wool can be affected by the damp and humid conditions. The rugs are hand loomed giving them a beautiful variegated appearance and just enough interest whilst blending harmoniously into the background.

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.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Barbados sky at dusk
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.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Local colourful parades
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.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Limoges porcelain plates collection

We’re featured in The English Home magazine!

Jenny Blanc Blog - Coralstone Pineapple Console Table

The beautiful coral stone console table pictured above was a bespoke commission for one of our Barbados design projects. We’re thrilled that it has been featured in this months The English Home magazine, as part of an article all about using natural materials in the home!

Coral stone forms the bedrock of Barbados and is mined locally – in the form of sawn blocks, a highly desirable material for use in construction as it is a very porous stone which ages to a lovely patina and absorbs the tropical heat keeping interiors cool. Many of the old houses are built from sawn coral stone blocks with more contemporary properties finished in a render of ground coral stone dust and white cement. It is a very versatile product and though very porous, it can be carved to create beautiful architectural features or unique pieces of bespoke furniture like this console table which blends seamlessly with the surrounding coral rendered walls.

Coral stone’s natural colour and texture is beautifully understated, creating the perfect backdrop for decorative accents like the stunning mirror pictured above.

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As part of our design work we are often asked to design and commission bespoke pieces of furniture in coral stone, using our team of skilled local artisans on the island – here are a few of our favourite designs!

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The dining table pictured above is another of our bespoke designs and is supported by a base of hand carved coral stone scallop shells. A small piece of red coral is displayed in the top and this touch of colour is carried through to the cushions and tableware, creating a feeling of fun, seaside living.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Coral Stone Classic Column Designed Side Table

The side table pictured above is a classic column design and looks stunning alongside a beautiful table lamp as well as natural objet d’arte.

 

bespoke monkey design sculptured from coral stone The coral stone sculpture pictured above is a bespoke design for a stunning property in Barbados and shows how versatile coral stone can be – suitable for both practical items of furniture and more decorative accents, it’s the perfect choice for tropical properties!

Fun and sun in Barbados!

Jenny Blanc Blog - Monkey Puzzle Fabric
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!

Jenny Blanc Blog - Terrazzo Seating Area
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.

The perfect gift for Mother’s Day and beyond…

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Jenny Blanc Blog - Orchid Arrangement on Wrought Iron Console
Above: A classic white orchid arrangement on top of a bespoke wrought iron console table designed by Jenny Blanc.

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

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

Jenny Blanc Blog - Selection of Flower Arrangements

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

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

Jenny Blanc Blog - Orchid Arrangement

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

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

A Unique Wedding List Service by Jenny Blanc!

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

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

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

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

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