It may be a particularly crisp and frosty morning as I sit and type but there is no denying it – the lighter evenings, sudden appearance of daffodils and buds on the magnolia tree are all telling me that Spring is about to burst onto the scene once more. Is there anything more welcome than fresh, new fabrics, wallpapers and colours at this time of year?
Today I’m very pleased to share a scheme that is really inspiring me at the moment. Shades of fuchsia, blush, citron and green look fantastically fresh at the moment. I’m looking forward to that first morning when I catch the scent of bluebells in my garden and know that Spring has finally arrived. In the meantime these beautiful colours, patterns and prints will just have to keep me going!
I hope these fabulous fabrics and wallpapers have given you some food for thought. All of the items pictured above are available to order through our UK and Barbados showrooms. If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to contact us on 020 8943 4440 (UK and rest of the world) or 246 432 0989 (Barbados.)
UK Showroom Manager Sian Davies can usually be found offering advice and expertise to customers in our UK Showroom where she helps them choose furniture and accessories for their homes. As well as assisting Showroom Director Chrissie Marshall in the day to day running of the showroom, Sian also supports Chrissie with our ‘Just Rooms’ service, helping our clients transform their homes one room at a time.
Sian has just returned from a fantastic trip to Barbados where she enjoyed exploring the island, visiting the beach, sampling local food and spending time at our showroom in Holetown, St. James to see how we do things there. Now I’m going to hand you over to Sian so she can tell you a little bit about it in her own words!
What were your first impressions of the Jenny Blanc Barbados showroom?
The first thing that struck me was the colour – because of the beautiful sunshine in Barbados colours have to be so much brighter to make an impact and this is reflected in the stunning shades of bright blue, green and coral that are so popular in the Barbados showroom. White also plays a key role as its cool, fresh and very easy on the eye. Prints and patterns often have a tropical theme with monkeys, fish, shells, turtles and of course coral being very popular motifs on everything from fabric to coasters. In Barbados the local wildlife is really celebrated and this is reflected in interior design and home accessorising.
What are some of the differences between the UK and Barbados showrooms?
The lifestyle in Barbados is very different and this is reflected in the types of products we carry. People in Barbados love to throw parties and entertain so it’s very important for us to offer a range beautiful hostesses gifts as well as everything you need to entertain in style from coloured glassware to placemats. As you can imagine with the beautiful, warm climate most of this entertaining takes place outside so we also carry hurricane lanterns and other unusual lamps to create soft, ambient light. One thing the Barbados showroom has in common with the UK is that our regular customers call in to visit time and time again so it’s very important that we always have fresh things to offer them!
When it comes to the Barbados Just Rooms service, what are some of the more challenging aspects of interior design in a tropical, marine climate?
Barbados is all about outdoor living so high grade outdoor furniture is absolutely essential. This has to be specially designed and very well made in order to stand up to the heat, wind, humidity and salty air which will rust anything other than marine-grade metal. The Barbados showroom has been open for 6 years now and in that time, we have sought out the very best products to meet our clients requirements – for example, our tried and tested parasols that are fitted with flexible poles suitable for withstanding strong breezes. Caribbean Director Emma Blanc and her team have built up a library of the best fabrics suitable for both indoor and outdoor use in a tropical marine climate and have a real understanding how materials like coral stone and pickled pine behave over time. There’s so much more to interior design than meets the eye and this is especially true in a tropical climate but the knowledge and expertise of Emma and the team is really unparalleled so it was fantastic to have the opportunity to learn from them.
Last but not least, what were your three favourite things in the Barbados showroom?
I absolutely fell in love with this stunning coral lamp (pictured below) with a bespoke lampshade featuring tropical fish – the fabric is so vibrant and you can really appreciate this intricate print when it’s illuminated like this. I also love our set of coloured glasses and pitcher (also pictured below) which are exclusive to Jenny Blanc and hand made by a French artisan. The set we commission for our English customers features much softer colours so it’s lovely to see the Barbados version looking fresh and bright. Last but not least I would have to choose one of our fabulous cushions. A cushion is the perfect way to add a little dash of your favourite print to your home and can really change the look and feel of a seating area or bed without having to embark on a full re-design!
Living Barbados is a fabulous magazine which strikes the perfect balance between lifestyle, interiors and fashion combined with essential information for both residents and visitors to the island! I always look forward to picking up a copy when I’m visiting and am so pleased to be featured in the November 2015 edition!
To read the full article you can either pick up a complimentary copy for yourself at any of Barbados’ leading hotels or view the entire magazine online here. For those curious about how we go about creating a luxurious home from home on the island the article gives a great insight into the process of working with us and the benefits that an experienced interior designer can bring. Here’s a little taster which I hope will inspire.
‘The company strives to make the whole design process enjoyable for its clients with an exciting momentum building up to the final happy conclusion.’
‘Once the design fees and the scope of the commission have been agreed, work starts immediately on preparing scaled furniture layouts for a presentation meeting with the clients showing possible options for each room. At this meeting the designers, who have extensive experience of what is required to live in the tropics, recommend the best use of each area and will show some exciting initial ideas for fabrics and furnishings, listening to the clients’ feedback and response to these suggestions. This is usually a long meeting and can last up to 4 hours while the team get deeper into the clients’ wishes and aesthetics and ensure the project is going in the right direction. As soon as the layouts are agreed, the priority is always to prepare electrical detailing for the builders so that everything is in place in good time.’
‘Concept boards are then prepared for each room and the furnishings summarised in every detail with costs and quantities. This is the point where the clients start to enjoy working on the project. The selection of beautiful fabrics and elegant furnishings for their home sparks real excitement and diffuses what to them can seem a daunting task. At a further two meetings these concepts will be fine-tuned and, where necessary, the costings adjusted. The company ensures that at all times the clients are in control of expenditure and throughout the project they are kept up to date with a detailed summary of costs.’
I hope this has given you a taster of what’s to come – do have a read of the article in full and let me know what you think!
Top Drawer is one of the UKs leading international design exhibitions held twice a year at Kensington Olympia. It brings together brands from all over the world and covers everything from gifts and stationary to home accessories and soft furnishings! It’s an event I always look forward to as it’s a fantastic opportunity to source new products for our UK and Barbados showrooms but it also gives me the chance to get a feel for the latest trends that are going to appeal to our customers during the months to come. Today I would like to share with you a few things which caught my eye during my time at the show!
With thoughts now turning towards the warmer months to come, there is a fresh interest in all things floral! Artificial flowers in particular have become very sophisticated in recent years and some of those on display at Top Drawer looked deceptively like the real thing! One of my favourite companies combined individual stems to create dramatic, downwards sweeping arrangements tumbling out of urns and vases which have been cited as the next big thing by industry trend spotters! Artificial flowers can be very useful particularly at this time of year in the UK when spring is still a long way off. We currently have some fantastic artificial arrangements in both our UK and Barbados showrooms which not only provide an eye catching centrepiece but will save a fortune on buying fresh cut flowers every week! The trick is to combine them with a mixture of real flowers and foliage to create beautiful, long lasting arrangements.
Another trend which caught my eye were the fabulous tropical prints which popped up on everything from stationary to purses, trays and even lampshades! Tropical prints are a really fun way to introduce a dash of vibrant colour into your home this Spring but tropical doesn’t have to mean bright – as the gold embossed pineapple note cards pictured below demonstrate!
If you would like to dip your toe into the water with this trend then a palm leaf print is the perfect place to start – these vibrant green leaves are instantly recognisable and feel natural and fresh whilst giving a nod to the tropical theme. Whether in the UK or abroad, the palm print invitations, cocktail napkins and dinner plates would set the scene for a summer garden party perfectly.
One very broad trend which I noticed throughout the show was a renewed appreciation for natural forms. Whether it’s a beautiful piece of coral or a gilded clam shell like the one pictured below, everywhere I turned I saw raw materials which were designed to be displayed and admired for their natural beauty alone. Coral objets and shells have always been popular in our Barbados showroom but this trend isn’t limited to the tropics. Wood, horn and minerals such as agate slices adorned everything from place mats to jewellery boxes at the show and make wonderful objet in their own right.
I hope all this talk of spring flowers and tropical colour hasn’t made you too desperate for summer as (in the UK at least) we’ve still got plenty of cold weather to come but I hope I have provided some inspiration for what the rest of the year might hold. We’re currently planning our Spring window and I look forward to sharing that with you later in the year!
We are so pleased to be featured in this year’s edition of ‘Ins & Outs of Barbados’ magazine with an article all about my Barbados made furniture collection! Ins & Outs of Barbados is an annual publication filled with fascinating articles about the history, culture and art of the island along with essential information for visitors such as must-see places and not-to-be-missed events.
If you’re sadly unable to pick up a copy for yourself, here are a few excerpts to whet the appetite before the magazine is available online later in the year.
‘Jenny Blanc’s inspiring showroom in St.James features a host of enticing, original products for the home and offers an unbeatable range of services to help you create beautiful interiors. The full design service, run from their West London studio, is underpinned by their many years of experience of designing houses in the Caribbean and has access to the most exquisite collections of fabrics and furnishings available internationally.’
‘As part of their full interior design service Jenny Blanc has created a range of mahogany furniture inspired by the rich heritage of Barbados and made by joiners on the island. Barbados mahogany was abundant when the island was first settled by Europeans. Used by the settlers as the main material for construction, fuel for early sugar cane factories, boat building and furniture, only small groves now remain. Furniture made from this hardwood is prized for it’s durability, its resistance to termites, its superb quality and beautiful reddish brown colour.’
‘Jenny Blanc interiors has revisited historic Barbadian furniture styles with their designs for beautiful mahogany and cane armchairs, elegant mahogany and marble coffee tables and romantic four poster beds with matching dressing tables. Outstanding pieces – made from rarely available Barbados mahogany – such as a bar with painted panels featuring the local green monkeys, have been designed by Jenny Blanc and are made locally by talented artisans. This beautiful mahogany furniture, with it’s reflections of an earlier cultural heritage and style, adds depth and character to contemporary interiors and contributes influences of an original plantation house.’
The image above features a beautiful green monkey sculpture carved from coral stone by a local Barbadian artisan which I designed exclusively for this award winning project. This stunning family home competed against other exclusive properties on the island at last years International Property Awards in the category for Interior Design and was awarded ‘Best in Barbados’ by a panel of expert judges. You can find more information about the property awards on our blog here!
Jenny Blanc is celebrating 20 years since the launch of our fabulous showroom and interior design service on Teddington High Street. To start this landmark anniversary with a bang we are holding a sensational Winter sale with exceptional discounts! Over the coming weeks the showroom will be undergoing a transformation as we create an exciting new environment, full of inspiration for accessorising your home.
For our customers, sale time is always an exceptional opportunity to purchase home accessories and gifts with incredible savings. As part of our 20th anniversary celebrations we are also currently offering 15% off Jenny Blanc sofas and furniture – including the Grand sofa, pictured above. Pop into our London showroom to experience the full range for yourself or call us on 020 8943 4144 for more information.
Why not take advantage of our sale to treat your dressing table to a few uplifting new additions? The beautiful clock pictured above is a truly elegant design which would look fantastic on a dressing table or bedside table. Part of our current range of accessories, it is now available at 30% off alongside the beautiful glass votive also pictured above. Don’t forget you can always use the jar as a trinket box once you have finished enjoying the candle!
The Jardins D’Ecrivains range of scented candles and fragrances are hand crafted in the heart of Paris and combine exceptional ingredients with sophisticated fragrances. ‘Gigi’ eau de parfum evokes the famous heroine of Collette – walking through 1900’s Paris she seduces by her simplicity, her insouciance and her outspokenness. To celebrate her, Jardins D’Ecrivains evokes a theme of white flowers, perfect for a fresh start and a New Year and best of all… now half price!
Men can be very tricky to buy for but we have come to the rescue with a fantastic range of masculine objets, now at fantastic reductions! The humidor pictured above makes the perfect gift when presented alongside his favourite cigar whilst the burgundy pear opens to reveal a beautifully scented candle! Jardins D’Ecrivains created the fragrance ‘Orlando’ after Virginia Woolf’s infamous heroine. Quirky blends with the eclectic and timeless in this spellbinding fragrance which can be worn by men or women.
Our sale also includes tableware like the gorgeous napkins, candle sticks and hurricane vase pictured above which would make an elegant addition to the dining room the whole year round. As always there’s so much more to see in store but if you are unable to visit us in person and would like to buy something you have seen here on the blog please don’t hesitate to call us on 020 8943 4144 – our showroom team will be happy to arrange delivery for you.
Don’t forget that a small selection of our products are available to order online via our Trouva boutique! The showroom sale will run throughout January. For details on how to find us and our opening hours head over to our main website.
Christmas at our London and Barbados showrooms is my favourite time of the year – in Barbados, the season is by now in full swing and those with holiday homes on the island fly in with friends and family to celebrate Christmas the Caribbean way – at beach BBQs and pool parties across the island. In London the weather is decidedly colder but the inviting glow of candle light and the promise of mulled wine mean that no one minds and thoughts turn towards making one’s home feel as cosy and inviting as possible.
Today I’m excited to share my ‘ultimate gift guide’ – 22 fantastic present ideas for every age and every budget! Gentleman can often be very tricky to buy for so I’ve included plenty of inspiration for masculine gifts such as the fantastic book ends or burgundy decanter with matching glass. Teenagers and grownups alike will adore our fabulous fluffy slippers and pom pom shoe clips whilst the lady in your life is sure to be over the moon with a stunning jewellery box – available in a soft salmon pink or pale aqua faux lizard skin.
When you visit either our London or Barbados showrooms in person you can benefit from the expertise of our friendly and knowledgeable showroom team who will be happy to help you pick the perfect gift. Our showrooms are the perfect place to escape the bustle of busy town centres at this time of year and are a beautiful environment in which to shop. At our UK showroom from now until Christmas you can take advantage of our free Christmas gift wrapping service – let us do the hard work while you relax with a glass of bubbles!
1) Exquisite Swarovski crystal scented pear candle in rich damson red with gold twig detailing. Perfect to use as a trinket box once the candle has been burnt, or simply as a beautiful objet. £450
2) Beautifully embroidered tiger cushion on a snow white background (45 cm square) includes man made filler. £85
3) Crimson Red and silver votive which radiates a warm candle light £9.95 (Height 7 cm)
4) Purple ombre champagne flutes (height 26cm) £35 for the pair
5) Dazzling dyed sliced Agate pendant, surrounded by Zircons with an onyx bead necklace £99
6) The ultimate warm and cosy faux fur slipper in size 5-6 for those cold winter nights £59.95
7) Pretty sachets, filled with rose buds, handmade with antique lace and satin (15cm x 13cm) £14.50 each
8) Dramatic gotham orb book ends in black nickel, stainless steel and granite (W14.5cm x D14.5cm x H12cm) £305
9) ‘Naughty and Nice’ A gorgeous duo of two candles in black glass containers (height 10 cm) housed in a sleek black gift box with gold lettering. The ‘naughty’ candle contains fragrance notes of cinnamon, orange, clove freesia, vanilla, amber, spicy cedarwood, musk and patchouli. The ‘nice’ candle contains fragrance notes of blood orange, grapefruit, nectarine, jasmine, peach, orange peel, vanilla and sweet musk. £59.95
10) A classic Italian design, this decanter is crafted from pewter and glass with a matching burgundy glasses. Decanter height: 27 cm, Glass height: 24 cm. Decanter £295, glass £85.
11) The ultimate bar keepers guide to spirits, mixers and cocktails £14.99
12) Gorgeous soft velvet purple cushion, backed with neutral linen and man-made cushion filling (W55cm x H35cm). £65
13) A vivid red version of our soft velvet cushion, finished with a linen back and man-made cushion filler. (W55cm H35cm). £65
14) A lovely faux lizard salmon pink box, perfect for jewellery, letters and treasures. (W24cm x D16cm x H10cm). £39.95
15) Dusky blue pom pom shoe clips that can be attached to any shoe whether it’s a pair of high heels, flats or pumps. A great way to turn a plain shoe into a ‘party shoe’! £29.95
16) A soft aqua version of the faux lizard box. A great place to keep all of your most prized possessions! (W24cm x D16cm x H10cm). £39.95
17) Decorative purple and clear cut glass votive or shot glass (Height 6.5 cm). £14.50
18) To match the votive are these elegant purple sundae dishes (H12cm x 11.5 cm diameter). £35 each
19) Snow white faux fur comforter throw (W90cm x L145cm). £145
20) Jessica Russel Flint small make up bag (23cm x 18cm) in soft pink with Caribbean pineapples. This can be used at the poolside or even beach parties as a clutch! £49.95
21) This is a firm favourite of mine! This large Jessica Russel flint jungle print bag is a really useful size which can be used as a makeup bag, beach bag or lingerie bag. (39cm x 25cm) £99
If you’re unable to visit us in person don’t forget that you can always contact our London showroom by phone on 0208 943 4144 where Showroom Director Chrissie Marshall and Showroom Manager Sian Davies will be happy to assist you. For the Barbados showroom contact Emma Blanc on 001.246.4320989 or 001.246.2668099. We can help you choose the perfect gifts this Christmas and arrange to have them delivered to your door! You can also purchase a selection of our beautiful items online via our Trouva boutique.
With the countdown to Christmas well and truly underway, don’t forget that a selection of gifts from our UK and Barbados showrooms are available to order online via our Trouva boutique! Of course, visiting our showrooms in person is always well worth it in order to browse our full collection and benefit from our friendly and knowledgeable showroom assistants who will be happy to help you with all your Christmas gift requirements.
When you order through our Trouva boutique, your items will arrive beautifully gift wrapped and ready to put under the tree, leaving you with more time to spend with your loved ones this Christmas. With worldwide delivery, 1 hour shuttle service for local customers or the option to ‘click and collect’ in store, we have Christmas quite literally ‘all wrapped up’.
Don’t forget to pop by later in the week when Jenny will be sharing her favourite home accessories and gifts from the London and Barbados showrooms in her ‘Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide’!
1) Le Dame aux Camelias is a beautiful fragrance with floral notes presented in a traditional atomiser which looks stunning as a dressing table ornament. £95
2) Our exclusive Jenny Blanc notebook has the words of wisdom ‘Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much’ embossed in gilt lettering on the front cover. £41.50
When it comes to table settings, Christmas is a time to pull out all the stops and create a sense of occasion with candles, flowers, small table gifts, seasonal napkins with beautiful napkin rings and – if you are lucky enough to have them – your antique glassware and best china.
Inspired by the beautiful Christmas window at our London showroom which features a festive dining table, today I’m pleased to share with you some thoughts on table settings that you can easily put into practice at home using items you are likely to already own! As is so often the case with interiors, the key is to build up layers – a small candle or sequinned place mat might not look like much on its own but when combined these touches can really elevate your dinner table into something magical!
Tea lights in beautiful glass holders are essential to create a sense of wellbeing and warmth. Aim to create a soft, golden glow to dispel the greys and blues outside and watch as the tiny, flickering lights are reflected in the glasses, sequins and silver that make up your table decoration, bringing the whole scene to life.
Scented candles are another important part of your festive lighting scheme as they not only add beautiful ambient light but their fragrance will complement the decoration with hints of spice and citrus.
Antique glassware such as my collection of cranberry glass (including the beautiful decanter pictured above) really comes into its own at Christmas time where it creates a wonderful sense of occasion and ceremony. Now is the time to pull out your most special glasses and pieces of china and really relish the beauty they bring to your table.
Fresh flowers are often in short supply at this time of year – resist the temptation to buy something straight from the hot house at your local florist and look to the British countryside for inspiration. Greenery such as laurel leaves, ivy and of course holly can all be used to create a natural looking display. Even plants that you might usually think of as ‘weeds’ such as seed heads can look beautiful as part of a display on the Christmas table. I personally think that a slightly rustic and natural looking floral display is the perfect counterpoint to a glamorous and beautifully laid table.
Layer your place settings by using a charger followed by an antique china plate and soup bowl to really make an impact. I always top each place setting with an individual present – a beautiful votive or bauble for the adults and a small wrapped gift for children is always well received, especially if the children’s gift contains an activity such as a magic trick to learn or a joke book to keep them entertained!
I hope I have given you some ideas for ways to create a dining table your friends and family will remember this year! My most important tip of all though is to relax and enjoy yourself – as soon as the guests are seated, take time to look around you and savour the moment. The hard work will be (mostly) done and after all, you’ll have plenty of helping hands should you need them!
Our London and Barbados showrooms are both full of beautiful items with which to dress your table at every price range – we look forward to welcoming you in the run up to Christmas! To help ease the stress of the inevitable last minute preparations, our London showroom will be open until 7pm on Thursdays and on Sundays 11.00am – 5.00pm.
The Jenny Blanc Christmas window display is highly anticipated by both our neighbours on Teddington High Street and our customers alike! With the days getting darker and the temperature plummeting it’s no surprise that thoughts turn towards twinkling lights, sumptuous fabrics, festive decorations and the heart-warming prospect of Christmas. It took a week of hard work to completely transform our window for this year’s display – from hanging fresh wallpaper and curtains to installing thousands of fairy lights it’s a big job but really the hard work (for me at least!) begins much earlier in the year.
Creating something new and original for the Christmas window display takes a good deal of planning and it was back in the spring that I began to look for inspiration. Whether I was visiting design exhibitions throughout the world, spending time in Barbados or pouring over the new seasons fabrics and wallpapers there was one colour in particular that really spoke to me and as the year went on and new fabrics began to arrive, this shade caught my eye again and again. I therefore decided to make this beautiful shade of plum the focus of this year’s display, using it as the basis for a decadent dining table scheme!
As the year progressed and autumn turned to winter, I began to bring together various threads of inspiration by creating mood boards to help me finalise the colours, textures and key elements of the window. Once complete, my team scoured the globe to find just the right fabrics, wall coverings, furniture and accessories to create an eye catching display.
This year’s window features a luxurious dining table covered with a satin tablecloth in a beautifully rich berry colour. The Jenny Blanc ‘Henry’ dining chair is one of my exclusive designs and has been upholstered in Matthew Williamson’s ‘Miramar’ fabric in ivory – a gorgeous, iridescent fabric which reflects the light wonderfully and is trimmed with a berry coloured velvet to compliment the rest of the colour scheme. A stunning eglomise mirror hangs behind the table, reflecting the thousands of fairy lights surrounding our window. I chose a metallic wallpaper which is just the right shade of silver to complement the antique effect mirror and the look is completed with an absolutely beautiful contemporary crystal chandelier.
David, our Creative Display Consultant, oversees the installation of the window and uses his flair and expertise to really bring the scene to life by dressing it with some of the beautiful accessories from our showroom. This year’s window is full of goodies and gifts at all price ranges – scented candles, coloured champagne flutes, jewellery boxes and snow globes are just some of the tempting treats on display! There is plenty of inspiration for Christmas decoration too with glittering gold branches and delicate glass angels.
Already passers-by are stopping in the street to photograph the window so it’s lovely to see all our hard work paying off! This Thursday 26th November is the annual ‘Teddington Lights Up’ event which is a wonderful opportunity to see the Mayor of Teddington, Martin Seymour, switching on the Christmas lights alongside Harlequins rugby team captain Danny Care. The showroom will be staying open until 9pm especially so do pay us a visit! Smart shoppers can beat the crowd by taking advantage of our ‘click and collect’ service via our Trouva boutique!
I’m so thrilled to announce that Jenny Blanc interiors have been presented with a 5 – Star award for the interior design of a beautiful family residence in Apes Hill, Barbados at this year’s International Property Awards held at the Hilton Hotel Barbados on Friday 23rd October!
This was one of my favourite projects to date and it was an absolute pleasure to work with our clients to create this very special family home. From the very first meeting our client’s dreams were for a house full of light with a feeling of Caribbean elegance and tropical influences. To meet their aspirations, Design Director Sue Thomas-Richardson and I designed living areas each with its own character but which flowed one into the other linked by a harmonious colour palette of cool subtle tones with punches of colour.
You can view more images of the award winning property on our website here!
As highest scoring 5 star winners, we have now been nominated for the title of ‘Best in the Americas and the Caribbean’ before the ultimate ‘World’s Best’ awards are presented at an awards ceremony at the Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, London on 7th December 2015.
Decorex is the highly anticipated trade show for luxury design which kicks off London Design Week each September and attracts interior design professionals from all over the world. As a designer, I attend each year to source new suppliers for our design projects and to view the latest collections from some of the world’s finest fabric houses, furniture manufacturers and accessories designers. Anyone who has visited our London showroom will know that we have shelves of fabric sample books and a library of catalogues at our fingertips but when it comes to experiencing the latest collections first hand, nothing beats Decorex. It gives me the opportunity to see and feel the fabrics and furnishings on a much larger scale and is a huge source of inspiration. It is a date in the diary that we all look forward to and this year I was accompanied by showroom director Chrissie Marshall and our former Senior Designer, Abigail Heanley. We had a marvellous day discovering a beautiful velvet fabric which moved like liquid metal, wonderful table lamps with hand blown glass bases and, of course, catching up with old friends in the industry. For me though there was one standout piece which really stole the show this year – the moment I clapped eyes on this eglomise screen (pictured below) it was love at first sight!
Verre eglomise or ‘gilded glass’ is a process dating back to pre-roman times whereby gold or silver leaf is applied to the reverse side of glass. The gilding can then be etched away or painted on in reverse to create stunning designs which really come to life when lit properly. I love everything about this gorgeous screen from the subtle use of colours – including delicate pale blues, greens and burnt orange, to the subject matter itself! These tropical birds and monkeys would look simply perfect in one of the grand plantation houses in Barbados. The attention to detail is breath-taking – I love the way each panel is so different but includes the same elements. In each panel, a pair of animals sits within a frame – in some cases an intricate window and in others the local flora is brought into the design. Beyond, clouds and mountains create depth whilst keeping the overall feeling light and airy. This stunning screen is a one off and retails at around £60,000 – for those with the right property it would be a wonderful investment and a beautiful addition to the home!
Discovering this screen at Decorex recalled one of my earliest childhood memories: staying at my Grandmother’s house as a little girl of about 5 or 6 years old. My grandmother had the most wonderful sense of style and I’m sure it’s her which inspired my love of interiors! She had a beautiful bedroom in her house in the countryside and when I came to stay, she would set up my bed in a cosy corner, separated from the rest of the room by a folding screen. I can still remember that screen now – an antique from the 1920’s with silk panels painted with peonies and other English garden flowers in beautiful shades of pink and green. I thought it was just the most beautiful thing I had ever seen and would gaze at the intricately painted scenery before drifting off to sleep. Having my own little space, sheltered from the rest of the room but still within ear shot of my grandmother made me feel so secure and really showed me how empowering and comforting a well designed living space can be.
Much later, when I came to help my son Sebastien Blanc design his first bachelor pad, he had one room in which to work, dine and relax in front of the television. As an acting coach and theatre director his workspace is incredibly important to him so there was no question that we needed to find space to accommodate all his books and paperwork, not to mention scripts and notebooks! By using a screen we partitioned off the living room, thereby concealing the inner workings of his office in a way that was both decorative and practical.
If you’re considering introducing a screen into your living space it’s worth bearing in mind that they can be used in a number of different ways. A solid screen covered in either fabric, wallpaper or other opaque material can be used to shield weak areas of a room from view (such as a home office or kitchenette). Placed in front of a large window, an opaque screen will offer privacy whilst still allowing the light to spill over the top.
Screens featuring translucent panels of sheer fabric, glass or an intricately carved trellis like the one pictured above are well suited to open plan living as they help to shape the space and define certain areas whilst allowing light to flow freely. A mirrored screen serves both functions as it acts as a solid screen whilst bouncing light back into the room. These beautiful, rustic wooden room dividers pictured below are really unique and are a wonderful way to bring the outdoors in. Because the structure of the wooden branches is fairly loose and organic they can help shape a room without dominating and are particularly well suited to commercial properties.
Of course a screen can also be purely decorative and a wonderful way to introduce a piece of art into your home! An antique screen like the one belonging to my Grandmother would complement a traditional scheme perfectly but would also work in a contemporary setting where it would provide contrast and an extra layer of interest. Modern screens like the one pictured below (made by furniture designer Julian Chichester) look fantastic as part of a minimalist setting, where the beauty of the materials is really able to shine.
These hand painted, sheer silk panels by luxury French design house de Gournay (pictured below) were another fantastic find at this year’s Decorex. A curtain of sheer fabric like this is a wonderful alternative to the traditional folding screen and is especially suited to life in the tropics where Island breezes would really show off the fluidity of this beautiful material. Weighting the curtain at the bottom edge would provide just the right amount of stability whilst still allowing for movement.
The beautiful blossom branches and overblown pink peonies (pictured above) would look gorgeous as part of a feminine scheme. I love the way that the white paint used on the very tips of the petals is ever so slightly more opaque, giving the flowers a real sense of depth. The two sheer curtain pictured below are also by de Gournay and show how changing the colourway can produce very different effects. On the left, a sheer curtain in canary yellow and blue softens what is otherwise a very stark space. On the right hand side a panel of sheer black silk leads the eye into a sophisticated study. Shades of red in the flowers and lamp shades complete the curtains colour palette perfectly.
Screens come in so many shapes and sizes there really is one to fit every occasion. For more inspirational screens and room dividers head over to my Pinterest board and let me know which is your favourite!
Those already familiar with The English Home magazine may have spotted Jenny Blanc in the June, September and October issues recently! The English Home is a monthly publication which delivers just the right blend of inspiration, practical advice and escapism for those seeking that quintessential English look. In the September issue I have shared some of my insights into interior design and the secrets of a luxurious lifestyle in the regular ‘Little Black Book’ feature! Settle down with a cup of tea and find out what’s on my radar for the coming season including my favourite locations for happy antiques hunting in London, where I go to feel inspired when I’m in Paris and the part of my home that I’m getting ready to re-design!
Period furniture design
I love Georgian furniture and my home is full of antiques. Part of the pleasure of antiques comes from searching out just the right piece. Happy hunting grounds are Kempton Park Antiques Market and Guinevere on the Kings Road.
Sources of inspiration
I love Paris and especially the basilica of Sacre Coeur. Its exotic architecture and pristine white stone dominate the skyline of Montmartre and you get a spectacular panoramic view of the city of Paris from the top of the dome.
Beautiful things are to be used
I have a set of beautiful and delicate etched champagne coupes; antique pieces from the 1920’s. I use them every time I open a bottle of champagne. My philosophy is that if you have beautiful things, you should use them and not put them away in a cupboard.
Refreshing my own home
I am currently re-designing my study in the annex in the garden. I use it as a quiet place for writing and to catch up with friends with my gorgeous golden retriever, Mr Darcy, sitting at my feet. My office needs to be ergonomically functional with everything I need close to hand, peaceful and beautifully designed so that it is relaxing to work there. Colour and elegant furniture play a great part in achieving these requirements.
The October issue of The English Home magazine (pictured above) features the master bedroom from one of my very favourite projects in Barbados. The soothing duck egg blue tones used throughout this room help create a really calming environment. The love seat at the end of the grand, four poster bed is the perfect spot for breakfast while the sumptuous rug underfoot gives the whole room a feeling of luxury! A dash of colour in the form of local art brings the scheme to life.
The June issue of The English Home magazine (pictured above) features a wonderful reading nook I designed for a traditional English guest bedroom. I just love the sumptuous toile de jouy curtains and red striped armchair together – two contrasting prints that harmonise perfectly because of their uniform colour palette. Details like the antique red and white china bowl planted with fresh spring flowers add character and charm to the overall scheme.
The response to our Barbados showroom summer sale has been so overwhelming that this year we have decided to remain open Monday to Friday throughout September. This will give more holidaymakers and residents the chance to shop our fantastic range of gifts, furniture and home accessories!
Many items have been reduced further including these fantastic melamine serving platters and plates (pictured below). Melamine is a tough and durable material, making this tableware the perfect choice for beach or poolside dining. The striking coral design mimics the look of real china so there’s no need to compromise on style! The entire range is now 50% off with prices starting as low as $27.50, making this a great opportunity to stock up on essentials ready for the coming season. My favourite piece is the large red platter (pictured below left) – it makes a striking centrepiece and is perfect for serving freshly grilled seafood or a display of fresh fruit. Now reduced from $225 to $112.50.
Our summer sale is the perfect time to give your home a makeover with stunning pieces of furniture reduced further including complete sets of matching bedroom furniture!
Our gorgeous French oak and slate dining table will now include free local delivery – at 50% off its wonderful value and perfect for those with homes on the island who love to entertain in style.
As well as some really stunning pieces of furniture we have also reduced some of our luxurious home accessories further including the gorgeous placemats pictured below. These placemats are available in gold, green and paprika and are perfect for adding some sophisticated colour to your table setting for dinner parties. I love to layer up the look with plates and glassware featuring harmonising shades – green and gold or paprika and silver are particular favourites of mine. The placemats are sold separately so you can mix and match the colours to suit your style. The seafood pics pictured below are now reduced from $175 to $115 and make the perfect accent to your table setting!
If you have any questions about the products featured here or need advice about which items would suit your home and lifestyle best do pop in and visit us in store where our friendly and knowledgeable showroom team look forward to welcoming you. Our showroom will be open from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday throughout September. You can also get in contact by calling +1 (246) 432 0989 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since founding my interior design practice 20 years ago with Showroom Director Chrissie Marshall, my team has gradually grown from four to twenty and our office space has grown along with us. Our London premises is now nearly double the size and comprises our design studio, art desk, extensive sample libraries, showroom, PR and online media office along with the various other workspaces that are essential for running a business – and that’s before we even get to Barbados! Nurturing creativity alongside the daily tasks integral to a successful workplace is a tough balancing act but it’s safe to say that over the last 20 years I have learnt a thing or two about what works, and what doesn’t. Today I would like to share some of my tips for getting the most out of your working environment which you can apply whether your workspace is at home on the dining room table or in an office managing a team of people! I hope you find them useful and of course if you have any tricks of your own do let me know in the comments.
Fresh flowers in any work space instantly give me a lift. A few sweet peas, a hydrangea head or other perfumed flower will give off an incredible fragrance whilst looking fresh and natural – far nicer than the typical ‘corporate’ flower arrangement. At home I pick fresh flowers from my garden throughout the week to display on my desk in a beautiful glass tumbler – like the one pictured above. If I’m really in the mood I buy a little bouquet for everyone in the office to put on their desks. Trimming the stems means the water has less distance to travel helping the blooms last longer and the short, bottom heavy glass reduces the chances of it getting knocked over! If you work in an office with the traditional potted palm and peace lily, look after them! Water them regularly and wipe their leaves with a damp cloth to prevent them from gathering dust (which can affect the plant’s ability to photosynthesize and lead to a rather sad looking plant).
To-do lists that inspire are easy to achieve with the right pen. Choose a pen that flows freely (I won’t even mention the B word!) and is a pleasure to use. Then, put that A4 ruled note pad to one side and grab a big sheet of paper! Breaking out of the tyranny of lists will help your ideas flow and you may find the tasks seem much easier to handle. After all creative work isn’t a linear process so why should your lists be?
Dress your environment with things that help personalise the space and encourage employees to do the same. When people feel relaxed in their work environment it gives them confidence and this helps you get the most out of them creatively. A framed photograph and a pin board where you can collect images that inspire you (even if they’re not directly related to the task at hand) all help to create a positive environment. Walking through the design room in our London office I love seeing which samples and swatches have caught the team’s eye that particular week and it will often spark off a conversation or idea.
My secret weapon is 4711 perfumed tissues! This cologne is an absolute classic and is really uplifting and refreshing. These handy tissues are perfect for dabbing across your forehead and pulse points during an afternoon slump (and are much better for you than a cup of coffee!). I always keep a few sachets in my handbag as they’re much lighter to carry than a bottle of perfume, making them perfect for freshening up on the go. I’m always thankful for them at trade shows and other busy events! For particularly fraught days try Neom’s ‘Essential De-stress Kit’ (pictured below) which is available from our London showroom. The kit contains mini bottles of Neom’s De-stress Home Mist to spritz behind your head, Intensive Stress Relief Treatment to roll onto the pulse points and finally, De-stress On-The-Go mist to spritz over the face leaving you feeling restored and relaxed in just five minutes flat! Also available are Neom’s Essential Sleep Kit, Essential Energy Boosting Kit and Essential Mood Lifting Kit, all priced £20.
Stay hydrated by keeping a jug or decanter of lemon, orange, mint and cucumber water on your desk and treat yourself to a beautiful glass to drink from. That way when inspiration strikes and you wouldn’t dream of breaking your concentration for a trip to the watercooler, you’ll have refreshment close at hand. Modern office environments with their air conditioning can be incredibly dehydrating but drinking plenty of water will help you feel more alert whilst the fragrance of lemon is thought to improve concentration. To prepare, simply squeeze the juice of the citrus fruits into the water then finish with a few sprigs of mint, cucumber and thinly sliced lemon.
Beautiful stationary like my box file (pictured above) will give you a lift every time you use it! This particular file is covered in gorgeous paper by Colefax and Fowler and holds all the paperwork for my ongoing tasks. I really believe that the things you use every day should enhance your experience – whether that means jotting down notes in a colourful notebook or treating yourself to a special fountain pen that will last a life time. Don’t save the good stuff for special occasions, life is just too short! I have been using Smythson diaries for years and wouldn’t even consider buying anything else. The ‘Fashion Diary’ (pictured below) fits perfectly in my handbag but is still large enough to write down all my appointments, has a pocket at the back for any loose bits of paper such as tickets and has just the right amount of space for notes. I like to use the ‘page per week’ version so I can see at a glance what each week holds in store. I’ve really enjoyed using my ‘poinsettia red’ one this year and have already ordered a plum one for next year!
I really believe that everything around you should be beautiful including your work environment. I wouldn’t dream of having a cardboard box of tissues on my desk – instead I use the tissue box cover and butler tray pictured below which also holds my water glass. This set is an exclusive Jenny Blanc design featuring a gorgeous coral print. The glass is another of my exclusive designs which is handmade by a French artisan and is available in a range of colours from our London showroom.
A light grey background on your work computer will help rest your eyes in between tasks and stop any loud colours or patterns impacting your eye while you work. This is really important for computer aided design when you need to be able to judge colours on screen effectively.
Express yourself in whichever way suits you and make sure your team are able to do the same. Some of us do our problem solving aloud (otherwise known as talking to yourself!) and some in our heads. Some people prefer to discuss ideas or have things explained whilst others need to get up and sketch things out physically. If you’ve ever heard someone say ‘I see what you mean now’ – you can bet that they’re a visual person and the best way to communicate with them is to show them your ideas, not just tell them. Make sure that you and your team are free to work things out in the way that suits you – there’s no point in striving for a ‘paperless office’ if your team member prefers to write their thoughts down! By playing to everyone’s strengths you’ll be able to build a better creative working environment for all.
I first became acquainted with Barbados whilst designing the holiday home of one of my London clients some 13 years ago and was immediately struck by the Islands unique architecture. The combination of Jacobean, Georgian and Victorian influences brought over with the Islands first Western settlers back in the 1600’s, combined with the vernacular architecture of the Island, creates a style that is truly unique to Barbados. The Barbadian climate with its scorching sun, wind and salty air presents challenging conditions in which to live and build homes that last. The key, for me, was to look to the islands local heritage and utilise the materials and skills close to hand which have been passed down from generation to generation. As my client base on the island grew, it felt natural to develop my own range of Barbados made furniture using coralstone, wrought iron and wood such as pickled pine. Working with skilled local artisans enabled me to produce those bespoke items required by my design clients. Today, the benchmark pieces from my range are all available to order in our St James showroom. For those who are in the process of selecting furniture for holiday homes in the Caribbean I would like to make the process that little bit easier this week by looking at the benefits of some of these indigenous materials.
The bedrock of the Island itself is composed of limestone formed from coral – known as coralstone. The oldest and grandest plantation houses are made of coralstone bricks which were quarried by hand until the middle of the 1950’s and are strong yet soft enough to be manipulated easily and help keep the property cool and ventilated due to its porosity. More contemporary properties are now built from brick which is then plastered with coral stone in order to benefit from this wonderful natural resource.
Over the years I, along with Barbadian born Design Director Sue Thomas-Richardson, have developed longstanding relationships with local artisans who are experts in working with this fascinating material. This enables us to offer our clients exquisite designs that are exclusive to Jenny Blanc – fusing high end, bespoke design with traditional materials to create a look that is uniquely Barbadian!
This coralstone console table (pictured above) is a Jenny Blanc exclusive design featuring a pineapple. This shows off the beauty of this natural material and the skills of the local craftsman to great effect – the perfect fusion of great design, quality materials and skilled craftsmanship.
This coralstone dining table with seahorse carvings (pictured above) is another bespoke design and demonstrates how coralstone can be used as part of a more contemporary scheme – bringing together two important elements of Barbadian culture in an eye catching design! The process for creating a piece like this begins in our London design room where Sue and I sketch out our ideas and work out the dimensions. The design plans are then sent to one of our artisans in Barbados before we select the materials and the process of bringing the initial concept to life can begin. We will visit at various times throughout the process of construction to ensure the proportions are correct, check the design and the finish, making any necessary adjustments required for a flawless finish. Meanwhile the design for the overall room scheme will continue as we look forward to that moment when everything comes together!
Wrought ironwork is another strong tradition on the Island and one which lends itself to outdoor living perfectly. This marble topped console table (pictured above) with a sunburst motif is perfect for use out in the open on a veranda while this window grille with a leaf motif (also pictured above) demonstrates how iron can be used to create a more delicate effect. The Caribbean way of life is all about a seamless transition from the outside in so it’s wonderful to be able to leave windows open like this to allow the air to flow freely and keep the space feeling light and open. A window grille like this provides security as well as being an attractive focal point. Both the console table and lattice designs are exclusive to Jenny Blanc and available to order through our London and Barbados showrooms. In addition to ornamented window grilles and console tables, our current range includes dining tables with wrought iron detailing (often supporting marble, stone or glass tops in a traditional or contemporary style), coffee tables and staircase bannisters which often feature a repeat pattern which is echoed throughout the rest of the furnishings.
‘Pickled’ pine was developed in the 1970’s for use in ceilings and architectural woodwork and was designed to make new wood appear old. Since then it has become a key part of Barbadian vernacular design sought after for that quintessential Barbadian look. Although many stains are sold today under the name ‘pickling stain’, technically pickling is a method not a finish. The effect is similar to sun bleached wood found on the beach and gives just a hint of the seaside whilst harmonising with other natural materials such as cane, bamboo and copper. Our current range includes four poster beds which can be draped with a selection of muslins or voiles, carved headboards in a variety of designs – often featuring shell motifs (like the one pictured above which was a bespoke creation for one of our design clients) and cane detailing.
The sofa pictured below is a Jenny Blanc exclusive design on display in our Barbados showroom and features an intricately carved pickled pine frame with double cane panels for a traditional Barbadian feel. Coupled with cushion pads upholstered in cream and coral pink scatter cushions, this piece is perfect for the more traditional Island home.
If you would like any information regarding our interior design service or bespoke furniture range please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Design Director Sue Thomas-Richardson in our London design office who will be happy to advise on all the items in the Jenny Blanc range..
At the Jenny Blanc Showroom in London we are used to welcoming customers who have travelled from far and wide to take advantage of our interior design expertise and shop for those finishing touches which make a home complete. Of course, it’s not always practical or possible for everyone to come and visit us in person which is why I’m so pleased to announce that Jenny Blanc is one of a select group of Boutiques to feature on Trouva – a new luxury shopping website which connects customers to fantastic independent brands across London and Brighton.
‘Trouva’ comes from the word ‘Trouvaille’ meaning ‘A lucky find’ and on the newly launched site you can expect to find wonderful and unique items from homeware to fashion, all in one place. I have really enjoyed the process of selecting items from the Jenny Blanc showrooms in both London and Barbados for our online shop – from popular bestsellers like our Swarovski Clutches to more unusual pieces like this fabulous Lobster Salt and Pepper Cruet (pictured below) there really is something for everyone – including the person who has it all!
The Trouva website is incredibly simple to use – local customers can take advantage of a 1 hour express delivery or free click and collect service, whilst delivery for those further afield starts at just £3.95 and is free for orders over £50. Jenny Blanc customers can enjoy our free gift-wrapping service making our Trouva site the perfect one-stop-shop for truly wonderful and unique gifts.
Last week, our London Showroom Director Chrissie Cocks and I spent a wonderful afternoon at The Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch at the Trouva press launch, and enjoyed meeting some of the other boutiques who are also featured on the site. From decadent handmade chocolates by Paxton Chocolate to Mrs. White’s wonderful, natural cleaning products available at Roullier White, it was clear that every boutique featured on the site shares the same values of quality, rarity and unsurpassed customer service.
Our Trouva site contains everything from gifts for the lady or gentleman in your life, beautiful items for the home to exquisite one off treasures that last a lifetime. We will be adding new items to our Trouva page frequently – especially as we move towards the autumn/winter season and Christmas so to make sure you don’t miss out. Add it to your bookmarks and be sure to drop by often.
For those in need of a little inspiration, here are some of my ideas for wonderful gifts to suit any occasion…
This ‘lovers’ ring catch (pictured above, left) is very popular in the London showroom. Picking up on the trend for mixed metals, this 24k gold plate and stainless steel ring catch looks beautiful even when empty. Displayed on a vanity unit or bedside table it’s the perfect place to keep rings and other trinkets safe at the end of the day. What could be more romantic than perfume spritzed from a traditional atomiser? Named after the novel by Alexandre Dumas, La Dame aux Camelias (pictured above, right) with its floral notes is a wonderfully fresh, feminine fragrance that suits everybody.
This Pewter Crocodile Stapler (pictured above left) is the perfect accent for a masculine desk and adds just the right amount of whimsy. Our silver double photo frame (pictured above right) is the perfect gift for a special celebration such as an Anniversary or Birthday – personalised with your own photos it makes a unique gift that he’ll treasure for a lifetime.
For the home…
I simply love these natural marble coasters (pictured above left) which have a wonderful weight to them and are really unusual. This set is perfect for the wine lovers amongst us! Our lacquered monkey tray (pictured above right) is an elegant design featuring wood and gilt – perfect for serving a decadent breakfast in bed or displayed on a sideboard as a decorative objet. One of my favourite touches is to fill it with beautiful and unusual bottles of liqueurs, gorgeous antique glassware and of course a silver cocktail shaker for the perfect home bar! It’s just the thing for adding a touch of the tropics to your home and best of all, it is currently on sale!
One of the wonderful features of Trouva is that you can add items to your ‘wishlist’ – either as a reminder to yourself or as a not-so-subtle hint to the potential present buyer in your life! What will you add to your wishlist? Do let me know in the comments and of course, happy shopping!
The end of summer is always an exciting time at our Teddington showroom as thoughts turn towards the autumn collections and the new fabrics, wallpaper and furniture they will bring. In order to make space for these highly anticipated arrivals we hold a wonderful sale which is the perfect time for customers to take advantage of fantastic reductions across our complete range of items including small gifts, beautiful objet for the home, furniture, art and mirrors.
This week Teddington Showroom Director Chrissie Cocks gives us a taste of what to expect from the summer sale and picks out a few of her favourites from our enormous range of furnishings, fabric and accessories for the home. – Jenny
Regular visitors to our Teddington showroom will already be familiar with the wonderful fabric pictured above which featured in our window display this summer. Designed by luxury French fabric house Pierre Frey this print is called ‘Kagura’ and features an abstract take on traditional Japanese Noh theatre masks in a bold, fresh colourway. This print is part of Pierre Frey’s new collection named ‘Origines’ which is inspired by the art of the people indigenous to the antipodes of Europe. Comprising embroideries, prints and jacquards in earthy shades of ochre, red, brown and beige with accents of coral and blue. This particular print is definitely one to watch for the coming season and will be featured at luxury design exhibition Decorex in September 2015. The piece of fabric currently on display measures 135cm by 275cm and is now reduced from £570 to £350 making it a fantastic, one off opportunity to pick up this particular print!
The fabrics in Pierre Frey’s Origines collection all work wonderfully well together because of the harmonious colour palette that runs through the entire range. The cushion pictured above has been popular with Showroom customers throughout the summer who have also been snapping up the matching pouffs! The print featured above is called Oceanie and depicts concentric circles embroidered onto cotton satin in shades of ochre, yellow and white. This design is inspired by the stunning rock formations called Liesegang Rings in Australia’s Bouddi National Park, where over time the landscape has been worn away by the elements to reveal rings of colour created by layers of rock and oar. This stunning natural phenomenon has been captured perfectly in this beautiful design. These cushions are the perfect way to add a little dash of sunshine to your existing scheme and at nearly 50% off are wonderful value too! Why not visit the showroom to see the full range of cushions (currently reduced from £105 to £60) and pouffes (starting from just £50) available from this fantastic fabric range.
Our sales really are wonderful value and a good opportunity to purchase gifts for a summer wedding, Birthday or Anniversary and of course for the early birds amongst us to stock up on stocking fillers! I absolutely love this vibrant stationary range by Christian Lacroix which includes beautiful glass paper weights and note books featuring the designer’s iconic Butterfly Parade and Glam’azonia prints (pictured below). I also love these ‘Bijoux’ notelets (pictured below) which are the perfect thing to have tucked away for when only a hand written ‘thank you’ or invitation will do!
Alongside beautiful stationary, room fragrance is another of life’s little luxuries that really helps to elevate a living space and impart a feeling of elegance, helping one feel truly at home. These three scents (pictured below) by premium Parisian perfume house D’Orsay were handpicked by Jenny for the Teddington showroom because of the timeless elegance of these fragrances which are uplifting, yet subtle. Evoking the feeling of a Scandinavian forest, Bois de Coton comprises three woody notes – white cedar, dry ok and almond wood mellowed with iris butter, white flax and soft musk making it a refreshing and calming fragrance for bathrooms. Feuilles de Thé Epicé, rich with full bodied scents of tea, bergamot, cinnamon and clove, is comforting and warming – I like to use this fragrance in my living room to help it feel cosy, particularly as the season starts to shift and we move towards the cooler months. The notes of verbena in Fleur De Tilleul make this fragrance both refreshing and calming. I like to keep a candle in this wonderful fragrance by the bedside to impart its delicate aroma even when unlit. All three room sprays are currently reduced from £46 to £32 for 100ml. A limited number of matching candles are also available reduced from £43 to £30 while stocks last.
The exquisite shell trinket dish and sea turtle candle holder pictured below are two unique objet which would make wonderful gifts for a special celebration. The shell dish is very large making it the perfect place to keep necklaces, rings and brooches safe. The natural beauty of the shell has been enhanced with silver in a contemporary, geometric pattern making this a really unique piece. This lovely sea turtle is made from solid white bronze which is one of my favourite materials at the moment as the colour of this beautiful metal has so much depth. This particular piece is the perfect size for a dinner candle and would work well as part of a table setting or on a bedside table.
As well as providing a haven of objet and luxurious gifts, our Teddington Showroom is also the hub of our complete interior design service and we always have a range of unique furniture on display. The sale is the perfect opportunity to acquire ex-display items that are ready for immediate collection. This Monet sofa and foot stool is a Jenny Blanc exclusive design featuring elegantly curved arm rests and a back that reclines at just the right angle for reading; all upholstered in a bold, contemporary fabric. The matching footrest is lovely and high – perfect for taking the weight off at the end of the day. One of my favourite tricks is to place a large tray on top of a footrest like this for an instant coffee table!
This beautifully carved wood mirror in a subtly distressed finish (pictured above) is wonderful value, reduced from £1,555 to £850. This is one of my favourite pieces because it’s large enough to hold its own in grand hallways or above fireplaces but because of the painted finish, the frame itself still feels delicate and light making it a natural fit for a traditional or more contemporary scheme.
The Jenny Blanc Teddington Showroom is open Monday to Saturday 9.00am – 6.00pm. The summer sale will run until the end of August 2015. If you have any questions about anything you have seen featured on the Jenny Blanc blog please don’t hesitate to contact us on 020 8943 4144 or better still, pay us a visit and let us help you pick the perfect gift of find a piece of furniture that you’ll treasure!
Our Barbados Showroom’s summer sale is always eagerly anticipated by those on the island who look forward to making significant savings on many of our beautiful items of furniture and accessories for their homes. The sale will run until the end of August so there’s plenty of time, although, as many of our items are one of a kind, we always recommend paying us a visit sooner rather than later!
For those with houses to furnish, our summer sale is the perfect opportunity to invest in a beautiful piece of furniture to last a lifetime like this stunning wooden dining table, inlayed with natural slate. We also have many matching sets available to take home today such as the classic Lloyd Loom style three seater sofa and foot rest (below). For those who do not have the facilities to collect, our showroom team are happy to arrange delivery locally. All the furniture in our Barbados showroom has been specially selected because of it’s suitability for life in a tropical climate – washable fabrics and metals that won’t rust in the sea air are just some of the considerations. Drop in for a chat with our friendly and knowledgeable showroom team and let them help you find the perfect centrepiece for your tropical home.
The unique ceramic lamps (below) are one of a kind and are currently reduced by 25%. They’re a fantastic way to add colour and interest to a console – the plain linen shades let the craftsmanship of the ceramicist really stand out; bright enough to be noticed but classic enough to harmonize with your existing scheme. Each lamp is full of character and ready to take home today.
The unique, handmade, bird of paradise lamps are absolutely exquisite and are currently reduced by 25%. The shape of these exotic flowers are captured perfectly and they give off a soft, flattering light – perfect to use as ambient lighting in a bedroom.
For visitors to the island our range of stunning accessories and decorative objet for the home could provide and inspired souvenir. Candles by Neom are marked down alongside aromatic diffusers, hand painted butler trays and tissue boxes featuring scenes of local wildlife – the perfect way to bring the spirit of the island home with you.
We simply love the vibrant colours and attention to detail in this wonderful ‘Jamaica’ print cotton by Parisian fabric house Manuel Canovas (above). Gorgeous cushion covers featuring this tropical print are exclusive to Jenny Blanc and are available in the sale now. They are just the right size to roll up and tuck in your suitcase as a reminder of sunshine filled days in the Caribbean.
The Barbados showroom is located in Sunset Crest, St James, Barbados and is open Monday to Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm. Sundays by appointment only (Tel: +1 (246) 432 0989). The summer sale will run until Monday 31st August 2015.
Mark Plant is a digital marketing guru who knows exactly what a company needs to do in order to put their best foot forward in the exciting world of social media. As Marketing Operations Director at Micro Focus, a multinational software and information technology firm, Mark is well placed to offer advice and the team at Jenny Blanc are so lucky to have him consult with us on all things digital.
We always look forward to Mark’s visits and recently took him for a spin around our London showroom which is the perfect place to start to get a glimpse into the world of interior design. Not only does the showroom act as a showcase for some of the wonderful home accessories that Jenny and the team travel the world to source, it’s also the ideal setting for showroom director Chrissie Cocks to meet with clients for our Just Rooms service and reps from all the major fabric houses who routinely drop by to present the latest exclusive collections.
What did Mark make of it all? In his own words, here’s what he thought…
‘Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping’. Bo Derek
Words of wisdom from Bo Derek – and you know what? I tend to agree. Shops these days are usually so bereft of expertise and personality that I only ever walk voluntarily into most of them to make the actual transaction. Prior to crossing a retail threshold I’ve typically done all my research online. I know precisely which shop sells whatever it is I am after, for the best price or with the easiest ‘returns’ policy. I’ve always phoned beforehand to ensure that the inevitable battle with traffic and parking wardens will be worthwhile.
Just for the record I don’t think shopping online is really any easier! Before you begin to play cat and mouse with courier companies and delivery slots you have to read all those product reviews and fine-tune Google searches. Unfortunately this is usually a much more productive way forward than asking the average retail worker for purchasing advice these days which is why I go to Google first!
But Bo Derek knows something that all of us know too. There are shops that offer the experience that puts the ‘therapy’ in retail and Jenny Blanc’s Teddington show-room is a fine example if you ask me. I know absolutely nothing about interior design except that what I like is what I like by my own admission. But I do know that everyone in that showroom is an expert. For starters the showroom itself is a masterpiece in interior design that forces you into a relaxed submission. Inspiring, beautiful design ideas entice even the most retail averse shopper to investigate and browse! I make my way towards the tableware and an amazing chicken-jug that’s caught my eye……
I do always feel like a bit of an ignoramus walking around the showroom because it’s obvious that everyone employed by Jenny is intent on you walking away happy. Hearing snippets of conversation reassures you that the design team here are only interested in selling anything if it will really work for you.
Regardless of whether it’s a lowly scented candle or a lofty chandelier you’re after, you will be treated with the dignity and professionalism that creates raving fans. And it really doesn’t matter that I don’t know anything about interior design at all – I’d happily come back here to find out and learn.
If you spend more than 15 minutes in the shop you’ll see Jenny’s design team listening, advising and consulting with confident product knowledge. That’s the difference that a store like Jenny Blanc delivers. Trying to extend that amazing experience digitally isn’t easy but follow Jenny Blanc on Twitter and Facebook and let her know what you think of your online experience! She’s intent on providing the same levels of retail therapy online as experienced by the many visitors to her physical shop!
After my last trip to Teddington my advice is very simple: if you need Interior Design expertise at any point or want to see how a retail business should be running make sure you drop in! You’ll pick up incredible ideas for your home, a great gift or two. If you play your cards right you might even enjoy an amazing cup of coffee too!