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Hurry Sale ends 31st August!

Receive up to 50% off of selected items from our London showroom!

Come and visit our UK showroom to take advantage of these bargains on furniture*, lighting, rugs, cushions, mirrors, artwork and decorative accessories to refresh your home. We also offer 20% off of new orders on furniture*, lighting, rugs, mirrors and accessories!

Jenny Blanc Blog - August Sale - Agate Round Coffee Table
Agate Round Coffee Table – Was £1,295.00 NOW £777

 

Jenny Blanc Blog - August Sale - Agaphanthus Table Lamp
Agaphanthus Table Lamp – Was £195 NOW £117

 

Jenny Blanc Blog - August Sale - Jenny Blanc Fauteuil Sevres Armchair
Jenny Blanc Fauteuil Sevres Armchair – W71 x D82 x H82cm – Was £2,250.00 NOW £1,350.00

 

Jenny Blanc Blog - August Sale - Agate Round Side Table
Agate Round Side Table – Was £495 NOW £297

 

Jenny Blanc Blog - August Sale - French Art Deco Ebonised Oriental Side Table
French Art Deco Ebonised Oriental Side Table – Was £895 NOW £537

 

Jenny Blanc Blog - August Sale - Rug in Duck Egg
Rug in Duck Egg – 120 x 170 cm – Was £125 NOW £87.50

 

Jenny Blanc Blog - August Sale - Rug in Palm Tree
Rug in Palm Tree – 120 x 170 cm – Was £125 NOW £87.50

 

Jenny Blanc Blog - August Sale - Handmade Oak Dining Table
Handmade Oak Dining Table – Was £1,500.00 NOW £750

 

Jenny Blanc Blog - August Sale - Blossoms Artwork
Blossoms Artwork – 55x75cm – Was £405 NOW £283.50

 

Jenny Blanc Blog - August Sale - Samsara Oil Canvas Artwork
Samsara Oil Canvas Artwork – 253 x 168cm – Was £1,500.00 NOW £1,000.00

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Are you dreaming of a Blanc Christmas?

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**Due to unforeseen circumstances our Christmas event will now take place on Wednesday 21st November – we hope to see you there!**

Jenny Blanc Blog - Dreaming of a Blanc Christmas? 2018Join Jenny Blanc and the London team for festive drinks and nibbles on Wednesday 21st November from 11.00am – 8.00pm at our showroom at 59 High Street, Teddington.

We look forward to welcoming you with a glass of our favourite organic prosecco whilst you start your Christmas shopping in style. If you make a purchase you will receive a ticket for our ‘Grand Prize Draw’ and be in with a chance of winning some fabulous prizes including …

Jenny Blanc Blog - First Prize - Signed Book by Raymond Blanc 2018For our 1st Prize we are delighted to be giving away a signed copy of Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons – The Story of a Modern Classic by Raymond Blanc. This book is a personal tour of the legendary restaurant-hotel through the four seasons, with 120 recipes from Raymond’s celebrated kitchens as well as a fascinating glimpse at how together, Jenny and Raymond discovered, bought and transformed Le Manoir into one of the country’s best-loved country house hotels.

Once Upon a Time’’ is how this book should begin, because it is a fairy tale and that is how these magical stories always open…’ Raymond Blanc

Jenny Blanc Blog - Second & Third Prizes - Teddington King's Head & Gift Voucher 2018The lucky winners of our 2nd Prize will be able to enjoy a meal for two with wine at The King’s Head Pub Brasserie in Teddington. The 3rd Prize winner will receive a £50 voucher for Jenny Blanc Interiors – perfect for spending on Christmas treats for your loved ones (or yourself!).

Don’t forget to take home a Jenny Blanc goody bag* including pampering treats by Neom Organics as a reminder to schedule in some ‘me time’ this festive season.

Our showroom will be glittering with Christmas decorations and gorgeous gift ideas, ready to take home today and of course our team will be on hand to help you find that perfect present!

For contact information and a map click to visit our website.

*Free gift with purchase, while stocks last, arrive early to avoid disappointment!

 

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

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Celebrating Rosh Hashanah with Jenny Blanc Interiors

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Jenny Blanc Blog - An Intimate Rosh Hashanah Table Setting
Above: Image from ‘How to set an intimate Rosh Hashanah table’ by Chai & Home.

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, a holy festival celebrating the creation of the world. In 2018 Rosh Hashanah will begin in the evening of Sunday 9th September and end in the evening of Tuesday 11th September. Traditionally the festival is celebrated with a special family meal where apple slices dipped in honey are served alongside plenty of sweet treats. The Michael Aram Pomegranate Collection takes its inspiration from one of the most universal and ancient symbols in the world, making it a beautiful addition to your table. The fruit of the Pomegranate has been prized across the globe, across cultures and across time as a representation of life, rebirth, and renewal as well as fertility and union.

“I grew up around pomegranates – from their use as natural dyes on the antique rugs I used to crawl on as a baby to an integral ingredient in the food that I love. When I’m at my home in New Delhi, I wake each morning to the taste of fresh squeezed pomegranate juice. The colour, the smell, the delicate flavour all make it feel like a magical elixir to me.” Michael Aram

At Jenny Blanc Interiors we are proud to offer a special selection of products from the Michael Aram Pomegranate collection, perfect for gifting to loved ones at Rosh Hashanah or any time of year. These new additions to our London Showroom are available in-store or online via Trouva with worldwide shipping available.

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The Pomegranate Mini Pot with Spoon by Michael Aram (pictured below, centre) is a beautifully symbolic design which also serves a practical purpose – the gold-tone nickelplate lid lifts to reveal an enamel interior in a rich shade of brown which can be filled with honey, sugar or other condiments to enhance your table and create a memorable experience for your guests.

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The Pomegranate Plate by Michael Aram (pictured above, top left) perfectly captures the shape and texture of the inside of a pomegranate and is the perfect accompaniment to the mini pot with spoon. Handcrafted in goldtone, it makes an elegant addition to your table where it can be used to serve nibbles or as a decorative accent around the home.

The Pomegranate Catch All (pictured below) is artfully handcrafted using natural bronze. The dish undergoes a series of grinding, buffing and polishing techniques meaning each creation is unique – a work of art in its own right. The design mirrors a sliced pomegranate complete with stem and leaf and is a beautiful addition to any bedroom or bathroom where it will keep rings and other trinkets safe.

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Pomegranate Catchall – image via Pretty Please Design blog

When you shop with Jenny Blanc Interiors why not make the gifting experience complete by taking advantage of our free gift-wrapping service, available both in-store and online via Trouva. Your gifts will arrive boxed and beautifully wrapped in our luxurious signature gift wrap.

Call us on +44 (0)20 8943 4144 to place your order. Selected items are also available on our Jenny Blanc Boutique on Trouva.

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Jenny Blanc Visit to London Design Week 2017

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This week Jenny managed to escape to London Design Week at the Chelsea Design Centre.

The show runs from 12 – 17th March and showcases the latest fabrics, furniture, lighting and much more from the best craftsmen and design houses the UK has to offer.

Below are some of Jenny’s personal picks from this year’s show.

 

Jenny was inspired by the new Pop-up from Turnell & Gigon in collaboration with Soho Home. They created a stunning bedroom complete with an Evelyn four poster bed and bathroom using an eclectic mix of print, silk, semi sheer and velvet fabrics.

Jenny Blanc Blog - London Design Week 2017 - Art-board 1Cecelia is a simple toile that depicts a blissful and serene scene. Printed on a natural linen in a variety of stunning colourways taken from the Jean Monro palette.

As we continue into spring through to summer many collections are reflecting the colours of the seasons. Jenny was drawn to the velvets by Pierre Frey which are available in a fabulous selection of vibrant colours to complement any scheme.

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This perfect little lamp from Porta Romana (above) is ideal to brighten any space, available in different colours.

Jenny loved this new range of wallpapers celebrating African traditions and culture which has been created in collaboration between Cole & Son and Ardmore Ceramics.

Jenny Blanc Blog - London Design Week 2017 - Art-board 3The above fabrics & products are available to order from the Jenny Blanc Showrooms

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

Find more exciting items on our Jenny Blanc Boutique on Trouva.

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Broadway to Barbados

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

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

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

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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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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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Barbados Shines at Chelsea Flower Show!

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The Barbados Horticultural Society’s ‘This Place Barbados’ garden at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.
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Jenny Blanc

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

 

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Sue Thomas-Richardson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jenny Blanc's Beautiful Storefront Teddington

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

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

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

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

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

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Jenny writes… A blooming marvellous trip to Top Drawer!

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Above: An inspiring floral display at this year’s first Top Drawer exhibition.
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Jenny Blanc

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!

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Above: The main hall at Kensington Olympia, home to some of London’s best exhibitions including Top Drawer.

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.

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Above: A stunning display of hydrangeas and peonies tumble from an urn whilst a pink flamingo nods to the trend for all things tropical!

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!

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Above: These fabulous note cards demonstrate the trend for all things tropical – whether vibrant and bright or something more sophisticated.

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.

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Above from left to right: Palm print invitations, cocktail napkins and paper dinner plates.

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.

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Above: A gilded clam shell makes an eye catching centrepiece.

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!

Jenny writes… A five star award for Jenny Blanc Interiors!

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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!

Jenny Blanc Blog - Guest Bedroom Neutral Scheme with Coral Accents
Above: Coral accents compliment the soft neutral scheme of this guest bedroom perfectly.
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Above: The property features several areas perfect for outdoor entertaining.
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Above: The gazebo forms part of the outdoor dining area and features a Jenny Blanc bespoke dining table to easily accommodate 14 guests and a bespoke coral stone console.

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.

Jenny Blanc writes… The Jenny Blanc experience, delivered to your door with Trouva

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Special delivery! Jenny Blanc’s luxurious gift wrapping is guaranteed to make anyone’s day.
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Jenny Blanc

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!

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Our lobster cruet sits front and centre on a table full of ideas and inspiration for unique Christmas gifts at the Trouva press launch.

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.

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Our fantastic limited edition cat and mouse cheese board – the perfect centrepiece for a decadent dinner party. Available from Trouva with free shipping.

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.

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Showroom Director Chrissie Cocks meets a member of the team behind Dulwich based concept store Roullier White.

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…

For her…

Jenny Blanc Blog - Lovers Ring Catch and La Dame Aux Camelias Parfume
Lovers ring catch (left) £69.95 and La Dame aux Camelias parfume (right) £95. Both available online at Trouva and in our London Showroom.

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.

For him…

Jenny Blanc Blog - Pewter Crocodile Stapler with Silver Double Photo Frame
Pewter crocodile stapler (above left) £95, Silver double photo frame (above right) £65. Both available online at Trouva and in our West London Showroom.

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…

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Set of four natural marble coasters (above left) £49.95. Lacquered tray featuring monkey design (above right) was £95 now £75.

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!
Jenny

Jenny Blanc writes… Colourful inspiration for outdoor living at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

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Colourful, wild flowers in The Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism’s Garden of Paradise

Jenny Blanc Blog - Jenny Blanc PictureThis year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show was blessed with wonderful weather for it’s 25th anniversary! It was a busy week for Jenny Blanc as her son Olivier Blanc’s award winning Henri Le Worm garden attracted hundreds of visitors.

Henri Le Worm is a animated character designed to inspire children to grow, cook and eat good food through an interactive and educational app designed by Olivier Blanc and Charlotte Salt. Henri’s colourful world was brought to life at this years RHS Hampton Court Flower Show by BBC gardener Chris Collins.

Jenny still found time to explore the show and admired the high quality of this years exhibitors. Here she shares some of her personal highlights.

Award winning gardens…
The Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism’s Garden of Paradise caught my eye with it’s riot of red, purple, orange and white blooms. The garden played with scale and proportion, placing tiny, brightly coloured wild flowers like heather and borage alongide stately lillies and exquisite ‘Benjamin Britten’ and ‘David Bussel’ roses to create a garden full of depth and interest. I really admired the bold use of colour here and encourage anyone who is considering dipping their toe into the water when it comes to unusual colour combinations in the garden to take the plunge!

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The Islamic influence can be seen in the blue on blue tiles and geometric lines of this elegant water feature.

It’s a well known adage that colours in nature rarely clash but it couldn’t be more true! Combining different shades and tones from the same colour pallete can look really sophisticated, especially when placed alongside lush green foliage and brilliant blue water features as seen here.

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I simply loved the brilliant purple colour of these ‘Benjamin Britten’ roses.
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Red cushions and colourful candles add interest and atmosphere to this shady seating area.
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The Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism’s Garden of Paradise.

Another gold winning garden which I adored was the Noble Caledonia ‘Spirit of the Aegean Garden’ which used shades of cobalt, aqua and cornflower blue to evoke ‘the timeless notion of unspoilt lands, beautiful scenery, and lime-washed villages’. The bright blue wall inlayed with white trellis matched the curved outdoor seating, resulting in a garden which looked cool and inviting. I love using bright, clear colours for outdoor living as softer colours which may look vibrant indoors often appear washed out in the sun. Even in 34 degree heat this garden looked refreshing thanks to its cool colour pallet and carefully placed water features.

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The gold medal winning Noble Caledonia ‘Spirit of the Aegean Garden’.
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Blue Agapathus and a geometric water feature in the Spirit of the Aegean Garden.

One of my favourite tips is to combine plants of different heights to create a layered effect, adding interest to boarders and flower beds. Try brilliant blue Agapanthus and white Cephalaria Gigantea alongside purple Veronicastum. Petersham Nurseries in Richmond is close to our London showroom and always has a wonderful selection of plants to choose from.

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White, blue and green in the Spirit of the Aegean Garden.

Beautiful garden accessories…
As regular visitors to the RHS Hampton Court flower show will know, there is much more to see besides the gardens themselves. This year’s exhibitors pulled out all the stops to create inspiring displays of accessories for outdoor living. I was pleased to discover Historic Royal Palace’s fantastic range of gifts for garden lovers featuring three wonderful new prints. These wellington boots and garden kneeler, featuring a crimson and viridian Tudor rose print, were my favourite and felt very apt given our location! They are also available in Baroque and Royal Crown prints from Historic Royal Palaces.

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Tudor rose print garden kneelers and wellington boots by Historic Royal Palaces.
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Fantastic printed garden kneelers.
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Browsing the products on display at the Historic Royal Palaces stand.

Outdoor furniture…
Sourcing outdoor furniture that is both robust enough to withstand the rigors of the British climate whilst harmonising with a natural setting can be tricky. Luckily for those at the flower show there was a fantastic range to choose from. The furniture and accessories that I selected for the Henri Le Worm Community Garden featured sustainable, natural materials in rustic, organic shapes like this coffee table/bench, rustic bench and side table. The organic shapes of the wood harmonised with the rest of the garden and provided an attractive focal point, even when not in use.

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From left to right coffee table/bench, bench and side table – all available to order from our showroom.

Of course garden furniture doesn’t have to be rustic – I also love some of the more contemporary pieces in the range like this steel topped table which would be fantastic for outdoor dining or as a dramatic focal point in a conservatory.

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This steel topped dining table is perfect for entertaining on Summer evenings.

These glass hurricanes are so versatile – filled with delicate eucalyptus branches and topped with a floating candle they make a wonderful centrepiece for a dinner table or could be used as part of a wedding scheme to add height and create atmosphere. In the Henri Le Worm Community Garden we filled them with a display of rosemary and chillies to showcase these vibrant, fresh ingredients. You can get really creative with whatever materials you have to hand which is what makes them so popular in our London showroom.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Rustic Glass Hurricanes
These rustic glass hurricanes look wonderful when filled with water and greenery and topped with a floating candle. Available in London our showroom from £180.
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Garden building by Breeze House.

After a busy day in the sun, this garden hut by Breeze House looked most inviting. Breeze House produce some wonderful garden buildings in which to entertain and dine – or just relax with a good book! Full of tropical style, the buildings feature Scandinavian Redwood frames with Canadian Forest Cedar roof tiles, completed with natural reed thatch. Each hut is big enough to accommodate a dining table and is the perfect way to bring some Island style to your garden. I think they would look wonderful styled with some of the home accessories available in our London and Barbados showrooms!

Wonderful British food…
Outdoor living goes hand in hand with outdoor dining so it was no surprise that this year’s show was full of wonderful things to eat. I was so pleased to discover Ogilvy’s British Orchard Honey – a raw honey, sourced from apple and pear orchards in Kent. Nothing beats the taste of real, artisan honey – it’s an entirely different experience to the overly sweet, mass produced variety that you find in the supermarket. I always try to buy my honey locally to support the independent farmers who do so much to protect our honey bees and to benefit from the wonderful anti-hayfever properties that local honey affords.

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Raw British Orchard Honey by Ogilvy’s and Simple Simon’s Perfect Pies.

Simple Simon’s Perfect Pies were simply marvellous – I enjoyed their Highland Scotch Salmon pie so much I even took one home for supper. You needn’t take my word for it though as Simon’s pies are available to order online by the boxful and keep in the freezer for up to six months. They’re the perfect thing to have on hand when the cupboards are bare and the British Summer leaves you firing up the wood burner and reaching for a cardigan.

Now Summer is in full swing I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the RHS Flower Show through my eyes and are feeling inspired to introduce some big, bold floral colour into your garden this year. If you went to this year’s show do leave me a comment and let me know what you enjoyed the most!

For more information about Henri Le Worm (as well as delicious recipes!) visit the website here.

A Royal visit for Jenny Blanc at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show

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Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall congratulates Olivier Blanc and the Henri Le Worm team on winning a bronze medal.
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The Duchess learns more about the Henri Le Worm Community Garden from creator, Olivier Blanc.

Jenny Blanc Interiors were proud to sponsor the Henri Le Worm Community Garden at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. Henri Le Worm is a popular children’s app created by Jenny’s Son, Olivier Blanc and Charlotte Salt which aims to ignite a lifelong passion for food and cooking by engaging children using a range of animated characters, voiced by actor Simon Pegg. Henri’s colourful, virtual garden was brought to life at this year’s flower show by BBC horticulturalist Chris Collins and Jenny Blanc. Our garden caught the eye of the judges immediately, winning a bronze medal in its inaugural year!

Royal Visit - 3 Metre High Sculpture of Henri Le Worm
Tom Hare’s fantastic 3 metre high sculpture of Henri, commissioned by Oli Blanc.

Our delight at being awarded a bronze medal was doubled when Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall personally chose to visit the Henri Le Worm garden in order to learn more about the work that creators Oli Blanc and Charlotte Salt are doing with children, parents and schools. The Duchess met Jenny and the Henri Le Worm team before spending time looking around the garden. She then helped children from East Sheen Primary School participate in a cookery demonstration using fresh ingredients from the garden to create a delicious and refreshing gazpacho soup (very welcome on the hottest day of the year!).

Royal Visit - Oli Blanc with The Duchess of Cornwall & Charlotte Salt
The Duchess of Cornwall with Oli Blanc, Charlotte Salt and children from East Sheen Primary School.
Royal Visit - The Duchess of Cornwall with Jenny Blanc & Florence Strickland
The Duchess of Cornwall chatting to Jenny Blanc and Florence Strickland, Jenny’s PA.

The garden was divided into five sections featuring a demo garden for schools to water and plant, an edible shed, a recipe garden growing seasonal produce, an outdoor kitchen and a chicken coop! Visitors to the garden were encouraged to touch, smell and taste everything and went away with Henri Le Worm recipe cards so they can create some of Henri’s fantastic dishes at home.

Royal Visit - Selection of Dried Herbs
A display of dried herbs, chillies, lavender, corn, sage, rosemary and much more.

The garden used bold blocks of colour to appeal to children – like the bright blue edible shed and orange brick work. This was complimented by a range of original outdoor furniture, fabricated from ecologically sustainable and recycled wood specially sourced for the garden by Jenny Blanc.

“This, original, stylish garden furniture is unique and full of character. The ethos of using sustainably sourced materials chimes with the garden’s philosophy of encouraging a knowledge of nature and preserving it for future generations”
 Jenny Blanc

The garden also contained plenty of ideas that would be easy to re-create at home. For example, these wonderful insect houses which are great to look at but also provide important shelter for all kinds of creepy crawlies which help to keep a garden healthy.

Royal Visit - Henri's Herb Bed and Insect House
Henri’s herb bed and insect house made by school children.
Royal Visit - Bug Hotel
The Bug Hotel – made by children from Charlton Manor School
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Children from East Sheen Primary School explore the garden.
Royal Visit - Henri's Edible Shed
Henri’s bright blue edible shed planted with rocket, salad leaves, oriental mustards and herbs alongside child size outdoor furniture, supplied by Jenny Blanc Interiors.

The garden has been immensely popular throughout the week of the show and we’ve had some fantastic reviews. We were even featured on the BBC coverage of the show which is available now on iPlayer. The Flower Show may be over but life for the Henri Le Worm community garden has just begun! Following the show the entire garden will be relocated to a working farm in Charlton, South East London where it will become a community garden for local schools – we hope it will be the first of many.

Royal Visit - Jenny Blanc with Olivier Blanc and Charlotte Salt
Jenny Blanc, Oli Blanc and Charlotte Salt.

Jenny Blanc at The Hampton Court Flower Show 2015

Hampton Court Flower Show Jenny BlancFlowers are so essential for creating beautiful design, and I am thrilled that Jenny Blanc Interiors will be one of the sponsors of Henri le Worm children’s garden at this year’s Hampton Court Flower Show. Henri Le Worm is an exciting, interactive animated children’s app and website that aims to encourage children to engage with food and nature in a fun and playful way. Created by Olivier Blanc and actress Charlotte Salt, Henri le Worm and his amazing cooking adventures brings to life the journey of plot to pot, with the voice of Simon Pegg as the characters.

Henri le Worm Creators Olivier Blanc and Charlotte Salt
Henri le Worm Creators Olivier Blanc and Charlotte Salt
Hampton Court Flower Show: Raymond Blanc, Olivier Blanc, Charlotte Salt and Simon Pegg
Left to Right: Raymond Blanc, Olivier Blanc, Charlotte Salt and Simon Pegg

The opportunity to contribute to help create the shows garden at this year’s prestigious Hampton Court Flower Show (30 June – 5 July 2015) not only seemed an exciting step, but a natural way to encourage children to get back outside exploring and gardening.
The Henri le Worm children’s garden (stand number F443) will be overseen by horticulturist Chris Collins and will be delivered to an RHS standard. The centre of the garden will have an outdoor kitchen area where Raymond Blanc will be doing a cooking demo using ingredients directly from the garden.

The garden, will be full of exciting and interactive features such as an edible shed, hanging baskets, a heritage fruit border, raised beds bordered by carved sleepers and colourful gravel and to top it off there will be a 3 meter wicker sculpture of Henri himself! Jenny Blanc Interiors will be displaying a wonderful furniture range, hand-made using natural materials.

Hampton Court Flower Show Furniture
Left to Right: Wooden Bench, Vase with branches and floating candles or flowers, and Stool will all be used in the Henri le Worm garden

Children will be encouraged to touch, smell and taste the fresh produce and learn more about Henri and his friends. Jenny Blanc Interiors have provided some beautiful garden furniture to add to the ambience and there will be a member of the team with information on site for interested parties throughout the show. We would be delighted if you could come and join us to enjoy this lovely event and the garden we have helped to create.

Read more about Henri’s garden on the RHS website, please click here

Visit Henri’s website now to enjoy fun educational content, free recipes by Raymond Blanc, interactive games and to learn more about his fabulous app!

Take a look at Henri on your smart phone or tablet
Take a look at Henri on your smart phone or tablet

Holders Season…

Holders Season Programme 2015
Front cover of the Holders Season programme, 2015 designed by Illustration Artist Rosemary Parkinson who also designed the logo for the infamous Basil’s Bar in Mustique

Emma Blanc Portrait PhotographOur Caribbean Director and resident of Barbados, Emma Blanc, talks about the world famous performing arts festival at Holders Season… The 22nd Holders Season hosted by the Kidd family in the beautiful grounds of the 17th century Holders Plantation House overlooking the beautiful West coast, has yet again been one of the high lights of this year’s season in Barbados. Wendy Kidd, producer of the festival, pictured below with model daughter Jodie ensures that each year is as memorable as the last and this year has been no exception. Many visitors plan their time in Barbados to coincide with this event and it is a must do in most of our diaries, especially mine as I spent many years in the Performing arts and events before moving into the Design world.

Holders Season Jody and Wendy KiddThis year the first two evenings featured a Cabaret Dinner, where guests saw performances from acrobats and magicians in the Holders Gallery.

Holders Season Holders Plantation House
Entrance to Holders Season Plantation House

Holders Season - Holders Plantation HouseThe following nights saw performances including The Music of Hollywood, and other themed nights such as Cajun, Cuban and American Soul and the City performed by artists from all over the world. The Theatre Night was opened by the OTT (Operation Triple Threat) – a developmental performing arts program for local students between the ages of 7 and 21, a division of “Live-Breathe Music!” a company dedicated to offering superior training to musicians and aspiring ones and also one of this year’s beneficiaries of the festival. OTT will also be performing their version of THE WIZ next month at the Frank Collymore Hall in our capital, Bridgetown.

Holders Season Live Music PerformanceThe programme of events saw its finale on Saturday 21st March with a Gala night featuring the UK’s most wonderful Opera Band “ Blake” – back this year by popular demand along with the very talented Canadian singer songwriter Sarah Boulton all preceded by the Mosaic Steel Orchestra. A brilliant end to another fantastic Season.

Holders Season Singing Trio Blake
Official photo of trio, Blake
Holders Season Feastival Advertisement
The wonderful Jenny Blanc advertisement placed in support of this year’s Festival

For more information on Events held at Holders Plantation House visit their website

Broadway to Barbados

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Friends and Clients of Jenny Blanc gather with Caribbean Director Emma Blanc, and Design Director Sue Thomas-Richardson at Broadway to Barbados 2015: ‘Return to Paradise’

Here at Jenny Blanc we sponsor the Broadway to Barbados Charitable trust, whose Chairman & Project Coordinator is our friend and client Robert J. Bourque. The trust has been set up to raise money for The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, especially its new Medical Intensive Care Unit, of which the island is in great need. The trust also aims to create a ‘Nurses Appreciation Program’ to improve the morale of 600+ nursing staff, as well as the repair of equipment, training programs, and a ‘Kids Helping Kids Program.’ Every year this fantastic organisation puts on a Broadway Musical Revue over a period of seven days, flying the best Broadway stars to the island for a truly memorable experience, and to raise money for this important cause.

montage of last year’s performance Broadway to Barbados 2014
A montage of last year’s performances: Broadway to Barbados 2014
Front Cover of the Broadway to Barbados 2015 Programme
Front Cover of the Broadway to Barbados 2015 Programme

This year Emma Blanc our Caribbean Director, and Sue Thomas-Richardson our Design Director accompanied some of our wonderful clients and friends to a performance on Thursday 19th February 2015 at Frank Collymore Hall. They gathered at the famous Tides restaurant for drinks and canapés before the performance, serving Sir Cliff Richard’s wine Vida Nova, which he has recently launched in Barbados.

Broadway Carribean Director Emma Blanc and Design Director Sue Thomas-Richardson
From Left: Carribean Director Emma Blanc and Design Director Sue Thomas-Richardson

The performance was produced by award-winning Neil Berg, who has created many Broadway hits including The Prince and the Pauper and Closer Than Ever. The cast of Broadway Stars performed hits from The Phantom of The Opera, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jersey Boys and Gypsy. This year’s theme was ‘Return to Paradise’, and is sponsored by Diamonds International and Bulgari amongst other organisations.

Broadway - Sir Cliff Richard, Cliff’s sister Joan Pilgrim and partner, and BBC Weather Presenter Sian Lloyd
From Left: Sir Cliff Richard, Cliff’s sister Joan Pilgrim and partner, and BBC Weather Presenter Sian Lloyd
Broadway - Friends and Clients Barbara Carter, John Chandler and Linda White
From Left: Friends and Clients Barbara Carter, John Chandler and Linda White
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Left: Tides Restaurant Right: The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Barbados
Broadway - Sue Thomas-Richardson, Friend and Clients Kathy Lemessurier, Brian Lemessurier, Barbara Carter and John Chandler
From Left: Sue Thomas-Richardson, Friend and Clients Kathy Lemessurier, Brian Lemessurier, Barbara Carter and John Chandler
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Our lovely Jenny Blanc advert was featured in the Broadway to Barbados 2015 programme.

– Broadway to Barbados is a registered charity No. 1057

TYRA WOODROFFE AWARDED JENNY BLANC DESIGN SCHOLARSHIP ON FRIDAY 20TH JUNE

by Bernard Babb

Emma Blanc  with winning student Tyra Woodroffe and close runner-up Immanuel Went
Emma Blanc with winning student Tyra Woodroffe and close runner-up Immanuel Went

One lucky Barbadian student will be off to England in July to take up a one-year scholarship, awarded to the Barbados Community College by London-based international designers Jenny Blanc Interiors.

Tyra Woodroffe, an 18 year-old graduate of the BCC’s design programme, emerged the first student to be awarded the Jenny Blanc Design Scholarship when students and tutors came together for the formal presentation on Friday at the Jenny Blanc showroom at Holetown, St. James.

Emma Blanc, the Caribbean Director for Jenny Blanc, made the presentation to the former Queen’s College student , who at one time wanted to be a dentist, and reported that Woodroffe’s project won the highest acclaim and the all-expenses-paid scholarship.

“I’m really happy and really thankful to Jenny Blanc and my tutors. The project ticked off something in me and I am thrilled to know that I will have the opportunity to work in London with such a recognised international design company,” said Woodroffe.

Through the partnership with the BCC, students enrolled in the 2014 Certificate in Interior Design programme were required to design a four-bedroom luxury home – complete with furniture, fabrics, lighting and functional spaces – for a family who chose Barbados as a destination holiday.

This project , together with the course work of the students, was then assessed and reviewed by Jenny Blanc Design Director , Sue Thomas-Richardson , and BCC tutors , Lisa Rudder and Stephen Jackman, before the most deserving student was determined.

“The projects were all great and creative and not much separated the top two. Tyra got the nod with a confident presentation which underscored the good use of space and location. Her use of colours and textures also effectively linked with the theme,” said Thomas-Richardson.

Caribbean Director Emma Blanc, the daughter of renowned British designer Jenny Blanc, said the company has been designing homes in Barbados for over 11 years and was committed to giving back to the community and to assisting young designers on the island.

The scholarship, she said, is a youth development partnership with the BCC and designed for students under 25 years of age to enhance their education and exposure . The recipient will spend six months in London and 6 months in Barbados and enroll in a UK-based college course in design .

Among the courses to be undertaken are computer courses in AutoCAD drawing, Photoshop and 3-D , while the lucky student will also gain hands-on business experience with training in both the Jenny Blanc UK and Barbados showrooms.

Senior Tutor in the Fine Arts Division of the Barbados Community College, Bernadine Scott-Boyce praised Jenny Blanc Interiors for creating the scholarship programme and the opportunity for exposure for young BCC students.

This, she said, will be an incentive to encourage students to aim higher and work harder.

 

Judging of the final presentation by students participating in the Jenny Blanc Design Scholarship

Well done to the six students at the Barbados Community College who took part in the Jenny Blanc Design Scholarship and who made their presentations before a panel of judges on 13th May, 2014.

The challenge was to create designs for a 2-level, 4 bedroom property with a wrap-around veranda on the first floor which is to be used as a holiday home by a family with three children and their guests. The students’ presentations had to show scale plans, hand-sketched visuals, axonometric drawings, colour schemes and their selection of furniture, lighting, soft furnishings and accessories taking into account the client’s specific requests and colour preferences.

All the students made their final presentations before their tutors and a Jenny Blanc Director explaining their design concept for the property as a whole and the reasoning behind their designs for each specific area.

Lisa Rudder – Course Tutor,  Halim Mose – Tutor and Architect at Michael Gomes  Associates,  Stephen Jackman – Tutor and Designer at Designer’s Choice,   Sue Thomas-Richardson – Design Director at Jenny Blanc.
Lisa Rudder – Course Tutor, Halim Mose – Tutor and Architect at Michael Gomes
Associates, Stephen Jackman – Tutor and Designer at Designer’s Choice,
Sue Thomas-Richardson – Design Director at Jenny Blanc.

Tarika Brookes
The house is surrounded by a golf course and the beautiful trees and plants of Barbados. Tarika wanted the house to have the feeling of a “Tropical Getaway” with each room incorporating different aspects of this theme using a vibrant selection of colours. The living area is designed for relaxation and entertainment with an unusual sofa incorporating a removable table and pouffes, a stand for gaming devices and a television which descends from the ceiling. She used interesting artistic features to enhance her schemes.

Tarika Brookes
Tarika Brookes
Tropical Barbados Inspiration & Furniture for the Living & Dining Areas Tarika Brookes
Tropical Barbados Inspiration & Furniture for the Living & Dining Areas
Tarika Brookes
Layout and Tropical Colour Schemes - Tarika Brookes
Layout and Tropical Colour Schemes
Tarika Brookes

Kalanthe Greaves
Kalanthe created spaces of sophisticated relaxation through her use of the main living areas. These were complimented with cool colour schemes and contemporary furniture.

Kalanthe Greaves
Kalanthe Greaves
Ground Floor Plans with Colour Schemes – Kalanthe Greaves
Ground Floor Plans with Colour Schemes
Kalanthe Greaves
Visuals for the Ground Floor Scheme – Kalanthe Greaves
Visuals for the Ground Floor Scheme
Kalanthe Greaves

Jalisa Kinch
Jalisa established specific concepts relating to the theme of each areas with strong colours, individual indulgences and a good sense of texture applied to surfaces.

Jalisa Kinch
Jalisa Kinch
Drawings, Colour Schemes & Materials - Jalisa Kinch
Drawings, Colour Schemes & Materials
Jalisa Kinch
Window Treatments, Colours & Furniture - Jalisa Kinch
Window Treatments, Colours & Furniture
Jalisa Kinch

Charlene Medford
Charlene was inspired by the dramatic and colourful sunsets in Barbados for her designs, transforming this home into a personal sunset and making holidays in Barbados hassle-free and enjoyable. She introduced a combination of functionality, comfort and luxury with her selection of furniture, accessories and lighting.

Charlene Medford
Charlene Medford
Furniture Selection – Charlene Medford
Furniture Selection
Charlene Medford
Sunset Inspired Colour Schemes  – Charlene Medford
Sunset Inspired Colour Schemes
Charlene Medford

Immanuel Went
Immanuel took a nautical theme for his design for this holiday home. He used a colour scheme of blues and whites with occasional highlights of red, orange and yellow. He created a bold impact with the impressive introduction of modern glass art, dramatic lighting and accessories inspired by the sea and nautical instruments. In an unusual twist the kitchen is open to the terrace.

Immanuel Went
Immanuel Went
Colour Schemes, Drawings and Furniture – Immanuel Went
Colour Schemes, Drawings and Furniture
Immanuel Went
Modern Glass Art, Hand Drawing and Dramatic Lighting – Immanuel Went
Modern Glass Art, Hand Drawing and Dramatic Lighting
Immanuel Went

Tyra Woodroffe
Tyra’s design concept follows a modern aesthetic with beachy, Caribbean touches using natural and local materials. Motifs and colour schemes are drawn from Barbadian outdoor scenery; sea creatures and the flora and fauna of the island. Blue, the colour of the ocean and tropical skies, is the linking colour connecting the interiors and the open floorplan is designed to allow a flow of energy throughout the spaces. Clean modern lines and materials juxtapose features inspired by nature.

Tyra Woodroffe
Tyra Woodroffe
Blue Colour Scheme, Lighting and Indoor Water Feature bringing  the outdoors inside – Tyra Woodroffe
Blue Colour Scheme, Lighting and Indoor Water Feature bringing
the outdoors inside
Tyra Woodroffe
Colours, Textures and Clean Modern Lines – Tyra Woodroffe
Colours, Textures and Clean Modern Lines
Tyra Woodroffe

The winner of the 2014 Jenny Blanc Scholarship will be announced in the Jenny Blanc Design Showroom in Barbados on Friday 20th June, 2014 at 12 noon.

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