Whether 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!
Keepsakes and Treasures…
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
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
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?
**Due to unforeseen circumstances our Christmas event will now take place on Wednesday 21st November – we hope to see you there!**
Join 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 …
For 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
The 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cecelia 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.
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.
When 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!”
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.
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.
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
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!
‘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!
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.
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.
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
Did you attend the Chelsea Flower Show this year? Do let me know your highlights!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
This year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show was blessed with wonderful weather for it’s 25th anniversary! It was a busy week for Jenny Blanc as her son Olivier Blanc’s award winning Henri Le Worm garden attracted hundreds of visitors.
Henri Le Worm is a animated character designed to inspire children to grow, cook and eat good food through an interactive and educational app designed by Olivier Blanc and Charlotte Salt. Henri’s colourful world was brought to life at this years RHS Hampton Court Flower Show by BBC gardener Chris Collins.
Jenny still found time to explore the show and admired the high quality of this years exhibitors. Here she shares some of her personal highlights.
Award winning gardens…
The Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism’s Garden of Paradise caught my eye with it’s riot of red, purple, orange and white blooms. The garden played with scale and proportion, placing tiny, brightly coloured wild flowers like heather and borage alongide stately lillies and exquisite ‘Benjamin Britten’ and ‘David Bussel’ roses to create a garden full of depth and interest. I really admired the bold use of colour here and encourage anyone who is considering dipping their toe into the water when it comes to unusual colour combinations in the garden to take the plunge!
It’s a well known adage that colours in nature rarely clash but it couldn’t be more true! Combining different shades and tones from the same colour pallete can look really sophisticated, especially when placed alongside lush green foliage and brilliant blue water features as seen here.
Another gold winning garden which I adored was the Noble Caledonia ‘Spirit of the Aegean Garden’ which used shades of cobalt, aqua and cornflower blue to evoke ‘the timeless notion of unspoilt lands, beautiful scenery, and lime-washed villages’. The bright blue wall inlayed with white trellis matched the curved outdoor seating, resulting in a garden which looked cool and inviting. I love using bright, clear colours for outdoor living as softer colours which may look vibrant indoors often appear washed out in the sun. Even in 34 degree heat this garden looked refreshing thanks to its cool colour pallet and carefully placed water features.
One of my favourite tips is to combine plants of different heights to create a layered effect, adding interest to boarders and flower beds. Try brilliant blue Agapanthus and white Cephalaria Gigantea alongside purple Veronicastum. Petersham Nurseries in Richmond is close to our London showroom and always has a wonderful selection of plants to choose from.
Beautiful garden accessories…
As regular visitors to the RHS Hampton Court flower show will know, there is much more to see besides the gardens themselves. This year’s exhibitors pulled out all the stops to create inspiring displays of accessories for outdoor living. I was pleased to discover Historic Royal Palace’s fantastic range of gifts for garden lovers featuring three wonderful new prints. These wellington boots and garden kneeler, featuring a crimson and viridian Tudor rose print, were my favourite and felt very apt given our location! They are also available in Baroque and Royal Crown prints from Historic Royal Palaces.
Sourcing outdoor furniture that is both robust enough to withstand the rigors of the British climate whilst harmonising with a natural setting can be tricky. Luckily for those at the flower show there was a fantastic range to choose from. The furniture and accessories that I selected for the Henri Le Worm Community Garden featured sustainable, natural materials in rustic, organic shapes like this coffee table/bench, rustic bench and side table. The organic shapes of the wood harmonised with the rest of the garden and provided an attractive focal point, even when not in use.
Of course garden furniture doesn’t have to be rustic – I also love some of the more contemporary pieces in the range like this steel topped table which would be fantastic for outdoor dining or as a dramatic focal point in a conservatory.
These glass hurricanes are so versatile – filled with delicate eucalyptus branches and topped with a floating candle they make a wonderful centrepiece for a dinner table or could be used as part of a wedding scheme to add height and create atmosphere. In the Henri Le Worm Community Garden we filled them with a display of rosemary and chillies to showcase these vibrant, fresh ingredients. You can get really creative with whatever materials you have to hand which is what makes them so popular in our London showroom.
After a busy day in the sun, this garden hut by Breeze House looked most inviting. Breeze House produce some wonderful garden buildings in which to entertain and dine – or just relax with a good book! Full of tropical style, the buildings feature Scandinavian Redwood frames with Canadian Forest Cedar roof tiles, completed with natural reed thatch. Each hut is big enough to accommodate a dining table and is the perfect way to bring some Island style to your garden. I think they would look wonderful styled with some of the home accessories available in our London and Barbados showrooms!
Wonderful British food…
Outdoor living goes hand in hand with outdoor dining so it was no surprise that this year’s show was full of wonderful things to eat. I was so pleased to discover Ogilvy’s British Orchard Honey – a raw honey, sourced from apple and pear orchards in Kent. Nothing beats the taste of real, artisan honey – it’s an entirely different experience to the overly sweet, mass produced variety that you find in the supermarket. I always try to buy my honey locally to support the independent farmers who do so much to protect our honey bees and to benefit from the wonderful anti-hayfever properties that local honey affords.
Simple Simon’s Perfect Pies were simply marvellous – I enjoyed their Highland Scotch Salmon pie so much I even took one home for supper. You needn’t take my word for it though as Simon’s pies are available to order online by the boxful and keep in the freezer for up to six months. They’re the perfect thing to have on hand when the cupboards are bare and the British Summer leaves you firing up the wood burner and reaching for a cardigan.
Now Summer is in full swing I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the RHS Flower Show through my eyes and are feeling inspired to introduce some big, bold floral colour into your garden this year. If you went to this year’s show do leave me a comment and let me know what you enjoyed the most!
For more information about Henri Le Worm (as well as delicious recipes!) visit the website here.
Jenny Blanc Interiors were proud to sponsor the Henri Le Worm Community Garden at this year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. Henri Le Worm is a popular children’s app created by Jenny’s Son, Olivier Blanc and Charlotte Salt which aims to ignite a lifelong passion for food and cooking by engaging children using a range of animated characters, voiced by actor Simon Pegg. Henri’s colourful, virtual garden was brought to life at this year’s flower show by BBC horticulturalist Chris Collins and Jenny Blanc. Our garden caught the eye of the judges immediately, winning a bronze medal in its inaugural year!
Our delight at being awarded a bronze medal was doubled when Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall personally chose to visit the Henri Le Worm garden in order to learn more about the work that creators Oli Blanc and Charlotte Salt are doing with children, parents and schools. The Duchess met Jenny and the Henri Le Worm team before spending time looking around the garden. She then helped children from East Sheen Primary School participate in a cookery demonstration using fresh ingredients from the garden to create a delicious and refreshing gazpacho soup (very welcome on the hottest day of the year!).
The garden was divided into five sections featuring a demo garden for schools to water and plant, an edible shed, a recipe garden growing seasonal produce, an outdoor kitchen and a chicken coop! Visitors to the garden were encouraged to touch, smell and taste everything and went away with Henri Le Worm recipe cards so they can create some of Henri’s fantastic dishes at home.
The garden used bold blocks of colour to appeal to children – like the bright blue edible shed and orange brick work. This was complimented by a range of original outdoor furniture, fabricated from ecologically sustainable and recycled wood specially sourced for the garden by Jenny Blanc. “This, original, stylish garden furniture is unique and full of character. The ethos of using sustainably sourced materials chimes with the garden’s philosophy of encouraging a knowledge of nature and preserving it for future generations” Jenny Blanc
The garden also contained plenty of ideas that would be easy to re-create at home. For example, these wonderful insect houses which are great to look at but also provide important shelter for all kinds of creepy crawlies which help to keep a garden healthy.
The garden has been immensely popular throughout the week of the show and we’ve had some fantastic reviews. We were even featured on the BBC coverage of the show which is available now on iPlayer. The Flower Show may be over but life for the Henri Le Worm community garden has just begun! Following the show the entire garden will be relocated to a working farm in Charlton, South East London where it will become a community garden for local schools – we hope it will be the first of many.
Flowers are so essential for creating beautiful design, and I am thrilled that Jenny Blanc Interiors will be one of the sponsors of Henri le Worm children’s garden at this year’s Hampton Court Flower Show. Henri Le Worm is an exciting, interactive animated children’s app and website that aims to encourage children to engage with food and nature in a fun and playful way. Created by Olivier Blanc and actress Charlotte Salt, Henri le Worm and his amazing cooking adventures brings to life the journey of plot to pot, with the voice of Simon Pegg as the characters.
The opportunity to contribute to help create the shows garden at this year’s prestigious Hampton Court Flower Show (30 June – 5 July 2015) not only seemed an exciting step, but a natural way to encourage children to get back outside exploring and gardening.
The Henri le Worm children’s garden (stand number F443) will be overseen by horticulturist Chris Collins and will be delivered to an RHS standard. The centre of the garden will have an outdoor kitchen area where Raymond Blanc will be doing a cooking demo using ingredients directly from the garden.
The garden, will be full of exciting and interactive features such as an edible shed, hanging baskets, a heritage fruit border, raised beds bordered by carved sleepers and colourful gravel and to top it off there will be a 3 meter wicker sculpture of Henri himself! Jenny Blanc Interiors will be displaying a wonderful furniture range, hand-made using natural materials.
Children will be encouraged to touch, smell and taste the fresh produce and learn more about Henri and his friends. Jenny Blanc Interiors have provided some beautiful garden furniture to add to the ambience and there will be a member of the team with information on site for interested parties throughout the show. We would be delighted if you could come and join us to enjoy this lovely event and the garden we have helped to create.
Our Caribbean Director and resident of Barbados, Emma Blanc, talks about the world famous performing arts festival at Holders Season… The 22nd Holders Season hosted by the Kidd family in the beautiful grounds of the 17th century Holders Plantation House overlooking the beautiful West coast, has yet again been one of the high lights of this year’s season in Barbados. Wendy Kidd, producer of the festival, pictured below with model daughter Jodie ensures that each year is as memorable as the last and this year has been no exception. Many visitors plan their time in Barbados to coincide with this event and it is a must do in most of our diaries, especially mine as I spent many years in the Performing arts and events before moving into the Design world.
This year the first two evenings featured a Cabaret Dinner, where guests saw performances from acrobats and magicians in the Holders Gallery.
The following nights saw performances including The Music of Hollywood, and other themed nights such as Cajun, Cuban and American Soul and the City performed by artists from all over the world. The Theatre Night was opened by the OTT (Operation Triple Threat) – a developmental performing arts program for local students between the ages of 7 and 21, a division of “Live-Breathe Music!” a company dedicated to offering superior training to musicians and aspiring ones and also one of this year’s beneficiaries of the festival. OTT will also be performing their version of THE WIZ next month at the Frank Collymore Hall in our capital, Bridgetown.
The programme of events saw its finale on Saturday 21st March with a Gala night featuring the UK’s most wonderful Opera Band “ Blake” – back this year by popular demand along with the very talented Canadian singer songwriter Sarah Boulton all preceded by the Mosaic Steel Orchestra. A brilliant end to another fantastic Season.
Here at Jenny Blanc we sponsor the Broadway to Barbados Charitable trust, whose Chairman & Project Coordinator is our friend and client Robert J. Bourque. The trust has been set up to raise money for The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, especially its new Medical Intensive Care Unit, of which the island is in great need. The trust also aims to create a ‘Nurses Appreciation Program’ to improve the morale of 600+ nursing staff, as well as the repair of equipment, training programs, and a ‘Kids Helping Kids Program.’ Every year this fantastic organisation puts on a Broadway Musical Revue over a period of seven days, flying the best Broadway stars to the island for a truly memorable experience, and to raise money for this important cause.
This year Emma Blanc our Caribbean Director, and Sue Thomas-Richardson our Design Director accompanied some of our wonderful clients and friends to a performance on Thursday 19th February 2015 at Frank Collymore Hall. They gathered at the famous Tides restaurant for drinks and canapés before the performance, serving Sir Cliff Richard’s wine Vida Nova, which he has recently launched in Barbados.
The performance was produced by award-winning Neil Berg, who has created many Broadway hits including The Prince and the Pauper and Closer Than Ever. The cast of Broadway Stars performed hits from The Phantom of The Opera, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jersey Boys and Gypsy. This year’s theme was ‘Return to Paradise’, and is sponsored by Diamonds International and Bulgari amongst other organisations.
– Broadway to Barbados is a registered charity No. 1057
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.
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.
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.
Kalanthe created spaces of sophisticated relaxation through her use of the main living areas. These were complimented with cool colour schemes and contemporary furniture.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jenny and Emma hosted a table of friends and clients at this year’s Valentine’s Ball in support of The Because of Jenna Trust, a registered charity dedicated to easing the suffering of severely brain-injured children in Barbados; www.becauseofjenna.org. A fabulous evening of dining and dancing was had by all including Sir Cliff Richard and Cilla Black who joined in celebrations.
The event took place at the Fisher Pond Great House, an historic house built in 1635 surrounded by 500 acres of sugar cane. Currently owned by John and Rain Chandler, it has become the place to have Sunday lunch.
Seated at Jenny’s table were (2nd left) Andrew Hewkins, a well-known artist whose wonderful, atmospheric collection of paintings of Barbados has just finished showing in Barbados. Anthony Hunte (centre with glasses) the legendary horticulturalist and creator of the world famous Hunte’s Gardens in St. Joseph’s was another of Jenny’s guests. Sited in a sunken gully in the centre of Barbados’ tropical rain forest, he has created a unique series of mini gardens full of exotic rare plants with combinations of vibrant colours and textures which are a ‘must-see’ for all who visit Barbados.
As you can see the sobriety of the well-behaved table at the beginning of the evening ended up with a riotous time on the dance floor!
During the Ball there was a Live Auction of wonderful items donated by local businesses to raise funds for this extremely worthwhile charity.
Cliff gave the most wonderful off-the-cuff singing performance for the Jenna Trust. Without this generous gift of his time and talent, this worthy cause would not raise half the money it does and the evening would not have had such pizzazz.