Those already familiar with The English Home magazine may have spotted Jenny Blanc in the June, September and October issues recently! The English Home is a monthly publication which delivers just the right blend of inspiration, practical advice and escapism for those seeking that quintessential English look. In the September issue I have shared some of my insights into interior design and the secrets of a luxurious lifestyle in the regular ‘Little Black Book’ feature! Settle down with a cup of tea and find out what’s on my radar for the coming season including my favourite locations for happy antiques hunting in London, where I go to feel inspired when I’m in Paris and the part of my home that I’m getting ready to re-design!
Period furniture design
I love Georgian furniture and my home is full of antiques. Part of the pleasure of antiques comes from searching out just the right piece. Happy hunting grounds are Kempton Park Antiques Market and Guinevere on the Kings Road.
Sources of inspiration
I love Paris and especially the basilica of Sacre Coeur. Its exotic architecture and pristine white stone dominate the skyline of Montmartre and you get a spectacular panoramic view of the city of Paris from the top of the dome.
Beautiful things are to be used
I have a set of beautiful and delicate etched champagne coupes; antique pieces from the 1920’s. I use them every time I open a bottle of champagne. My philosophy is that if you have beautiful things, you should use them and not put them away in a cupboard.
Refreshing my own home
I am currently re-designing my study in the annex in the garden. I use it as a quiet place for writing and to catch up with friends with my gorgeous golden retriever, Mr Darcy, sitting at my feet. My office needs to be ergonomically functional with everything I need close to hand, peaceful and beautifully designed so that it is relaxing to work there. Colour and elegant furniture play a great part in achieving these requirements.
The October issue of The English Home magazine (pictured above) features the master bedroom from one of my very favourite projects in Barbados. The soothing duck egg blue tones used throughout this room help create a really calming environment. The love seat at the end of the grand, four poster bed is the perfect spot for breakfast while the sumptuous rug underfoot gives the whole room a feeling of luxury! A dash of colour in the form of local art brings the scheme to life.
The June issue of The English Home magazine (pictured above) features a wonderful reading nook I designed for a traditional English guest bedroom. I just love the sumptuous toile de jouy curtains and red striped armchair together – two contrasting prints that harmonise perfectly because of their uniform colour palette. Details like the antique red and white china bowl planted with fresh spring flowers add character and charm to the overall scheme.