Jenny writes…. Setting the stage for Christmas at our London showroom!

Jenny Blanc Blog - London Showroom Christmas Window 2015
Above: This year’s Christmas window at the Jenny Blanc London showroom.
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The Jenny Blanc Christmas window display is highly anticipated by both our neighbours on Teddington High Street and our customers alike! With the days getting darker and the temperature plummeting it’s no surprise that thoughts turn towards twinkling lights, sumptuous fabrics, festive decorations and the heart-warming prospect of Christmas. It took a week of hard work to completely transform our window for this year’s display – from hanging fresh wallpaper and curtains to installing thousands of fairy lights it’s a big job but really the hard work (for me at least!) begins much earlier in the year.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Crystal Chandelier and Embroidered Curtains with Tassel Tie Back
Above left: A stunning crystal bud chandelier. Above right: Gorgeous embroidered curtains in silver with a plum and silver ombre tassel tie back.

Creating something new and original for the Christmas window display takes a good deal of planning and it was back in the spring that I began to look for inspiration. Whether I was visiting design exhibitions throughout the world, spending time in Barbados or pouring over the new seasons fabrics and wallpapers there was one colour in particular that really spoke to me and as the year went on and new fabrics began to arrive, this shade caught my eye again and again. I therefore decided to make this beautiful shade of plum the focus of this year’s display, using it as the basis for a decadent dining table scheme!

Jenny Blanc Blog - Antique Mirror and Silver Cherubs with Urn
Above left: An eglomise, antique effect mirror. Above right: Two cherubs carry a silver urn perfect for a floral centrepiece.

As the year progressed and autumn turned to winter, I began to bring together various threads of inspiration by creating mood boards to help me finalise the colours, textures and key elements of the window. Once complete, my team scoured the globe to find just the right fabrics, wall coverings, furniture and accessories to create an eye catching display.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Jennys Scheme Board for Showroom Window Display
Above: Jenny’s scheme board for this year’s window display.

This year’s window features a luxurious dining table covered with a satin tablecloth in a beautifully rich berry colour. The Jenny Blanc ‘Henry’ dining chair is one of my exclusive designs and has been upholstered in Matthew Williamson’s ‘Miramar’ fabric in ivory – a gorgeous, iridescent fabric which reflects the light wonderfully and is trimmed with a berry coloured velvet to compliment the rest of the colour scheme. A stunning eglomise mirror hangs behind the table, reflecting the thousands of fairy lights surrounding our window. I chose a metallic wallpaper which is just the right shade of silver to complement the antique effect mirror and the look is completed with an absolutely beautiful contemporary crystal chandelier.

David, our Creative Display Consultant, oversees the installation of the window and uses his flair and expertise to really bring the scene to life by dressing it with some of the beautiful accessories from our showroom. This year’s window is full of goodies and gifts at all price ranges – scented candles, coloured champagne flutes, jewellery boxes and snow globes are just some of the tempting treats on display! There is plenty of inspiration for Christmas decoration too with glittering gold branches and delicate glass angels.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Showroom Director Chrissie with Display Consultant David Dressing the Window
Showroom Director Chrissie Marshall and Creative Display Consultant David Bailey collaborate over the dressing of the window.
Jenny Blanc Blog - Chrissie with David Overseeing the Window Display and Handyman Harry at Work
Above left: Chrissie and David oversee the installation of the dining table. Above right: Handyman Harry at work.

Already passers-by are stopping in the street to photograph the window so it’s lovely to see all our hard work paying off! This Thursday 26th November is the annual ‘Teddington Lights Up’ event which is a wonderful opportunity to see the Mayor of Teddington, Martin Seymour, switching on the Christmas lights alongside Harlequins rugby team captain Danny Care. The showroom will be staying open until 9pm especially so do pay us a visit! Smart shoppers can beat the crowd by taking advantage of our ‘click and collect’ service via our Trouva boutique!

Jenny Blanc Blog - London Showroom Front Christmas Window 2015

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