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Are you dreaming of a Blanc Christmas?

Jenny Blanc Blog - Dreaming of a Blanc Christmas? 2018

**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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Exclusively at Jenny Blanc Barbados: The 12 Days of Christmas Decorations Sale

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Jenny Blanc Exclusive Christmas Decorations Sale 2017We’re very excited to announce that our special ’12 Days of Christmas Decorations’ Sale will be launching at our showroom on the West Coast of Barbados on Sunday 24th December!

For 12 days only we will be offering fantastic discounts across our whole range of Christmas decorations including baubles and hanging ornaments, decorative object like our fabulous gold pineapples, tableware including luxury festive place cards, napkins and napkin rings. It’s the perfect opportunity to find that last minute finishing touch to complete your Christmas décor this year or get ahead of the game and stock up for next year. A beautiful ornament is also the perfect souvenir from a Christmas holiday spent in the sun!

Here are some of our favourites – discover the full collection exclusively at our showroom in St. James.
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  1. On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me… A Peacock in a Palm Tree!

Our fabulous peacock shines in sparkling turquoise, blue and purple. WAS $25 BDS NOW $18.75 BDS

  1. On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Two Hummingbirds

Add a tropical touch to your tree with a pair of hummingbirds in clear and silver acrylic. WERE $18 BDS NOW $13.50 BDS

  1. On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Three French Fairies

With sparkling frocks and pearlescent wings, a fairy (or three) will add a sprinkle of magic to your Christmas tree – tres bien! WERE $35 BDS NOW $26.25

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  1. On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Four Dragonflies

Our jewelled dragonflies have a clever, clip-on design – attach them to place settings, table centrepieces, Christmas gifts and more! WERE $15 BDS NOW $11.25

  1. On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Five Gold Stars!

Large and visually striking in a shade of deep, antique gold, our Christmas stars look fantastic hung in groups of odd numbers for maximum impact! WERE $40 BDS NOW $30 BDS

  1. On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Six Pineapples

Whether you choose six or just one, our gold pineapples make beautiful decorative objet all year round. Make them the centrepiece for your Christmas table or add a touch of tropical glamour to your bar area. WERE $75 BDS NOW $56.25 BDS

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  1. On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Seven aqua baubles

The shade of the season, a deep, rich aqua looks stunning paired with gold on these luxurious glass baubles. WERE $15 BDS NOW $11.25

  1. On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Eight Festive Place Cards

The key to the perfect Holiday party is in the seating plan. Take control with our festive place cards then watch the evening unfold. WERE $40 BDS NOW $30

  1. On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Nine Cocktail Sticks

It’s all in the details – our festive cocktail sticks add that extra finishing touch. Set of four WERE $45 NOW $33.75

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  1. On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Ten Christmas Napkins

Entertaining essentials get a festive twist with these luxurious paper napkins – stock up now to make sure you’re not caught short! Cocktail napkins WERE $20 BDS NOW $15, Lunch napkins WERE $25 BDS NOW $18.75 BDS

  1. On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Eleven Jingle Baubles

With glittering baubles, frosted berries and sparkling foliage, our jingle bauble napkin rings look stunning glinting by candle light on the dining table. WERE $60 BDS each NOW $45 BDS

  1. On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Twelve Starburst Napkin Rings

These show stopping beaded napkin rings are the finishing touch that will set the scene for a wonderful celebration. Bursting with glamour and fun, each features hundreds of beautiful glass beads that catch the light beautifully all year round. WERE $100 BDS each NOW $75

 

We look forward to seeing you at our showroom in St. James this holiday season. For directions and Holiday opening hours, or just to get in touch, visit our website here.

Fabulous gifts for everyone on your list and decorations to die for at Jenny Blanc!

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Jenny Blanc - Fabulous Gifts and Decorations 2017 Gift Guide1Still looking for that perfect gift? We have travelled far and wide to find something for everyone this Christmas. Discover these beautiful gifts and much more at our London showroom. Many of these gift ideas are also available at our showroom in Barbados and online at our Trouva boutique!

  1. Set of Six Multi Coloured Champagne Flutes – raise a toast in style with these gorgeous glasses featuring six different colours and patterns. Also available at our Barbados showroom (alongside matching wine glasses) and online H 24 cm x DIA 6 cm £145
  1. The Cocktail Book: Botanical Cocktails for Every Season. Also available at our showroom in Barbados. Click to shop online. £15.50
  1. A Spot At The Bar: The art of good drinking in three hundred recipes £24.95

A classically understated decanter is the perfect accompaniment to one of our fabulous cocktail recipe books (see 2, 3 and 8) and we have three elegant styles to choose from:

  1. ‘Gueneviere’ Glass Decanter H 30 x DIA 13 cm £50
  1. ‘Carson’ Glass Decanter H 28 x DIA 11.5 cm £50
  1. ‘Vincent’ Glass Decanter H 22 x DIA 11 cm £50
  1. Set of Six Multi Coloured Floral Wine Glasses – Ideal for special dinners as well as adding a touch of colour to the everyday, these coloured glasses feature delicately etched peonies. A palette of rich jewel tones gives this classic design a contemporary twist. H 17 cm x DIA 8 cm £145
  1. Rum: Shake, Muddle, Stir by Dan Jones. The perfect present for the rum aficionado in your life. Author Dan Jones will expand their cocktail making repertoire with modern concoctions as well as all their favourite classics. Also available at our Barbados showroom. Click to shop online £12.00

Our tropical leaf hurricane lanterns look stunning individually or as a group. A removable clear glass cylinder sits on top of an acrylic base finished in burnished gold – simply add a pillar candle to create evening ambience with a touch of tropical glamour! Also available at our Barbados showroom and online.

  1. Aspidistra Leaf Hurricane Lantern H 26 cm x DIA 16 cm £75 Click to shop online
  1. Licuala Palm Leaf Hurricane Lantern H 26 cm x DIA 16 cm £75 Click to shop online
  1. Monstera Leaf Hurricane Lantern H 26 cm x DIA 16 cm £55 Click to shop online
  1. Set of four cut glass champagne flutes – a classically elegant gift with a modern twist featuring four different patterns. H 24 cm x DIA 6 cm. £110

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  1. ‘Gatsby Sparkle’ set of four coasters – these coasters certainly live up to their name with hundreds of inlaid crystals creating a stunning, glittering effect. DIA 8 cm Click to shop online £65
  1. & 15. Notebooks in silver and gold by Christian Lacroix. A6 in size these notebooks are perfect for popping into handbags for elegant note-taking on the go. £25 each
  1. ‘Things to Remember’ notebook with extra-large tassel. Santorus are a London based company known for their distinctive fabric and wallpaper prints – now you can take some of their eclectic style with you wherever you go thanks to this beautiful, soft cover notebook with statement tassel. W 12 cm x H 17 cm Click to shop online £25
  1. ‘Madone Byzantine’ Notebook by Christian Lacroix – a must have for the fashion loving lady in your life. A beautiful notebook makes every-day list making and note taking a real pleasure and this unusual design comes with a dose of Christian Lacroix’s signature glamour. H 21 cm x W 14.8 cm £25
  1. ‘Adventure’ set of three mini notebooks by Santorus. Mini in size while brimming with style, this captivating notebook trio combines three vibrant Santorus designs. Each notebook features an inspiring quote in foil lettering. One notebook is lined, one has blank pages and one black pages. W 12 cm x H 17 cm Click to shop online £15.50
  1. Gold Elephant Bottle Opener – This unique elephant head bottle opener is sure to take pride of place on any bar cart. Click to shop online £24.95
  1. Buddha Statue – Add a touch of serenity to interiors with our Buddha statue. £65
  1. ‘Maison de Jeu’ playing cards by Christian Lacroix. An elegant gift for the tricky-to-buy-for gentleman. Stunning illustrations by Christian Lacroix elevate these playing cards into an art form whilst the beautiful presentation box ensures they will be received with delight. H 3.5 cm x L 15 cm x W 11 cm £45

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  1. & 23. ‘Porche the French Poodle’ (approx. H 30 cm) and ‘Amos the Hare’ (approx. H 39 cm with ears!) doorstops add a touch of fun to interiors whilst also serving a very practical purpose. £45 each
  1. An unusual candle holder modelled after ‘The Town Musicians of Bremen’ – a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm. L 29 x H 41 cm (without candle) £195
  1. Polar Bear washbags in aquamarine and grey. Iosis Paris’ signature tapestry style fabric is used here to create a luxurious washbag that is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. Approx. W 20 cm x D 6 cm Click to shop online £49.95
  1. & 27. ‘White Hydrangea’ and ‘Dutch Flowers’ Round serving trays featuring artwork from the painting ‘Flowers in a Glass Vase’ by Jacob Van Walscapelle (1644 – 1727). These trays are made using the art of decoupage backed on to plastic to create a beautiful and practical addition to the home. The dark floral design adds a touch of drama to interiors. DIA 35 cm Click to shop White Hydrangea tray, Dutch Flowers tray £30 each
  1. ‘Garden of Eden’ three wick scented candle by Charles Farris. Simply the best – this heavenly candle combines notes of Tuberose, Jasmine and Ylang Ylang to create a rich and sophisticated fragrance that will scent your whole home. With around 80 hours of burn time, this candle will be enjoyed into the New Year and beyond. H 12 cm x DIA 12 cm £65
  1. Neom fragrance diffuser in ‘Tranquillity’. Give someone the gift of calm this Christmas! Tranquillity is the ‘scent to sleep’ by Neom Organics London. This reed diffuser features expertly blended notes of English lavender, sweet basil and jasmine. 100ml Click to shop online £38

Jenny Blanc - Fabulous Gifts and Decorations 2017 AromatiqueFrom left to right: Decorative fragrance (10 oz bag) £40, Cube candle (H 12 cm x W 8 cm) £55, Mottled glass candle (H 8 cm x DIA 7.5 cm) £35, Gold lustre votive (H 7.5 cm x DIA 5.5 cm) £20

‘The Smell of Christmas’ by Aromatique is a captivating fragrance of citrus and spice made with a warm blend of natural botanicals which evokes the feeling of a traditional Christmas. The unique, decorative fragrance combines large dried botanicals and seed heads to create a beautiful display – simply arrange in a glass bowl to allow the fragrance to softly permeate your home. The candle collection is another way to further layer the scent and enjoy soft, ambient lighting as evening falls. We have candles in every size – from the cube candle which is ideal for larger rooms to the gilt votive which works beautifully as a bedside candle.

Jenny Blanc - Fabulous Gifts and Decorations 2017 DecorationsFrom woodland creatures to sparkling apples and pears to sumptuous velvet baubles, we have a beautiful collection of decorations to transform your home this festive season. Spread the magic of Christmas throughout your home with our wonderful animal figures or trim the tree in style with a beautiful bauble or two – there’s something for every taste and budget at our London showroom.

  1. Pair of foxes (large approx. H 18 cm x W 16 cm, small approx. H 13 cm x W 17 cm) £24.95
  1. Mother and baby hedgehog pair (large approx. H 7 cm x W 10 cm, small approx. H 5.5 cm x W 9 cm) £14.95
  1. Sparkly Penguin (one size: approx. H 27 cm x W 15.5 cm) £24.95 each
  1. Gold peacock statue with diamante tail feathers (approx. H 25 cm x W 21 cm x D 11 cm) £24.95
  1. & 6. Clear acrylic stag statues on a plinth – the base conceals a colour changing LED bulb which illuminates the stag, perfect for adding a touch of Christmas magic to your home this season! (Stag 5: H 16 cm x DIA 6 cm, Stag 6: H 19 cm x DIA 6 cm) £19.95 each.
  1. & 8. Jewelled dragonfly clips in purple and green. The clever clip on design means these can be attached to the Christmas tree, wreaths and garlands, table decorations and more! (approx. L 10 cm x W 13 cm) £7.95
  1. & 10. An apple and pear hanging bauble in highly textured silver glitter (pear approx. H 9 cm, apple approx. H 8 cm) £4.95 each
  1. & 12. Plush velvet heart and star hanging decorations in deep red crimson. (Heart approx. H 9 cm, star approx. H 16 cm) £4.95 each
  1. A bronze snowflake with glitter and diamante (approx. DIA 11 cm) £10.50

For more information on any of these products contact our London showroom on +44 (0)20 8943 4440 or via our website.

Jenny Blanc - Fabulous Gifts and Decorations 2017 London Showroom Christmas WindowCall us on +44 (0)20 8943 4144 in the UK or +1 (246) 432 0989 in Barbados to place your order or selected items are available on our Jenny Blanc Boutique on Trouva.

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A Very Merry Christmas from Jenny Blanc…

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Planning the Christmas window at our West London showroom is one of the tasks I look forward to each year with great anticipation – whether based around a traditional Christmas tree or something more unusual, it’s the perfect opportunity to combine beautiful fabrics and home furnishings alongside gifts and smaller decorations to create a real feast for the eyes! This year in particular I felt the need to bring a touch of Christmas magic so am very happy to present our ‘Christmas angel’ to you today!

 

Jenny Blanc - London Showroom Christmas Window DisplayThe beautiful sheer fabric by Sahco which forms the body of our angel caught my eye because of the clever use of matt sequins which add depth and interest without being too glitzy. The wallpaper behind is by Harlequin and is from their latest collection. Unusual wallpapers, particularly those incorporating metallic elements, were one of the most interesting trends to gain momentum this year – we have some fantastic new additions to our samples library at the West London showroom which are already proving popular. Teal was another strong trend in 2016 and was the perfect choice for this year’s window – combined with warm metallics, glassware and natural textures including faux fur and branches it feels both glamorous and festive.

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In store we have an incredible selection of decorations, perfect for adding that last minute finishing touch to your home. Home fragrance by Aromatique and Castelbel are perfect for setting the scene for festive entertaining whilst an original selection of baubles and ornaments will trim the tree wonderfully!

I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We look forward to welcoming you in 2017 with our sale, starting on Saturday 7th January at our West London Showroom.

 

Christmas Holidays in the Caribbean

The countdown to Christmas is on and the Jenny Blanc showroom on the West Coast of Barbados is looking gloriously festive. For those with homes on the island our exclusive collection of Christmas decorations and tableware will help you prepare for the arrival of friends and family – sparkling beaded placemats, table runners, metallic votives, shimmering glassware and stunning centrepieces all help set the scene for an elegant Caribbean Christmas and Party season. Our unique collection of gifts and decorative objet take the hard work out of finding that perfect present or hostess gift!

Here are a few of our favourite pieces which we hope will inspire. For more information please call the showroom on +1 (246) 432 0989.

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You don’t need to go to the West End…

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…for the perfect Christmas gift. Our Teddington showroom is bursting with unusual gifts and show stopping decorations for everyone this Christmas!

Come and be inspired by our fabulous collection of unique Christmas decorations including a huge range of baubles, festive home fragrance, glittering ornaments and foliage. With gifts starting at just £5, Jenny Blanc in Teddington is an inspiring and exciting Christmas shopping experience. Here are a few of Jenny’s favourite gift ideas that are guaranteed to bring a smile on Christmas day! 

Don’t forget we are open 7 days a week until Christmas and all gifts are beautifully wrapped free of charge.

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  1. Silver metallic leather tote bag £95 (also available online)
  2. Two strand aqua stone and 18kt gold plate chain bracelet £95
  3. Silver Swarovski Crystal teddy bear keyring / bag charm £95 (also available online)
  4. Silver metallic leather zipper purse £15.95 (also available online)
  5. Small stone and textured turquoise disk bracelet with tassel on 18kt gold plate chain £70
  6. Rose gold metallic leather zipper purse £15.95 (also available online)
  7. Rose gold metallic leather tote bag £95 (also available online)
  8. Gold Swarovski Crystal teddy bear keyring / bag charm £95 (also available online)
  9. 7 Stone aqua and labradorite necklace with 18kt gold plate chain £95
  10. Harlem Carter crystal box clutch bag (with hidden chain) £350
  11. Helen Moore faux fur zipper purses – a selection of colours available £25
  12. Simple textured disk with small stone pendant in green onyx. 18kt gold plate pendant and chain £40
  13. Samantha Holmes alpaca scarf £110 (also available online)
  14. Medium sculptural bangle in 18kt gold plate with mixed semi precious stones £130
  15. Luxury alpaca slipper boots lined with merino fleece £115 (also available online)
  16. Alpaca knee socks £30 (also available online)
  17. Elephant head bottle opener £75
  18. ‘This Is My Happy Place’ coffee mug £18 (also available online)
  19. Lavender fish £29.95
  20. Set of six coloured champagne flutes £145
  21. Neom ‘A Christmas Wish’ three wick candle £45 (also available online)

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Don’t forget it’s not too late to freshly accessorise your home for Christmas! With a unique collection of mirrors, lighting, artwork, furniture and objet sourced from around the world, the Jenny Blanc showroom in Teddington is the home of irresistibly beautiful design.

We can take away the hard work with our bespoke Christmas decorating service – let us transform your home for the coming season leaving you with more time to relax and enjoy the festivities! Call the showroom on +44 (0)20 8943 4440 for more information.

Christmas at the Jenny Blanc Barbados showroom…

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Above: Jenny chooses glassware and napkin rings for an elegant Caribbean dinner at our Barbados showroom.
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By now you’ve probably seen plenty of pictures of the gorgeous Christmas window at our London showroom and I hope I have given you some ideas for how to create a cosy cocoon to nurture yourself through the tough British winter! Today I would like to give you a little peek at how we prepare for Christmas on the other side of the world, at our Caribbean showroom in St. James, Barbados.

I make several trips to Barbados each year to meet with clients, visit design projects and spend time at our showroom. The run up to Christmas is my absolute favourite time to visit as the season is underway and the island is full of life!

The main elements for a Caribbean Christmas are the same as anywhere else in the world – family, friends and feasting are the order of the day. The difference is that most of the entertaining takes place outside under blue skies and pink sunsets. As darkness falls it’s important to bring outside areas to life with soft candle light to create a beautiful, festive ambience. The hurricanes in our Barbados showroom are all marine grade stainless steel – anything less would simply rust in the salty sea air!  The dining table is the centre of attention at Christmas time and at our Barbados showroom you’ll find inspiration for creating some beautiful table settings.

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Above left: Our exclusive Barbados Green Monkey sculptures perch underneath a beautifully laid table in our Barbados showroom. Above right: A burgundy pear conceals a scented candle whilst softly glowing votives bring sparkling tableware to life.

I always think a good table setting begins with a place mat and in our Barbados showroom we have some stunning mats to choose from, each individually hand crafted from shimmering beads and shells. Keep the feeling light and fresh with soft silver and gold tones which allow the natural, sandy colour of the shells to really shine. Once you’ve chosen your placemats a charger followed by smaller plates will help create a layered look with plenty of depth – I find this really creates a sense of anticipation about the gorgeous meal to come. Shell shaped plates made from glass like the ones sold in our Barbados showroom will allow the beauty of the beaded placemats to show through and keep the feeling light and fresh. Just like in the UK, I always top each place setting with a beautiful bauble or scented candle which makes a lovely keepsake for your guests. Napkin rings are another opportunity to add a beautiful, tropical accents to your table scheme and one made from a highly polished shell like the one I’m holding above will shine under candle light!

Sticking to a palette of soft metallics means that your place settings will harmonise with any other accent colours that you wish to add – our damson champagne flutes, sundae dishes and cut glass votives add just the right amount of jewel like colour to help set the scene for Christmas.

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Softly glowing votives, glass hurricanes, snow globes and beautiful baubles at our Barbados showroom.

I hope I have given you some ideas for your tropical Christmas décor! Our Barbados showroom will be open every day in the run up to Christmas – from 9.00am – 6.00pm Monday to Saturday and from 11.00am – 4.00pm on Sunday the 20th December so there’s plenty of time to pick up those last minute gifts and finishing touches! Our friendly and knowledgeable showroom team will be happy to help you choose the perfect gift or select accessories to complement your scheme beautifully. You can contact the showroom directly by telephone on +1 (246) 432 0989 or by email at showroombarbados@jennyblanc.com.

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Above: A festive window at the Jenny Blanc showroom in Barbados.

Jenny’s Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide

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Christmas at our London and Barbados showrooms is my favourite time of the year – in Barbados, the season is by now in full swing and those with holiday homes on the island fly in with friends and family to celebrate Christmas the Caribbean way – at beach BBQs and pool parties across the island. In London the weather is decidedly colder but the inviting glow of candle light and the promise of mulled wine mean that no one minds and thoughts turn towards making one’s home feel as cosy and inviting as possible.

Today I’m excited to share my ‘ultimate gift guide’ – 22 fantastic present ideas for every age and every budget! Gentleman can often be very tricky to buy for so I’ve included plenty of inspiration for masculine gifts such as the fantastic book ends or burgundy decanter with matching glass. Teenagers and grownups alike will adore our fabulous fluffy slippers and pom pom shoe clips whilst the lady in your life is sure to be over the moon with a stunning jewellery box – available in a soft salmon pink or pale aqua faux lizard skin.

When you visit either our London or Barbados showrooms in person you can benefit from the expertise of our friendly and knowledgeable showroom team who will be happy to help you pick the perfect gift. Our showrooms are the perfect place to escape the bustle of busy town centres at this time of year and are a beautiful environment in which to shop. At our UK showroom from now until Christmas you can take advantage of our free Christmas gift wrapping service – let us do the hard work while you relax with a glass of bubbles!

1)    Exquisite Swarovski crystal scented pear candle in rich damson red with gold twig detailing. Perfect to use as a trinket box once the candle has been burnt, or simply as a beautiful objet. £450
2)    Beautifully embroidered tiger cushion on a snow white background (45 cm square) includes man made filler. £85
3)    Crimson Red and silver votive which radiates a warm candle light £9.95 (Height 7 cm)
4)    Purple ombre champagne flutes (height 26cm) £35 for the pair
5)    Dazzling dyed sliced Agate pendant, surrounded by Zircons with an onyx bead necklace £99
6)    The ultimate warm and cosy faux fur slipper in size 5-6 for those cold winter nights £59.95
7)    Pretty sachets, filled with rose buds, handmade with antique lace and satin (15cm x 13cm) £14.50 each
8)    Dramatic gotham orb book ends in black nickel, stainless steel and granite (W14.5cm x D14.5cm x H12cm) £305
9)    ‘Naughty and Nice’ A gorgeous duo of two candles in black glass containers (height 10  cm) housed in a sleek black gift box with gold lettering. The ‘naughty’ candle contains fragrance notes of cinnamon, orange, clove freesia, vanilla, amber, spicy cedarwood, musk and patchouli. The ‘nice’ candle contains fragrance notes of blood orange, grapefruit, nectarine, jasmine, peach, orange peel, vanilla and sweet musk. £59.95
10)    A classic Italian design, this decanter is crafted from pewter and glass with a matching burgundy glasses. Decanter height: 27 cm, Glass height: 24 cm. Decanter £295, glass £85.
11)    The ultimate bar keepers guide to spirits, mixers and cocktails £14.99
12)    Gorgeous soft velvet purple cushion, backed with neutral linen and man-made cushion filling (W55cm x H35cm). £65
13)    A vivid red version of our soft velvet cushion, finished with a linen back and man-made cushion filler. (W55cm H35cm). £65
14)    A lovely faux lizard salmon pink box, perfect for jewellery, letters and treasures. (W24cm x D16cm x H10cm). £39.95
15)    Dusky blue pom pom shoe clips that can be attached to any shoe whether it’s a pair of high heels, flats or pumps. A great way to turn a plain shoe into a ‘party shoe’! £29.95
16)    A soft aqua version of the faux lizard box. A great place to keep all of your most prized possessions! (W24cm x D16cm x H10cm). £39.95
17)    Decorative purple and clear cut glass votive or shot glass (Height  6.5 cm). £14.50
18)    To match the votive are these elegant purple sundae dishes (H12cm x 11.5 cm diameter). £35 each
19)    Snow white faux fur comforter throw (W90cm x L145cm). £145
20)    Jessica Russel Flint small make up bag (23cm x 18cm) in soft pink with Caribbean pineapples. This can be used at the poolside or even beach parties as a clutch! £49.95
21)    This is a firm favourite of mine! This large Jessica Russel flint jungle print bag is a really useful size which can be used as a makeup bag, beach bag or lingerie bag. (39cm x 25cm) £99

If you’re unable to visit us in person don’t forget that you can always contact our London showroom by phone on 0208 943 4144 where Showroom Director Chrissie Marshall and Showroom Manager Sian Davies will be happy to assist you. For the Barbados showroom contact Emma Blanc on 001.246.4320989 or 001.246.2668099. We can help you choose the perfect gifts this Christmas and arrange to have them delivered to your door! You can also purchase a selection of our beautiful items online via our Trouva boutique.

A gift idea each day until Christmas with the Jenny Blanc Trouva Boutique!

Jenny Blanc Blog - Countdown to Christmas Gift Ideas

With the countdown to Christmas well and truly underway, don’t forget that a selection of gifts from our UK and Barbados showrooms are available to order online via our Trouva boutique! Of course, visiting our showrooms in person is always well worth it in order to browse our full collection and benefit from our friendly and knowledgeable showroom assistants who will be happy to help you with all your Christmas gift requirements.

When you order through our Trouva boutique, your items will arrive beautifully gift wrapped and ready to put under the tree, leaving you with more time to spend with your loved ones this Christmas. With worldwide delivery, 1 hour shuttle service for local customers or the option to ‘click and collect’ in store, we have Christmas quite literally ‘all wrapped up’.

Don’t forget to pop by later in the week when Jenny will be sharing her favourite home accessories and gifts from the London and Barbados showrooms in her ‘Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide’!

1) Le Dame aux Camelias is a beautiful fragrance with floral notes presented in a traditional atomiser which looks stunning as a dressing table ornament. £95

2) Our exclusive Jenny Blanc notebook has the words of wisdom ‘Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much’ embossed in gilt lettering on the front cover. £41.50

3) This fern print notice board makes a useful addition to any home and works perfectly in kitchens, studies and sitting rooms. £75

4) Our sumptuous embroidered cat cushion is the purrrrrrrfect gift for the cat lover in your life! £85

5) These delicate tea light holders emit a soft glow through their clever leaf shaped design. £29.95 each.

6) Our crocodile magnifying glass makes a fantastic, quirky desk accessory. £26.95

7) This stunning, hand blown glass dish is a beautiful object which looks perfect on a sideboard or large dining table. £235

8) This oyster shaped letter opener comes complete with a beautiful pearl. £39.95

9) This ice blue glass decanter is the perfect combination of form and function and makes an eye catching centrepiece for festive entertaining. £165

10) Our hand blown glass vase looks wonderful on its own or alongside the matching glass dish. £325

11) La Pomme Grande Scented Candle contains the fresh and uplifting notes of crisp Fuji apple, vetiver, oak moss and patchouli. £120

12) Give the gift of serenity this Christmas with our elegant Thai Buddha statue. £75

13) Crafted in Italian pewter, this lobster salt and pepper cruet will bring a smile to everyone’s faces at the dining table this year. £450

14) Our scented sachets contain a soft, feminine fragrance suitable to use throughout the home. £35

15) Jardins D’Ecrivains candles are hand crafted in the heart of Paris. The Casanova bedside candle contains notes of almond and magnolia. £16

16) This gothic gentleman’s desk clock is a modern twist on a classic gothic design which makes a wonderful gift, especially when presented alongside the gothic gentleman’s desk set. £110

17) Our yellow Swarovski clutch is the perfect pop of colour for the darker months in the year and very popular with the daughters and granddaughters that visit our London showroom! £135

18) This beautiful ‘reach for the moon’ snow globe is the perfect gift to commemorate that special first Christmas! £80

Jenny’s Tips: Styling your dinner table for a cosy Christmas!

Jenny Blanc Blog - Handmade Wreath
Above: A handmade wreath featuring oak leaves, ivy and beautiful chiffon ribbon sets the scene and invites guests to cross the threshold to Jenny’s beautiful cottage at Christmas time.
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When it comes to table settings, Christmas is a time to pull out all the stops and create a sense of occasion with candles, flowers, small table gifts, seasonal napkins with beautiful napkin rings and – if you are lucky enough to have them – your antique glassware and best china.
Inspired by the beautiful Christmas window at our London showroom which features a festive dining table, today I’m pleased to share with you some thoughts on table settings that you can easily put into practice at home using items you are likely to already own! As is so often the case with interiors, the key is to build up layers – a small candle or sequinned place mat might not look like much on its own but when combined these touches can really elevate your dinner table into something magical!

Jenny Blanc Blog - Cut Glass Stemware and Jennys Finished Christmas Table
Above left: Cut glass stemware with a touch of cranberry harmonises with the rest of the colour scheme. Above right: Jenny’s finished Christmas table looks both relaxed and inviting.

Tea lights in beautiful glass holders are essential to create a sense of wellbeing and warmth. Aim to create a soft, golden glow to dispel the greys and blues outside and watch as the tiny, flickering lights are reflected in the glasses, sequins and silver that make up your table decoration, bringing the whole scene to life.

Scented candles are another important part of your festive lighting scheme as they not only add beautiful ambient light but their fragrance will complement the decoration with hints of spice and citrus.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Antique Cranberry Glassware with Decanter
Above: Jenny’s collection of antique cranberry glassware includes this beautiful decanter which catches the light wonderfully and harmonises with all the colours of the season.

Antique glassware such as my collection of cranberry glass (including the beautiful decanter pictured above) really comes into its own at Christmas time where it creates a wonderful sense of occasion and ceremony. Now is the time to pull out your most special glasses and pieces of china and really relish the beauty they bring to your table.

Fresh flowers are often in short supply at this time of year – resist the temptation to buy something straight from the hot house at your local florist and look to the British countryside for inspiration. Greenery such as laurel leaves, ivy and of course holly can all be used to create a natural looking display. Even plants that you might usually think of as ‘weeds’ such as seed heads can look beautiful as part of a display on the Christmas table. I personally think that a slightly rustic and natural looking floral display is the perfect counterpoint to a glamorous and beautifully laid table.

Jenny Blanc Blog - Floral Display with Candle and Antique China Place Setting
Above left: A relaxed and informal floral display topped with simple, white dinner candle creates a soft glow. Above right: A place setting featuring a collection of antique china creates a sense of anticipation.

Layer your place settings by using a charger followed by an antique china plate and soup bowl to really make an impact. I always top each place setting with an individual present – a beautiful votive or bauble for the adults and a small wrapped gift for children is always well received, especially if the children’s gift contains an activity such as a magic trick to learn or a joke book to keep them entertained!

I hope I have given you some ideas for ways to create a dining table your friends and family will remember this year! My most important tip of all though is to relax and enjoy yourself – as soon as the guests are seated, take time to look around you and savour the moment. The hard work will be (mostly) done and after all, you’ll have plenty of helping hands should you need them!

Jenny Blanc Blog - Red Silver Votives with Cocktail Napkins and Glass Votives with Beaded Table Runner
Above left: Red and silver votives, embroidered Christmas cocktail napkins and our handmade ornamental Christmas crackers. Above right: Glass votives, beaded table runner and napkins with jewelled napkin rings. All currently available at our London showroom.
Jenny Blanc Blog - Silvered Glass Bud Vase with Jewelled Linen Napkin and Napkin Ring
Above: A silvered glass bud vase and a jewelled linen napkin and napkin ring make a beautiful place setting.
Jenny Blanc Blog - Christmas Window at Jenny Blanc London Showroom
Above: The Christmas window at the Jenny Blanc London showroom.

Our London and Barbados showrooms are both full of beautiful items with which to dress your table at every price range – we look forward to welcoming you in the run up to Christmas! To help ease the stress of the inevitable last minute preparations, our London showroom will be open until 7pm on Thursdays and on Sundays 11.00am – 5.00pm.

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

HOT OFF THE PRESS

Jenny Blanc’s showroom in Teddington has just taken delivery of a fabulous range of Aromatique Christmas candles in “The Smell of Christmas”.  Get one before they all go!

Votive candle: £9.95
Large Glass Candle: £25.00
Square Glass with festive detail: £29.95

The Smell of Christmas
Jenny Blanc’s showroom in Teddington – Christmas 2012
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