Photography compliments of Jenny Blanc

The strong ties binding Jenny Blanc to Barbados are many- not least the company’s interior design achievements for some of the most elegant properties on the island. And this autumn Jenny plans to develop these connections even further with the opening of an exciting new showroom on the West Coast. It will showcase Jenny’s desire to offer everyone the chance to create an exceptionally beautiful home in the Caribbean.

Jenny is no stranger to seeing the potential in properties. Her first acclaimed venture was the creation of Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxfordshire with her then husband Raymond Blanc. With unflinching determination and every attention to detail Jenny and Raymond turned a dilapidated fifteenth century property into one of the finest country house hotels which very quickly gained world recognition. The project managing and selection of everything from the bed linen to the stonework fired Jenny’s lifelong passion for working with interiors.

Fifteen years later, and with four international awards to her name, Jenny and her design practice have created a unique International Interior Design Service between London and Barbados. Completed homes are spread around the island from established residences on Polo Ridge, Apes Hill and Royal Westmoreland to expansive new apartments in Port St Charles. Whilst the company has their regional base in Barbados they use this as the operating hub for projects on other Caribbean islands. And back in England the company’s list of completed period property renovations continues to grow.

The Barbados connection began when Jenny joined forces with her design partner Sue Thomas-Richardson. Sue belongs to a much-loved, longstanding family on the island. Having spent the earlier part of her career working for one of the most notable designers on the island, Sue moved to England to gain more experience of working on traditional British properties. Her knowledge of the Caribbean is invaluable to each new residential and corporate project and alongside Jenny’s intuitive design approach, the results are both inspiring and enduring.

Understanding life on a tropical island is key to creating an exceptional home in the Caribbean and it is this together with excellent project managing that clients recognise in Jenny Blanc’s unique offering. The company has developed interior design services which consider every detail from start to finish. The design team’s strong links with respected architects and developers specialising in the Caribbean gives them the opportunity to be involved with the construction when required. The interior design part of the service covers the important aspects of space planning and lifestyle considerations alongside Jenny’s own desire to personally give every client an aspirational home in the sun which is individual, utterly comfortable and truly welcoming. The company oversees every aspect of shipping, importing and installation so that clients don’t have to discover just what it takes to set up a home thousands of miles away.

The uniqueness of the company comes from having bases in both London and Barbados from which clients can start the initial process, and from the strong collaborations Jenny and Sue have made with artisans on the island. Using indigenous materials such as coral stone and antique mahogany as the starting point for their ideas, the design team oversees new designs conceived at the main design studio in West London. As the new showroom becomes established, clients will be able to view a constantly changing collection of international  furniture and accessories alongside bespoke pieces for those who desire a truly unique piece which, by its very nature, will fit beautifully into new or established properties. The company is proud to encourage increased awareness of the considerable skills on the island and are now looking to export their designs developed in Barbados to other Caribbean islands via the new showroom.

Never one to stand still, Jenny makes regular buying trips to Europe and the States to source an ever-increasing choice of exquisite international ideas for homes in the Tropics, be they classic or contemporary. This has resulted in the company developing new collections, each designed to answer a need for homeowners in the Caribbean. The Outdoor Furniture Collection champions six of the best international brands for verandahs, terraces and poolside while the Island Living Luxuries and Island Living Essentials due to be launched in 2012 will present the ultimate finishing touches.

For more details contact +44 (0) 20 8943 4440 or email

design@jennyblanc.com    www.jennyblanc.com

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