Interior designer, Jenny Blanc’s annual Christmas window display in her well-known Teddington showroom combines traditional festive features with a contemporary wow-factor. Pride of place is taken by a fabulous silver reindeer with red candles in his antlers. There are suggestions for table settings and tree decoration, together with an extensive array of gift ideas to suit all budgets and a present wrapping service. Here Jenny shares her top tips for a successful and happy festive season.
Tip 1: A large traditional green Christmas Tree cannot be beaten for effect and atmosphere. Although fake trees are very good and don’t drop their needles, they cannot reproduce the scent of pine and the feel of a real tree. Decide on a colour scheme. This year I am using beautiful gold and silver decorations from the US intertwined with wine and gold colour silk ribbons and small twinkling white lights. Make the presents under the tree part of the display by taking time to wrap them beautifully in the same shades as the tree decoration.
Tip 2: When it comes to table settings for the festivities, Jenny suggests to that you pull out all the stops and create a sense of occasion with candles, flowers, small table presents, seasonal napkins and holders and – if you are lucky enough to have them – your antique glass and best china. Inexpensive decorations can be gathered from the hedgerow – holly, fir, laurel, dried seed heads, fir cones and mistletoe. Think of the dining area as a stage setting for a seasonal drama.
Jenny comments: “When it’s grey and gloomy outside it is essential to create a comforting cocoon of warm colours, luxurious textiles and soft glowing light inside your home. Silver adds a festive sparkle and the fragrance of scented candles compliments the decoration with hints of spice and citrus.”
Tip 3: Jenny’s Christmas Lunch is a recognisably traditional British affair with French influences. She suggests that lunch should be a stroll and not a sprint. Take time to enjoy the food and company; you can even take the dog for a walk between courses. It is a huge production and should be enjoyed as such!
This year Jenny will be spending Christmas in Barbados and although there are many similarities with Christmas in the UK, it is the differences that spice up the day. One tradition includes lighting the plum pudding with rum and running three times round the dining table with the pudding before the flame goes out!
Tip 4: In the winter months lighting plays an important part in creating a sense of well-being and warmth. Aim to create a soft, golden glow to dispel the greys and blues outside. Jenny recommends using the gentle light from table lamps, tiny bright white Christmas lights and the flickering ambient light of scented candles.
Jenny continues: “ One of my favourite Christmas traditions is sitting in front of a roaring fire, opening Christmas cards from family and friends. Arranging the cards around the house is part of the decoration process and it wouldn’t be Christmas without them!”
Jenny Blanc is a family run business based in the UK with Emma Blanc, Jenny’s daughter, overseeing the business in Barbados. The Teddington showroom is open for Christmas shopping from 25th November, Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.
Jenny has just won the prestigious accolade of World’s Best Interior Design Private Residence for a Hertfordshire Lodge at the grand final of the International Property Awards last Friday, competing against stiff competition from design practices from Arabia, Asia Pacific, Canada, Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe and USA.
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