See Jane Means at our Christmas Shows 2017 with a complimentary ticket giveaway

It’s that time of year again with November around the corner so we thought we would share with you where you will see Jane Means at our Christmas shows 2017 with a complimentary ticket giveaway

Robin Wrap and Brown and Turquoise Ribbon by Jane Means

 

Spirit of Christmas Fair, Olympia, London

 

Kicking off on Monday 30th October for 7 days is the Spirit of Christmas Fair at Olympia

The show is organised in partnership with House and Garden Magazine and includes 600 handpicked exhibitors. There are some wonderful complimentary workshops every day. Jane Means will be running a workshop on 31st October and 5th November at 3:30 PM in the workshop theatre. Even after a full day at the fair many visitors don’t get around all of the stalls but leave fully infused with the Christmas spirit.

You can also enjoy late night shopping on Thursday 2nd November when the show is open until 20.00hrs
Visit Jane Means at stand B69

 

Country Living Christmas Fair, London

The following week from 8-12 November, the Jane Means team will be at the Country Living Christmas Fair at the Business Design Centre in Islington

Jane and her team will be offering a on-site gift wrapping service and will be running a workshop on Wednesday 8th Nov. You will find perfect gifts for friends and family that you won’t get on the High Street and you will love the food artisans and farmers in the producers village.

At the Country Living Fair you can also enjoy an extra special day with the VIP experience. You’ll enjoy your own private lounge and enjoy bubbly and snacks with complimentary tea and coffee all day. You’ll also take away a Country Living VIP goody bag which includes a roll of Jane Means ribbon!

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You can also enjoy late night shopping on Thursday 9th November when the show is open until 20.30hrs with a complimentary glass of wine

Visit Jane Means at stand GL9 by the entrance to the Food Hall

 

 

Country Living Fair Harrogate

We then head north and will be at the Country Living Fair in Harrogate on 30th November until 3rd December. Open 10-5, The fair is held at the International Centre in the centre of Harrogate

Royal Blue Stripe ribbon by Jane Means

You can also enjoy a meal in the Royal Hall restaurant where you can sit back and relax. This is popular so make sure that you book. Jane Means will be running daily workshops at 3 PM (except Sunday) and signing copies of her book giftwrapped

Visit Jane Means at Stand C45

Win tickets…

Perfect for doing your Christmas shopping, these shows are full of handpicked exhibitors and artisans. We have 2 pairs of tickets to give away. Tickets are valid for any of the 3 shows above (excludes Saturdays) and to enter, just leave a comment which show you’d like to attend before Wed 25th October

See you there folks x

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Black and White Gift Wrapping Ideas

When we think of the concept of black and white, we may think of classic movies such as, It’s a wonderful Life, Casablanca and Brief Encounter.  We may think of impeccably dressed scenes in more recent movies, such as that of My Fair Lady at the races or of stunning and dramatic black and white architectural or fashion, photographic images. I am a huge lover of monochrome and wanted to share my Black and White Gift Wrapping Ideas.

Perhaps the classic little black dress pops into our mind?  May be, elegant, crisply contrasting fashions and geometric designs of the 1960s or iconic images of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s are what we think of?  Perhaps a black suit and a white wedding dress, pinstripes and spats or the black and ivory keys of a grand piano pop into our heads?  Or, possibly, a black bowler hat and a crisp, freshly printed broadsheet?

Image courtesy of Pinterest

Whatever we attach to the theme of black and white, it is usually viewed as sophisticated, elegant and classic in its appearance.  Using black and white within the world of giftwrapping, whether it is plain or patterned, with or without an injection of colourful contrast, plain and simple or high shine and embellished, the look we aim to achieve is one of tasteful and timeless distinction.

There is something about the crisp contrast of black and white and its use through history to make design statements in art, fashion and interior design that render monochrome a safe choice if ‘elegant’ is your ambition.  Here are a few of my tips and suggestions when wrapping with black and white.

My love of Monochrome

jane means in paris

Jane Means working in Paris top to toe in Monochrome

Inspiration can be taken from anywhere and everywhere.  It has been said that the way a woman dresses will influence the way she styles her home and what her general purchasing choices will be.  Well, I adore the simple elegance of monochrome and in Paris, recently, it was apparent that my love of black and white extends far beyond my wardrobe.  Utilising contrasting patterns, these gifts are simply and perfecty coordinated and look chic enough for any Parisienne boutique.

black white ribbon

 

Getting inspiration

Monochromatic design is everywhere, from my favourite sweets to fashion pages and perfect interiors.  My favourite liquorice sweets have inspired some of my most distinctive ribbon designs and the crispness of a freshly starched, pin-tucked shirt inspired this classic, masculine gift wrapping style, which utilizes the japaneze pleating style of paper folding.

black pleated gift

 

Great gifting for a guy…black paper with pleats – classic look

With repeated reference to my favourite sweets, because they are so deliciously wonderful, the inspired combination of black and white spots and stripes is one that I use over and over again, employing different wrapping techniques and adding the occasional signature colour.

dream bathroom

A dreamy bathroom with black walls and a chequered floor
Image courtesy of Pinterest

chairs

Love these chairs teamed with wood – Image courtesy of Pinterest

black white bags

Ribbon, Tags and Bags by Jane Means

Party bags

My black and white stripe gift/party bags match perfectly with my spotty ribbon and instantly evoke the chic sophistication of Dior or Chanel.

 

It may be merely packaging to some, but it is a statement about your consideration of the recipient and about your own creativity; about your attention to detail and about creating a temporary, aspirational image that must be taken apart to reach what lies inside.  The question is, what image do you wish to create?  The same gift, presented in varying degrees of thoughtfulness and sophistication, can leave very different memories with the recipient.  A sense of occasion and drama is sometimes the goal and attention to detail is necessary.

celebrity gift

 

A gift I did for Claudia Winkleman…’Strictly’ monochrome

The monochrome, harlequin check pattern is seen in bathroom tiling and on chessboards, on chef’s trousers and on the checkered flag of motor sport racing.  It has found its way into fashions, interior fabrics and also ribbons.  It is a very sharp, crisp and iconic piece of black and white design and I, for one, love it.  It injects a little fun into the black and white theme and, when placed against plain black, it stands out, dramatically.

luxury gift wrapping

 

Height of Luxury

Sometimes elegance is understated but, as with the little black dress, it can be dressed up or down, depending upon the occasion.  Sometimes a little gloss, glamour and sparkle are required.  This monochromatic delight has been created with a glossy, textured paper, a beautifully luxurious, two sided, monochrome ribbon and a lavishly jeweled embellishment.

 

It is every inch a black and white classic but, rather sadly, the only reminders of such works of art are the photographs taken and the memories they leave behind.  Giftwrapping is the art of inspiring excitement about what lies within and about telling the recipient that, whatever lies inside, it has been given with the greatest of thought, care and attention.

 

black white dior

Classic Gift Wrapping I did for Dior

Nothing but the best from Dior and these pristine gifts appear to be perfectly pressed dress shirts with individually monogramed, precision tied, black bows.  Elegance and sophistication prevails.  Architecturally accurate in their folded construction, they are perfect for him and ideal for her.

lassic look

Monochrome look book

There is a smart, reassuringly formal look to something white that is edged with black or that is black, highlighted with white.  It is easy to place emphasis on shape and draw the eye to where you wish it to go.  The white may have tones of cream or pale shades of grey but the overall effect is one of smartness.  It can be a very masculine look but, with accessories and embellishments, it is also very feminine.  Monochrome is one of the most versatile styling combinations in all areas of design.

black wedding favours

Wedding favours in black

Simple, smartly wrapped, monochromatic wedding favours cannot fail to hit the required mark of elegance but there is always the option of injecting the element of contrast with an embellishment of a single colour.  Perhaps add a gift tag in the colour of the bridesmaid’s dresses or a jewel colour of deep purple, or emerald green or a rich shade of red.

 

personalised paper

Personalise your own paper

The crispness of news print, combined with the softness of a floral styled embellishment offers a less formal monochromatic presentation.  But to ensure the perfect news content of your broadsheet, why not create your own typed sheet of newsprint?  Only one repeated word may be adequate or, perhaps a phrase or two?  You may wish to add a photograph or two to your newsprint?  Black and white, obviously…

antique look

We’ve always loved Classic Black and White and have even dedicated a Pinterest Page to it

All my blogs are personal but this one really talks about something that I have a particular passion for.  I have adored monochrome design for as long as I can remember and even have a Pinterest page dedicated to collecting all things monochromatically inspiring.  I love its elegance, its versatility and its timeless, classic impact.

I have said that 2017 is my year of colour but there is always room for monochrome.  Black and white also look great when they are punctuated by an injection of a single, vivid, contrasting colour.

My new wrapping paper for Christmas just hits the spot x

Wrap by Jane Means 

 

 

 

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