Good morning to all! In the run up to our pre-Christmas commercial installation at the Vineyard in Hampshire, and meeting with the clients of our two largest projects by scale to sign off the final FF&E, this week has been one of intense prep, team coordination and meticulous planning, so this notebook post will be a relatively short one.
As we were working to such a short lead time on the Vineyard, we have had to arrange for all product shipped directly to site with one of us being on hand to receive and check it. Lizzie has been working away at organising the logistics and maintaining good lines of communication with our suppliers to ensure the install will be as seamless as possible.
Several of our projects are currently at various stages of going through planning, which Pippa keeps an eye on and liaises directly with the planning departments to stay up to date with any developments, objections, conditions or queries on behalf of our clients. Pippa has also been busy this week assisting Peter in drawing up the specification for the civil works to a unique and interesting renovation of a Grade II listed property we are working on in Hampshire.
This time of year is usually a quiet one for reps visiting us, but we have welcomed a few this week that have shown us sneak peaks of the new collections due to come out in the new year…very exciting!! Despite being out of London, we have excellent reps & sales managers who ensure we are always kept up to speed with the latest products.
This year we have advent calendars! A nice little morning boost to go with the first brew of the day, and getting us all in the festive mood 😊 Jenny and Penny are also imposing a strict ‘Festive attire only’ rule to our end of year Christmas drinks & nibbles in the Studio…light up polyester Christmas sweaters at the ready!
Plans are underway for our team Christmas outing, everything from Go Carting to Gin tasting has been put in the hat for consideration, and after a really busy year we are really looking forward to spending some down time together and winding down for the Christmas holidays.
The Studio Christmas cards have been sent out along with a little thank you treat for our clients, this years cover photo was taken by Penny and features a very festive scene shot in Stephanie & Peters home with the Studio dogs lounging in front of the fire, stockings hung ready for the arrival of St Nick.
Wishing all of our clients, suppliers & peers a wonderful, happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year!