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We’d been thinking for a long time about showing our makers’ work, including larger pieces, in a contemporary setting and this year we decided to get on with it.

The big idea is that customers will be able to see the work ‘at home’ and so get a better idea of how it might look in their own homes, as well as being able to buy from a range of handmade British designed furniture.

A visit to the ‘Home’ trade show earlier this year was inspirational and we found just the furniture designs we’d dreamed of. So, at the end of February, we made the journey north.

We took the opportunity to include an overnight break and drive across to see the beauty of the Peak District.

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The next morning we travelled on to Cuckney in Nottinghamshire. Over the course of the morning, Kath, of pr home, helped us select the furniture we would need to completely kit out the studio to our plan.

Studio-plan

First it meant moving everything out of the gallery studio space, a major enterprise in itself.

We had to sell off a few pieces of display furniture that would now be surplus to requirements, such as the large pine table and a couple of the cabinets. Hooray for ebay!

Then we completely redecorated the studio space with a more neutral and contemporary feel.

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Great excitement – the first delivery of our new look has arrived.

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packagingAll meticulously packaged in corrugated card with neat little raffia ties on the Cross lamp legs. Fortunately the construction of the studio made it a doddle bringing everything in from the delivery van.

Starting to get an idea of how it will all come together. The old pine table in the background was the last to go. That was quite sad, we were great friends, and had had many an enjoyable dinner party around it.

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Now we’re moving artists’ work into place and it’s all coming together.

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We have had some very flattering comments already.

“I could just move right in”

“The table lamps are so innovative”

“I come here to enjoy the eclectic mix”

“There are very few things in here I don’t like – I could buy the whole shop!”

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Take a quick tour of the Jam Home studio.