The Ivy, Winchester

The reality of running your own business is that you’re the last line of defence and responsible for absolutely everything, with no fall back. After leaving Dunning & Everard and signing on the dotted line for the rental on my Studio, I spent a lot of time planning strategic marketing and content creation to get Studio JQ out there so people know we’re here and what we’re about.

My colleague and friend Emma Hooton got in touch to ask if I could lend a hand over the next few weeks whilst they were really busy with several projects merging timelines at once.  Of course I said yes, Emma and her team are fantastic designers and an absolute joy to be around, I had the pleasure of working for Emma last year running 2 show home installations for her and I was glad that I was available to give the team an extra pair of hands.  It also enabled me to schedule my days tightly so I could focus on my own work for the half of the week that I was in my own Studio.

Working on two of their current projects, I spent time putting together concept boards and bookmarking potential items for the FF&E, as well as setting up the EstiMac document and putting together prices for the client budget.  The week after next I’m heading to the site of their latest show home for Alfred Homes in Winchester to help Lucy install and dress the property ready for the launch the following week.  It’s always an exciting and tiring time installing but Emma’s team are old hat at it now and they’ve got a really good structure in place for installing.

On a rare evening that we were all free, we headed down to The Ivy, Winchester, where Emma treated us to the most amazing dinner.  Chatting over dinner with friends is a treat on any occasion, but to be back with the girls was just so lovely!

Jenny Quinlan
Director & Head of Design
Studio JQ Ltd

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