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A Quick Update……..

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The last couple of years have been an extremely busy time for me with a variety of approvals granted, projects completed and many ongoing projects well underway, not to mention the taking on of new projects; both large and not so large – all are equally important. Contrary to belief, smaller projects are not necessarily always easier than their larger counterparts, and can certainly be more challenging.

Amongst my current ongoing projects, I am now 3 years into a complete renovation and design project of an old Listed farmhouse and associated barns and outbuildings.

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Planning and Listed building consent have successfully been granted to develop the property to provide family accommodation in the original farmhouse, a detached annexe; utilising a traditional old stone forge and a specialist training centre to be housed in the stone barns.

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However, such a project is not without its issues. Without a doubt, preparation, careful liaison with all parties involved; including Planning and Conservation departments, provision of ecological and other reports, along with knowledge of how to put together such a proposal, go a long way to reaching a successful conclusion with this and any project.

Things are starting to take shape. With the detached annexe, phase I, nearing completion, things are underway to look to commence phase II, development of the barns to create a specialist training centre, later on this year.

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For those with a project in mind, large or small, please do not hesitate to get in touch. It is certainly worth discussing the options available to you.

Thanks for reading!

Josh

What’s on your Christmas list?

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Unbelievably, we have now been in our new premises for three months – where does the time go?  It will be Christmas next …!

We have rather enjoyed creating our window displays; these being something of a novelty as we did not have the facility of being able to do this at our previous Studio and Gallery.  We’ve had lots of good comments from passers-by and clients and customers which is great and really helpful.

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The Gallery is home to some fantastic pieces at the moment, including an original pair of Art Deco cinema seats which are great fun and always a talking point when clients call in, to Bell Pottery and an amazing life-size carved head of a Tribal Witchdoctor, plus all the other great pieces which you can find on our website or by calling in to see us.

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Hand Painted Bell Pottery Bowl – just one example of the pieces currently in stock.

Josh is really busy on the architectural design and interior design front, having a number of projects in progress and including the full development of an old farmhouse and barns for a private client; a challenging but rewarding job with amazing scope from a design perspective.

We are also, with the kind permission of some previous clients, arranging for photography of some of Josh’s projects which will shortly be available to view on our website.  Wherever possible, we like to use local businesses ourselves and The Sketch Collective are carrying out the photography for us, but we’re just waiting for the odd nice day weather-wise – we could be waiting a long time … hopefully not too long.

Last but not least, now is the time to start thinking about those special gifts for Christmas, particularly if you want something a bit different from the obligatory pair of socks and shower gel set, though they do have their uses.  With a number of interesting pieces in the Gallery, from original oil paintings to original and iconic pieces of furniture you will definitely find that special something through us.

Josh & Petra

New… New… New…

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New Studio New Gallery Space New Website 

We are extremely pleased to announce that after our rather hectic and time consuming move, with a few issues thrown in along the way(!), we are now successfully installed in our new premises – still in the  market town of Ledbury, Herefordshire with its eclectic mix of boutique shops and well-renowned events such as H Art and the Ledbury Poetry Festival.

Josh has a fab New Studio where clients or anyone requiring advice on Planning, Building Regulations and Listed Buildings; and all things related to architectural and interior design, can call in for a chat to discuss their potential project and/or ask for advice.  Josh is now offering a Saturday Planning Surgery, which is by appointment and has a nominal fee of £30 for a half hour consultation – pretty good considering he will be able to advise you on your potential project, whether it is feasible and discuss ways forward and some potential ideas.  All with no obligation.

One of Josh's designs with a  fabulous glazed  ? hard to believe it was a 1950's bungalow

One of Josh’s designs with a fabulous glazed gable and bridge link,                                           hard to believe it was a 1950’s bungalow!

 

Well, the New Gallery is beautiful and a great space with more character which showcases the furniture to its best.  We do have some rarities in the shape and form of some very individual chairs (all original – no copies) such as the Model 401 chair designed by Alvar Aalto, an original Bird Chair and Ottoman by Harry Bertoia dating from the 1960’s and a couple chairs by British designer William Plunkett; the Reigate Rocker and Reigate Armchair – to name but a few.  Also, for all you Bell Pottery fans out there – we hope to have some stock very soon!

A view of the New Gallery

A view of the New Gallery

If you can’t make it in to see us, check out our New Website.  Our new site is quite different to our previous site, but we believe it will make things a great deal easier for you to find what you are looking for, and for the first time ever you can now BUY ONLINE!!

Last but not least, we have to thank Micky Harris of DMD (Digital Marketing and Design), who designed our new website for us:  www.dmdesign.net

We hope you like it!

Thanks for reading.

Josh & Petra