Tuesday, 28 June 2011

A successful clinic day, in more ways than one...

We had our Interior Design Clinic on Saturday 18th June and it turned out to be an enormous success; lots of regular customers  turned up to say hello and, lots of new customers came to find out what John Dick & Son is all about. Many of them were pleasantly surprised by the range of furniture we stock, one or two were even surprised to see a selection of high quality contemporary furniture.


Perhaps the biggest surprise for us, and our visitors, was the reception we witnessed for our extensive range of accessories. We have lamps and shades, wine coolers, picture frames, candles and candlesticks to name but a few.  And, whilst the quality is to to our usual high standard, the prices are very reasonable with lamps (including shades) from as little as £25. If you're looking to put the finishing touches to a room or, you need to buy a gift for someone, drop in and see what we have to offer – you wont be disappointed!

Once again, thank you to all of you who came to see us on the 18th, we appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you again soon.


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Friday, 17 June 2011

It's all looking great for tomorrow's clinic



Hello, just a very quick update to say the showroom is looking great ahead of our Interior Design Clinic tomorrow.  All of the new stock such as lamps, wine coolers, candles and picture frames are now out on display and ready for tomorrow.  There's lots to see and buy at very reasonable prices such as lamps with shades starting as low as £25.


And, if you're not in the buying mood, pop in and have a chat with the interior designers, perhaps you're planning a project or thinking about a change, they will be happy to advise you and give you some guidance on where to start.  You don't need man appointment, just pop in, have a browse round, chat to the staff or the interior designers and, we're even laying on some food and refreshments to add to the relaxed and informal atmosphere.  If you know anyone else who might interested please invite them to drop in, we'd love to see as many people as possible.

Interior Design Clinic - 18th June 2011
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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

We've been busy getting ready for Saturday...

On Saturday we are hosting  Interior Design Clinics all day in the showroom when you get the opportunity to talk to our interior designers and get the benefit of their knowledge and experience.

The good news is, we've just received a massive delivery of new stock so it will be our on show for you at the weekend.  This week we've added over 100 lamps with shades starting from as little as £25 and, over 200 accessories from candles to wine coolers.

We're delighted that they arrived this week, it means the people coming to enjoy our refreshments and food on Saturday will be among the first to see them.  Today we started to unpack all of the boxes but we did take some time out to take a couple of pictures!


It's all very informal; no need to make an appointment, we'll be here all day and the interior designers will be on hand if you want a chat.

We'd love to see you so, if you're in the area please drop in, say hello and have a browse around.

Interior Design Clinic - 18th June 2011
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Case study - one of our latest Interior Design projects...


We recently made a video explaining function of an interior designer and what service our interior designers offer; we thought it might also be useful to provide a case study of a recent interior design project and letting you see the before and after pictures and get a couple of comments from the client.

We are extremely grateful to Mr & Mrs Henshelwood who have allowed us to post this blog and give you an insight into how we worked with them on their new interior.

Background
The initial contact with Mr & Mrs Henshelwood was in the showroom; they came in for a look around and a chat with Lynsey, one of our interior designers. Following that initial chat, a meeting at the house was arranged so that Lynsey could see the room and give some initial ideas. The visit was also useful to allow Lynsey to see the furniture pieces and artworks that the client wanted to retain. Following this we were able to prepare and agree a brief for the project.

Window Before
Window After
Here's what the Henshelwood's had to say about that initial contact and home consultation:

“The initial contact was very friendly and the advice given freely with no pressure. This was one of the reasons we felt comfortable in inviting Lynsey into our home. Having Lynsey involved took all the pressure of our shoulders and opened our eyes to a whole raft of new ideas. She took on our wish to be bold and incorporated and expanded on any ideas we had.”

Here is the brief that we agreed with the client:
The brief discussed on the day was that my clients would love their lounge to be updated and given a new lease of life. Being keen art collectors and having many gorgeous pieces I took some inspiration from the artwork and also discussed colours that my client had recently seen in the media and been very keen on including, wanting to go for a bold look. Wow factor was the aim of the game!!

The function of the room was also very important as it was to include both seating and dining spaces. Some existing furniture was also staying in the room and I was pleased to incorporate them into the new design. On my first visit I suggested that the layout of the room could be changed to make better use of the space and worked on this further by drawing up plans in the studio to incorporate the furniture with some new pieces including a dining table & chairs, occasional chairs and lamp tables.

As soon as the design was approved we ordered up all of the furniture , wall coverings and curtain fabrics which enabled us to then quote an actual installation date; this is important to our clients and we pride ourselves on delivering on time.

Here is what the client said about our planning and delivery:

“We were kept involved in every step of the journey. Before final decisions were made furniture was brought to the house to test the space and the design. This gave us added comfort that we were going down the right route. All the tradesman recommended by the design team were of the highest quality and were a joy to work with. The whole process from beginning to end was just so easy. Things happened when they were scheduled to and final installation of the furniture was done without any problems.”


Lounge Area Before
Loung Area After
Fireplace Before
Fireplace After
The design process is a collaboration between our interior designers and the client, we work closely with them to produce designs that are functional and that meet the terms of the brief. On this occasion we were to produce something bold with WOW factor, did we achieve this?

Here is what the client thinks about the finished project:

“The final outcome was a joy. Lynsey visited to put the final touches to the room and even helped decide what paintings should hang in this room. She spent a morning with us hanging paintings throughout the house and ensuring everything was just right. The service from beginning to end was fantastic. Given that we actually totally redecorated and refurnished two rooms the pressure we felt was less than when we hung our first piece of wallpaper ourselves so many years ago. I would recommend the design team and John Dick & Son to anyone. My thanks to every one involved.”

We would like to thank the Henshelwoods for their custom and for allowing us to use their magnificent home as a case study for the blog.

Interior Design Clinic - 18th June 2011
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Friday, 3 June 2011

Your invitation to our Interior Design Clinic...

John Dick & Son Interior Design Clinic and Food Event
Saturday 18th June 10am - 5pm

Very often people will have a question for one of our interior designers or, they want an opinion on an idea but they don't feel it warrants an arranged meeting or consultation, we have the ideal solution - an interior design clinic. On the 18th June from 10am until 5pm we will be hosting the John Dick & Son Interior Design Clinic which will be an informal way for you to come up, browse the showroom and talk to one of our Interior Designers about anything you want. No matter if you've got a big project or a simple colour selection quandary, our interior designers will be on hand to have a chat.

And to add to the event, the renowned Mitchells Restaurant will be providing nibbles and refreshments including some fizz! Finally, there will be some competitions on the day to win vouchers that you can spend in store.

So, if you would like to take a leisurely browse round the showroom, chat with a designer, pick up some tips and enjoy some fantastic food, come along on Saturday 18th June. There is no need to book a time in advance, it's all very informal - just arrive when it suits, we'd love to see you.

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