Emma Bridgewater Christmas 2022 installation, Stoke-on-Trent

“I’ve just come into the gift shop and well…WOW!!!

Thank you so very much for the stunning VM work you have done for us over the weekend. You couldn’t have met our brief or understood our vision better and the feedback I’ve had from the team about your professionalism, preparation and organisation has been glowing. All the team also commented on just how lovely to work with Karen and Martin both were. The reaction from staff and customers is terrific and we couldn’t be more pleased”

Steph Woodhouse – Marketing & PR Manager - Emma Bridgewater


“Well, the words ‘above and beyond’ and ‘couldn’t have done it without her’ spring to mind when thinking about the work Milly has done for the campaign PopUp Britain. With a week to go, an empty shop, ten tenants and a launch party with London dignitaries looming, there was only one woman for the job – Milly. Without guidance of any sort, she diligently organised the furniture, fittings, decoration, flooring and designed tenant spaces without flinching, or batting an eyelid. All to budget, on time and looking amazing! We salute you.”

Becky Jones - PopUp Britain

Xmas  tree with warm fire

“Working with Karen, Martin and Milly was an absolute delight. I worked with them on a rollout and installation of Christmas decorations for 13 of our hotels, the first time we’d ever delivered a project like this for Christmas so their expertise was critical. From the concept design stage, through to installation they were professional, constantly offering solutions to adaptions throughout the process. The installation was slick and they integrated well into our fully operational hotels, working long days. They liaised with our guests about what they were doing and where the items could be sourced from, not causing any concerns and most critically the feedback from teams and guests alike was superb. I can’t wait to work with them all again in the future.”

Fiona Wisdom - Property Project Manager – Warner Leisure Hotels

“I’ve worked with Milly for several years on some of our key brand events for clients such as Holland & Barrett, Trilogy and Weleda. I love working with Milly, she totally understands our concepts and truly brings them to life visually. Milly can transform any space and feels like an extension of our team in doing so. I’d highly recommend working with Milly - she’s creative, flexible and provides an excellent service. Her work is truly stunning!”

Lotte Turner – Senior Account Director – Pegasus PR

“Martin and Karen bring an unrivalled wealth of experience, creativity and project management skills to any project. They are Jacks of all trades and between them they have worked on a wide range of challenging projects of all shapes and sizes. They are commercially aware and understand the importance of working to deadlines and to a budget. Both have strong management and logistical planning skills and will develop a project from concept to installation. A dynamic duo!"

Linda Hewson – Group Creative Director – Selfridges 

“Karen was excellent at listening to what we needed in terms of visual merchandising training and then developing a suitable programme. The training was delivered in a friendly, down to earth manner but to a very professional standard. We were delighted with the results and will definitely be using her again.”

Jane Conlon MBE Director  Exclusive Roots

“Karen & Martin brought a bright and cheerful Christmas to the Daybreak and Lorraine sets. Both they and their team worked tirelessly across the weekend and were happy to fulfill additional requests as they came along, finding ingenious solutions to unforeseen problems. It was a pleasure to work with FVM.”

Diana Holmes – Director of Production & Resources – ITV

"Martin designed, created and installed Christmas in our three stores. Not only do the Christmas shops look magical, but he has managed to improve the look of each, turning us into a retail destination to rival any on the high street.”

Jamie Hobbs – Managing Director – Indian Ocean

"Hi Milly, I just wanted to say that the pods at the Affordable Art Fair looks amazing, THANK YOU! They are really outstanding and the wines and their stories are really excellent."

Susan Ward – Head of Retail and Events – Laithwaites Wine

“Karen came to us in November 2011. We had a little shop space, product piling up ready to launch and no idea what to do with it. We had an overall idea of what we wanted the shop to feel like, but Karen came along and took it to another level. From product groupings and making sense of the customer journey, to the most beautiful Christmas tree and decorations - sourced by Karen.

An absolute pleasure to work with. We learned so much from Karen and we’ve done our best to continue to work with her visual ‘rules’. We receive compliments daily on how beautiful the shop is. Thank you Karen! Come and see us soon!”

Sarah Stretton Owner FROM, Thame, Oxfordshire

“Milly and her amazing team have now worked on two key launch events for us, promoting one of our US client. We have found the whole team a pleasure to work with, and they have excelled on both occasions in terms of over and above servicing, and just incredible creativity. Milly provided exactly what we needed for our events, and encapsulated the required theme and more. Her attention to detail is fantastic, and we would not hesitate to utilise her amazing design eye and incredible work ethic again. Thank you so much Milly and the whole team. Until the next time…” 

Jackie Huggett Director Sparkle PR

“We have worked with Karen & Martin in the past so knew that they would do a fantastic job on styling the GMTV studios for Christmas 2009, but they really excelled this time round. It looked amazing and both the production team and B&Q were delighted with the results. Karen & Martin were calm in the face of adversity (fairy light crisis!) but remained professional and great fun to work with. I will definitely consult them for the next styling brief. Thanks Guys!"

Jackie Hoyte Account Director ZPR

“Hi Milly, Many thanks for creating a wonderful display on the Taste Tunnel tables at this weekend’s show. It was a great new take on our existing concept, really colourful and visually interesting.”

Ian Dunn Events Manager Laithwaites Wine

“At the opening of our New Look Oxford Circus store, we needed some urgent help due to staff shortages. Karen & Martin came highly recommended to us for their strong creative thinking and attention to detail. They saved the day and helped us get a key area of the store ready for opening. I would without doubt use FVM again due to their excellent standards and positive attitude, especially when being briefed during such a hectic opening.”

Beth Skinner – Window Concept & Production Marketeer – New Look

“Karen’s strong personality is only surpassed by her creative and commercial bravado. She possesses the talent and understanding of style and can translate design to its full commercial potential. Her leadership, organisational and people skills made her an important member of the management team for Lifestore."

Robb Bloomer – Design Manager – M&S Lifestore


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