For April we have a lovely new home tour with a distinct sense of spring. Lou Archell and her wonderful blog, Little Green Shed, never fail to capture our imagination. Her Bristol home is filled with an eclectic mix of thrift store finds, natural textured fabrics and pops of colour [just look at the divine wardrobe in her bedroom].
Thanks for sharing your lovely home with us Lou!
1. How has your style evolved over the years?
I think our style has developed over the years mainly through lack of funds! We bought this house back in 2005 when I was heavily pregnant with my son Charlie. A new house which needed a lot of work, we completely gutted it, installed central heating and a bathroom! All before the baby arrived. Like most young couples we put all of our money into our children and doing up our house, so when it came to furnishing it we sourced the majority of our furniture from junk shops and auctions.
I have always loved homes with history. Items that have been handed down through families or collected on their travels. So this style of interiors is perfect for me aesthetically as well as financially.
2. What is your favourite room?
I think it is always the room I’ve just finished! So at the moment that is my dining room. We have just put up some William Morris ‘Willow Boughs’ wallpaper and it looks so beautiful.
3. Do you have a favourite object or item in your home?
We recently bought a beaten up pine chest of drawers from the Flea Market in Shepton Mallet. It cost us £40. It is roomy, squat and has the original handles and feet. Despite its terrible condition, it was love at first sight.
4. What is your favourite item from Ines Cole?
Gosh that is so hard to choose! I adore the glass jars.
These would be perfect for Spring blooms.
I also love the orange cable light.
5. How do you go about dressing a space?
I tend to go on a feeling, yes it does sound vague. Sometimes I can pick up a shell and it has the perfect palette of colours in it, and it goes from there. There is a small shell in my bathroom, which I collected from a beach in India many years ago. The colours in that have set the whole bathroom design. Greys, whites and beige… subtle natural beauty.
Picture caption: Lou’s lovely bedroom featuring Ines Cole’s Kantha Throw
6. Finally, how do prep your home for spring/Easter?
I tend to fill the home with flower bulbs, muscari, iris and tulips. I also love to go foraging for branches of blossom and have a huge sprig on the sideboard. For Easter Sunday, we have family round for lunch, and I love to make little ‘nests’ of twigs as a table centre piece and fill each with chocolate eggs.