We moved into our home nearly 10 years ago, transforming the inside from a dated shag pile purple mess into what you can see here on my recent home tour on Design Sponge. It has been a labour of love, and all done on a relatively small budget.
Our back yard space is small, with a cracked concrete floor (laid by the previous owner), a large shed at the back and a small flower bed to the side. It is ok, but we mainly use it to hang out the washing and for me to a have a little cut flower garden.
My style has changed over the years, from once wanting a cottage garden to supply us with fruit and vegetables, I am now after a more rustic modern urban space. Don’t get me wrong, I love flowers and always will, but our tiny space needs to be multi-functional a space to relax, for Dan to work and for the boys to kick a ball around.
I have been looking on line for inspiration and come across many urban gardens with clean lines, black clad sheds and bricked paving. Trees in large pots and a gentle colour palette.
We are planning to tackle the yard on our return from France, in September. Once the boys are back to school the yard is having a makeover. Our shed will be pulled down and replaced with one that is waterproof and sturdy. We shall paint it black and install a corrugated roof like the sheds outside Baileys Home and Garden – that place will always be my mecca!
The floor, we are planning to brick in a herringbone pattern, and remove half of the flower bed to free up more space. I need to source some big pots for my olive and apple tree. Perhaps I will find something suitable in a flea market in France…. I love this part of home improvements, putting old things into new uses.
I can’t wait! Watch this space.
This post was written in collaboration with Homify.
Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.