Modern rustic garden…

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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.

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