January, the month we dread the most, a bit of come down from the highs of the festive season. But this month I have tried to embrace it’s dark grey days, finding time to take it slow and enjoy some nesting, changing things up at home and of course a bit of planning for the coming year.
Work life, is as busy as always with many great collaborations this month and trips away. I took flight for a few nights away in Lyon, France with the PR team of Nespresso. To see their latest Atelier and new range of coffee being launched. More on this later in the week. Lyon is a beautiful city and I am keen to go back soon to properly explore.
Last weekend we travelled to the Welsh borders and stayed in the prettiest cottage. A proper dream home. Layers of white paint and natural finds… it was me all over. I’ll share more that too, soon.
At home, we have got stuck into the kitchen renovation, half of the beautiful Mandarin Stone floor tiles have gone down, what a difference it makes to the light in the kitchen. I have been busy pinning inspiration for the look we are going for – I’ll share those with you later too.
The boys got new mattresses for their bedrooms, courtesy of Emma Mattress. They are happier to go to bed now, and seem brighter on waking. Thank you Emma Mattress for this. You can read all about the mattress in my post: A comfortable room for Rufus.
SISTERHOOD was also featured in Stylist magazine! Oh yes! You can read all about the rise of retreats here. There are a few (very limited) tickets left if you wish to join us. Please go here to purchase.
So January was an excellent start to 2017. I still have to declutter and cull the entire house! February this is for you!
Tickets for our SUMMER retreat are now on sale. Join us and the brilliant SISTERS in June 2017, back in Wales for more fun and inspiration. Places are being snapped up fast after being featured in Stylist Magazine! So please don’t delay.
I am delighted to have Yasmina back on my sidebar. I adore her handmade jewellery, in fact I never take off one of her beautiful necklaces. My new favourite is this one above, called the Edie necklace. But, I’d quite happily have all or any of her beautiful delicate creations. Please go check out her amazing work. Shop here.
New to Littlegreenshed is Salvation Furniture. Hailing from Suffolk, Salvation Furniture is Richard and Andrew who design, make and sell furniture that celebrates a natural, simple and honest design ethos. Using simple materials of reclaimed wood and native timber, combined with the pared-back angles of steel. My favourite item from their range of furniture is the Kanteen table (pictured above). With it’s reclaimed wood top and white sturdy steel legs… it would look right at home in my dining room. Please take a look at their website for more of their beautiful work.
The Future Kept
My favourite online boutique is The Future Kept. I will always check what they have if I need to purchase a birthday gift for someone. Full of interesting products, beautifully styled and lovingly curated. I want it all! Shop unique, independent homewares in there on-line store.
91 Magazine is possible the BEST lifestyle magazine to hit the shelves. Wholly independent, this beautiful magazine features homewares, decor inspiration, home tours, hot instagram accounts, adventures and more. Buy your copy here. The 91 team are currently working on the Spring/Summer 2017 – I can’t wait to read it!
British Blanket Co
A new year, is it time to get your business seen? Well then perhaps you would also like to advertise on Littlegreenshed. If you are small business / shop owner or creative and wish to advertise, then please check out my rates here. Or email me on Loulittlegreenshed@gmail.com. I’d love to hear from you!
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.