My name is Lou Archell, I am a freelance writer, blogger, creative consultant and photographer, based in the brilliantly independent and vibrant city of Bristol, England. I specialise in travel, lifestyle, family and the great outdoors.
I live here with my partner Dan and my two sons Charlie and Rufus, in a small Victorian terraced house which is in a constant decorating flux.
Littlegreenshed is a wonderful mix of family life, travel, flowers, styling, interiors, photography, recipes, independent shops, crafts people and everything in between…
A little about my past
My childhood was spent in the wilds of the Somerset countryside, riding horses and learning a lot about nature with the help of my mother. As a young girl I had a passion for the outdoors, for flowers, gardening and adventure. After leaving school I fell into many dull jobs, never really fulfilling my need for a free spirited life . So I grabbed my rucksack and set forth on life changing mission to travel the world.
Five years I travelled, all over the world. I meet many wonderful people and saw some incredible places. Upon returning I knew that I could never work in a ‘conventional’ job again, and so, after meeting Dan and making a family, I set to writing this blog.
I started Littlegreenshed in March 2010, after taking on an allotment in Bristol (hence the name of the blog). Since then this space has grown to be one of the UK’s most leading lifestyle and travel blogs.
Here, I write about my passion for travel, flowers, styling, interiors, photography, recipes, independent shops and crafts people, and everything in between. Littlegreenshed is a lifestyle blog – my lifestyle.
Please note that although this blog started back in March 2010, I recently took the decision to make the early years PRIVATE. They contain many images of my children growing up, and now this blog is bigger than I expected back then, I don’t want their faces to be shown across the world. I hope you understand.
As a freelance writer, blogger, photographer & stylist my work is a very varied role. This is something that I relish, no two days are the same.
I am currently working on progressing the Littlegreenshed brand to become one of the UK’s leading lifestyle and travel blogs.
Past freelance projects have included;
Time Out London,
Telegraph family travel,
Simple Things Magazine,
First Choice A-Z holiday campaign,
Contributing Author of This is Your Kingdom,
Features Writer for Lionheart Magazine
Features Writer for Bristol 24/7
Digital Editor at large for Folksy
Blog Editor for Made in Bristol.
Plus many many more features on other blogs and various paper publications. You can read all about these on my PRESS page
In early 2015, I founded SISTERHOOD Camp, providing creative retreats, workshops and suppers for women. SISTERHOOD offers a unique chance to relax, learn new skills, to reconnect with nature, be mindful of the seasons, eat delicious food and collaborate. You can read all about it in Mollie Makes magazine – under ‘Networking for Creatives’ by Hels Martin.
If you wish to find out more, how to get involved or sponsor these events, please email me on: Lousisterhoodcamp@gmail.com.
Nature in the Home
For the past five years I have been running a weekly blogging series called Nature in the Home. Items that have been found, foraged, gathered, grown or bought. Initially my project started as a blog link up, with a challenge to style items of nature in their own home.
After several successful years this project has been relaunched on Instagram and now has over 35,000+ entries from all over the world. I have collaborated with many brands under the ‘nature in the home’ theme. It has really grown to be an beautiful creative community.
Since Summer 2015 – #natureinthehome has moved to a monthly competition. With known brands providing a prize for the winning image.
For all brand collaborations, sponsorship, press trips or product placement on Littlegreenshed blog or Instagram, please contact me on Loulittlegreenshed@gmail.com