As well as being our amazing digital content editor at large, Lou Archell is the writer of the wonderful Little Green Shed blog, which she describes as a collection of happy memories. We couldn’t run our Folksy Takeover without asking Lou to share her favourite Christmas memories, and put together her very own Folksy Christmas wishlist on her board and blog. We caught up with Lou to find out more about her pins and her favourite family Christmas traditions – the perfect way to round up our Folksy Christmas Takeover…
Can you talk us through your top 5 picks from Folksy, what do you love about them and why, who would you buy these for?
- Gold metal lightning bolt by Super and Super – This will look fantastic at the top of our stairs, outside the boys’ bedroom.
- Alvar Necklace by Nook of the North – Self gifting! I ADORE this necklace and hope it will be under my tree this Christmas.
- Blackbird and Bees Lampshade by Kettle of Fish – This for my mum, as it would look perfect in her lounge.
- Dancing Hares lino print by Melanie Wickham – For my mother-in-law who adores hares.
- Fire Pit by Arpe Studio – For my husband, Dan, who loves a fire.
How would you describe your style and is there a piece on Folksy that fits it perfectly?
I get asked this a lot, and I never can really describe my style. I suppose it’s just what I like, and extension of me. A little bit of modern, rustic, mid-century, country… all rolled into one. I love wood and natural elements in my home. I love blues and greys in colour, mixed with great textiles. If I had to choose a piece that would fit my home perfectly it would be anything by Camden Pottery. I’m in love with ceramics, particularly, hand thrown and with a natural slip glaze.
You started the #NatureintheHome feature on your blog. What nature do you love to bring to your home at Christmas?
I’m a bit of a hippy at heart, and love all the pagan references to nature at Mid-Winter Solstice. Pagans also believed that the green branches represented everlasting life. Druids used evergreen branches to decorate their temples for this very reason. The green of the branches helped people to get through the long winter by having hope in the warmth and food that would come in the spring. It’s a nice idea.
I love to decorate with greenery throughout my home – over mirrors and pictures, and around door frames. Making wreaths of holly, fir, old man’s beard and dried hydrangea heads too. Christmas is the perfect time to sit and craft – I love it.
What’s your favourite family Christmas tradition?
Our favourite family tradition was always the chopping down of our Christmas tree. But the farm where we have harvested our tree from as a family for years, has now sadly closed. So this year we made a new tradition. We walked to our local garden centre and carried the tree back through the streets. It was lovely and hopefully we can carry this on every year.
You are incredibly creative. What do you most enjoy making at Christmas, and what’s been your favourite ever festive make?
I love to craft at Christmas, and I love to get my sons involved too. This year we all sat round the table and made a simple gold paper garland that hangs on the wall in our dining room – just round stickers stuck either side of white wire, so simple yet effective. But I think my favourite make ever has to be my Advent Calendar from last year. It was beautiful.