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Recipe – Aperol Spritz the taste of the Med…


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I was first introduced to this bright orange Italian aperitif by Fran and Alexis at Sisterhood a few months ago.  In the excitement of the weekend, we had all bought Prosecco, to which Aperol was mixed.

I was dubious at first.  Bight orange, looking more like Tizer or a kids neon fizzy pop, not something I would want to drink, let alone sour the taste of Prosecco.  But how wrong I was, it is delicious, with a slight bitter orange taste, I can see why those stylish Italians love to drink it.

I am converted!

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Aperol Spritz is the taste of summer, a mix of bitter orange, gentian, rhubarb and cinchona this tipple can be enjoyed on the rocks or turned into a spritz.  To make it couldn’t be simpler, so I thought I would share the recipe with you.

You will need:

  • One large gold fish sized wine glass
  • Ice cubes
  • Prosecco
  • Aperol
  • Soda Water
  • Slice of orange


  • Fill the glass with ice
  • Top with 3 parts of Prosecco
  • Add 2 parts of Aperol
  • Then 1 part soda water
  • Then finish with a slice of orange


(please drink responsibly)

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03 // Current pin obsession – styling, all in the details…


Pinterest - styling all in the details - littlegreenshed Being a blogger, a home maker and wanna be stylist (in my dreams but I like to try) I have an obsession with little details.  I think being addicted to Instagram, and seeing incredible feeds daily who just get it right.

Feeds like Beth’s, Sara’sJulia’s and Marte’s have got me fussing over the tiniest details, the light and how things look on camera.  Making decisions about where things are placed in my home and also how I style and shoot my own blog posts and instagram feed.

I was lucky enough to attend both of Marte’s talks at Blogtacular this year.  I eagerly sat at the front and soaked up every little word she said.  This woman, to me is incredible.  Her, her work, her photography  – all.  One thing she did say that really stuck with me was, there are no rules! – There!  Just like that, the myth of styling for a photograph broken.  Do what you like.

And so, for further inspiration I have found myself pinning to a board called – Styling – all in the details.  Because to me it is, the devil is in the detail.  Or in some cases, the lack of it.  Marvelling at the light, the use of empty negative space, a muted colour palette.  All of which I am trying to master.  One day.  For now I am happy learning from the best, and maybe a little of their magic will rub off on me.

You can follow my board below:

Follow Lou Archell | littlegreenshed’s board STYLING – all in the details on Pinterest.

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Travel – Camp Bestival 2015…


camp bestival 2015 highlights littlegreenshed blog This was our third year to visit Camp Bestival.  The boys were in their usual heightened state, uber excited about the many wonderful things in store.

In previous years we have camped, taken a hire camper van – but this year due to timing and other commitments we decided to visit for one day only – Saturday.

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INTERIORS – The perfect chair for him…


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Our lounge is small.  But actually I like that.  It’s a perfect little spot to cosy up in of an evening.  In the winter it is especially lovely, with the log burner lit.  We get all toasty and play with the fire.

Until recently we used to all sit on one big sofa, all squished together in a big family cuddle.  But the boys are growing and we were in need of extra seating.  Dan has always wanted a large wing back chair to sit in next to the fire.  A proper gentleman’s chair, sturdy, made of a hard wearing fabric and good legs.

I always thought we would pick one up in an auction or junk shop, but could never decide on what we needed. I wanted clean lines, not too fussy, he wanted the shape, a wing back.

Then I spotted this beauty, the Victor, on the West Elm website (note this colour way is now not for sale). It was perfect.  Modern yet classic. Clean lines, with a slight wing back and look at those buttons!  Great legs and hard wearing fabric.  We had to have it.

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Travel – A collaboration with Canopy & Stars and some news!


canopy and stars littlegreenshed road trip 2015

The car is packed, the house is cleaned, passports are safely stored in my bag and we are ready to go. Well almost.  I’m just popping in to let you know more about our Road Trip and where we are staying.

You may remember a few weeks ago when I wrote about the #cscollective at Harptree Court?  Well, we whilst we are in France we are staying at two of Canopy & Stars beautiful properties.  YES!  I couldn’t be happier.

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Travel – 02 // Bucket List – Flying to Faro and the Algarve…


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Dan and I have been together now for 13 years.  It has flown by.  I suppose that old saying ‘time flies when you are having fun’ is true.  Nearly 13 years ago we had our first holiday together, a last minute flight to Portugal.  We rented a little apartment on the outskirts of Albufeira, which was small and sparsely decorated, but what it lacked in home decor was made up by the fact that the beach was a 2 minutes walk away. read more

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Travel – Packing a capsule wardrobe for France…

Travel - Littlegreenshed Packing a capsule wardrobe

In a few days we are off on a road trip across the Pyrennes, arriving at Spain into France and back again.  There is much excitement in our house.  Our own car is still in the garage being fixed after the car accident – so we are taking the Insurance hire car.  As lovely as it is, new, comfortable with better air con than ours, it is much smaller.

So when it has come to packing the car with the tent, bbq, camping stove, airbeds and then clothes – we don’t have much room at all.  So we are taking a small amount of clothes and I shall be washing them as we go… all part of the French adventure I say!

So it got me thinking how to make the most out of the little clothes I take, and came up with my own capsule holiday wardrobe…

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Sleep issues and discovering This Works…


please work If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my post about feeling under the weather and not sleeping at all well.  Lack of sleep is my biggest nemesis, working too late on the laptop, then still thinking about work when I hit the sheets.. we all know the scenario.

After my moan, many people gave brilliant advice such as to drink a sleep inducing tea or to turn off all devices a few hours before bed, which I must admit is really a good tip.  One person in particular, Jo Heckadon, recommended I try the ‘deep sleep’ range from a company called This Works.  

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Travel – Berridon Farm – glamping in North Devon…


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A few weeks ago, the first weekend of the school summer holidays, we packed our bags and headed to North Devon.  We love this part of the world, and have visited many times before, falling in love with the rugged coastline of this beautiful region..You may remember our most recent trip here, with Sisterhoodat Loveland, only a few miles from Berridon Farm – and in actual fact, their kids go to the same school.  Small world. :)

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Travel – The Treehouse at Harptree Court, Somerset & the #cscollective…


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A few weeks ago, I was invited by Canopy & Stars to attend a special blogger event.  It was the inaugural #cscollective.  A group of bright & talented lifestyle, travel and mummy bloggers were asked to spend the day at Harptree Court in Somerset.

To our delight they invited us to stay for the night in the treehouse!  YUP!  Dan and I drew the lucky straw and was given a one night pass to this beauty!  We still can’t believe it!  Staying in a treehouse has always been on my bucket list, but to stay in one with this level of luxury and without the kids – OMG!  We flipped!

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