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Styling a porch | South-West style

My interiors dreaming has now ventured beyond the downstairs cloakroom and out into the porch/hallway it springs off from. However, this time, I’m determined to try and source everything possible from the South-West, and stay inspired by our beautiful Bristol’s designers, stylists and colours.

Almost as soon as we moved in, I gave up the notion that because the house was built in the 70s I should steer away from older pieces of furniture, so I’d like to stick to my eclectic style in the porch.

Have you ever been to Dig Haüshizzle up near the Christmas Steps? It’s crammed with stunning period furniture and curiosity pieces such as scientific equipment or old artist’s studio materials. I’d love this wooden cupboard they have at the moment for the porch. Good for keys and brollies, no?


Colour and light wise, I want to go really bold. This is St Giles Blue by Farrow and Ball (I like going to the Bath branch on Walcott Street because there’s so many other lovely interiors shops around there to mooch in). It reminds me of Indian colour schemes, which I love, and I think given the light pouring in from the skylight, it will really frame everything else in the room. Talking of the skylight, we’ll be replacing it because it leaks a little and I’ll be up to this Gloucester Showroom to take a look at my options soon. I’ve also seen some pitched skylights online at this Kent Showroom so I might have to make a call, too!


Stopping briefly at the chair of my dreams here, the Stix Carver by Archer and Company up on Alma Vale Road. I mean, look at it, it’s just perfect. The curvature, the quality – perfect for a statement piece and somewhere to sit down to pull off your shoes when you come in.


We’ve got a lovely mid height armoire that provides great storage and is the perfect height for displaying things, so I’d like to get some textured plants in the porch, plus some new pots and vases to display the foliage and flowers that i can bring in from our garden. Have you been to Mon Pote home on North Street? It’s a lifestyle shop with some really current and interesting things in stock, plus, they have an online shop! I’ve picked these two beauties out to go in the porch from their current stock – hanging plant pots are so useful for space saving, right?

Anthropologie, apart from Liberty London, is my favourite shop on the planet. It started when I was living in New York, where Anthropologie isn’t *as* dear as it is here. Anyway, we couldn’t resist these coat hooks. We’ve actually had them for months now, and can’t wait to put them up. We got them from the Bath store.

Lastly, I’ve been squirrelling shadow boxes and display shelves onto Pinterest, too. I think one of these sorts of things will make it up in the porch as well.


All pictures in this post courtesy of the aforementioned shops and online shops.

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  1. I’ve only recently found out about Mon Pote, and I’m so glad they have an online store because we live miles away – so many lovely things! That chair is lovely as well, and I like the wall colour – looking forward to seeing the finished room!

    • It’s right up your street Vicky, it’s exactly your kind of shop, you should pop down if you are coming to Bristol.

  2. oooh I LOVE those coat hooks! Can’t wait to see the finished porch x

  3. Yes to all of this! Love the wall colour – am really drawn to those dark indigo blues right now but don’t know if I’m brave enough to use it in the house! And that chair…. HEART EYES.

  4. I love the sound of all these! A nicely decorated porch is so welcoming… it’s a part of a house that I think can be so easily neglected so loved hearing your plans for yours 🙂

  5. Love the coat hooks, so quirky! I also love the thing they seem in Anthropologie – there an Regent Street branch now I believe. As you said it is pricey! I love some of the accessories they do and mugs etc as well as stationery.

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