The Little Grey Bird was born at a desk in the financial city of London, after a chalk paint workshop at an Annie Sloan stockist. Boredom, stress and frustration at work caused an impromptu three-day holiday to Suffolk.
Over these three days it was decided that we could actually ‘up sticks, paint furniture’ and ‘live the dream’.
Five years later, a cottage with a workshop and our Labrador Monty in tow, we are doing our best to keep our dream alive.
Hard work, furniture painting all hours, and grey hair, have become our lives! As well as living with the biggest spiders we have ever seen, constant dog walking, neighbour’s popping in for “drinks and nibbles at 6 dahling!”, the stress of finding yet another crack in our cottage and not getting much sleep (due to there being no police sirens at night). But we love where we live and are constantly amazed by how beautiful Suffolk is.
Eventually we started to decorate our new cottage and realised that every High Street chain shop sold the same interior items. We wanted our personality to show in every room in our house but found it hard to find the items to show this.
We believe that everybody's homes should be a reflection of their individuality and taste.
So, we decided to open our own little shop and source as many elegant but quirky items as we could and so our little shop opened in May 2016 at Helmingham Hall & Gardens. The response was fantastic. Our customers ranged from day trippers, holidaymakers and locals who couldn't resist the Tea rooms and gorgeous gardens.
We closed for the season in September 2017 and moved to Stonham Barns Leisure & Retail Park, where we made many friends and new customers.
We have now relocated as from November 2018, to Hadleigh High Street in Suffolk, where we fit in perfectly amongst an array of individual boutique style shops.
We love meeting new customers and helping them to source all types of interior items, so pop along and find us and we can help you make your home as individual as you are.
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Keith, Kelly & Monty Dog
The Little Grey Bird
1 Maiden Way